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Hershey, Pa.’s Troegs Brewing Co. calls Flying Mouflan a barleywine-style ale, but it’s unlike any barleywine you’ve ever had. Deep brown with rich roasted malts that toss off notes of chocolate and candied figs, it’s also dosed to the breaking point with a glorious bouquet of hops. It’s almost Nugget Nectar on steroids, only richer, browner and much hotter. (This beer is not quiet about it's 9.3 percent ABV.) Barleywines tend to be on the sweet side, but not this one: Its bitterness runs deep, not just from the hops, but also from the roasted malts that suggest burnt sugar. There's some butterscotch, toffee and dark fruit in the taste—elements that come to the fore if you let a bottle sit in your cellar for a few years, but Flying Mouflan makes you work to find it. Find it on draft at 2nd Street Brew House and Moriarty’s Pub.
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