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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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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

nnthom266, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jaganes
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

jaganes, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

vonnegut21, May 04, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A new arrival at Tully's. In a snifter the beer was a cherry amber color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some caramel.

Taste of herbal, piney hops, with citrus. The citrus was not too tart, so mostly orange. Caramel arrived later on, and complimented the hops nicely.

This was a smooth, unaggressive barley wine, Very nicely done.

lordofthewiens, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jammer42, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

dgeebs07, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazed copper color with some golden hues. Thick frothy white head bubbles up, retaining nicely while leaving thick webbed patches of lacing.

A bit of piny bitterness in the nose with a dash of citrus. Some lemon and orange peel with a nice helping of bready tones. Caramel sweetness and a dash of alcohol warmth.

Booming wave of bitter hops with pine and some sticky notes. Orange and lemon peel with a splash of citrusy juiciness. A little sweet towards the middle with plenty of caramel and bread crust. Thick backbone with some hints of burnt sugar and sweetness. Finishes a little boozy and bitter.

Fuller medium body, nicely carbonated, sticky and chewy on the tongue with a bit of creaminess. This is a nice hoppy barleywine - I'd drink it again.

xnicknj, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Thickfreakness, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

davidbowers13, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

22 oz. bomber poured into an Ommegang tulip. No date on the bottle.

Look- Clear rosy copper-amber hue with a big, craggy head that clings to the sides of the glass and leaves a tight lacy web with a foamy ring near the top of the glass as it falls oh-so-slowly. A moderate amount of carbonation is apparent thanks to the rising bubbles.

Smell- A bright fruit arrangement hits the nose from the start- strawberries, mango, and pineapple come to mind. More subdued are dates and other dried stone fruits, along with caramelized sugar, some sort of spice (nutmeg?), and a faint alcohol presence. Agitation brings out the darker fruits and alcohol a bit, along with a stronger citrusy bite.

Taste- Rather tame after the aroma, though the sweet/tart fruitiness is still the driving force. Starts off snappy, like pineapple, switching over to sweeter apple and banana before it rolls into the darker, tannic, preserved fruits like dates and prunes. A faint bready/yeasty undercurrent is present, but never emerges on its own in any significant way. The aftertaste is light, oaky, and reminiscent of candied pears. As the bottle warms, the overall feeling does as well, with the fresh bread flavor transitioning to more of an aromatic hardwood and a light buttery flavor makes an appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Slick/oily with light to moderate carbonation, This is a relatively heavy brew that still goes down smooth. Lightly acidic up front, and the touch of bitter dryness it leaves on the tongue is just enough to urge for another sip, without being cloying despite the sweetness. Drinks like raw milk- creamy, oily, and slightly bitter- it's unique and personally I think it's fantastic.

Overall- I really have to say that this is one the easiest-drinking full-bodied beers I've had to date, and the rather high ABV coupled with the complex character and drinkability makes this one a dangerous indulgence. Hats off to Middle Ages once again.

Lawl3ss, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Turbodog666, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ryan1788a5, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jhb138, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

Bottle from Bear World in Watertown.

A - Light brown or dark orange colour. Hazy with a single finger light brown head. A nice pour. Film of retention with gentle lace.

S - Smells of raisins, citrus hops, dark sugar, some booze.

T - Slight citrus hops, booze, raisins, sugars.

M - Nice carbonation, full body and a sugar/hoppy finish.

O/D - Overly sweet with not enough dark fruit character. Well hopped but could use less booze. OK.

tbeckett, Nov 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

deapokid, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Burt, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

thebouch01, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Not exactly sure on the vintage of this one. I believe I purchased it in 2010 though. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin but bubbly white head to it.

The aroma shows some grapefruit and citrus rind qualities to it with a little lemon showing through. I get a bit of malty, caramel, and candied fruit flavor to it as well. The malty, barleywine character seemed a little overshadowed in it.

The taste has a bitter, citrus rind flavor up front with a little bit of a lemony, candied orange flavored hoppiness to it. In the finish is where the malty sweetness starts to come out with some caramel and toffee notes to it. Some hoppy, grapefruit, bitterness lingers in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent and drinkable beer of the style, but the malty, barleywine characteristics just didn't really stand out to me. It was good, but just not a beer that really stood out in the style for me.

billab914, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.