Wailing Wench - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of glowing ruby red. It holds a frothy, two and a half finger monster of a head, composed of tannish bubbles. They bubble away at a snail’s pace, leaving sticky, patterned lacing clinging to our glasses. There is mild haze with the last half of the bottle, and no sediment is noted, while the carbonation appears slow and light. The aroma is sweet, with red grape and apple juice sugars, fig, yeast, and sweeter, cakey malts. The latter also show notes of lightly cooked caramel, and musk. Wet woodiness comes with warmth, along with booze and black pepper. The advertised “screaming” hops are light and in the distance, in the form of grassy and herbal varieties. Our first impression was that it tastes as sweet as expected, but extraordinarily more hoppy than the nose might lead on. The flavoring opens as a battle between liquid caramel and citric hop and rind. Sugar predominates, giving syrupy sweet caramel malts, yeast, and hearty plum pudding. Booze soaked fig and plum move to the peak, until bittering soapy hops effectively cut that initial sweetness. The finish is of clean caramel, citric and soapy hops, metallics, mineral, yeast, and a final flash of that grapey sweetness from the nose. The aftertaste breathes of booze and black pepper, charcoal, light coffee malts, and big, bittering citric and resiny hops. These all mix for a warming grumble from the back of the throat following the sip. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is medium. There is great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with a bit of a bubbly mustache from the nicely retained head. The mouth is initially cooled and thickly coated, but once that dissipates, there is a moderate astringent streak leading down the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and even a bit easy for what we’ve come to expect for the style, and the beer sips pleasantly.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the solid flavoring and the great feel to it. We were presented with a beautiful beer in coloring, and in foam, but the following taste after the invitation was robust, and as hoppy as advertised. The bitterness from the hops really dominated the finish, and you’re left with quite a different flavoring than you start with, which keeps the drinker guessing. The nose was comparatively weak, but everything else was exciting, and decidedly tasty.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2012 00:30:05 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Dark reddish amber pour, thick finger of tan head, crazy wallpaper lace. Fades to an island and ring pretty quick with the lace dripping oily legs. Nice.
Lemony citrus and caramel, hints of herbal bitter in a light/medium strength aroma.
Simple taste just like the nose, but with some spicy alcohol in there too. Light strength taste, simple and balanced. A little different bitter in the end of sip than I am used to tasting. Kinda nice, but not great.
Worst feature of this beer. Low carb., low viscosity, ho hum finish, and not the cleanest linger either.
Thought this would be a better beer than it is, still not horrible, and one that is sure to taste good with some morels and bacon grilled cheese.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 21:25:10 | More by cavedave
Wailing Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.