Flying Mouflan
Tröegs Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
Ranked #25
Ranked #2,290
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Flying MouflanFlying Mouflan
Reviews: 573 | Ratings: 1,413
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a decent sized light tan head, sticks around for awhile and also to the glass.

Smell is quite hoppy even with the large caramel malt backbone, very earthy in its aroma, hint of grapefruit and citrus.

Taste is exactly as thought, a hoppy malt bomb, a decent citrus hop presence hits first but quickly gets pushed aside as the sweet deep caramel malt takes over, the caramel/toffee is huge, still finishes slightly dry and the sweetness of the malt isn't cloying or overly sticky, soft carbonation lends a great creaminess and body to this beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first "big beers" I ever tried years ago, I finally re-visited this one for the first time in a while.

Pours dark ruby red with a creamy tan head. Decent retention and clumps of lacing on the glass.

A little bit of citrus hop character in the nose and an onslaught of caramel/toffee flavors along with dark fruits and a bit of vanilla. Almost liquer like with the sweetness and candied hop aroma.

Taste is not quite up to par with the nose as the sweetness dominates a bit too much. Citrus hops especially grapefruit are present up front along with a syrupy caramel presence. I get a lot of brown sugar, vanilla and raisin/fig character as well as this definitely leans more toward English barleywine than American. Hops are present, but malts shine. A little booze is evident on the back end. Again almost like a brandy with the fruity sweetness.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Fruity sweet booze finish, but not over alcoholic. A bit on the sweet side overall, but there is some bitterness.

A tasty beer although one I'd recommend splitting as it's too overly sweet to take down a whole bottle myself. Even splitting it, 11 oz was more than enough. I've had this at various stages of its life and feel it's definitely best fresh as the sweetness/bitterness are the best ratio then.

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Photo of CHickman
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bomber freshly bottled from the Tröegs Brewery in August 2011, and let it age for over a year. Pours a blood red color that seems clear, but is so dark no night comes through; has a creamy 2 finger tan that faded slowly leaving a creamy layer on top and decent spotty lacing.

I got a whiff of citrus hops up front, followed by caramel, toffee, sweet malt, grapefruit, syrup, raisin, apple, plum and other dark fruit, sweet candy, light herbs, vanilla and booze like rum or a sweet liquor; the hops were stronger than expected after a year, and the nose was sweet and pleasant overall. It almost seems like red wine, with oaky notes from the fruity sweetness.

Tastes very sweet, and almost too sweet, but it did not cross the line or “jump the shark”. Flavors include citrus hops, grapefruit, apple, caramel, toffee, syrup, raisin, sweet malt, plum, cherry and other dark fruit, sweet candy, light herbs, vanilla, biscuit, brown sugar, flowers, piney hops and booze like rum or light alcohol. It’s quite complex, with the fruity sweetness, hops and alcohol all swirling around together. The malt and bready notes balance out the hops, and the fruity sweetness seems like the hops and yeast transformed this into a more wine like experience. There is a nice mild bitterness, and this begs to be sipped slowly like a cognac.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth at the same time, with a buttery feel on the tongue, a heavy chewy body, mild carbonation, and fruity sweet finish that was slightly bitter. It’s sweet overall, but also complex and rather easy to drink considering the ABV that is always present and the hop bitterness.

I would definitely have this again and recommend trying it as it was highly drinkable to me for the style, and tasty in general. I’m glad I let this age as it was a lot mellower than I expected, and a very fine slow sipper indeed. I'd like to get a few more bottles to try it fresh and age one for a longer period of time. The alcohol kicks in as I took the last few sips, so look out as this one creeps up on you.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained as an extra in a trade in early 2010. This bottle is likely almost 3 years old, and has been cellared at 50 degrees F. Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Pours a cloudy russet hue. This bottle has been large undisturbed for the past two years but doesn't look like it- there is nothing clear about it. Pours with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

The nose is appealing, with hints of ripe apples, apple brandy, sweet figs, treacle, burnt toffee, and caramelized malt. Smells very much like a classic aged English barleywine. Interestingly, the hops used to push with IBUs over 100 when this was fresh are not English at all. Time does interesting (and in this case wonderful) things to beer.

The flavor is quite outstanding. The dark dried fruit elements come out in force, with juicy raisin and fig cookie-filling making a dent. Dark syrupy bread and brandy-macerated grapes come to mind. The original hops in their fresh form are 90% gone, but still deliver some noticeable bitterness. Chocolate is also in there somewhere, but it isn't prominent, and manifests itself like "chocolate chips in bread" as opposed to an actual pure chocolate flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick, rich, sweet, and hasn't lost a bit of staying power over the years. This one could go years longer and still have body left.

Conclusion: I intended to wait till sometime next year to open this bottle (received in a trade in early 2010). This is the first time I have tried this beer, and seeing as it never makes it out to CO, it may be the last. Well worth the wait, and I am glad I didn't drink it fresh.

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Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged 2 years, 22 oz bomber
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy amber, brown color with a 1/2 inch of khaki colored head. Head recedes to a film that retains the length of the beer. Minor wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is tons of toffee, caramel notes, raisin, date, and a hint of citrus. After 2 years, there is still a decent amount of alcohol detectable in the nose.

T: Taste is loaded with toffee and caramel at the forefront, lending its way to a raisin, date, and brown sugar flavoring. Hefty malt body continues in to the finish with a hint of citrus, pine, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, slick body that dries up right before ending with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, pretty tasty, somewhat filling, big kick, nice representation of style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 1809 Highball glass contains this clear, dark copper beer with half an inch of loose, beige head that lasts a few minutes. Slight spotty lace and a clean film are left on the glass.

This one has nut aromas with a fruity, sweet spice underneath. One will find dates, figs, some sherry and light grapefruit as it warms.

Caramel with some roasted notes and lots of raisin flavors. Black tea and wheat bread are nice additions. Bitterness is fair. Warmth allows this one to mellow.

Full bodied with alcohol, it is tame for its size. Carbonation is modest and soft and residual sugars are left behind.

Easy drinking with food, but also good with conversation.

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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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Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1413 ratings