15th Anniversary Double Wench - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
lovely rise of 2 fingers of foam, just perfectly ruby hue here, amazing color and consistency in the glass, a good amount of carbonation rumbles in the brew keeping the head perfect, the bubble wall is uniform and leaves gobs of lace all over the sides, fantastic looking beer, and now further in the head almost resembles the head on a Guinness pumped at a bar.. silky!
boozy hops, tones of sherry, some dry must, sort of reminds me of barley wine style stuff, pretty good nose
medium boozy with precise carbonation - just right for a brew of this weight, the carbonation is just enough to carry this thing and stops there, the ABV is detectable but barely, so damn smooth ! pretty mild bitterness but you can taste the hops, really well balanced wench
(must be the corset), it drinks like a souped up smooth mega amber in a way
what's better than one wench ? well two (OK I went for the obvious...), I have always enjoyed the original wench for years as MA has been around for seemingly my entire tryst in craft world, but over the years their brews have been hard to find in the area so I was unaware of the double of what I always considered a classic... boy am I smitten twice shy here, fantastic brew, grab one, grab two - this drinks so smooth for 12% it is probably a crime (somewhere)
12-16-2013 05:14:46 | More by Ego
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into a 33 cl tulip.
Look- Dense, creamy looking finger and a half of toasted coconut head, gobs of lace cling to the glass. Insane retention. Deep Amber-brown hue, moderate haze.
Smell- Dry toast, toffee, white raisin, lots of bubblegum. Light booze, nutty, warm spice. More rum-like as it warms, but alcohol not as noticeable as you'd think. Nice.
Taste- Similar to the aroma, treacle-soaked biscuit backed up by bubblegum and a black tea bitterness that's quite nice. Vanilla, lilac, hazelnut. Sharper, fruity at first but fades into burnt cracker and toasted cloves. Very nice.
Mouthfeel- Lighter than anticipated, but still pretty boozy, juicy rather than syrupy. Definitely above average for the ABV and style. Dry-ish finish with a hint of chalkiness cleans it up pretty well.
Overall- Another great one from Middle Ages. Approachable, drinkable, and well-rounded. $7.50 for a bottle is not bad, either.
09-09-2013 05:36:44 | More by Lawl3ss
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
A - dark amber with a big, frothy, off white, brownish head that has great retention
S - big malts, caramel, candy sugar, some dark fruit, piney hops
T - caramel, burnt sugar, faint tropical fruit like fruit punch, earthy and piney bitter hop finish
M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated
This is a pretty solid offering. It's malt-forward and reminds me a lot of a Barleywine. The maltiness is primarily sticky caramel and burnt sugar. The hops are also intense adding some fruit initially but then offering a huge, bitter finish to balance things out. The ABV here is rather well hidden except for some warmth in the finish making this surprisingly and scarily drinkable. This is definitely worth a try.
04-07-2013 01:08:16 | More by tdm168
4.68/5 rDev +17.3%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Nice label.
Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 3/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head is going nowhere fast, with chunky lacing. Aroma is green hops and alcohol.
Taste is sweet to start, citrus in the middle, and cruised to the close with a balance of rich grains and bitterness. Alcohol lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is superb, esp for the style. Hope this one stays in their lineup.
11-02-2012 21:15:36 | More by ppoitras
3.33/5 rDev -16.5%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Dark amber with a small off-white head. Good retention and ok lacing.
Smell - Like a barleywine. Booze, caramel, and hops, in that order. Definitely alcoholic.
Taste - Hot as hell. Tastes like a hot, boozy, undersweet barleywine. Caramel and way more bittering hops than are necessary. Boozy, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Bitter and boozy. Have I mentioned those attributes before? Tough to drink this, even slowly.
Overall - The best compliment I can give this is that it isn't a sugar bomb at 12%. Well attenuated.
07-07-2012 03:32:38 | More by Alieniloquium
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
22 oz bottle, no date
brown in color, off-white head. thin covering of head remains as I drink. a bit of piney hops and caramel sweetness in the aroma. pleasant.
doesn't taste of any booze, for the strength. toasty biscuit and caramel malt are balanced with strong hops. coats the tongue, but not thick. medium carbonation.
overall a nice strong ale that isn't over the top, and hides the ABV well.
03-20-2012 01:51:18 | More by jmdrpi
3.25/5 rDev -18.5%
Poured from 22 into Duvel tulip.
A - Deep red/brown. Thin head with impressive retention time.
S - Hops, potpourri, and malts.
T - Hop-forward, but with a nice strong malt backbone to support the floralness of the boquet.
M - Nothing notable here. Full bodied, but for a 12% strong ale, it should be.
O - I enjoyed thoroughly, but don't know how soon the next enjoyment will be.
03-08-2012 00:35:50 | More by Edwaka01
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Another bottle provided by STEG in a recent trade. Thanks for the brews man!
From a bomber into a snifter.
Drunk right after the regular Wench.
APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. A opaque rosewood red color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and slathers the glass with sheets of lacing. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and coats the glass with lacing. Similar to the regular Wench, but a tighter head and more opaque. Really good stuff.
SMELL: Definitely more malty than hoppy. Caramel, toffee and red fruits on the nose. Some grassy and piney hops are still there, but they’ve faded and allow the raspberries and cherry notes to shine through more. Lots of caramel, sugary malts here.
TASTE: This is great. Caramel, toffee, sweet grainy malts and lots of red fruits up front. Raspberries and cherries show up through the middle, leading to a nice grassy and piney hop finish. Big, bold aftertaste of bitter hops, pine, and some caramel and toffee sweetness lingers and lingers. The ABV is very well masked, and it’s very tasty and much hoppier than the nose had led on still. Good stuff.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Heat has mellowed out nicely.
OVERALL: This was great stuff. Much bolder and more impressive than the regular Wench. While the hop aromas have perhaps fallen off a bit, the hop flavor is still quite present and enjoyable, and the malt base is very tasty on its own. Kind of an American Barleywine and Double IPA combined, which I guess means it gets thrown into the catch-all American Strong Ale category. Whatever it is, I like it and would definitely drink this one again. Thanks again for the trade STEG.
12-15-2011 14:22:44 | More by Jeffo
4.03/5 rDev +1%
an interesting treat, opened up right before the turkey came off the grill on thanksgiving. poured an unfiltered apple cider color, cloudy and red/brown, with a decent cream head. smells like a big barleywine, thick and malty, with notes of more elegant things like fruit, spice, and wood. the taste really surprised me here, much different then the wailing wench. there is a sharp citrus element and a definite hop presence. not a beer you could drink all day, but definitely a nice treat here and there, went great with the food! very very unique brew
11-27-2011 19:49:15 | More by StonedTrippin
15th Anniversary Double Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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