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

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Added by xlperro on 10-30-2001

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Photo of Skidz
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to shippos for this fine beer, amongst the BIF 10 delicacies he tossed my way. Cheers!

Pours out a hazy orange brown and sits a nice burnt amber in the glass with a good sized light tan head. Holds on tight and fades to a light skim and coats the glass in a fine layer of lace.

Smells bright and citrusy with vibrant tones of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. Submerged malty core lends bundles of caramel and toffee. Resiliant hop presence dumps out boatloads of fruits. Canned peaches, apple cider and golden raisins all float around in the mix.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, full malty presence. Apples, pears and faint touches of dark fruits, figs and raisins, speckle the sides. Hop bitterness is well-balanced and offers some good traces of orange rind and lemon. Caramel ensues, coating the tongue with sugary sweetness. Fades out, back into a nice hop bitterenss that linges well on into the finish. Citrus oils stick to the roof of the mouth.

Outstanding mouth presence. Smooth and buttery with extra-fine carbonation that rolls around quite well. Body is medium-full and very approachable. Fantastic.

For me, this is a near perfect barleywine. It's an all-inclusive brew, combining aspects of particular variations of IPA, with their citrusy-goodness, and a much more malt based old ale. Not only can this be consumed very easily, it can also be stored for ages! Let those hops mellow out, and you've got a nicely balanced barleywine. This particular bottle has been around in my possesion for about seven months and is very well-balanced, but still shows many signs of rich citrus hops. I need a new bottle.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Southernbrew for this much anticipated beer. Nice dark scarlet color, with a huge, fluffy, off white head. Smell is very hoppy, with brown sugar malt, and strong traces of alcohol. Taste is very raw and peppery, also slight smoke traces. A dry flavor overall, alcohol and large hops finish dominate this experience. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. Slight alcohol burn.

A very good barleywine, one that could definitely be laid down for with very positive mellowing efects. Thanks again to Southernbrew for my first beer from Middle Ages, which turned out to be a fine barleywine.

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Photo of clvand0
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shippos for this one. Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a good caramel character with some citrus hops. The flavor is incredibly smooth for the level of alcohol. The caramel malts and the hops blend very well and make for a really enjoyable brew. Drinkability is really good, especially for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again, thanks to shippos and clvand0 for bringing this one my way. What a great name. Druid fluid. I'm not quite sure how I feel about drinking it.

This one pours a slightly pale copper color with a finger of head that falls to a healthy coating over the beer. The nose is really nice, with a nice blast of citrusy hops over tope of a really nice thick caramel malt. It smells really damn good. The flavor is nice. Very balanced between super fantastic grapefruity sweet hops and very mellow but pronounced caramel malt. The hop also rides on as a residual bitter, but in the best wey. No offensiveness, no harshness. All sweet hop. The feel is nice and thick, bordering on slightly syrupy. Very coating over the tongue. Shit. I just checked the ABV and it says 9.5. I would have guessed 7, just because I know its a barleywine. Wow. Not even a hint of that alcohol anywhere. This beer is dangerous...in a good way. I will need t find a way to get this beer in Kentucky again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Blue Tusk during a recent visit to Syracuse. It came as a cloudy amber beer with only a thin head. It has a great malty nose, heightening my anticipation level all the more. My first reaction to it was that it is very sweet, then that it is very potent, hence the small serving size. It tastes of cherries and plums, but with a warmness brought on by the alcohol content. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and the finish is pleasant with a good, slightly hot afterburn. Yum yum.

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

On-Tap at the brewery tap :-) Dark ruddy amber/brown with a nice collar of khaki foam. The aroma is complex and it consists of dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, alcohol, toffee, fresh, somewhat raw, herbal hops, and more! This is one hell of a beer. The taste is also very, very complex. I taste a sweet, juicy blast of fruit flavors up front, with a deep caramel malt backbone that also shows hints of toffee. The finish is juicy, with fresh green hops stealing the show. The mouthfeel is thick, coating and perfect, and the finish is very warming and decadent. The drinkability is also awesome for a barleywine. In fact, this is almost a "session" barleywine! Awesome stuff. Truly.

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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe their best brew. Barleywine it is also major hoppy and ringwood yeast and Candylike malting. Very drinkable and satisfying. Was fresh off the line served up by Old Marcus and cheers to him for this. Must get more. even a tad of bitterness in aftertaste as opposed to too much sweetness. Could be interesting iff ageable. Unique and to be enjoyed by all but the harshest palate.

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

This poured out a deep cloudy copper color with a good-sized off white head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma contained cherries, caramel and a bit of other malty goodness. I really had to get this one swirling around to get much from the nose, as it was quite weak. The flavor started off with fruit sweetness before a bit of roastiness came on the backside. Notes of alcohol and caramel popped up throughout. Mouthfeel was full with a sticky sweetness. Pretty good overall drinkability, a very solid barley wine. I would definitely have this again. Thanks goes to ppoitras for this fine brew.

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

12 oz brown bottle.

Smooth and creamy, slightly off white head that fades to a thin sheet after a moment. The sheet remains practically throughout the glass. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength. A hazy dark copper in color.

Mildly sweet caramel malt aroma along with a nice fruit character: apple, orange, and a slight grapefruit component. A whaft of alcohol as well.

Fruit component (apple, orange, pear, and grapefruit) is at a very mild level as well as a bit of chocolate. High malt sweetness in addition to a big hop bite at mid-sip that leaves a burnt hop aftertaste. Nothing amazing in terms of flavor IMO, but well balanced nonetheless.

Full bodied yet not heavy. Coats the palate in a near syrup-like quality. Smooth with a mild amount of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable for a Barleywine. Lighter in terms of abv% than most of the style as well. A bit bland re: flavor but a pretty pleasant ale. IMO there are many other better tasting barleywines out there, but this one is worth a try.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark peach color with a nice frothy sticky white head on the pour in the goblet. Tropical sweetish pineapple fragrance in the nose. Initial stinging bitter grapefruit taste mellows into orange rind and sweet caramel notes on the tongue. The feel is quite rich and full bodied on the tongue and mouth. The brew then dries the tongue on the finish with slight abv warmth in the chest. Comforting in its rich bitterness. Nice.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, of at least 6 months of age. Clear orange with a lasting tan head. Piney hop aroma. Spicy and earthy. Full mouth feel, with nice malt sweetness and lots of hops. Lingering spicy piney hop finish. Not too big. Nice complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Beer pours a ruddy amber-red. A hard pour yields a 1.5 in. dense beige head.

I can smell this beer as soon as it's poured. Wisps of sweet fruit and matly camamel greet my senses. Aromas of honey, malt, yellow raisens, plum-pudding and sherry are found.

Tastes malty sweet, caramel, fresh bread, slight spices. Definately smells bigger than it tastes. Rather thin feeling for a BW, I prefer the thick, coating kind. I would call this an English style BW-less assertive than our American BW's. Finishes is medium w/ some hops. It need smore hops to balance the predominant malts. The alcohol is well hidden, barely warming. Not bad but not too exciting or memorable either.

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Photo of bulbabot
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bear with my first review here on Beer Advocate, but I just had to share my experience with this exquisite brew from the soon-to-be snow-covered and desolate upstate New York (it's October now).

I am a big fan of Middle Ages beers, and this particular brew is one of the reasons why. It doesn't have much of a head and it's nearly impossible to drink quickly, but that's where its shortcomings stop.

Like all barleywines, Druid Fluid has high alcohol content (9.5%), but like all good barleywines the flavor of alcohol doesn't overpower the brew. Instead, you taste a sweet, but bitter, and perhaps a little dry flavor you would expect form some dry wine. The carbonation is subtle yet perceptable, as if it were bottle conditioned. A good combination for such an expensive beer.

The beer appears a brownish-red or reddish brown poured in this here wine glass (It is time for me to get a real goblet).

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Photo of ybnorml
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazey amber ale with a small beige head. At first the aroma is full of a fruity sweetness and then in the background the is a building hop presence. The hops make their presence felt in the flavor right away. There is some sweetness in the taste and some of it comes again from the hops in the form of a grapefruit finish. It will be interesting to see what happens to these characteristics after being put down for a year (or two).

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is a sweet floral. Medium bodied. Starts with an excellent mix of hops and malt, very warming the alcohol is noticeable. Some hop aftertaste. $3.55 for a 12oz bottle from Olivers Beverage Cen. Albany, NY.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 12 oz bottle at the Asheville, NC, Pop The Cap event auction on 8/14/04. Sampled on 8/26/04. This pours a clear, copper amber body with a respectable, beige head that sets at about 2 cm. Attractive, patch lacing adorns the glass.

Aroma is hoppier than I was expecting, with tart, grapefruit rind, pine cones, and some notes of sour apple cider.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a hops bite, and some warming alcohol presence.

Taste is immediately complex and assertive. Hops are almost blistering, with a dominant, citrus rind presence. Good malt backbone underneath, with some caramel and red Delicious apple flavors. Nice combination of citrus rind and caramel apple flavors produce a very tasty Barleywine.

I expected this to be more British, in style, with a malt dominance. Overall, however, this has some kickass hoppiness that prevails. Nicely complex, highly drinkable, and an excellent Barleywine. Wish I could Middle Ages brews in my area.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color with reddish hues. Very little head and what head there was disappeared quickly.

Aroma full of fruity malts, light alcohol and bitter hops, smells like a barleywine should.

Full bodied, fairly smooth. First flavor up is alcohol, not very hidden here. Dark fruit flavor follows up combined with bitter hops but with a very light citrus hop element as well. A red wine flavor shows up as well and then finishes with a bitter aftertaste.

Very enjoyable, definitely a hop focus but not as much as others I've had. I have 4 more and am anxious to see if some of the rough edges can be smoothed out. Good nonetheless.

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

Pours a rich coppery brown with hints of red. Thin tan head but plenty of lace. Smells of floral hops, grapefruit. Some fruity malt. Bitter.

Great big hops on the tongue. Various hops flavors: bitingly bitter, floral and citrusy. Rich malt with a hint of alcohool bite. Lightly nutty. Full bodied and chewy with a pleasantly bitter hops aftertaste. A pleasant surprise, this one. Could stand to be aged a bit for sure but very tasty and drinkable now. A fine barleywine.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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


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


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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Druid Fluid from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.91 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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