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Druid Fluid - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 35
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-30-2001

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Photo of jlervine
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a delicious tawny red color with an off-white head that falls to a thick Belgian lace. The aroma is alcohol, honey, caramel, grassy hops, plums, and apples. The taste leads with a calm before the storm as the flavors debate who should go first before they all bumrush your palate. It's an onslaught, but nothing particularly amazing to me. Alcohol is over the top, malts are subdued, hops are walking around all addlebrained. Unbalanced, in a word. I'm going to hang on to the rest of this pack for a couple months and see what happens. Mouthfeel is sharp and biting due to carbonation and alcohol, with a very dry finish. Decent to drink, and better than others I've had, but nothing to write home to at this point.

Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Druid Fluid just love the name it was the reason for picking this brew off the shelf then I saw it was a barley wine and had to have it. Amber brew with nice head that falls to thumbnail sized creamy cap feed by constant stream of rising bubbles. Leaves a light lacing on my glass. Aroma is fruity malt with a light hop aroma. Tatse is malt, toffee, fruity and hoppy. More mellow then other barley wines nothing really comes to surface as dominating just a fruity malty brew with hint of toffee and a good dose of the old hop. Taste is good but not extraordinary. Mouthfeel is good little light for the style in my humble opinion. Drinkability is good no real alcohol taste just nice warming of the insides.

Photo of TagoMago
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of cbl2
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance:

A still, hazy orange, with bubbles that line the sides of the glass, but fail to produce enough fizz to make a discernible head.

Smell:

Candied fruit (fruit-cake), and bread spring to the front on this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Very smooth and mellow, with a sweet citrus pucker emerging mid sip. The substantial alcohol is masked quite well, which makes this some dangerous stuff. A mild bitterness finishes this off, but overall quite pleasant.

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thank you ppoitras for this very interesting barleywine.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color bordering towards tan. Quite white head was about an inch and a half in a tulip glass, and lasted maybe for a quarter of the session before forming a thing white film.

Aroma: Strong alcohol nose that isn't as hoppy as the other barleywines I've had. Malt is also prevalent...smell is almost of an unmashed malted barley. Also detect hints of toasted malt.

Taste: Toastiness hits first, but I was suprised by the dryness of this barleywine. Doesn't have the syrupy sweetness typical of the other barleywines I've had. There is a slight citrus/slight spicy hop flavor to it. Also there are undertones of roasted malt--possibly chocolate or even black malt.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium body. Not overly sweet which is good, but not harshly bitter. Very well balanced brew.

Drinkability: Probably wouldn't have grabbed another one if I had one available, but definitely not hard to finish the bottle.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown apricot color, murky, with a little bit of head whihc recedes very quickly. Lace is not very sticky. Smell has a lot of toasted rye and wheat, with a spicy sweet chocolate smell and an charred earthy ester behind. Malt backbone is there too, with a tiny hint of hops. When you taste this beer, it almost takes you aback. The taste is very sharp up front, with a raw unmellowed hop flavor and a spiced citrus hint, with the butter from the ringwood yeast definately evident. I wasnt bothered by the aftertaste, which was pleasantly bitter and spicy, but my compatriots mostly noted that it was too metalic and bitter. Medium body and a blast of sharp carbonation give this a great mouthfeel. This beer definately needs to be aged a few years, to let the flavors tune down and mellow.

Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, consumed slightly below room temp. nice foil around the cap. adds a touch of class. Pours orangey amber, moderate head/carbonation, tiny bubble film and leaves moderate lacing. Vinious, musty nose, hints of varnish. Very dry barley wine, notes of paint remover, melon, brandy, honey, biscuits (can you say complex?) very resiny hops. Grapefruit notes. Strong stuff, probably would age nicely. I'll never know, I like this stuff too much. Interesting BW, worth checking out if you enjoy this style. alot going on in this one.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty and interesting barleywine. Very English in nature in that it is malty but well balanced, but throws just a hint of Americanization in the fruitiness and sweetness. Murky tan body that leaves little lacing on top. Burnt malts start and end this brew, with a sticky hop flavor and a lot of citrus and lemon flavors that are easily detectable in the aftertaste too. Nose is both sweet and toasty with notes of lemon juice. Mouthfeel is more creamy than smacking with hops, as fits with the more English style. A great drinker, the higher ABV barely noticeable. One I wish I bought many more of, both to drink now and to age, as I think this would get quite interesting with time. Seek this one out.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan head that retained nicely and left some lacing. Dark copper colored beer that borders on amber.
Aroma is fruity. Toasty caramel malt with slight vinegar notes.

Taste shows a rich, sweet, toasty, caramel malt backbone. Not as rich and sweet as many barleywines. Quite fruity. Solid hop balance. Bit of vinegar presence, but not nearly as bad as most Middle Ages brews. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes well, although with some undesirable lingering on the palate.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Quite drinkable for a barleywine, but the Ringwood funkiness keeps it from acheiving a 4 here.
Overall, this was a solid barleywine style ale and easily my favorite Middle Ages brew. Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

Photo of CBFanWish
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love "big" beers. This is about as big as you can get. Not that strong, but it has all the qualities of a great barley wine.
The complexities blow me away. Floral, fruity, sweet caramel, toffee. That was just the smell!
The taste was equally complex with strong fruit flavors such as apples, grapefruit, banana. There was also a sweetness to it of caramel and toffee. A slight alcohol bitterness finished it off.
I love Middle Ages. They do things right and take a lot of pride in what they do. It shows in a big way here.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served at cellar temps in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Clear dark orange topped by a smallish offwhite head that recedes to a film and a ring. The occasional speck of foam was left on the glass.

Smell: Toasted bready and caramelized malts with a prominent dose of fruity and piney hops.

Taste: Intensely bittersweet caramel malts with a robust pine sap finish. Two dimensional, but the aftertastes are nice and lengthy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, the alcohol is well masked.

Drinkability: Lacks the sort of depth I like in a barleywine, but this is not bad. Pretty easy drinking for the style, but I'm not overly wowed.

Thanks to mah honey for schlepping this back from NYC for me.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a nice large bubbled cream-colored head. The aroma conists of a buttery fruit with hops and a warming alcohol. The taste is of fruit, buttered toast, citrusy hops, and a warming alcohol. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes hoppy dry.

Notes: I like nearly everything about this beer other than the dryness which only affects the drinkability for me. To me a barleywine should finish slightly sweet. Still very solid! Cheers!

Photo of Rastacouere
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours an almost clear copper with a medium off-white head, sticking to the glass. Aroma of rich cream, dry malt, caramel and maple a an unappropriate yeasty character that shows in the form of dust. Taste is a big surprise, very fruity (berries, grapes), very alcoholic with a dry cobwebs finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. This is no JW Lees..

Photo of kbub6f
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, thick, cream-colored dense head collapses to a bumpy, rocky creamscape. Thick, psycho, lacy lacing. A foggy, orange/brown beer tries to hide some pinkishness. The nose is sweet, cream, fruity caramel. There is alcohol and some ink. A sweet caramel front shows lots of hops. A thick, syrupy middle, full of fruit. But it's not too sweet. Nice. The finish dries, but is still fruity fresh. Apples. And it's quite hoppy bitter. Some ink survives. What a nice, light, fruity, hoppy barley wine. It's fairly sweet, but that's nicely offset by big, tart, citrus hoppiness.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. gold foil wrapped amber bottle. Little wizard's (er....Druid's?) hat one the label. No freshness dating.

Poured a silky smooth-looking deep amber in color. The clear concotion supports a miniscule layer of off-white head. Spotty lacing of the glass. Aromas are intense! A very up-close-and-personal blast of candied apples and apricots doused in brandy. Attempting to balance this onslaught of fruit flavor is a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness. Flavor is tasty. I'm thinking that what I am tasting is the Ringwood yeast and it imparts a distinct flavor to the beer. Different and refreshing. There is a spicy, zesty ?orange rind? flavor up front. Middle sees some more caramel sweetness show up, only to be zapped by the wizard's (damn!!...DRUID's) wand of bitterness and fusel alcohol warmth. The very end imparts a strangely different aftertaste that I'm presuming is the ringwood yeast.

A different barlewine, to be sure. But one I really enjoyed. Another success from the Middle Ages folks.

Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second to last 12ozer from a 4 pack from the summer trip to the brewery in Syracuse, NY, and fridged since. Foiled cap, a bright purple eye-catching label.

Strong alcohol aroma aroma, pours with a deep reddish amber color, and a reasonable-sized fluffy off-white head, after pouring in a Rapscallion snifter. Smooth buttery flavor up front, but the alcohol is the overpowering taste here. Wish additional malt or something would temper the ethanol a bit, but that just doesn't seem to be happening today. Still, for a barleywine, that sort of trait has to be somewhat expected. Another worthy brew from Middle Ages, just wish they were a little more available outside of the region.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-clouded copper hue with an off white cream colored head leaves fine specks of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma: Great English style malts here blended with an edge of pine cone and orange peel thrown in for good measures, the nose is very peculiar but the creamy edge and citrus profile brings it together. Taste: Very sweet creaminess in the flavor some candi sugar is here creating alot of sweetness, but at the same time there's a load of hopes here fighting it out for the balance of sweet and bitterness. Who will prevail, well I'm not sorry to say that a draw was found due to the pure awesome mix that each caramel sugary malts and pine cone orange citrus hops add here to the complexity. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mild carbonation goes down without any cloying edges. Drinkability: Beware of the alcohol goes down quite smoothly here.

Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt-copper color with a fantastic, lace-producing head. The aroma is a wildly complex mix of ripe fruits and floral hops. My first smell made me think of a well hopped American-Style Barleywine, but as your nose settles into the beer, sweet malts and fruits come popping out….I’d like to have one after it’s aged for a couple of years. Apricot, Cherry, Plums…esters and alcohol. The taste is less complex than the aroma: grainy, malty, softness and alcohol. A little butterscotch, but nothing too serious. Finish is a slightly bitter. This is a solidly good barleywine. It falls short of the best beers of the style, but it is quite drinkable and very enjoyable….perfect for a cold January night.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pure copper color, somewhat hazy with lots fo delicate bubbles racing for the top. almost no head, what there was stuck to the side of the glass.
Powerful aroma of citrus hops, citrus fruits were dominate. More subtle notes of buttered bread, bitterings and a hint of dry alcohol also were noted.
Flavors were flowery and citrus in nature. Tinge of acidity and slightly burnt aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertaste is not unpleasant but surprising given aroma.
Mouthfeel is a little bit "hard" on the palate, not sure if its the water or the residual bitterness.
Decent drinkability but not as subtle and complex has I would have liked.

Photo of aracauna
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a deep amber with a good head. It is a little bit thin on the flavor, but it has a fruity finish. It's far from bad, but there's nothing here that makes me willing to go out searching for it in the future. To be truly great, it would need to have the malt bumped up a good bit.

Photo of putnam
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crackling fruity aromas of maraschino cherry, apricots and bananas greet the nose from this reddish orange, frothy liquid.
Cocoa and vanilla appear there as well before the resinous, bitter seed flavors of the mid-palate appear. These are fresh, rustic, and ripe flavors. Even the wood is sweet! It contributes bitter cola and vanilla elements to the interminable finish.
Palm leaves, coconut and red berries decorate monsterous, enduring bitterness.

Thanks to Todd!

Photo of crookedhalo
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent deep orange color with a big beige heads that lasts for a while. Nose is complex, some of your typical barley wine aromas, big malt, hops and alcohol (a bit masked in this one). But yet perfumy (that's where the hops are), fruity and estery at the same time. Taste is a bit subdued, not as aggressive as other barley wines I've had. But that's good. It's fruitiness is kept to an appreciative threshhold. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is delicate and intricate with it's minimal carbonation despite it's fluffy and lacy head. Drinkability is good considering it's style.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: a light plummy color, between red and violet, qute lovely, with a perfunctory, 1/4" off-whitish head.
Aroma: big fruit, but mildly hoppy, strong booze.
Taste: well-rounded, with prominent fruitiness, but bending towards an inoffensive malty vein, though still flowering with herbal, even vegetal associations. Quite a lot going in this flavor, though relatively mild on the palate. As we go, still bursting with a winey character, very bright fruit, extraordinarily flavorful, but not too harsh, not too brash. Just right, mellow and so very tasty.
As a lover of the barleywine style, I'd say, even at, what? 9.5%?, it fills an important niche, the "session strong ale." Potent, but not punishing. Well, maybe you couldn't have too many at once, but it feels like you could attempt it!
Big thanks to McCall for this one!

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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?

Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.