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Tröegs Flying Mouflan - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan

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Reviews: 567
Hads: 1,381
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 175
Gots: 238 | FT: 8
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2009

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Reviews: 567 | Hads: 1,381
Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a dirty brownish/orange with a 1 finger tan head. Thick lacing that resides quickly.

S- brown sugar, toffee, citrus and pine.

T- sweet toffee, toasted malts maybe some rye, citrus and bitter pine with slight spicy finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. This beer drinks amazingly! Abv is hidden well and has nice creamy, slightly chewy feel.

O- very good American Barleywine. This isn't a Wow beer but a very good, solid one.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Beautiful, deep amber color with ruby highlights. I got a finger of fluffy, white head. Surprising for the style, and it left some really nice lacing.

The smell is quite a nice mix of caramel and citrus. Wheat bread, with just a hint of sweetness coming from subtle raisin.

I can tell that the hops have fallen off a bit, but they're still very much present. Bitter citrus and pine are interestingly layered over a deep malty base. Well done, I'd like to try this in a vertical tasting someday. The mouthfeel is spot on as well. Thick and coating, but with a decent amount of carbonation to compliment the hops.

An interesting take on the style from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Looking forward to trying this again.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- pours a thick dark mahogany brown... reddish tint. Big white fluffy head... stays for minutes. Very sticky lacing to the glass...very sexy LOL

S- smells of a nice melody of figs, raisins, sweet dark fruits... sugary malt

T- again mimic's the smell but very well rounded and pronounced. Sweet ripened figs, dried raisins, sweet apricots.... earthy hop balance

M- thick and creamy... syrupy liquid... mild prickly carbonation... lingering bitterness and sweetness

O- I much prefer a englsih barely wine over American. But I bought these with the intent to age for awhile.... this has been laid done for about 8 months and has aged finely... I'm looking toward to the next 4 for many years... great barely wine from a somewhat local brewery....

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark amber with a huge light tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of brown sugar, caramel, graham cracker, some mildly cidery hop notes.

T: Some earthy hop flavors, mild burnt caramel and multigrain bread, chocolate, light toffee and a bit of spice from the esters and alcohol.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied.

O: This is pretty nice - very drinkable and offers a nice balance between some hop notes and the malt/esters.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle pours a deep murky maroon that is nearly candied dark brown. The head is surprisingly large and frothy with a maple-syrup-mixed-into-whipped-cream coloring to it. Lacing from the beer is sticky and web-like over the glass, leaving fat stalactites of foam on my snifter’s walls. The beer smells bitter and sweet, but surprisingly underwhelming, with notes of prickly alcohol and cloyingly sweet candied sugars and caramel assaulting the nose. Brown sugar is also present and enticing, evening out some of the harsher notes of the smell, though it really is a light smell overall. Faint hints of pine and citrus hops can be found, though this is a 2011 bottle of Flying Mouflan, so they have obviously died down a little. Slight bready notes can also be sensed in the edges of the smell, falling away into the sweet alcohol smell. As it warms up the phenol smells grow stronger. The beer tastes big and pleasant. The flavor profile is surprisingly simple, but actually quite tasty. The beer opens as caramelly bready before opening into sweet candied sugars and brown sugar before it transitions into a mixture of slight citrus and the honey-sweet malts. Eventually the beer makes a slow march to harsh aspirin bitters that pepper the tongue in an almost cloying way, though the sweet it not quite too much. Light notes of citrus and pine are also present, but very light. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, as a barleywine should be, moving over the tongue nicely and leaving it sticky but dry while the sides of the mouth wet themselves to try and manage the hoppy bitters. Overall, I think I like the Flying Mouflan. It’s different, and nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting it to be, which I actually like. I would love to try a fresher bottle and see how the juicy hops play with it, but as it stands it was a nice sipper with beautiful notes of brown sugar, though nothing too special. The drawback to this beer was definitely the aspirin bitters that assault the tongue in the close and aftertaste. I’m newer to the barleywine style, so I’m not quite sure how to judge this one on style, but on its own I think it is a nice beer with a little bit of a bitters problem. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to pass up either.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber hue with a body which is free of haze but has lots of little floaties in it. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam; I want to call it caramelly for some reason. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich, sweet, strong malt aroma with caramel and toffee notes. A low hop character is present; earthy and noble, perhaps. Good.

Taste: big, rich and sweet. Caramelly with a hint of smokiness and very sweet around the outside. Bitterness is comparatively low toward the end. Rich and decadent, but it doesn't wow me like I feel it should. Still, pretty good indeed.

Mouthfeel: big, thick body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not as smooth as I feel it could be, but decent.

Overall: this beer keeps giving me a little bit when I think it should be giving me more, more, more. It's not bad at all, but it lacks a certain je na sais quoi that I wish I could articulate better. It's definitely worth a try, though.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Extra from Lorianneb. 650ml Into Duvel tulip. Pours about a finger of interesting mocha colored head which sticks around for a while. A little alcohol on the nose with some faint hops. Dominated by a sweetness that I can't put my finger on. Auberges marshmallow and vanilla. The taste has a lot of hops and wood. Not very sweet. Some ginger bread. Mouth is very full with decent carbonation.

Overall a good Barleywine. Pretty simple all around. Probably not something I'll seek out again. Not enough sweetness for me.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This one is pretty murky and very subdued looking, but the head is gorgeous. It remains in tact for a few minutes and it is big, foamy, very uniform and regal looking. Some decent lacing also form on the backside of the glass.

SMELL: The aroma here is everything a Barleywine should be. Big brown sugary malt dominates with banana, chocolate, cinnamon and some other spices along with caramel and a decent hint of bread.

TASTE: The brown sugar follows the nose right off the bat along with some chocolate and caramel. Mid-sip an orange flavor takes hold and transitions into a lemon, grapefruit and smoky finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky and smooth, but with a mild tickle. Playful. Solid mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This is an excellent example of the style that I wish I had greater access to. Can't wait to crack open my second bottle in a year or two and will pick it up again if I find it.

EDIT: Finally tried that second bottle from this same batch on 1/19/15.

A: The murkiness and impressive head are both still there.

S: Big, brown sugar all over this.

T: There is a lot more hop character than expected at this stage, but it also tastes a little peaty. The malt has developed, providing more caramel, but less chocolate. It also tastes a tiny bit oxidized, but not bad considering this beer's age.

O: Nice bottle to cellar, but I do have to say I remember liking this better when fresh. The hop character was obviously stronger and lent itself nicely to the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown body with a frothy tan head, dropped motes of minute foam along the glass

S: sweet barley and caramel - cereal and syrup

T: chewy caramel and hops, sugary but with rich malt backbone and layers of bitter hop - i would go so far as to say this beer treads the line between an English and an American barleywine: it has sweet, boozy fruit flavors, like an English barleywine would, but it also has the tough malt and more hoppy flavors that are more typical of American barleywines.

M: medium to heavy on the tongue, soft and slick, like cold wine; subtle alcohol tingle and warmth

O: I love barleywines - both kinds - as well as wee heavies and old ales - and I was really pleased with this beer. Super-complexity, rich flavors, tons of fruit and citrus and deep savory malt flavors and aromas. Bought it blind because I didn't even know it was a barleywine, but just saw the one random bottle on the shelf, and it rang a bell somehow. Thank you, bells in my head.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Original score: (4.5/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0)

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

After finding another bottle of this, I decided to put it down for a couple months and see how the hops fade/malts come out. The end result balances out damn near perfectly, becoming even less harsh and more drinkable. There are still hops on the finish, but it's a subtle quality that rounds out the initial maltiness. It's not hyper-complex like some Belgian ales, but subtly complex (moreso than a younger bottle) as a good barleywine should be. The texture, naturally, is thick and a little syrupy, but the hops provide a great touch of dryness. If it weren't for my preference against toasted caramel malt backbones, this would score even higher (read: into the fabled 4.5+ range) Still, I love the savory leather/tobacco qualities it develops at a warmer temperature.

End result? Troegs does it again. I'd love to see a BA version of this in the near future.


22 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with low clarity. The head is a two finger light mocha color with impressive retention and thick sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. A good looking barleywine that showcases its amber ale roots nicely.

S: Lots of tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple - with a bit of an herbal/pine kick as well. Darker fruit are also found when concentrating for aromatic nuances, as well as its caramel malt base and some alcohol. It doesn't break ground, but it's a great scent.

T: First thing I notice is how well the hops and the malt backbone coalesce with one another - it's not a harsh barleywine despite the notable presence of alcohol. The malt backbone provides strong caramel/toffee flavors along with a bit of charred ash, tobacco and smoke. Some powdered dark chocolate on the finish. Slight resiny buildup on the aftertaste, but nowhere near to the level of Bigfoot. Alcohol is prevalent throughout, occasionally becoming a little overbearing at times. Rather than completely relying on subtle malt nuances, this chooses to create a simpler malt base, and allow the citric hops to work in harmony together. In this regard, balance is crucial, luckily it features just that.

Having said that, allowing it to warm up will reveal some malt subtleties - however minor they may be - in the progression of flavors. Had there been a little more nuance in the malt base, this would have received a higher score. It's great right now, but I envision this being even better with about a year of age on it. (Shame on me not buying multiple bottles of this...)

M: Thick, rich, and silky smooth, with a lingering bitter aftertaste, both from the malt and hop profiles. Hints of a finishing dryness pop up. Alcohol nicely warms the throat and stomach. Carbonation and drinkability are low (in a good way); this is meant to be sipped slowly, and it's perfectly aware of that fact.

O: It isn't perfect, but it's a hoppy barleywine that does a great job of refusing to forsake its malt backbone for hop domination. On a personal note, I'm not terribly fond of the burnt caramel malt backbone, but reviewing it objectively, it still works well with everything else going on. Not what I expected from a barleywine - but exactly what I expected from a revved up Nugget Nectar. In spite of its numerous merits though, I'd take NN over this quite easily. Still a very nice barleywine, though.

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Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass a rich burnt orange infused bronze with a sticky 1/2 finger off white head,brillinat definition and color.Chocolate and fruity hops with alcohol notes in the nose.Like the bottle says hops dipped in chocolate play a big role on the palate,brown sugar and sweet alcohol round out the palate.A great American style Barleywine with it's big hops and big alcohol,fantastic stuff.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at River Brew poured into a snifter. The waitress tried to pass this off as a DIPA so I'm not sure how long it has been kegged.

Dark amber with some orange highlights and a fine tan head.

Nose has everything you would expect from an American Barleywine. A heavy hand of strong citrusy hops backed up with caramel malts. Some candied fruits come through and there is a granny smith ester that bites. Clean yeast character and there is some tobacco, tea and vanilla that comes through in the finish.

A fine example of an American Barleywine. The bitterness was there all along and a great malt bill without too much cloyingly sweet caramel malts makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

Pours very dark reddish brown with a finger of head. Head leaves large bubbles around glass and some lacing.

Malty in the nose with a rich sweetness. Simcoe-like citrus, overly ripe fruit, light booze.

More deep rich maltiness, i assume due to age, really delicious, mild chocolate, more dark candied fruit, just enough hops, really mellow for 9.3%

Big body, mellow carbonation.

This is one totally rad BW

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’ve had this bottle stored for about 2-3 years.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a slight alcohol sting. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh the Flying Mouflan...I've had this one so many times over the years in just about every format it comes in. Definitely a beer I enjoy and I'm glad to finally get around to doing a review for it. Growler purchased at Cable Beverage.

Appearance: Pours an attractive red tinged caramel with a 2 finger light khaki crown that displays some retention and nice lace.

Smell: Caramel malt, an english yeast like fruitiness and some nice noble hop type spiciness.

Taste: Same as the nose but more pungent and with some additional citrus hops. The malt profile is just fantastic on this one. Lots of red fruits covered in burnt sugar, toffee, and caramel. Decently stiff hop bittering and a whisper of alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall: A well constructed and tasty barley wine that I always look forward to drinking!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear dark red-brown with a two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Really good lacing.

S: Sweet delicious malt. Dark fruit.

T: High sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dates and chocolate and a touch of hops.

M: Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Very smooth and only slightly warm going down.

O: Really good Barleywine. Smells wonderful and is so smooth.

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Photo of jmarklan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a beautiful, deep mahogany with a tan head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smells complex, there's a lot going on here. Fresh hop aroma blends well with sugar cane, slight chocolate, alcohol, and a touch of dark fruit.

Grapefruit, piney, and slightly minty hops lead off the flavor and are balanced out with malt undertones of milk chocolate with sugar cane. The hop bitterness reasserts itself in the finish, blending with flavors of dark fruit. Despite the high abv, the alcohol blends in very well.

Full bodied and a bit chewy, seductively smooth and syrupy from the alcohol.

Overall: Complex, innovative, and very enjoyable. The Troegs brothers have done well again.

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, amber-brown color with a short-lived, modestly-sized, off-white head.

Aromas begin with sticky caramel and toffee maltiness with hints of dried fruits. Then you get a huge, vibrant hoppiness highlighted by grapefruit, lots of pine and emerging dank herbal qualities.

The tastes begin with toasty, bready malts coupled with light caramel and toffee candy. As with the nose, its quite American hop dominant. Flavors of sticky sap-coated pine wood, grapefruit and spicy dried herbs. This beer is boldly bitter with some dry emerging alcohol notes that further complicate my enjoyment.

The mouthfee is medium-plus bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry, warming and bitter.

Overall, I was really not a fan of this beer. There's no doubt about it, it's a hop-forward (and then some) American barleywine. So, when it comes to the b-wines, if you like'm warming and you like'm potently hoppy, then, go ahead, give it a try. If you are like me and prefer your barleywines less resinous and bitter, look elsewhere.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, bottled on 05/01/12, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark copper color/maroon color, produces a finger of beige head that fades to a thick wisp, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Very malt forward, a nice sweet caramel and toffee aroma, some sweet dark fruit (dates), and some booze. Some citrusy hops are lingering in the background.

T- Lots of grainy, bready malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Hops provide some orange and grapefruit, more hops than in the nose. Some fruity, rum-like alcohol.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy feel, a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- A very nice, drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real nice barleywine. Good balance. Nice sweet tones with just a touch of noticeable malt presence. The only drawback is a bit of a burn of alcohol. But it really isn't that much. Too often barleywines just aren't there, but this one is nice. I'd go for this any day.

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Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a hazy rust colour with a finger of thick, light orangy-tan head.

Smell. Piney hops and sweet citrus juices, some caramel and toasted grains.

Taste. Sweet toffee, candied orange rinds, sweet concentrated grapefruit juice, a bit of pine and wood, some well-roasted light grains.

Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly sticky but it works with this beer. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall. One of the better barleywines I've tried. Hoppy, sweet and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #208
Served On: 08/11/2012
Glassware: Snifter
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

I paired this one with some bbq beef brisket and Cajon coleslaw at the new Tröegs brewery in Hershey. They have a ‘snack bar’ in the taproom, but trust me – it offers way more than your typical snack bar.

Look: Arrived with a thin tannish head. Color was a dark cloudy bronze. Carbonation bubbles powered through the thick body. Lacing was impressive given the high ABV.

Smell: Rather smooth aroma of toffee and candied apple. A hop bouquet suggested an aggressive hop profile. The obvious alcohol warmth became noticeable about the second or third inhale.

Taste: First off were heavy notes of toffee and floral hops. The dank body definitely made this one a sipper. The middle had a quick citrus bitterness that mixed with some winter fruits and an interesting molasses to offer a well crafted balance. The finish was a lingering brown sugar with bitterness returning with some dryness.

This was an amazing Barley Wine and probably surpasses SN Bigfoot by a small margin. Paring the beer with the brisket was probably one element that added to the enjoyable experience. I snagged a 22oz bomber for my cellar.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears a copper to orange color with a huge head. Plenty of lacing left behind.

The aroma offers butterscotch, caramels, hops, booze, hints of raisins and brown sugar.

A good beer for sure, though a bit boozy and sweet. Plenty of flavor happening here, with a melding of dark malts and resiny hops.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice choice for a slow sipper on a cold day. Best in small quantities.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: thin head but nice lacing on a clear amber with marroon hues.

S: candy sugar, toffee and caramel malts. hops provide resin, citrus and syrup notes.

T: the caramel and chocolate malts are near perfect. The alcohol is pretty much non-existent. The beer is very well balanced for sure. dark fruit notes add the right amount of sweetness with molasses present as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. nice and smooth.

Overall: an incredibly drinkable barleywine. One of the best out there for both balance and drinkability. Honesty however this one may actually be more if an English style barleywine even if that wasnt the brewers intention.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely LOVE this beer... it's my new favorite.

My other favorites are Guinness Foreign Extra and Gorden Biersch's Winterbock... I like strong, dark, heavy beers with a lot of flavor.

This beer has everything! It's very strong, with a crisp, strong flavor, but more refreshing than a Guinness, but not as smooth. The aftertaste is great, and it has a more robust flavor than Guinness.

I give it a 5 star rating. The only reason I gave it a slightly lower rating on mouthfeel is because it's not as smooth as some stouts I have tried, but it was still very smooth.

My only complaint is that it is very hard to find this beer. Not many people have heard of it.

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Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.