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Wailing Wench - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

417 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 38
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 10-23-2003)
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Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Capital City Gastropub (Albany, NY).

A: Plummy amber with a short cap of off-white head and a thin rim of lacing left at the top of the glass.

S: Mild fruity malt aroma with fairly strong whiff of alcohol. Some plum, raisin, and dark fruit malt aromas. The hops are light and herbal.

T: Flavor was a big disappointment with a nondescript paper/cardboard maltiness, strong alcohol presence, and fruity raisin flavors. There was a little hops bitterness, but not nearly enough, and the alcohol presence was too strong.

M: Smooth but undercarbonated with a big body and sweetness that didn't belong.

O: Funny name but not a great beer -- too much sweetness, a little bit too much alcohol presence, some odd off-flavors. All adds up to an underwhelming beer experience.

argock, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Marty91
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Marty91, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of stella77artois
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

Had heard good things about this brewery, and was lucky to find some of this on a road trip. Happy I did!

A - Pours a hazy dark red-brown, shows a maroon color in the light. Small amount of carbonation noticed. Very thick and creamy, slowly dissipating head. Good looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front, with just a hint of fruityness, and a touch of smoke. Slightly noticeable hops, too. Not a ton going on, but it's a very nice aroma.

T - Lot's of malt up front. A unique fruit taste, I'd say grapefruit and lime. Can also notice the touch of smokiness noted in the aroma. A decent amount of quality hops. All combines very well. Just a tiny hit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Taste wise, it's not as complicated as other great Strong Ale's like Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard, but it's still a damn good tasting beer.

F - A strong beer, but it was easy to drink. Slightly thick, but was refreshing and the carbonation was quenching. Easy on the throat and stomach, too.

O - This is a damn good beer. Great tasting yet packs a good punch. Highly recommend this beer for any strong ale or extreme beer fans.

stella77artois, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jzlyo, Jul 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

virinow, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Drknight, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

luvbier, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Slackerville
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Classified as a strong ale, Wailing Wench has a lot going on. Lots of breweries are making Cascadians and Black IPAs these days but this is a different beer. It can be summarized by a strong hop aroma, aggressive malt and ester flavors in the middle, then finishes hop bitter and alcoholic. Something for everyone and a fine beer to lay down in bottles for a few months without losing too much overall flavor.

Middle Ages has a wide range of beers with good northeast distribution in bars and 22 oz bottles. The Wench has been one of their staples for years, a great beer for those craving hops in the winter.

Slackerville, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Corey17, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

oldp0rt, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Woodysbeard, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thin but robust head into my glass. Been a while since I've had anything from this style.

Sweet at first but that gives way to a solid malt backbone that I feel is just one step down from a barleywine. It's not a DIPA like I originally though.

The flavor backs that up in spades. Nutty with just a touch of caramel, toffee and booze. Hops play second fiddle on my palate.

Mouthfeel is the same. Carbonation level is satisfying. Maintains the stance of a mean, hoppy ale despite not really being such.

Check it out. I just hope that the wench is wailing about something other than the lack of hopsplosion.

Brad007, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

PrimScrewhead, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JohnQVD, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Eweimer1, Jan 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

endingcredits, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Andragos, Dec 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

thebuck, Dec 07, 2012
Wailing Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.