Awhile back, Val and I took a weekend trip to Pittsburgh. On the way out there, we stopped at Troegs brewery for lunch. I hadn’t been to Troegs since 2010, when they were still located in Harrisburg. While I was there, I picked up a bomber of Flying Mouflan, which had just won a gold at GABF that year. So, I was interested to try this version, because I really enjoyed the regular version.
Style: American Barleywine
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”
Random: This beer is available in cork and cage bottles only and uses Chinook, Simcoe and Warrior hops.
This beer poured with less than a finger of off white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose started with the expected bourbon notes. I picked up vanilla, charred oak and then it transitioned into raisins and figs with some toffee and caramel. The taste was equally complex. It had a decent amount of sweetness with caramel and toffee. There was a pecan note as well. Raisins came through next with figs and dates. The bourbon notes were at the end with vanilla, charred oak and brown sugar. It had a bit of alcohol burn as well, which given the ABV, was to be expected. It had a heavy and chewy body, but had enough carbonation to lighten it up a bit. The finish was sticky and sweet with caramel and toffee. This was an exceptional beer. I really enjoyed the regular version and the bourbon barrel aging just turned it up a notch. I highly recommend this one.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0