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Druid Fluid - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

301 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 36
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-30-2001)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Druid Fluid opens with a nose that better fits an IPA than a barleywine, being ripe with pine and grapefruit hop notes. Once past these strong citrusy aromas, a base of white grape, brown sugar, and toast presents itself, but missing is the usual alcoholic sugarbomb aroma that accompanies most beers of this style.

On the tongue, the beer does prove far less hoppy than the nose would imply, beginning with a shot of brown sugar and descending quickly into a fruit ester-heavy body of figs and raisins, accompanied by a touch of port wine and a heaping mass of caramelized brown sugar and maple syrup. A good dose of fizzy white grape juice adds a champagne-like overtone near the edges, and hops make a strong presence throughout with grapefruit and pine flavors that strengthen as the brew is held in the mouth. Right at the end of the mouthful, a lovely layer of toasted pecans emerges. Unfortunately, in subsequent mouthfuls many of the more subtle and flavorful fruit esters--especially the fig and raisin--are subsumed underneath the hops, and the beer tastes more and more like an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, while the first sip of this beer was excellent, subsequent sips lost the initial potency and deliciousness of the sugars, resulting in an imbalanced beverage. Middle Ages (the brewer) does note that, when young, the beer is quite hoppy, and the malts become more pronounced as the beer ages. Perhaps this one is a good cellaring beer, then.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 20:10:02 | More by jondeelee
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Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.