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Wailing Wench - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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very good

413 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 38
Gots: 12 | 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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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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

SLeffler27, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -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.

TheBrewo, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Wailing Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.