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Druid Fluid - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

304 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 36
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of MVotter
4.95/5  rDev +26.9%

Aroma from the freshly opened bottle: floral hops, roses actually

Aroma after the pour: citrus and floral hops, some malts ... this is going to be yummy.

The Middle Ages Druid Fluid pours into a tall pils glass a foggy copper, with a huge, tan head ... excellent retention in the lacing.

First impressions of the taste of this brew are hops. In the finish, there is a dual experience of malts and hops, providing a terrific balance in the overall taste in this barleywine.

The mouthfeel is superb; an excellent blending of carbonation and gravity ... very complimentary to the style and taste of this brew.

Middle Ages Druid Fluid is a very drinkable brew. You never know what to expect with a barleywine, but this one is very impressively balanced. In fact, it reminds me of a nicely balanced double imperial pale ale, and better than a lot of them!

My favorite barleywine so far.

Bravo, Middle Ages!

MVotter, May 24, 2009
Photo of TagoMago
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark copper with a red hue. Pours with a nice head which fades to a nice creamy foam layer coating the top of the beer, providing some fine lacing.

Smell: Wow! What an aromatic brew! There is a pronounced fruitiness upfront, with some solvent-like alcohols that combine with the malts and yeast, leaving this beer with one hell of a heavenly aroma.

Taste: Full-bodied and exceptionally smooth and creamy. Malty and fruity, esthery elements are profound upfront. The beer is rather sweet from the malts, but is balanced out by the hops. A lingering hop bitterness combined with a malt sweetness lie in the finish.

Overall: This is easily one of the best American barleywines I've ever had. Simply flawless! The key word here is smooth. This is one heavenly brew from beginning to end. Highly recommended!

TagoMago, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of aerozeppl
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%

On cask at Mahar's. From notes.

A: Hazy orange in my pint glass with 2 fingers of white head.

S: Definitely a lot different than the bottle. Much more complex. Cask was meant for a beer like this.

T: Again very complex. Some light hops up front. After that it was this strange wonderful taste I have never experienced before. I do not even know how to describe it. Bitterness in the finish that is cut down by the alcohol.

M: Cask carbonation. Full body that really had a nice thick feel.

D: Since I live near Mahar's I drink quite a bit of cask beer. This one blew my mind. I really am not that into Barley Wines but this was simply amazing. Probably would not have more than 2 pints a night but if they have it on cask again I am all over it.

Update: On cask this beer is simply dumb. I had it next to Old Guardian on tap and the old guardian looked like a rookie.

aerozeppl, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

Again, thanks to shippos and clvand0 for bringing this one my way. What a great name. Druid fluid. I'm not quite sure how I feel about drinking it.

This one pours a slightly pale copper color with a finger of head that falls to a healthy coating over the beer. The nose is really nice, with a nice blast of citrusy hops over tope of a really nice thick caramel malt. It smells really damn good. The flavor is nice. Very balanced between super fantastic grapefruity sweet hops and very mellow but pronounced caramel malt. The hop also rides on as a residual bitter, but in the best wey. No offensiveness, no harshness. All sweet hop. The feel is nice and thick, bordering on slightly syrupy. Very coating over the tongue. Shit. I just checked the ABV and it says 9.5. I would have guessed 7, just because I know its a barleywine. Wow. Not even a hint of that alcohol anywhere. This beer is dangerous...in a good way. I will need t find a way to get this beer in Kentucky again.

kmpitz2, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%

I also had the pleasure of this mighty brew on cask at the toad. Aged 2 years this had really come into its own. Not as raw as the bottle fresh version. Poured a hazy mahogony color with a little bit of white head. Smell was great with huge esters seeping down my nostrils and tickling my throat along with a serious bit of piney hops to balance out the huge malted notes. Taste was like drinking carbonated molassas. It was so tasty with huge rolling waves of caramel and molassas sweetness morphing into pure brown sugar coupled with a more subdued hop taste and huge notes of alcohol. This was a rare treat and perfect for the gathering.

GreatPondBrewer, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of EPseja
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%

In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history lived a strange race of people: the Druids. No one knows who they were, or what they were doing, but their legacy remains, hewn into the living rock... of Stonehenge... and in this fantastic beverage called Druid Fluid.

Found this bottle at Cable Beverage in Bardonia, nestled way in the back, forgotten on a low shelf. It was covered with dust. Hmm... Barleywine + dust + dark back of shelf = Good chance this was aging for a bit.

Served from a 12oz. gold foil-wrapped bottle at cellar temperature in my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - Bright toasted orange color with some minor flecks in hazy suspension. Beige head rises to just about an inch, but with a dense bubbly surface like pancakes cooking on the griddle. Lacing is craggy and chunky, forming lava-rock craters on the inside of the glass with up to 1/4 centimeter of relief in places. Incredible! Never thought I'd be measuring head horizontally...

S - Sweet floral malty hoppiness. Wonderfully orchestrated hybrid of malts and hops. Flavorful dessert breads with candied fruits. Spice cookies. Caramel honey. I could keep my nose buried in this all night.

T - The overt malty sweetness that is initially expected in the beginning is supressed just enough to allow the fragrant hoppiness to share the stage in the middle and the back of the tongue. The finish is lightly drying like a sherry, but with a touch of tartness that adds just enough dimension. Aftertaste is like dime-store candy cigarettes and Willy Wonka Bottle-Caps. A well-creafted taste journey.

M - Substantial on the way in without being syrupy. Mildly tingly on the tip of the tongue, providing a gentle numbing sensation that disappears before the next sip. Initially turns low-tide rollingly foamy in the mouth, then subsides to a slick and sensational swallow.

D - This is one incredibly crafted barleywine. Makes you think you want another until you read that it's 9+% ABV. What? That much? You'd never know. Must be Druid's magic that makes this one into the gem that it is...

And oh how they danced, the little children of Stonehenge...

EPseja, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Andragos
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Andragos, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

This is another great beer from Middle Ages. Druid Fluid pours a dazzling pumpkin orange color with just a bit of haziness. The head retention is flawless, leaving behind gobs of light orange lacing on the glass.

Smells of earthy hops, sweet candy, a bit of citrus, more fruits, caramel and a good amount of malt.

Tastes like a Barley Wine should (IMO). A good balance between hops, malts ,fruits and alcohol. Notes of caramel, fruits ( plums and other dark fruits), and a bit of alcohol.

irishkyle21, Nov 02, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

jaganes, May 14, 2012
Photo of John
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Outstanding barley wine. Frightningly drinkable.

John, Oct 30, 2001
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%

One of my all time favorite brews. Pours a dirty tan head, holds up better than most Middle Ages. Its a cloudy dark amber beer with a slight orange hue. Smells like a sweet Worther's Original. This beer is just so damn smooth, how strong is it? Oh man, be careful, this is like liquid crack, highly addictive. There's a butterscotch-hoppyness to the taste, very interesting. Its gone! Where am I gonna score my next fix?

HappyHourHero, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%

Thank you to Southernbrew for this much anticipated beer. Nice dark scarlet color, with a huge, fluffy, off white head. Smell is very hoppy, with brown sugar malt, and strong traces of alcohol. Taste is very raw and peppery, also slight smoke traces. A dry flavor overall, alcohol and large hops finish dominate this experience. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. Slight alcohol burn.

A very good barleywine, one that could definitely be laid down for with very positive mellowing efects. Thanks again to Southernbrew for my first beer from Middle Ages, which turned out to be a fine barleywine.

TastyTaste, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance is a clear orange brown color with a small but persistent head. Smell is mixed berries with a dry champagne-like quality. Very interesting! There is also some bready malt there. In the taste, the berries really come out. This is the first non-fruit beer I've ever had that had such a pronounced berry taste. The sweetness of the berries and malt is balanced out by an extreme prickly dryness which dominates the finish. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable but in a good way. Mouthfeel is very nice as well, but it could maybe use a bit more body. This sample is much better than the one I had a few months ago, so it appears that age has done it well. A very bold offering and definitely of the most interesting beers (which I mean in a really, really good way) I have had in awhile.

PatYoda, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%

Thanks go to shippos for this fine beer, amongst the BIF 10 delicacies he tossed my way. Cheers!

Pours out a hazy orange brown and sits a nice burnt amber in the glass with a good sized light tan head. Holds on tight and fades to a light skim and coats the glass in a fine layer of lace.

Smells bright and citrusy with vibrant tones of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. Submerged malty core lends bundles of caramel and toffee. Resiliant hop presence dumps out boatloads of fruits. Canned peaches, apple cider and golden raisins all float around in the mix.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, full malty presence. Apples, pears and faint touches of dark fruits, figs and raisins, speckle the sides. Hop bitterness is well-balanced and offers some good traces of orange rind and lemon. Caramel ensues, coating the tongue with sugary sweetness. Fades out, back into a nice hop bitterenss that linges well on into the finish. Citrus oils stick to the roof of the mouth.

Outstanding mouth presence. Smooth and buttery with extra-fine carbonation that rolls around quite well. Body is medium-full and very approachable. Fantastic.

For me, this is a near perfect barleywine. It's an all-inclusive brew, combining aspects of particular variations of IPA, with their citrusy-goodness, and a much more malt based old ale. Not only can this be consumed very easily, it can also be stored for ages! Let those hops mellow out, and you've got a nicely balanced barleywine. This particular bottle has been around in my possesion for about seven months and is very well-balanced, but still shows many signs of rich citrus hops. I need a new bottle.

Skidz, Feb 22, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

juicebox, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Hazed-through burgundy-orange. Ample sandy foam stays afloat for several minutes before migrating to the edges.
Nose-bursting aromas of candied apricots and and boozy pine forests.

Fruity.

Sugared oranges of the mandarin variety. Some juicy red apples. Peaches in heavy syrup. Sweet maraschino cherries. The whole damn fruit salad is in here.
Layered below is a chewy butter-toffee base mixed with burnt brown sugar. The Ringwood yeast works in perfect harmony with all aspects of this beer. Gets gradually drier with splinters of wood, dough balls and, quite possibly though not definitely, a ghosty bitter chocolate sensation. Finishes with a small but bitter surge of grapfruit and pine hops. Alcohol is steadfast with occasional hot flourishes, but is generally well masked.
Slippery and full within the mouth.
Really delightful stuff. And staggeringly drinkable for a baby barleywine. How much more stately can this become with age?

cokes, May 05, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Lamdawg420, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Buebie
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

A fresh bomber courtasy of joepais.

Poured into a surly tulip. A good frothy 2 inch off white head forms, leaving behind sticky thick lace and a very generous colar.
A hazy dull copper in color.

Aromas of sweet buscuity malt, plenty of pine and grapefruit hop bite and a buttery honey aroma. As its warmed there is a larger amount of citrus like ornage peel/ grapefruit peel aroma. Also much more pronounced in the flavor, especially lingering after the swallow.
Carbonation up front, giving way to a smooth full bodies mouthfeel.
The taste upfront is sweet and quite malty, also a good amount of hops. Continuing into a hop spiral of bitterness, that grows and grows until the hops dominate the taste into the finish. Very extrodinary hop profile here. Absolutly no alcahol picked up on this at all.
This is a terrific example of a barley wine, probably the most hoppy version I've ever had. Bordering American strong.

Very delicious brew. I very much would like many more of these.
Thanks alot Joe!

Buebie, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Thanks to stegmakk for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head which lasted forever, then some really nice islands and sticky lacing followed. The nose is sweet malty, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bitter, with a nice touch of caramel. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Very drinkable, a different barleywine in my book, but very very tasty.

Wasatch, May 03, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

wrightst, Thursday at 02:46 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

garfscores, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

On-Tap at the brewery tap :-) Dark ruddy amber/brown with a nice collar of khaki foam. The aroma is complex and it consists of dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, alcohol, toffee, fresh, somewhat raw, herbal hops, and more! This is one hell of a beer. The taste is also very, very complex. I taste a sweet, juicy blast of fruit flavors up front, with a deep caramel malt backbone that also shows hints of toffee. The finish is juicy, with fresh green hops stealing the show. The mouthfeel is thick, coating and perfect, and the finish is very warming and decadent. The drinkability is also awesome for a barleywine. In fact, this is almost a "session" barleywine! Awesome stuff. Truly.

francisweizen, Nov 25, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

pauljunk, Jul 02, 2012
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Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.