Druid Fluid | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Druid FluidDruid Fluid

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 10-30-2001

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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.

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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!

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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?

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Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to WRXbeerwagon for this. Had this on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse not too long ago, and glad to try it again. Deep amber brown body with a beautiful light tan head. Smells of sweet toffee cookie dough with a subtle hop presence. Taste is dominated by the sweet cookie dough malts at first, but is balanced nicely by citrusy, spicy hops. Lingering bitterness and alcohol. This is a big and syrupy beer, but thankfully, it's not too cloying.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice medium brown with a little orange tint to it with a real nice creamy,rocky head that sticks very well,not much of an aroma some light fruitiness and alcohol smell to it.Taste is nice and and almost whisky-like with some dried fruit flavors with a dryish finish.A real nice beer from a brewery I like to drink from when in Buffalo visiting the future in-laws.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 22 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
There's a lot of bitter in this one. As others have noted, grapefruit flavors dominate. I have a Friggin' grapefruit tree. If I want grapefruit juice, I can squeeze it fresh!! This tastes almost like a mediocre west coast IPA. It's nice, but not a barleywine, from my tastebuds POV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A long-standing, cooled bottle leaves a solid cake of yeast at the bottom and an almost perfectly clear deep-amber/copper body that displays orange and golden highlights when held to the light. The short, creamy, off-white head holds quite well and maintains a thin but solid surface covering throughout the entire glass. Some cobweb lacing is left from the inital head, and transient clumps and spots of lace come and go with each sip.

Bold, leafy, somewhat piney, and mildly grassy hops appear in the nose over a juicy fruitiness (apples, plums, dried fruits, cherry) and deep-caramel maltiness. Some mineral character and a very light touch of buttery diacetyl rounds it out quite nicely!

The body is medium/full. It's creamy in the mouth, and soft and smooth across the palate with a very fine and moderate natural carbonation that's very English in nature.

The flavor delivers more fruit and less hop flavor than the aroma suggests. It starts with the big juicy fruit that the aroma exhibits (apple, apricot, plum, cherry, almost pineapple but not so sour); followed by some soft, buttery caramel and mineral character as it warms; and finishes with leafy/piney hop flavors, a bold bitterness, some dry, woody characater, and a touch of mildly peppery alcohol. The aftertaste is a long and winding road where the different flavors previously encountered reappear again and again at different points. Most complex, and quite enjoyable - and the Ringwood yeast really stands out here!

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Photo of jeffboo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very unique barleywine from Syracuse, NY. You're greeted with a dark amber brew with smallish tan head. Candy sugar with some raisin/prune aromas mingle with earthy hops, butterscotch, and Belgian mustiness. The flavors lean toward fresh earthy hops with some sweet sugary malt and finishes with a strong bitterness. It has a medium body holding the complex hop flavors, now I've got it, the hops have a minty, herbal quality that was hard to pin down, and fruity flavors like apples and peaches, an interesting route to follow for a barleywine.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a nice head that remains and laces. The aroma is of fruity Ringwood yeast, hops, and multiple malts. The taste is extremely smooth with a little warming, but overall good balance between hops and malts. The body is medium. It's not at all hard to swallow like some barley wines. The beer is very drinkable. An excellant choice, but not as good as Bigfoot Barley Wine.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely beer. Pours a messy white head. Beautifully uneven. Rich copper color, a little murky. Excellent lacing. Smells hoppy and rich, also a little sweet. Wonderful aroma. Tastes hoppy,too. Feels a little thick on the tongue, but the aroma and memory of the taste more than make up for this, and make it very drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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?

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Photo of beerman599
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i am a big beer fanatic and have several hundred vintage ales layed down whats great about this is that it's drinkable as soon as it hits the shelves i found the complex malt quility very inviting with hints of dark fruit and a wounderful bready finish. have this with a piece of chocolate and injoy!

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

Poured a nice amber, but more translucent than I expected for a barley wine, sort of a diluted strong tea color. Inital head was nice, but it quickly faded. Nonetheless, muscular carbonation produced islands of lace that continued throughout the session. Pleasant nose - ringwood malty-fruit flavors, with the suggestion that a big, hulking hop punch was hiding around the corner. Ringwood fruityness and caramel malt prevailed as the initial flavors, but substantial hops announced its arrival soon thereafter. The abv was well integrated into the flavor profile.

I suppose I've gotten accustomed to massive American-influenced barley wines that yank out your tongue and stomp on it a few times. Druid Fluid seemed more like the well-mannered English cousin, and perhaps more like a strong ale. While this beer won't snap your head back, it is immensely drinkable.

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Photo of purplehops
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Druid Fluid pours off the lees a clear deep amber with a light tan head that leaves a nice lace on the snifter. The aroma is a faint blend of caramel, cardamom, and citrus hops. The taste starts with a rush of carbonation on the tongue and a huge hop bite. This is followed by sweet malt flavors that try and calm down the hop bitterness. The finish is a smooth balance of citrus hops, fruity yeast flavors of apricot and melon (?) along with caramel and biscuit malt flavors. Aftertaste is fruity and malty along with the first hint of alcohol starting to make itself known. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of a carbonation bite up front that mellows to a smooth creamy texture.
Overall a good Barley Wine. This one grew on me as I drank it. A bit more aroma and body and this could be a great Barley Wine IMHO. I very nice intro to Barley Wines for the beginner.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear burgandy color. Nice little creamy beige head. Lacing is web like. Aroma is of cantelope, rum soaked raisins, bitter hops, alcohol and cough syrup. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a medium-full body. I notice a little alcohol flame, but not much. The candy coated sensation that this BW exhitbits is unique. But it's not real sweet. On the flip side though, it's a not a real bitter BW either. I really get a nice rum sensation on the tongue. Almost like a rum cake quality. Some bittering hops are perceptible. Some notable Ringwood characteristics like maltiness and fruitiness are present and enjoyable. I like this Barleywine. I just don't LOVE it as I do some other ones.

Thank you Davo.

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

Deep Golden/Orangish in color....nose is quite interesting...juicy hops and butterscotch combination...taste is definitely juicy hops up front with that butterscotch flavor on the finish..Not real thick and rich....alcohol bites a little but seems pretty hidden...an interesting twist to the types of Barley Wines I've tried...definitely worth trying...I prefer a bit more body and tickness to my barley Wines but there is nothing wrong with this one either...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another first-time offering I scored from Olivers in Albany! The Druid has a deep copper color, with maybe a little orange hue thrown in. Head is a well-lasting, fine, yet thin, tight layer of bubbles, with a respectable effort at lacing. It's whiff time, and what do I get? Yes, there is a good level of hopping present here, along with the requisite malty-sweet aromas. Mouthfeel didn't push me in either the pro or con direction....just about middle of the road - medium. Tasting this, I was a bit let down. There was some malt contributing a fairly good sweetness level, but it was not too rich or strong. The flavor then heads into a slightly fruity neighborhood, where the hops take over. Yet the hops don't bowl you over either. No big kick like some barleys will have. Sort of a bit of malt, a bit of hops....yet nothing that really grabs you.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ultimate delight to see, a “Barley Wine”, all murky and masculine sitting in the glass, the massive light tan head floating on that reddish-purple liquid, and the nose, “Robust”, nay I say, sinewy, lusty, vigorous are words needed to describe this beer. Fusel alcohol, over ripe pineapple, corn mash, lightly sweet and oh so pleasant an aroma for the schnozzle. Thick malt at the front, the top muscular, the finish alcohol bitter and the hops devastating in their spicy bite, potently acidic, aftertaste dry and alcohol bitter, “Oh Yeah Baby”, I love it.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dreamy reddish amber hue, you’d swear there was a shade of burgundy in there also. Good lacing for a higher alcohol brew as some tend to poop out … not this one though.

Smell: Big juicy fruit moshpit in the nostrils, getting lots of fruitiness from exotic from the esters / higher alcohols and citric from the hops … all very ripe. Add a touch of yeast, a slathering of malt sweetness and side of toffee and you have a chaotically complex aroma.

Taste: Muscular and flexed palate, full bodied and creamy smooth with an expressive light crispness. A tad chewy up front with that same juicy fruit in the aroma, toffee is pronounced a bit more as the buttery diacetyl and malt sweetness infiltrate the taste buds. Pungency from the hop build a solid bitterness to counteract against the sweetness, fruitiness falls in places both from the yeast and hops. Higher alcohols are esters with a ghost appearance of the solvent kind.

Notes: Yeah, I just want to say “juicy fruit” again. This beer does not surprise me coming from this brewery, I expected something of this greatness to come fro them.

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Photo of Todd
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, thanks to sponberg for bringing the sample from NY at our last BA gathering!

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a golden foil wrapped neck. No bottled-on info, or vintage date.

Appearance: This is an unfiltered brew. Pours a hazy dark copper beer with light ruby hues, crowned with a healthy off-white cream head -- settles to a lovely lace with plenty of stick and retention.

Smell: Subdued big malts but plenty of raw fruity aromas and apple-skin, leafy hops, slight touch of must.

Taste: Initially, this is one smooth-ass beer, full-bodied with a thick, sticky, slightly chewy mouthfeel. The beer then goes coarse with a rather unique character ... loads of raw, leafy hop flavours and feel, tart apple, apple-skin, crisp, sharp citrus snap and bitty grain edge -- Ringwood yeast all the way! Sweet tropical-like fruitiness. Malt flavours are a bit masked by this flavour experience, but pull out with woody, toasty, light roasted and burnt caramel and raw honey notes. Finish is coarse, a bit oily, bone-dry and lingers for quite a while. A bit of wet paper (oxidation) here and there too. Alcohol is well hidden (in a spooky way) but hits the brain at half-way point.

Notes: A very English-like barleywine, with very complex characters that are not typical of your US-made variety. Well worth a try if you're looking for a big beer that's different. Damn tasty!

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a kick ass strong beer. Sip with caution. The smell is great with a nice feel to the mouth. Not really any head because of the cask-condition, but a little white head was created at first. White lace is left behind on the glass after drinking all of it. Overall a yummy tasting beer

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Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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