Druid Fluid | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

very good
337 Ratings
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 sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now in 22 oz. bottles, fresh from the brewery. Cooper color, poured it a half hour ago and the head's still there. Citrusy hops over whiffs of alcohol and a toffee aroma. I've smelled it a hundred times and it never gets old.

This beer, fresh, is just SO tasty. Starts with a juicy, toffee-and-apricots maltiness and a big, bracing citric bitterness alongside some alcoholic aromatics and citrus overtones. Way in the background is a rounded malt sweetness. Finishes with a grapefruit rind dipped in butterscotch toffee flavor that's just so addictive. Silky smooth mouthfeel, and a growler of this would meet its demise VERY quickly.

Get one of these from the brewery if you can - great beer and great people.

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Photo of lou91
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure the age of this one but it looked good and smelled good with plenty of carbonation and sweet hoppiness on the nose. The taste was pleasantly balanced but with a great hop profile edging out the malt. The aftertaste was long and pleasant which BW lovers love. Great silky package as well. This is going back on the want list.

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

Middle Ages Druid Fluid
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a La Binchoise tulip glass

Served this beer slightly above room temperature. Pours a cross between an amber and hazy dark orange in the tulip glass. Frothy head on top after the pour that transforms to a thin lace around the glass leaving interesting trails of webbed lace.

Powerful and inviting nose with whiffs of toasted grains, sweet malts, tropical fruits and floral hops.

Sweet caramel malts lay the backbone with a touch of buttery toffee underneath. Amazing fruit flavors rise to the occasion with highlights of apple slices, pineapple, concord grapes, cherries and citrus fruit. Punchy hop presence. A touch of alcohol warmth on the finish, but extremely drinkable for a beer of the depth and quality. Pleasantly creamy and smooth for a barleywine.

I had this beer at Sunset Bar & Grill back in the winter and I really enjoyed it on tap. It's just as good out of the bottle. This is another above average beer from Middle Ages in Syracuse, NY.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a pretty dew body that leaves a spotchy tan head that disappears. The nose is sour, funky with a cooked sugar sweetness, floural hops with a strong malty background. The taste starts bitter upfront, strong hop and alcohal backdrop but balanced with a slight caramel sweetness. Nice barleywine good interpretation one that I will def go back to.

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Photo of crwills
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a red wine glass. A cloudy orangish brown. Starts with a decent finger-width head, but it has poor retention and fades quickly, even at the right temperature.

The aroma is somewhat unusual for the style, from my experience. Bitter and rooty, with some pine-scented hops and very muted citrus (lemon only). Some bready notes in the middle, and a bit of a peppery or spicy element.

Flavour is drily bitter, with the pepper and spice from the aroma becoming more prominent. The bitterness is reminiscent of grapefruit extract, and there are definite notes of rye or rye bread in there. Is there rye in this?

Druid Fluid causes some mild 'ear warming' as I drink it, but the alcohol is well hidden throughout. Mild fruity notes appear as it warms toward room temperature, and the aftertaste is piney hops with a little bit of earthiness to it.

Overall, a solid American barley wine.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Paprika colored....sort of like dark apricot juice. Head is minimal. Greyish white with a slight wisp and a friendly ring around the glass.

S: Very fruity, almost like juicy fruit gum. Cardboard, floral and a bit of caramel.

T: Lavender is the first thing that jumps out at me. Is this beer flavored with flower pedals? It certainly tastes like it. Sweet and floral malts, a bit cloying after a while. Taste goes to a traditional dough then a biscuity dryness with the fruity sweetness remaining the entire time. Bitterness then snakes in and gains attention. As the bitterness fades, the flowering saccharin sweetness does not diminish and refuses to die.

M: Medium bodied, bit syrupy.

D: Not a huge fan of this beer. Sort of perfumy. Tastes as if made with sweet and low.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2004 bottle had bed sitting in my cellar for nearly two years since it appeared on the shelves in Georgia shortly after the law changed. At that time I thought this was an unspectacular and overly hot barleywine. It was time to see if time had been kind to this beer.

Cracked open the 12 oz. bottle after lifting off the gold foil that had pretty much separated itself from the neck by now. The resulting beer was nicely carbonated, one finger head being evidence of this, and a little pale for a barleywine, coming in at a shade orange amber and with a clear body. The thick sheet of lacing on the sides of the oversized wine glass was also not typical of a barleywine.

While the looks bordered on a DIPA, the smell was nothing of the kind. The herbal hops were still amazingly evident, but the primary aroma was that of sweet malts, reminding me of a fruit cocktail from a can. The taste was also sweet, but not at all cloying. The individual fruit flavors were hard to pick out now, and the hops added a spicy edge. Alcohol was more evident than beers of this age, but not in a hot flashy way. This was quite a bit easier to drink than I remember from couple of years ago. I would not consider this a stunning barleywine, but it did taste quite good with some creamy Danish blue cheese.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a light brown pour with a thin tan head that dissipates swiftly, no visible carbonation even when held up to light

S - a very hoppy aroma, approaching piney-ness, with a sickly sweet honey like aroma to the background

T - wow, this is the hoppiest barley wine i have ever quaffed, the best part is that background sweetness from the aroma has translated to the background of the taste as well

M - that sweet background balances out the hoppiness very well, with a nice body, this is a great barleywine

D - high, other than the high-ish ABV, this is an easy drinkin' BW

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The purple wizardish label kicks ass. Plus it is gold foiled on top. This poured a very orangey amber with a great foamy off white head. Didn't last too long though. WOW! The aroma is amazing. Yeasty, fruity and strong. Kinda smells like a fruit elixer, like cough syrup. This smells o so sweet and hoppy, pine and citrus scents were noticed. The taste rocks as well. The caramel and fruit flavors rock. The alcohol isn't quite as attacking as I would have expected, you can feel it but not taste it. Nice warmth though. Many barley wines are just bumped up IPAs but even though this one kinda tastes like an ipa it is certainly a barleywine.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome name, had to buy it.

Pours medium caramel with decent carbonation, not much head, some lacing. Smells are light with floral hops, a little dried fruitiness. Taste is rather balanced, hops, alcohol, and sweetness, almost caramel in nature. Very drinkable for a barleywine, a little lighter than others, but you can down more than one and be happy.

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

poured carefully into pint glass at cellar temp.
ruby and orange tints mix in the color with a slightly orange head that fell to a thin (but persistent) layer. respectable descending rings of lacing left down the side of my glass.
smell hints of big malt with some hop tang - candied fruit and some breadiness.
subtle sweet fruit and candy malt taste at first, hops move in as a nice, cooperative counterpoint. increasing alcohol warmth later fades in a long finish in which the initial sweetness creeps back thru the flavor profile.
spicy but smooth with a long, dry finish that lets some sugared dates thru to hang around. full-medium body.

tasty barleywine, interested to see how it will age.

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Photo of edchicma
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tad dissapointing. I may have had too warm a bottle, but still, I was expecting more. It pours a nice amber with a thick creamu head and decent lacing. The smell is very nice..strong sweet maltiness, fruity elements, light yeastiness and alcohols note. However, very surprisingly, the tatse was very tart, pungent with an overwhelming hop presence...not what I expected. Mouthfeel was light to medium (is this 9.5abv?) and dry. The finish was too bitter which affects drinkability.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage, Pours dark copper to muddy brown in color and quite cloudy. Sweet malt aromas of caramel, white grapes, prunes and over ripe berries. Tastes of sweet maltiness with a warm alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected and I cannot discern any hop flavors, both probably due to age. A nicely aged barley wine that I would definitely hope to try fresh as well.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally popped a bottle I purchased on my first trip to Half Time. It's been chilling in the back of the fridge for a couple years. Now's as good a time as any.
Pours a beautiful, crystal clear copper, topped with a generous white head. Great retention, particularly for a beer of this strength, keeping a thick film atop the brew. This stuff laces like a champ. Rather mild aroma, for such an impressive head. You practically have to stick your nose into the glass. Gooey caramel malt, leaning towards the paler side, with a generous piney hop presence. A hint of butterscotch, though very tame, with soft berry notes. Kinda like strawberry, the artificial candy kind, with some brown pear. The alcohol is entirely hidden to me, though my girlfriend says she can smell it faintly. Taking a sip, my tongue is coated with pale malt sweetness. Kinda sugary, with a soft, gooey caramel flavor. Some butterscotch flavors, which work well in this kind of brew, and mild fruitiness. Pungent, piney hops take up the rear, finishing with a balancing, thus potent bitterness. My only complaint is that it drinks like a beer of much lower strength, so I'm emptying the glass more repidly than I'd like. Pretty smooth, with a creamy, full body. Glides along easily, movement provided by fine bubbled, perky carbonation. The whole package makes for some pretty drinkable stuff. Not the most popular yeast amongst beer geeks, but ringwood barleywines (along with stouts) are a favorite of mine. I think the butterscotch flavor the yeast provides adds to the malty goodness, and smooths out the mouthfeel. Good stuff.
Kind of reminds me of their Wailing Wench Double IPA, with maybe a touch more sweetness. I like that beer a lot, so that's great. I don't know why i was sitting on this for so long.

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Photo of Crosling
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Redbones. Dark orange color. Sweet fruits (strawberries and raspberries), as well as some medicinal, herbaceous aroma hops in the nose. Hops are piney and medicinal, while the malt backing is strange and unfitting. Very sweet and just not all that exciting, at all.

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

Cloudy dark gold brew with a light white head. Retention and carbonation were little or nothing. Great lacing from a tiny, sticky ring, though.
Very fruity aroma, accentuated with caramel and ripe melons. A bit of alcohol might be creeping in the background.
The same flavors came through that were evident in the aroma. There is a good bit of caramel and melon. There was a flavor I just couldn’t place, but liked very much. I kept taking little swig after little swig before it finally came to me. A very nice undertone of butterscotch flavored cola. I think this may have been from Ringwood use, but it was verry good. Much closer to the English variety than to the overly hopped monsters you get around the US nowadays. Maybe some other fruits in there (pears/apples) to mix in with some faint esthers (bubblegum?).

Medium bodied warming brew. Light herbally/woodsy hops on the finish that left a very tiny bit of dryness. High alcohol was hidden very well.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light orangey brown and hazy, with a light tan head that doesn't stick around.
the aroma is very fruity and bready. the fruit is pear and berry, there is some spicyness in there too, maybe cinnamon, brown sugar, and something else. caramel malts are present as well as toffee aroma. faintly buttery. as it warms there is a sweet orange aroma that comes out. there is also a strange plastic smell that i get i whiff of occasionally.
caramel, brown sugar, toffee are most immediatley apparent in the taste, after that juicy berry flavors show up with spicy hop bitterness bringing up there rear. thre is a nice blanace struck in the flavor. orangey flavors can be found occasionally. the flavor stradles a 4.0 and 4.5, but i'm gonna give it the benfit of the doubt and round up. i like the berry flavors.
meduim-ish body with carbonation to match. i'd almost like it to be a little thicker.
good drinkability with a pretty well hiden 9.5 abv. seems to be a trend with my recent string of barleywines.
not the greatest barleywine i've ever had, certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of jakester
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an incredibly clear (the clearest barleywine I've ever seen) orangish/red with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head falls to a coating and a ring, with decent lacing.

Aroma is huge sweet caramel, dried fruits like pears, cherries, and raisins, nice floral hops, bubblegum, and slight alcohol at the end.

Flavor is great sweet caramel malt, dried fruits like above, fairly strong hop bitterness, some bubblegum, and I swear some spice I can't identify, which adds a nice touch. This is mighty tasty. Aftertaste is sweet, hoppy, spicy, fruity, and some warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with soft to medium carbonation. Back of the throat and tongue curl a little from hop[ bitterness. Finish dries out nicely.

This is incredibly drinkable for a barleywine. Dangerous. There is some flavor here that is really nice; I never tasted it in a barleywine before. Alcohol very well hidden. Highly recommended.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Druid Fluid...gotta say I love the name. This one pours from the gold foiled bottle into my glass a nice deep, cloudy brown with hints of copper and red. A half inch of creamy bubbly khaki foam emerges with strings of intricate lacing across the glass. Nice! Aromas of rich sweet caramel meld with a touch of fresh baked buttered bread upfront. There's a nice herbaceous hop aroma along with some brown sugar, molasses and a touch of dark fruit. A nice aroma, but the touch of diacetyl is a bit distracting.

First sip brings a caramelly, biscuity maltiness upfront. Fairly sweet with a swirl of buttered bread flavor sneaking in yet again. Hints of brown sugar, plums, berries and raisins. The herbal, slightly citric hop bitterness hits on the way down and helps counteract the sweetness Finishes a bit slick with a lingering rich caramel/toffee note, alcohol is well hidden. Not bad..but it seems a bit strewn about.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a slickness to it. Goes down fairly easily while still having a good chewy barleywine body. At this point I'm not left wanting to reach for another, however this has been in my cellar for a bit so I'll look out for a fresh bottle to try at other time. Thanks to dmeadows for throwing this my way.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep copper color with some translucent reddish colors seen through the light. It smells like whole wheat bread with some citrus hops. The head fades to thin lacing as you drink.

The taste is well rounded and huge. It has a huge, complex malt profile that is balanced by some hops and somewhat well hidden alcohol. There are some fruit flavors to this one. Some tart, some berry flavors. Incredible.

The mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and satisfying.

Drinkablity is good in the regard I would love to have another. At nearly 10% ABV though- is that a good idea? Why not?

Overall very impressive.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark, tangy barleywine with a prominent taste of licorice and caraway seeds and hints of raisins. It's well-blended and although the strong alcohol content comes through in the taste, the sweet tastes provide a nice balance. There's a spicy edge too, reminding me of Heavyweight's Spicy Saison or even Unibroue's Maudite. The flavors linger nicely in the aftertaste, making the beer worth sipping slowly.

There's not much lacing or head, but the deep, dark amber color makes the appearance decent.

The smell is strong, and it perfectly foreshadows the taste.

Another winner from Middle Ages

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Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a tan head that lasts quite a long time. Nice lacing. Smell is of spice and pine. Mouthfeel is light and carbionated. Taste is hopped,but not overly so. Refreshing with a nice bite. The finish was spicy,with a hint of pine. Nice Christmas Ale!

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Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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