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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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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a nice barleywine here, different than the conventional English versions. this is a blonde beer, which threw me off on the pour, a bit cloudy and boasting a tall and lasting inch of white head. the nose on it is surprisingly hoppy too, especially in the context of other middle ages beers, which tend not to be the most aggressively hopped ales around. wheat malt, warming booze, candy sugar, and a pleasantly complex and bright strain of ale yeast. it opens up a lot as it warms, and the sweetness is only for a second before hop bitterness takes over. the interplay between yeast and hops here is extraordinary. the alcohol flavors come across a little strong though, and slow this beers drinkability, even for a barleywine. a bomber of this is a few ounces too much really, at least for me. still the happy carbonation and lighter body for the style make it a really unique brew. good stuff here from middle ages.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Semi clear amber orange, some carbonation and a one finger head

S-Grass, malt, bread, tad bit of hops, caramel and molasses.

T-Starts with caramel and molasses. Some grass, bread and malt. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied and not much carbonation.

O-A decent Barleywine. One of the better beers made by Middle Ages.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first barleywine; I rated it a year ago almost to the day, during the beginning of my beer career. It was one of my first forays into unfamiliar styles. Now that I got a bottle for my brother to try, I'll take a few sips and give it a full review.

Poured into over-sized wine glass (in lieu of the snifters I left at school). Hazy orange/brown with a thick white head that receded slowly into a film of foam with delicate lacing and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge.
Smells of bready, nutty malt, slightly buttery with some crisp earthy bitter hops rising on a puff of booze.
Taste follows nose...crackery, nutty malt, slight diacetyl or other, with some crisp earthy piney hops pinching off the finish and leaving some sticky malt and bitterness left over at the end. Slight alcohol presence, pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-full.
Overall, seems an entry-level barleywine as I imagined it was. But except for the odd butteryness, it's appropriate for the style and well done, just not mind-blowing.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a large, soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - bread, caramel, candy sugar, citrusy hops, grapefruit, some vanilla

T - bread, caramel, citrus, bitter, pith or orange rind, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This beer is good but in my opinion needs some work. The malt character is there but the hops are a bit strange or unbalanced. The citrus notes do not sit as well as they should with the malt character. As a fan of Barleywines I will still recommend this as a beer that's worth a try, but I would view it more as a DIPA or strong ale than as a Barleywine.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a caramel hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a half inch, loose, cream-colored head that eventually disperses into a creamy slick. Some lacing, but no adhesion. Nose expresses prunes, a slightly vinous character, toasted malt and a trace of wet cardboard. Taste consistent with nose; however, a bit more subdued. There's also a light earthy hoppiness and some ethanol; however, things are a bit muddled by the carbonation levels - it definitely needs a swirl to open it up. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with an overly assertive carbonation level and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a fairly mediocre example of the style. Not something I need to revisit again anytime soon.

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