Flying Mouflan - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Tröegs Brewing Company

Flying Mouflan - Bourbon Barrel-AgedFlying Mouflan - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #11
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,124
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 10.39%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
165
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Notes: Some beers just belong in barrels, and Flying Mouflan – a resiny, chocolatey giant of a barleywine ale – is one of them. We pour every drop we brew into bourbon barrels, taming the sharpness of the hops and uncovering layers of salted caramel, pecan pie and rum raisin.

2015 - 13.4% ABV
2016 - 11.7% ABV
2017 - 11.5% ABV
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 165 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bobv:
Photo of bobv
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch light tan head over a dark brown-mahogany body with some lacing. Nose of raisins, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste of chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit. As it warms a sort of cherry liqueur flavor comes forward. Yum! Nice feel and overall, I really liked the base Flying Mouflan but this is next level. Cheers!

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Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lurpy1 for schlepping this bottle back from his much beloved job out east for the guy who got him hooked into all this madness. 375ML corked & caged, all to myself.

And corked is right. I can’t move the bloody thing with my Superman hands, & a utensil designed for the job snaps it in half. Out comes the corkscrew, which finally ends the blitzkrieg. I laugh at the “highly carbonated” description on the label, because there isn’t even a stage whisper when the cork tree finally releases its grip on the glass, & there’s barely any bubbles atop the dark, reddy liquid. The nose is bourbon-soaked Werther’s Original, with a bit of vanilla. Not very much of any of it, though.

Flying Mouflan – Barrel Aged is one of those beers where I’d prefer to head back to base camp. The brewer must have left a significant amount of bourbon in the old barrel, because there’s at least a couple teaspoons in my beer. Caramel fishtails in behind, towing vanilla, light bitterness from the hops, figgy, touch of smoke, big bellow of sweet cane sugar that takes over the finish. Nice & thick, like a girl holding a “don’t like this, don’t look” sign in the middle of a median somewhere. For a near-beer, this is killa drinkable.

Troegs has taken a world-class beer, tossed it into barrels, & summoned a beer that’s about three notches down the Thurstone scale from the original. Still a very good beer, but gimme shelter in the low-flying, non-barrel, straight-up Mouflan any day.

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle into a matching mouflan cervoise. The brew appears a hazy mahogany with ruby clarity and orange around the edges when held to the light. 2+ fingers of yellowish khaki head appear when poured aggressively down the center of the glass (as directed by the label instructions.) The cap fades and holds around the perimeter.

The nose is quite sweet smelling coming across like raison, caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut. Some earthen woody element blends to some tangy alcohol addition. Tangy in a whiskey sense, not bacterial or distracting in anyway...in fact its quite complimentary. The nose on this is perhaps the best attribute, it carries everything I enjoy about mouflan and includes a perfect barrel presence as well.

The taste has a bit of sweetness reminiscent of caramel and raison with a strong indication of cocoa, oak and tangy whiskey. A hint of vanilla and toasted coconut in the aftertaste and slight tannic dryness mingles with the warming alcohol. The typical bitter hop inclusion of fresh mouflan is almost completely faded other than an herbal flavor some sips and in it's place is a fantastic vintage mouflan with great focus on malt and barrel flavoring.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A great mix of aged mouflan with enjoyable barrel nuance. The alcohol is really well masked in this, in fact its hard to believe its +4% more alcohol than normal mouflan. Troegs knows they did great with this one and they priced it accordingly. If it was cheaper id buy a case but at $50 a 4-pack...yikes. You owe it to yourself to try at least one of these before its gone.

After the fact thoughts and consideration. The label states this is bottle conditioned but there was no sediment in the bottle and it was quite carbonated despite having a bottle date of 3 days ago stamped on the neck. I dont understand how thats possible?

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Joe. Poured on 3/20/15 into my a Rapp tulip. Pours I dark brown and viscous with a small khaki head, creamy, that dissipates somewhat quickly. Huge aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, more brown sugar, bourbon, oak, marshmallow. Flavor follows with an incredibly smooth vanilla brown sugar, marshmallow, super mellow bourbon, oak, some molasses. Finishes with more explosions of vanilla left on the palate. Big and viscous, medium to medium low carbonation, just the perfect mouthfeel. Honestly one of the best, best, best Barleywines I have beer had. I am impressed.

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Photo of ajm5108
1.9/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep caramel, thin whispy lace, mild carbonation. Aroma is not good on this one - there are some wimpy notes of cheap bourbon, driftwood moss, sweet malt that clashes with the earthier aromas, viney hops. The result reminds me of an antibiotic I used to take as a kid but can’t remember the name of. Very disappointing.

The taste is a little better but still a misfire. Whatever barrels they used imparted a ton of wood flavor - if I had looked down & saw wood chips actually floating in the beer I wouldn’t have been surprised. The bourbon is low shelf, fusel and raw tasting. There are some hops too which add some musty cardboard flavors towards the back palate, along with some german malt that never comes to life. Finishes dry. I love base Flying Mouflan, and was a huge fan of the regular oak-aged version, so I was shocked how badly the bourbon version misses the mark. Troegs is consistently solid so maybe this was just a bad batch but it was a huge letdown in my opinion.

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Photo of Alking956
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnbaru15
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rammed96
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TedStrosser
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THSmusicman
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gretareagan
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery. Taste a of rum raisins as well as some mild chocolate and caramel. Decent, but doesn’t shine a candle to bourbon country barley wine and some other great in this category.

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Photo of acurtis
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 2017 vintage 12.7oz bottle at Tröegs on 01FEB18 while in the area for a Battle of the Bulge re-enactment. Weighs in at 11.50% ABV and set me back %13.00. Safely back home, time to give it a try....

Poured into a Smutty snifter, it was a clear but dense, chestnut/mahogany color. The color is really seen only at the edges and when backlit. Head is a scant covering of fine, beige bubbles, with light lacing. Nose has some caramel, toffee, charred brown sugar and dark fruit. The body is about a medium, perhaps a smidge more... And the feel is über smooth, with rather light prickle.

Flavor also has some brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Has a hint of dark fruit, rum, some tobacco, and earthy hopping. Bourbon action is barely detectable, as far as my palate can tell. Not bad... Nowhere near as good as the regular Mouflan, imo... Prosit!!

4.06/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1998

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Graciously sent my way in a recent trade.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with minimal head retention and light lacing. This beer has the look of a beer that has seen some considerable barrel aging (which I gather it has). On the nose, you know immediately you're in for a treat, as there is considerable bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fruits. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer, and while fairly sweet, that sweetness is not over the top. Mouthfeel is just terrific. The beer is very full, with a long, soft, endless finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, with nary a trace of heat or heaviness. You can certainly tell it's up there a bit, but I would not have guessed 13.4%!

Excellent beer. I have to say the barrel aging pretty much obliterates the base beer (hard to believe this started out in life as a fairly hoppy DIPA), but really, who cares. This is absolutely delicious, and I just wish I had more than the single bottle. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark raisin color with a thick toffee colored lacing ring, lots of legs when the glass is swirled.

S - Bourbon, sweet molasses, oak, vanilla, raisins, caramel, toffee.

T - Nicely blended: Molasses, oak, vanilla, raisins, figs, dark chocolate bitterness, and a bittersweet bourbon chocolate finish with a touch of citrus sweetness buried underneath. Surprisingly, the bourbon is not overpowering at all, nice blend going on here.

M - Medium thick body with little to no detectable alcohol warming on the way down, gentle on the tongue.

O - A well blended beer but pricey. One of the easiest drinking 13.4% I've had to date, deceptive and dangerous.

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Photo of kwgduke
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DIM
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The barrel aging added around 4% to the abv, but it so incredibly well incorporated! That extra oomph provides an aroma vehicle for rich raisins, lush bourbon, and hints of oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Great bourbon barrel/barleywine balance in the nose. As wonderful as this smells, it might taste even better. A well aged Mouflan (which I miss, haven't had one in a long while) with its rich, amber ale caramel and hints of faded citrus easily stands up to what must of been very fresh, wet barrels. Make no mistake, the barrel presence is far from shy; it's quite assertive actually. Plenty of vanilla, muted oakiness, and wave after wave of warming bourbon before a boozy chocolate finish. Unlike many barrel aged beers, the mouth feel here is full and lush. Barrel aging at it's best, no doubt.

Now about that price. As great as this was, it will be my only bottle. Even accounting for the bomber packaging mark up on regular Mouflan, this comes it around 4x base beer price. It's 8x the original Scratch #4 price! It seems like 2x is at the high end of normal for most barrel aged mark ups. Over $300 a case direct from the factory? I could get cases of Insanity, Backwoods Bastard, and Central Waters bourbon b-wine, plus have enough left to take the wife out for dinner for less than that. And all those prices reflect 3 tiers of profit (brewery, wholesaler, retail).

Oh well, plenty of great beer at reasonable prices to be had.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this corked & caged bottle chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark brown with opaque clarity and 3 fingers of light tan head with fine bead and some lace that sticks in spots. The smell has a lot of fig-like aroma with dark caramelized sugar with slight bourbon w/vanilla aroma with mild toffee/raisin-like sweet and earthy nose and slight alcohol augmentation. The feel has rich bourbon with medium high carbonation and rich sweet malty middle with mildly spicy accent. There is a bourbon soaked woody feel as it finishes semi-dry with lasting residual sugar element and mild warmth of bourbon.

The taste is candy-like at first with dark sugar/toffee and hints of dark cocoa covered raisin with some moderately strong bourbon flavor which brings a woody vanilla and coconut taste mid palate with slight pine-like hop flavor in the background. There is a plentiful bourbon drenched wood flavor that pervades and slight fig-like rich earthy sweetness and mild tannin in the background w/ subtle nutty &cocoa tinged taste as it warms with dry dark malty quality. The quality of barrel influence is balanced supremely well and takes the base barleywine and adds to it. The bourbon balance to me indicates there was some blending to achieve such depth of complexity with sufficent time aging. Overall this is excellent simply put -I wanted to rate this conservatively but it exceeded my expectations in every way -smooth not boozy even though the bourbon flavor comes through with wood so pleasing in a natural caramelized sugar from barrel aging is evident. This is just delicious perhaps one of the best examples of barrel aged barleywine style ales I have tasted.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Mouflan - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 165 ratings