Tröegs Flying Mouflan | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Flying MouflanTröegs Flying Mouflan

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2009

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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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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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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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Tröegs Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company
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