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Druid Fluid - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

316 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 36
Gots: 19 | 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 taez555
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white/off white head with a clear tan body.

Nose a mix of BIG malt and believe it or not, it had a slight fish smell.

Taste was mid and rich. Big piney, earthy and even metallic hop taste. HUGE malt flavor. A very dirty citrus peel kind of hop taste as well. Big bitterness that really lingers in the finish.

Not to bad for an American Barleywine, but I was a little disappointed. The metallic bitterness and odd sort of taste left me with an odd feeling.

Photo of sideshowrob
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have been interested to try the Druid Fluid for a while now. Neat name. I've never found the NY beer in the MD/DC/VA area, however it is availiable in Georgia. Go Figure...

Beer poured into a standard Logo'ed Pint glass. No head. Nice color - a pale golden bronze.Nice haze and opacity. Very little nose on the brew - a slight lemon/citrus tone was apparent. Neither malt nor hops domminate in this one, almost a strong pale ale flavor and note would best describe this brew. Good mouthfeel and it is easy, though not entirely rewarding, to drink. A good unoffensive redition of the Barley wine style.

Photo of kaimcm
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a La Fin goblet

Smells almost like candy fruity, like overly fruity/sweet/chewy/sticky kids candy. Floral hop aroma. Hops are very up front for a barley wine in my view. And while they rest on a malt body, little sweetness, light viscosity. More of that fruit, and a creamy butter that starts to be a little unpleasant just as the hops kick it out and leave a pretty dry finish. The bitterness of the hops does away with the butter just before it becomes obtrusive. Mouthfeel is creamy from the butter, prickly from the hops, and full from the malt. This is a one a night at most kinda beer for me. An interesting and unique barley wine. Not the nightcap style thicker, sweeter, deeper Im most partial to but interesting for sure.

Photo of lpayette
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark copper with a tint of red.

Smells of berries, other fruits, and alcohol. Subtle taste of malt. Not much head to speak of, but a little white lace stays throughout this beer's consumption. There is a hint of caramel in the smell and taste as well. This beer is actually quite smooth for it's high alcohol content, which is most prevalent at the end of a sip.

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murked golden caramel color with a small, firmly soft, delicate ivory cap. Cap fades slowly to a thin skim and tight collaring with some bubbles remaining. Intricately strewn inky lacing is etched well across the glass.

Aroma has a nice waft of caramel and candied melonish fruit sided alcohol. The heat has a slight spicy mint to it as well as carrying a distinct, clean, woody-like dryness.

Taste is pleasingly simple and medium in length with a mild moderate display of caramel, gentle honey, and light butterscotch warmth. Melonness sudsides until the finish where it floats across adding some husks, orange oil, and pear. A slight airy dry woodish hop heat is briefly approached in the alcohlic warmth towards the finish along with a pinch of peppery mint.

Tender and warm medium body, adequately soft and smooth with a creamy, easy going texture. Hits a grainy point just before the finishing areas start to do their thing with melony stuff. Nice little finish though, the subtle dryness is just that, subtle. Favorable little turn into warmth with light woodish hops and minty pepper. Very subtle nuances late in this one.

A decent sipper here. The warmth is good and the flavors develope nicely. Not the beastly barleywine it could be, but cleanly smooth, soothingly warm, and tender to the buds. Gives more of an impression of an English style then the bigger, hoppier American brutes that I tend to favor. Not bad though.

Photo of nvsblman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Walnut brown in color, with some tinged of red. A small amount of off-white head. Most noticeable in the aroma is the caramel and toffee, but also some citrus notes. Sweet malty flavor with toffee and brown sugar. A little citrus in the finish. This was a little thinner than most barleywines I've had, but pretty good overall. It really hides the alcohol well!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like murky iced tea in my glass with a fluffy head. The head fell to a film of bubbles that stuck around for the duration. Smells deliciously hoppy, much like Victory’s StormKing. Now that has my attention. The malt smells very sweet and with the hops it smells like caramel with a bit of coffee. The flavor is very tangy, almost like grapefruit with a little malt behind it. The hops don’t do much to the flavor and stand out a bit awkwardly. It’s a bit different, but not entirely un-enjoyable. The mouth feel is thick with very light carbonation. Over all, I’d say this beer is a tasty sipper that goes down smooth but it’s a barley wine. So, by style, it’s a bit of an odd one.

Photo of mentor
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Bottle provided by FrancisWeizen a while back and kept in my cellar until now. Pours a two finger light tan head over a cloudy red-rustish colored liquid. Smells piney soapyhops. A little bit of grapefruit pith. Soured caramel, maybe not smoked, but perhaps toasted grains. Taste sour sweet grain start turns bitter soapy pine hop in the ned. Grapefruit hop ending with a mild alcohol. Sweet beneath all this keeps the sour and hop tang from being too much. In fact, interesting. I've had this hop flavor before and not liked it, but it works in this beer because of the combination of other flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, like drinking whole milk. Smooth and thick with moderate carbonation that oputs and interesting tingle on the tongue.

Okay, by the end of the glass, the hops were wearing on me. A nice dry woody finish with a gentle alcohol sting, but also a bile-flavor...like when cacking up dry-heaves. Salty and acidic. I can't finish this one.

Photo of LucaBrasi
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first barely wine so I’m not really sure how to review. After doing my research I compare it to what a barley wine should be.

This appears a golden amber color with a small head that will ring around the brew.
The smell is fruity like berries and alcohol.
The taste is complex, taste berries sweetness and a slight bitterness of grapefruit I think tart is a better word. Also a warmth of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation
Drinkability is good surprised the alcohol isn’t as prevalent as I would expect it to be. All in all this was a nice change up from my usual porters.

Photo of santoslhalper
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a glowing golden amber with a 2 finger sized beige head that dies down to a collar. Perfect clarity, little carbonation.

Smell: The smell is an oaky mix of plums, raisens, alcohol, fruitiness with a strong hop presence. Seems kind of unbalanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This tastes just like every other over hopped American Barleywines that I've had recently. It's not bad, it actually tastes pretty good, but it's so typical of this style. A little unbalanced, whole-heartedly too much alcohol and hop flavor, but other than that the fruitiness and plum notes are tasty. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little bit cloying, but not too bad.

Drinkability and Overall: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and now that I have I'm dissapointed. Anyone who knows me knows of my affection for Barleywines, but this one just doesn't quite cut it. It's your typical, average, run-of-the-mill Barleywine.

Thanks to rajendra82 for the beer. Viva BBBIF.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great amber color--not as dark as other barley wines. No head. Nose was very mild. Some fruits and sugary malts. Flavor was too good to put down. Berries come out at first quickly followed by all sorts of sugars. Floral bouquet then quickly rises but not too loudly so as to be a kick in the teeth, but more of a complement. Nice balance in this beer. Little bit of bread and wet flower as well. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying and stretched the cheeks out a bit. But not so much as to leave my taste buds in shock.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Syracuse NY's finest barleywine pours a cloudy peach amber hue with a smattering wafer steady tan head cap, leaving a slipping lace coating in the glass.

Bold scents of bubblegum and sweet sugary malts. Some peach fruity malts and vanilla ice cream. Quite an easy aroma.

First swigs: Lucious creamy smooth malty sweet maple syrup flavors. Sweet stuff. Cherry cola and schnapps peek out. Plenty of fruity flavors along the lines of orange, lemon and some rum. Hidden ABV all the way. A slight oak wood dryness. Aftertaste is lingering and dry. Ringwood makes a tasty barelywine. Quite authentic English. A bit dry biscuit with fruity notes.

The most amazing mouthfeel ever with a gentle soft cushion of carbonation. Undetectable 9.5% ABV. You gotta be kidding me??!!

Last swigs: Red apple fruit barley wine and flour malt. Sometimes ringwood yeast can be the cat's meow. This is extremely easy going.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of PatYoda
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was amber, with a one-finger head. It looked pretty much like a normal barleywine... I can't really think of any barleywines that had a huge head in my experience.

Aroma was of strong malts, slightly fruity. A mild hop presence was also noticeable.

Taste was of strong bittering hops and rich malt. It was very slightly sweet, and the alcohol was very noticeable.

Mouthfeel was nice and chewy, as one would hope from a barleywine.

Drinkability was good... I liked it and would have it again.

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brown, clear, tight white head, copious lacing. Smell was alcohol, fruity and malty, sweet plums, small amount of hops in the nose. Taste is some alcohol up front, dark fruits, floral hoppy bitterness. Pretty smooth, carbonation was nice and low. Definately more of an english style barleywine and the hops were very subdued, however a tasty beer. Thanks DrJay!

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish amber colour, very clear, with a cream coloured head. The aroma is rich in malt with lower degrees of hops, ripe fruit, sugary sweetness and alcohol. The flavour is dominated by a combination of caramel maltiness, alcohol, and bitterness, with lower levels of fruit and hop character. The alcohol was a little on the coarse side, especially towards the finish. However, this mellowed somewhat as it warmed up and the fruit flavour became more pronounced, resulting in a better balance. Slightly grainy and viscous texture, decent body with lower carbonation. I found this one to be more English-like in character, with hops taking more of a backseat to malt. Not super complex, but it doesn't need to be. I'd definitely have this one again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky orange with more than a little red, like a not quite ripe tomato. While the amount of visible carbonation isn't excessive, it's more than I'm used to seeing in a barleywine. The head is a fetching shade of orangish beige and fills at least one third of the glass after the pour. As well, it deposits more lace than any 9.5%'er in recent memory.

I've been spoiled by some truly incredible barleywine noses lately. This one is merely good. Remarkably enough, orange liqueur (Cointreau) is the dominant aroma and is supported by a solid slab of sticky caramel. I like it well enough. A little more complexity would be nice though.

Druid Fluid is more impressive on the palate, but I can't quite pull the trigger on the higher score. The flavor is several-dimensional, as opposed to multi-dimensional, which makes it a dimension or two short of the best versions. The flavor profile, like the nose, is dominated by candied orange peel. As a consequence, the triple sec/Cointreau comparison still applies. Brown sugar-coated candied cherries are a contributor as well. Thankfully, Ringwood yeast is nearly undetectable.

This beer is listed above as an American barleywine (presumably hoppier) and on the Middle Ages website as an English-style barleywine (presumably maltier). I don't think it fits comfortably into either category. Let's just call it a style tweener.

The mouthfeel makes DF one of the lightest barleywines that I've had yet. I keep expecting it to firm up, to viscosify with warming, but it refuses to play along. That's okay, they don't all need to be mouth monsters. This mouthfeel is much more in keeping with the flavor profile anyway.

Druid Fluid is a friendly sort of barleywine and would be a great beer to introduce the uninitiated to the style. I'm enjoying the fruitiness and the easy drinkability, but there are a whole host of other versions that I'd reach for first. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Special thanks to Beerguy...just one more reason to notice Frank @ Diversified Imports is filling RI w/ some fantastic brews.
Pours a rust color w/ a half a finger of creamy, tan head...sticks around for a bit and has really attractive lace w/ nice cling.
Faint juicyfruit aromas w/ tons of carbonation in the nose...a hint of alcohol is there as well.
The taste is ok...very bitter yet very little hop flavor. Has a decent malt character, but the alcohol is quite distracting.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style and can't say I'd be grabbing another one of these anytime soon.
Just average IMO...for me, so many better options out there.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a copper-brown color ale with a medium dark head with excellent retention. Aroma of strong malty sweetness with subtle alcohol notes is clearly evident. Taste has a real creamy feel to it with some malt but everything seems to be covered by strong bitter hops. Body is full and even though taste has a warming feel to it you cannot detect the alcohol. Good barleywine overall but I guess I prefer them without too many hops and more malt presence or again maybe I should have aged the bottle a bit more.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Thin gold foil covers a crown cap which has the ‘Middle Ages Brewing Co. Ltd.’ Logo which in turn grasped the mouth of this 12 fluid ounce standard brown glass bottle. Main label has a purple background with a moons & stars covered sorcerers red cap which is surrounded by the words ‘Middle Ages Druid Fluid Barleywine Style Ale’. No other description, strength or Best Before date.

Appearance: Single 12 oz. pour into my Duvel goblet. A thick head quickly rises and falls, if finishes with a thick cream colored ring halo that nestles against the fluid meniscus and glass walls. Minimal but resilient lacing wrestles with finely dissolved but lazy carbonation on the swirl. Turbid rusty body phases from a LA light brown smog to glowing dark orange through to a ruddy sunset red depending on the angle of the incandescent or fluorescent light.

Nose: A very attractive nose evolves as it warms. Malts pander and eventually make way for a lovely fruit salad aroma. Sautéed pineapples, plums and diced pears all mingle with splashes of caramel and raw alcohol with hints of rum.

Taste: The soft malts and mixed fruits banner-wave in the entrance whilst the bitter hop marching band brings up the rear. The finish has a lovely alcohol soaked bitterness which lingers. Gorgeous.

Mouthfeel: Volcanic bitterness erupts in the back end and nicely balances the fruity malts and warming alcohol. Smooth yet virulent. The carbonation is just right for this one, finely dispersed and adequately supporting without taking over. alsmost perfect.

Drinkability: Soft and bold, firm yet cuddly, this one is a very nice accompaniment to the end of the night. Sits extremely well on the palate and drinks with some aplomb. Difficult to put down but very easy to 'put away'.

Overall: A cracking Barleywine, well worth trying.

Thanks to ericaweizen for the chance to try my second Middle Ages brew!

Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited a long time to try some of this, it poured into the Duvel tulip with a huge cream colored head, big Cascade hop notes with a firm sweet malty backing, fruity and lightly bubblegummy. Taste is huge chewy flowery hoppiness and a good malty base, but the star here is the powerful bitterness that makes this b-wine a hophead's delight. Some alcohol tasted/felt as well. Finishes long, bitter and potent...a kick-ass example.
Thx to HappyHourHero for the bottles.

Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cut some mistletoe with my golden sickle with this one on 3/25/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Just some curling and twisting of covering bubbles that sticks somewhat. Dark orange hue with a bit of haze but also some nice action heading up. Oaky malt, rhubarb, and some salty pine essence on nose with a Sherwin Williams paint fining. Kind of an airy flavor, not syrupy like many barleywines, and there is some kind of berry in there that is unusual; I know the alcohol is in there, but the malt is so understated, again, for the style, that it is dangerously drinkable. A little unusual, but top-notch.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 1 year old 12 oz bottle in a snifter at room temp.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy chestnut color with some ruby highlights. I get a small fizzy beige head on an agressive pour. Aroma is some lemon mixing with butterscotch and toffee and a hit of ripe plums and raisins. The first sip reveals a smooth textured almost creamy body with very, very fine carbonation that tingles across my palate. Flavor is generally sweet with toffee and brown sugar up front which rolls to a slightly bitter finish that I attribute to alcohol not hops. Other than the bitey finish the beer is very smooth and easy to drink and enjoyable. I get a bit of belly warming afte the swallow. A nice brew for sure!

Photo of JackStraw22
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber/orange with 1/2 inch of tan head. The aroma is very sweet and malty. There are hints of raisens and oranges, and the hops come through just enough to balance the aroma nicely, though I wouldn't mind some more hop aroma. Feels like a lot going on in the mouth, it's sweet up front, the malt really doing it's job. There's a taste of alcohol that kicks in next, but it's smooth and warm. There's a smokey finish that is interesting, I really like it. Not too hoppy, but the hops are present and balance the malt nicely, with a slightly bitter bite at the end. Very smooth in the mouth without being sticky.

Photo of SilentSabre
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not really sure what to think about this one. Looked decent. Poured an orange amber colour with really sticky nice looking lacing. Smell was fruity with a bit of hops. Everything was nice up until the tasting came. I thought it was quite bitter and had a bit of an alcohol bite. I didn't care for it. The mouthfeel was smooth, but it seemed far too heavy to get a good drinkability rating. Perhaps the beer itself is bad and I should try it again. For now, however, this rating stands. It's not for me.

Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.