Flying Mouflan - Oak Barrel-Aged
Tröegs Brewing Company

Flying Mouflan - Oak Barrel-AgedFlying Mouflan - Oak Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #44
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,439
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
76
From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  3
Gots
  15
SCORE
91
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Flying Mouflan - Oak Barrel-AgedFlying Mouflan - Oak Barrel-Aged
Notes: Flying Mouflan unlocks bold notes of hops dipped in candi sugar and rolled in cocoa nibs. We mature our barleywine ale in oak barrels for over 6 months to soak in tangy raisin and infuse vanilla and chocolate decadence.

75 IBU
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 76
Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. the beer was picked up on a trip to Hershey a few years ago. Beer pours a clear amber color with minimal beige colored creamy head of about 1 cm and fades to a sturdy edge layer and a wispy island on the surface.
The aroma is robust and boozy with brown sugar, caramel, raisin and red grapes. Some dry wooden notes come through and definitely a good dose of black peppery alcohol. There is also some faint black tea hop character on the nose. Quite complex scents on this brew.
The first sip reveals a beer with a thinner body than expected but with slightly syrupy texture and very mild and spacious carbonation. Even with the lighter body this is still a bit of a sipping beer.
Flavor is similar to what I expect from the nose. I get toffee and brown sugar mixing with a bit of red grape and raisin notes. A bit of general sweetness rolls to some light chocolate and again some boozy black pepper notes. The hops are not really to present with just a little bit of herbal tea and then some warming booze hits on the finish.
I enjoy this barleywine and fine it to be a longer term investment to complete the bottle than expected, but only because Im savoring it. Nice brew!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a small head that shrinks to a constant ring.
S - Aroma is boozy and woody barrel.
T - Flavor is big on raisin with toffee and woody barrel not far behind. As the beer warms, some dark chocolate begins to come out.
M - Carbonation is below average, mouth feel average.
O - I really enjoyed this Barleywine. Wish I had more so I could put one in the cellar for 3-5 years.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle from the brewery into pint glass. Pours a deep, cloudy reddish amber color with a light tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, and a hint of oak. Hops are definitely secondary to the malts. No dark fruits that I noticed - perhaps overwhelmed by the malts? Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the light side, which is just about perfect for this beer. Finish is smooth and sweet. Alcohol is wickedly well hidden.

I'm rating this on my enjoyment, not necessarily adherence to style. I think it's damn good.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of bottles of this during a brewery visit on 25JAN17, for $6.00 each. Am now getting down to trying and, hopefully, enjoying the Mouflan.

Poured into a small tulip, it is a very dark, near opaque mahogany color. The head is initially about 1/4" but rapidly ebbs to a fine, thin layer of light tan bubbles. Lacing is rather light, overall. Nose is a mix of vanilla, brown bread and raisins. Body is medium to medium-plus, and it is light regarding prickle on the tongue.

Taste has some cocoa and choco notes, with a healthy dose of vanilla. Also has a bit of brown sugar, and some raisins, currants and even black cherry lurking in the background. Though listed as having 75 IBUs, the hopping is rather restrained, in my opinion, with some earthy characteristics. All in all, a solid, tasty brew, though I think I prefer the regular Mouflan better. Prosit!

4.16/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged bottle poured into a Teku glass at the troegs brewery

Dark Brown liquid capped by a taupe cap that quickly settles to a layer of bubbles

Aroma of cocoa , dark fruits , raisins

Taste of cocoa, raisins , deep dark chocolate , vanilla and oak of course

Low sudsing , feel the alcohol , almost astringent puckering , settles as it warms to room temperature . I suggest letting this beer warm as the taste expands at room temperature

Good beer

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Photo of ajm5108
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very deep amber with a decadent amount of creamy head. Good retention. Smell is off-the-charts - lots of caramel malt, dark raisin, vanilla, burnt sugar and just a bit of hop. Robust and inviting. Very impressed with this one. The base beer is already very solid, but the aging really helps elicit those warm, hearty flavors. Malt bill is fantastic and brings lots of caramel and some toasted nut & English toffee. The vanilla is there more in the background, and I actually lost the raisin you get on the nose. There's just a smidge of hop bitterness and a little hot alcohol, but it's enough just to the right amount of punch. Overall this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice and smooth. Darker than I expected, with faint hints of cocoa nibs. Notes of plum, light brown sugar and vanilla. Cherry and green apple make appearances.

Reminds me of Weyerbacher Insanity, without the harsh booziness. Creamy mouthfeel throughout, and finishes oaky dry.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while back and had to refresh myself with this beer, as I hadn't had the regular Flying Mouflan in a very long time. This was a strong beer, to be sure, but it was damn tasty and quite possibly the most accessible Barleywine that I've ever had. The rye and booze were here but they were wonderfully complemented by a broad range of flavors that were smooth and meshed well together!

Great pour to this as the hue was pure raisin, with some light seeping in around the edges. A full, salmon head countered the liquid quite nicely as it was fully and relatively long-lasting. Lots of raisin, booze, and oak barrel in the nose with even more of all of them in the taste, along with the sweetness from the candied sugar. Not a lot of cocoa nibs here but they were felt in the slightly gritty and bitter undertone to this beer as the dark fruit came out more as this warmed up. Wonderful rings of lacing were left along the back side of my pint glass as there was a nice amount of candied body and carbonation to accompany the dark cherry, currant, and raisin that gave this wonderful depth that faded into the warm and sour finish from the oak barrel aging.

To be fair, this was a strong beer and one bottle was more than enough for me! Somewhere under this was the hit of cocoa that paired nicely with the oak and fruit flavors but with so much going on here, it was more of an afterthought than anything else. Really impressed with this beer though to be fair - this was not a typical Barleywine by any stretch. This was enough to get me back into drinking Troegs after moving on to more up-and-coming breweries. Quite possibly their best offering at the moment!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled 03/18/2016.

pours dark and hazy, deep mahogany. caramel white head is fluffy to start. dark fruit, mostly figs and plums in the nose. a wisp of vanilla? there are definitely some oak undertones here. warming alcohol, but not over the top in the least. there is a lot more vanilla flavor on the body. sweet, but not cloying. bitterness is present. overall this is a good beer, in an impressive package, however i am not finding enough contrast to regular Mouflan to go out of my way to get it in the future. curious to try the bourbon barrel aged variant if i can.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brown color with tints of red sporadic throughout. somewhat clear but hazy. less than a half finger head and poor lacing on the pint.

S- raisins, dates and brown sugar come through strong. toffee and caramel round it out. The booze is dominating as well.

F- molasses, dates and raisins with toffee and caramel. oh this is nice.

M- creamy chewy and heavy dark bodied. it goes down so smooth though. the grain is there but the flavors cover it up just enough.

O- love it love it....great beer to drink when just chillen but more than one and you are in trouble. a definite sipper.

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Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork and it pours very dark brown color that almost looks black with a solid 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which dissipated on the faster side, popping and fizzing as it eased down into a later on top. The brew leaves good foamy lacing coating the sides, and the lace doesn't move; looks like sprayed on insulation.

Smells boozy and oaky up front with toffee, caramel, molasses and brown sugar, followed by dark fruit like raisin, date and plum or fig. Mild piney hops and some sweet bready notes like a syrup drenched piece of French toast. It's really sweet and malty, but the complexities are nice with earthy tones coming through the booze and malty sweetness.

Taste is like the nose but brings in char, burnt wood, vanilla and light cocoa powder to go along with the oak accents, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, raisin, date, fig and other dark fruits. Mild spices, tobacco and piney hops come through in the second wave with that syrup drenched French toast crust again showing up late but this time it seems like coffee grinds or cherry soda are mixed in. The oak barrels influence this beer is a good way but subdue the hops. Quite a bit more tobacco and hints of coconut or bourbon trails off in the finish after each sip. This is very interesting to sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a medium to heavy body, mild carbonation and a grainy, boozy sweetness that really is the main component with oak, dark fruits, char and toffee/syrup accents fighting for attention as it fades. The booze is always evident but not hot, so this drinks easier than it should for 11.7% ABV. Glad I was able to score a bottle of this at the brewery, it was a nice deviation from the base beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter tulip glass not sure when it was bottled at near room temperature. Pours an attractive mahogany with a two finger tan head that leaves behind wisps of lace and takes its time settling into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is oaky,woody, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, caramel, biscuit, and a little alcohol.

Taste follows nicely oak, wood,dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel, and warming alcohol tickles the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is almost large, moderate carbonation, creamy, a little dry, and drinkability is insane for 12.5% ABV.

Overall this is one of the best Barleywines or beers I have ever had, thanks @jzeilinger for this beautiful gem of a beer.

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Photo of philbe311
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Three full fingers worth of airy medium khaki colored froth with a bit of a rocky top and comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a splotchy lacing and thick collar... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation mostly seen towards the top of the glass... The color is a deep ruby red with a slight haziness the permeates throughout...

S - Rich dark fruits at the outset... Plums... Cherries... Mixed berries... Figs... Gooey raisins... This sits atop a layer of brown sugar... Some light tobacco notes... Not picking up much in terms of the oak barrels... Very pleasant and satisfying...

T - The sweetness alluded to by the aroma is dialed down several notches... The dark fruit sweetness is present, but it competes with the brown sugar and tobacco for prominence... The oak barrel aging is more present in terms of the palate... It's subtle but adds a nice layer of depth and complexity... The hops rise on the deep finish and pack a bit of a piney punch...

F - Medium to full bodied... Sleek and lush to start... Finishes with a slight touch of dryness... Lightly carbonated throughout...

O - A nice Barrel Aged American Barley Wine... However, I'm fairly certain I would opt for "regular old" Flying Mouflan (which has been MIA for the past few years)... Still highly enjoyable and worthy of seeking out for BAs fond of the style...

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - looks almost black, but when held up to the light, it reveals a deep reddish brown color (emphasis on red). It also has a decent khaki head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - vanilla, toffee, raisins, chocolate, booze.

Taste - so much going on here. Similar to the aroma where vanilla, toffee, and a Raisinette flavor blend perfectly. It ends with strong boozy notes, but it's very pleasant.

Feel - good carbonation, a little thin due to the aging process, but it still maintains some chewiness.

Overall, this is a truly unique beer that's difficult to explain in a few sentences. I haven't had the regular version for a few years so I can't accurately compare the two, but this aged version really stands out as something special.

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Photo of hman43
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours amber with ruby highlights and a tan head. The overall clarity of the beer is good.

Smell: It has aromas of caramel and bread with moderate fruity esters. The initial aroma is very malty with the fruity esters coming in a second wave.

Taste: It has a high concentration of caramel flavors with bread, moderate fruity esters and some oak. The floral hops comes in moderately in the taste after the initial malt and esters flavors.

Feel: It has a chewy, full bodied feel with high floral hop bitterness and plenty of alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a caramel drive high hopped alcohol strength barleywine with a classic long lasting finish.

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Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle. The brew pours a clear copper color with yellowish tan head that holds with a decent cap that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

This smells fruity with alcohol/hops and it dies there without much other nuance. As it warms up it gets slightly medicinal with a hint of saw dust.

This tastes fruity with hops/alcohol and raw oak woodiness and slight char. There is some medicinal bitterness.

This is medium to light in body with modest carbonation. This is boozy with raw oak instead of the pleasant bourbon this displayed last year. Its not terrible unless you compare it to last year when it was phenomenal and completely different.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't get to try last years version simply because I refused to pay $12 for 12 oz, $48 per 4 and my math says $288 a case? Are you frigging kidding me? I paid $150 for my first case of Bourbon County ... no more examples needed. So at least they fixed the pricing. Correct your mistakes.

Pretty dark amber color. Not enough aroma for me, little barrel character vanilla and butterscotch. Hops still come thru in the taste, not bitter but tasty. Count me in the prefer the base beer camp. Why is that beer not being made anymore? Was there a better regular beer fresh at $6 bomber? Yea maybe couple I could think of but not many. Time to email the brewery, my 2 old favorites I miss the most, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel and regular Mouflan.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 76 ratings