Flying Mouflan
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #31
Ranked #2,727
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: This strong alluring ale is two beers in one. Cracking open a fresh bottle unleashes hops and heat with more than 100 IBUs emanating from three hop varieties and sweet burn of 9.3% ABV. Cellaring the Flying Mouflan in a cool dark place at 50 degrees for a minimum of four months will mellow out the hops and wash away the heat. If you can resist temptation you will be rewarded with two memorable beers in a single bottle.
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First barleywine, not sure what to expect. It lands somewhere between an IPa and a sour. Great amber color, heavy barley and gras smell, very fresh. Somewhat carbonated

Oct 24, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice golden amber to brown tobacco color with a decent half finger foamy white head that once it starts to die, there is a decent amount of adequate stringy lacing sticking finely to the sides of the glass. The smell was definitely of the English persuasion of sorts of a Barleywine as the typical "tobacco" smell and maltiness came out here. The taste was caramel malts with a nice coating of the tobacco coming through as well. On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy with a decent boozy edge to it. The alcohol is well noted and I know that was not from the tryptophan from the turkey we had that night. Overall, pretty nice English barleywine worthy of coming back to.

Jun 22, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 050112

This beer pours a deep rust color with garnet highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

There are aromas of caramel, dates and fig.

The taste is much the same although it is not as sweet as the aroma lead me to believe. I taste caramel, toast, dates, fig and brown sugar. With all the malt flavor it never gets too sweet. There are enough residual hops to balance the flavor.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel

This has held of very well for almost five years. It is an enjoyable beer that is keeping me warm on a mild winter night.

Jan 19, 2017
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best barleywine so have tried, barrel aged or not. Pours a deep, deep ruby that almost looks brown or black. The smell and taste are a very rich combination caramel, toasty bread, and some fruitiness. A little pine and hop aroma and bitterness. One of the finest, most balanced, and well rounded barleywines that I have tasted.

Dec 05, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Kuhnhenn XV tasting glass at a barleywine tasting. Hoppier than I would have initially anticipated (certainly hoppier than Lower de Boom, which we directly compared it to prior), but the palate develops well into grape, blackberry, and boysenberry. Avoids going overboard with cherry, dates, raisins, or figs. A solid American barleywine, though hard for me to compare generally, only because I tend to favor the English side of the style.

Sep 16, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew is 6 years old. Time for its reveal. Poured at 52 into a tulip glass.

This is one dark monster, like over used motor oil. The color is dark brown like a stain on wood. Carbonation bubble dance to and fro from the murkiness. The medium tan colored head is a one finger thick and rocky; furthermore, the head tatted some beautiful lacing around the glass. The head does not have the best retention. This is an awesome showing.

A huge malt bomb ripe with caramel and toast aided with biscuit and yeast notes. Pine, resin, and grapefruit round off the hops. The aromas are not as intense as fresh barley wine, it is just refined.

A barleywine this refined with age is just heaven. The malt is rich with caramel, and toast A warm alcoholic touch, bready, yeasty, biscuit with subtle pine resin floral, grapefruit and perfume.

The mouth feel is warming and coating.

This is the reason why god made barleywines. I have tasted some awful to harsh barleywines, the age on this is has made this awesome.

Apr 28, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin and bubbly tan froth atop a dark brown brew. Fresh-baked brown bread, cherry, plum and pine to the nose. The taste brings to mind melted caramel dripping off a spoon and mixed with brown bread, brown sugar, mincemeat and currants with a finely tuned resinous hop ending for good measure. Medium side of heavy and smooth all the way down with a creamy core and drier than expected finish.

Top tier.

Nov 15, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch that came as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a very deep and murky brown that is almost a solid mahogany in color. A small and tan colored head forms and retains very well with a good amount of lacing. It almost looks like a carbonated brandy in the glass.

S- Huge candied dark fruits hit the nose in an aggressive fashion right off the bat. Right after the dark fruits, the booze and dark malts assault the nose next. What hops there might have been are very subtle or removed, probably due to the age of the bottle. The end of the scent has a mostly sweet, but slightly balanced with a touch of bitterness.

T- Starts off with dark and bitter malts right up front. A small amount of the dark fruit flavor from the scent translates into the taste. In the middle of the drink, boozy bitterness is the primary flavor that almost displays a nutty, almond-like aspect. The lingering flavor on the tongue is of black licorice and bitter hops and malts.

M- This beer is surprisingly well carbonated for its age. Outside of the carbonation, it is a very smooth, but boozy and warming beer.

Overall, I think this beer is a little past its prime, but it has held up surprisingly well for its age. The pour, the scent, and even the taste has held up very well after 4 years in the bottle. While this isn't my favorite barleywine, it isn't bad.

Aug 07, 2015
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit strange. It smells so much maltier than it tastes, or does it taste so much hoppier than it smells? Either way, the deliciousness promised by my nose was not met by my tongue. Not entirely. I'm a little disappointed

Feb 13, 2015
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottled May 2012

A: poured into a DFH snifter to a deep brown with some red around the edges with a finger of dense off white head that is slow to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: smells of caramel sweetness with a little fruitiness, hops struggle to appear but there are some notes of pine and sweet citrus
T: taste is caramel sweetness a little toasted malt, bready and slightly fruity with some slight sweet orange flavors, hints of chocolate and a little pine and herbal bitterness. swallow is oily piney and citrusy hops with some residual caramel sweetness and cocoa powder
M: somewhat full and a little sticky in the mouth. carbonation is soft but adequate and the finish is a little drying
O: This is a great beer. Awesome flavors and complexity that would probably fare very well mingling with a bourbon barrel.

Nov 01, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1,000th rating!

Bottle purchased and drank at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY. Not sure the year, but due to the taste, it appears to have been cellared very well.

Pours a dark amber/brown, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells include caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, leather, and tobacco.

The taste is similar and just wonderful. The hops have completed faded away and left some sweet and decadent flavors. Only slightly boozy, with rich malt flavors. I taste chocolate, some smoke, brown sugar, candied fruits, toffee, leather, tobacco. Very complex.

The alcohol at this age (wish I knew just how old) is barely noticeable. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, no carbonation. Very drinkable, was able to polish off a bomber with no problem.

This is one of the best barleywines I've ever had, it's just about perfect.

May 04, 2014
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mverity from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of @Casey3236. Pours a mostly opaque deep nutty brown, with hints of rich woody red. Creamy tan head that held pretty well before fading into a medium collar and a few wisps. Sticky legs and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, deep earthy malt, woody, some leathery damp soil. Taste is dark caramel, nutti-chocolate with some almond like toastiness, leather and earth. Rich mouthfeel, full bodied and low to medium carbonation. I think I aged this one a bit too long, or maybe not long enough. That dirt-like flavor is a little off putting.

Apr 14, 2014
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BoulderBarrovecchio from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Toffee and caramel clouds with 2 inch head that laces, no carbonation.

S: Citrus fruit and high hops.

T: Complex taste that develops into a bubblegum flavor, with mellowed hops on the back-end.

M: Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

O: I wasn't expecting to like this after the strong hops scent raced immediately after the pint was opened, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Didn't love it, but would have it again.

Feb 28, 2014
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bomber bottle with nearly two years of age on it and poured into my Deschutes teku...

A - Dark red/brown pour with a finger and a half head. Sticky lace left all over the glass throughout consumption. Perfect look

S - Raisins, dark fruits and toffee really stand out for me. There's a good medley here that balances quite well

T - More dark fruits along with dates and molasses. The toffee stands out the most for me. Amazingly complex. Outstanding!

M - Low carbonation, thin to medium feel and silky f'n smooth

O - The two years of age have done this amazingly well. This is absolutely insanely drinkable. The 9+% ABV is hardly noticeable as I am cruising through this bomber with ease. This is one of the best barleywines on the market. Do yourself a favor and set this one aside for awhile and reap the benefits!

Jan 31, 2014
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Thezapper from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark reddish brown with nice lacing

S: First thing I get is dark and dried fruits, molasses, and just a touch of hops.

T: Very sweet off the bat which gives way to some decent hop flavor and ends dry with some lingering bitterness.

M: Decent mouth feel for the style. For me a barley wine should be thick, almost chewy and very complex. This definitely lingers on the tongue nicely and excites the taste buds.

O: Another good brew from Troegs. For me it lacks just a touch of complexity but makes up for that in drinkability, dangerously so. This goes down easy so be careful at over 9%.

Jan 27, 2014
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LI_PO12 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into snifter

Appearance- reddish brown, hazy, tan head

Aroma- Toffee, figs, molasses, deep malts, raisins, some booze

flavor- Molasses, toffee, dates and figs, slightly toasty malts, sweet up front, but balances out and ends up somewhat bitter at the finish, warming alcohol

Mouthfeel- Medium/heavy, medium carbonation

Overall- Really like this beer. this is from the 2012 batch, and has aged nicely. Really hoppy when fresh but ages so well. Worth a try for sure.

Jan 10, 2014
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark crimson color with little clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, raisins, toffee, boozy alcohol, raisins, and cherries.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, raisins, cherries, warm alcohol, bananas, mild tingly hop bitterness, tobacco, chocolate

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, warm boozy alcohol, and full bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid barleywine that I have enjoyed a lot of over the years.

Dec 28, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA for $9 - 2010 edition

Appearance - Brown colour with a below average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 3-4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some dark fruits, chocolate, and some leathery notes.

Overall - Maybe a little passed its prime, but really smooth and rich. Fantastic balance and a great beer to sip on. If only this was available in 12oz bottles - 6-packs, I'd fill up my cellar with it.

Dec 08, 2013
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1sophrosyne1 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a goblet glass after 24 weeks "growler aged" at refrigerator temperature. On tap fresh, I had found it a little sharp, gangly, and fruit-imbalanced despite appreciating the complexity and effort. Guys at the tasting room encouraged a 4-6 month age that would allow the edges to round off and the flavors to come together around a firmer core of malt.

The pour is a deeper, thicker chocolate mahogany than a fresh tapped version. Very little light will pass, but what does puts a red glowing frame around a dark center. A fairly rich hay-colored head froths up from its belly and holds on thick on the rim despite falling somewhat quickly. An isle of larger bubbles floats on top, and stealthy carbonation keeps the topsheet on--a sheet that makes a thin show of lacing that's durable. More light shines through as you look down into a dwindling pour, and it looks warm and inviting.
There's a candied cherry nose, but its much less sharp and acidic and esteric than when it is young. Malts do come forward more, now, though naphtha is still in front of it. There's hazlenut, some orange and soft nutmeg. A firm essence of thick-crusted raisin bread fills much of the middle of each breath. There's just a hint of grass and dandelion with a squeeze of lemon as a reminder that hops were involved, but they've crumbled under the weight of toasted malt.
The taste profile does flatten out with time in the growler, and in most ways, it's an improvement to me. There's less booze in the nose, and that change is echoed in each gulp. Cherry is present, but less potent. Dark fruits like raisin and fig have more to say, now, and cocoa is less prominent but the buttery essence remains. Caramelized pears are in the center, and in the aftertaste. Nutmeg and a little cinnamon come out toward the end of each sip. Cut timber, hemp, and even some hoppy resin sneaks into the end, too, especially as it warms.
A good dose of carbonation balances this large-bodied barleywine. There's a smooth start that's cut quickly by a fruity acidity and those bright bubbles. Chewy in the middle when the breads and nuts are in the flavor, just as it should. Then, it ends with some bitter palate cleanup that leaves interesting coatings to savor on teeth and tongue.
Overall, this beast is still just a touch clumsy for me, and its alcohol and related organics not knitted tightly enough to its taste elements. But it improves like wine with time on the foundation of good malts and astringent tannins as it should. I'm tempted to get a growler this coming season and hold it for a full year dark in the cold to another level of maturity. And I also can't wait for the reminder of the lively birth of a fresh glass in a couple of months...

Oct 29, 2013
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 22oz snifter; deep opaque mahogany with a big fluffy tan head that leaves rocky lacing as it fades slowly.
Smells of toasted grain, raisins, caramel, toffee, graham cracker, light chocolate and burnt sugar. Slight leafy, earthy hops.
Taste is complex and follows the nose; starts with sweet toasted grain malt with waves of caramel and toffee, moving through sweeter darker notes of candied raisins and chocolate, finishing with a slight heat of booze and a nice bitter pinch of hops, more than the nose suggested, which rounds this beer off nicely and keeps it from being too sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky, but finishes before becoming cloying thanks to the hops.
Overall, a great example of the sweeter side of the style.

Sep 14, 2013
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think this is 2012 vintage, but I'm not positive. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a murky dark hazy auburn; fluffy khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very malty and loaded with chocolates and sticky caramel. There are hints of raisins and toffee as well. Lots of dark fruits. Lots of caramel malts as well. The flavors seem to really match. The hops have seem to have faded. More chocolate, caramel, toffee, raisins. This one has a very nice sweetness to it, but its definitely not cloying. There are also subtle hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It starts off feeling thin, but it's actually pretty thick and very creamy. Carbonation is very low, but it's there. Alcohol goes unnoticed and there's barely any warming sensantion. This makes a great sipper. It's fun to drink too.

I think this one is better fresh, but it's still a great barleywine and a great example of the style. As it ages, it gains the English-style characteristics. The craftsmanship is always there with Troegs. I heard they might've stopped brewing this one, but I'm not positive. So I'd grab one if you see it.

Sep 12, 2013
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a cloudy and hazy auburn hue that built a fizzy carbonated head.

The scent is almost thick in the nose with robust caramel, toffee, grapes, dates and cherry aromas.

That thickness translates into the taste as the flavors are rich. I catch a strong crab Apple flavoring with pears, prunes and a sweet toffee. It then finishes chocolatey and bready.

This was a really good example of a barleywine, and aging it for a year may have changed some of its characteristics but I'm awfully glad I did it.

Sep 04, 2013
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dsal89 from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into a captain lawrence tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a dark off white head.

Sm: Big caramel. Sugar coated dark fruits. Small amount of hop presence. Maybe some pine and/or citrus. Smells nicely sweet which is something I look for in a barleywine.

T: Caramel and toffee big upfront. Very feint dark fruit. Small presence of a piney-ness on the finish with a nice bitterness on the finish to cleanse the palate and help cut the sweetness. There is also a nice roasted coffee character that I am getting and it really adds complexity to the beer. Very, very well done!

M: Nice full mouthfeel. Sticky and coats the mouth very nicely.

O: Wow. This is a nice barleywine! Sweet but in check and very satisfying. Very drinkable as well despite being a 9% beer.


Jul 18, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a sediment filled deep dark brown with a tint of red/amber. Decent finger of mocha colored head. Ok retention, good lacing. (first glass for a friend was very clear and had a noticeably darker pour).

S- Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, some faint dark fruits, slightly toasty, boozy, slight vanilla. Very very faint.

T - Dry bitter earthy hops, lots of dark fruits lots of sugary malts , caramel and chocolate, and a nice wallop of boozyness again with dark fruits/cherries and sugary malts. Bitterness lingers a bit along with really nice candied flavors. Really big flavor and really well balanced!

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, lowish carbonation.

O - Taste and mouthfeel are the strong points for sure, no real weaknesses. Very smooth and drinkable with big balanced taste. Very nice

Jul 01, 2013
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BrewMaven from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My Fathers Day treat to myself.

Nice slightly hazy deep red appearance with a tall tan long lasting rocky head.

Nice aromas of dark, sweet and some bitter fruits. Even the smell of this beer is rich!

A real flavor bomb with the fruitiness up front, a wave of hops mid palate followed by more ripe fruit and a hind of sweet chocolate. Alcohol is not too obvious even at 9.3%

Fairly thick full mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. This is like dessert in a bottle.

A real taste treat that was very enjoyable after my dinner of bbq ribs and home made potato salad.

Definitely on my repeat buy list!

Jun 17, 2013
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1417 ratings