Monday, December 24, 2012

Troegs Flying Mouflan

This 9.3% ABV beer is from the Troegs Brewing Company in Hershey,  Pennsylvania. It is self-described as "pushing our Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff", tasting like hops dipped in candied sugar and rolled in dark chocolate nibs. It indicates it can be cellared.

The beer pours a deep dark amber in color, mahogany and ruby. There is a short head of light brown and creamy foam. It leaves thick rings of lacing down the glass. The aroma is full, round, and smooth, a mix of sweet and fruit. There is luscious tropical fruit, fully present, but subdued and smooth rather than tangy. There is also rich and sweet dark caramel sweetness, with a bit of chocolate and spice. The sweet tang of candied fruits is in the background. The taste follows the aromas and presents a wonderful blend of rich roasted and caramel malt, fruits and sweetness. It never becomes overly sweet and there is a countering strong bitterness on the finish, yet it never loses its smooth creaminess. There is a lot going on in this beer, and it works from beginning to end.

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