Druid Fluid | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

BA SCORE
87
very good
337 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 10-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
337
Reviews:
246
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a nice barleywine here, different than the conventional English versions. this is a blonde beer, which threw me off on the pour, a bit cloudy and boasting a tall and lasting inch of white head. the nose on it is surprisingly hoppy too, especially in the context of other middle ages beers, which tend not to be the most aggressively hopped ales around. wheat malt, warming booze, candy sugar, and a pleasantly complex and bright strain of ale yeast. it opens up a lot as it warms, and the sweetness is only for a second before hop bitterness takes over. the interplay between yeast and hops here is extraordinary. the alcohol flavors come across a little strong though, and slow this beers drinkability, even for a barleywine. a bomber of this is a few ounces too much really, at least for me. still the happy carbonation and lighter body for the style make it a really unique brew. good stuff here from middle ages.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Semi clear amber orange, some carbonation and a one finger head

S-Grass, malt, bread, tad bit of hops, caramel and molasses.

T-Starts with caramel and molasses. Some grass, bread and malt. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied and not much carbonation.

O-A decent Barleywine. One of the better beers made by Middle Ages.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first barleywine; I rated it a year ago almost to the day, during the beginning of my beer career. It was one of my first forays into unfamiliar styles. Now that I got a bottle for my brother to try, I'll take a few sips and give it a full review.

Poured into over-sized wine glass (in lieu of the snifters I left at school). Hazy orange/brown with a thick white head that receded slowly into a film of foam with delicate lacing and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge.
Smells of bready, nutty malt, slightly buttery with some crisp earthy bitter hops rising on a puff of booze.
Taste follows nose...crackery, nutty malt, slight diacetyl or other, with some crisp earthy piney hops pinching off the finish and leaving some sticky malt and bitterness left over at the end. Slight alcohol presence, pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-full.
Overall, seems an entry-level barleywine as I imagined it was. But except for the odd butteryness, it's appropriate for the style and well done, just not mind-blowing.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a large, soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - bread, caramel, candy sugar, citrusy hops, grapefruit, some vanilla

T - bread, caramel, citrus, bitter, pith or orange rind, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

This beer is good but in my opinion needs some work. The malt character is there but the hops are a bit strange or unbalanced. The citrus notes do not sit as well as they should with the malt character. As a fan of Barleywines I will still recommend this as a beer that's worth a try, but I would view it more as a DIPA or strong ale than as a Barleywine.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a caramel hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a half inch, loose, cream-colored head that eventually disperses into a creamy slick. Some lacing, but no adhesion. Nose expresses prunes, a slightly vinous character, toasted malt and a trace of wet cardboard. Taste consistent with nose; however, a bit more subdued. There's also a light earthy hoppiness and some ethanol; however, things are a bit muddled by the carbonation levels - it definitely needs a swirl to open it up. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with an overly assertive carbonation level and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a fairly mediocre example of the style. Not something I need to revisit again anytime soon.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up 22 oz. bomber from Price Chopper in Clifton Park, NY tonight

Served at around 50-55 degrees F, in a snifter glass

A- Beautiful rosey-amber color with a fluffy, bubbly white head of two finger thickness with aggressive pour. As I drink and swirl it around in it's vessel, it creates a nice uniform, sticky lacing. Very consistent looking with little to no sediment suspending.

S- Hops, sugar, alcohol, raisin, citrus, hops, toffee. Not too complex, but interesting enough.

T- Piney bitter hops, citrus, hops, banana peel, bitter...hops. This seems to be unbalanced to me. It is a bit too hop forward and the alcohol taste seems absent for a beer of this style and strength. I'm not getting the complex flavors and fruits that others seem to pick up on this one. It seems to be missing something...

M- mouthfeel is medium if not a bit light for the style. Little carbonation, and as i near the 1/3rd mark, there is zero carbonation.

O- The high ABV is hidden very well on this one. It is very smooth and easy to drink the first half. But the second was much harder because of the bitterness. It was actually hard to finish. Not a beer I would visit again in it's current state of maturity. Perhaps a year or two in the cellar to bypass the adolescent wildness that this brew has created, will do some good for it. I do enjoy a good IPA, double IPA, etc. but I don't want my barley-wine to be this bitter. I think some extra belgian candy sugar or something would have helped to balance this out. Or, maybe this is just too young for my preference. Maybe I will pick up another bottle to put away for some time...

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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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