15th Anniversary Double Wench - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lazerlobe on 04-26-2010

To be brewed for at least a year, perhaps longer.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Edwaka01
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of taigor
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Fruits and malt sweetness with slight hoppiness.

T - Slightly sweet upfront, malts, raisins, and other dark fruits with a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Not bad but would not recommend it to anyone.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here's the gist...

A - Dark Amber, Red/Brown. Pouring it into a standard pint glass, I'm greeted with a small tan head that provides only minor lacing.

S - Piney hops and bitters, with a minor malt aroma (the malt scent increase as it warms).

T - Immediate bitters followed by a sweet caramel and, what hits my pallet as, a slight maple flavor. Previous reviews suggest banana, and that's pretty accurate. However the alcohol content overpowers in the finish. It's a strange mix of quickly evolving flavors.

M - Full Bodied and chewy.

D - It's a decent brew. I bought their big bottle, and that's all I really want/need. It was worth a try (given the fact that the original Wailing Wench is fantastic), but I don't expect to make a repeat purchase.

Cheers.

Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A nice pour of a dark orange with hints of copper, semi clear but doesn't look dirty, just dark. A big light tan head that is very full, great retention and lacing, looks great... The aroma is very strong hops throughout but there is enough caramel malt on the front to break it up. Smells like a barleywine, I'm very intrigued... The hops attack to much on the palate, not balanced at all. A super hopped barleywine, lots of hops and alcohol on the finish. The more you drink the more alcohol comes out in this...The mouthfeel is light but very rough, too warm.

This is not very good. Way out of whack, gotta pass.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ordered a Wailing Wench at Dino-BBQ in Syracuse, but the waitress said that they were out of the Wailing Wench. Instead they had the Double Wench, which I was not aware of because they had not changed their draught board yet. I'd never heard of the Double Wench, which for me is a good thing. At first I wondered if there was some confusion and they only had the Middle Ages IIPA, but once I got this beer it was pretty easy to see that this was not the IIPA.

The body is a brown color with some red and crimson hues. The tan head is small and doesn't last long or leave lacing behind.

The aroma has a big, toasted, caramel malt flavor along with some fruitiness, which is a surprise. A bit of piney hops and bitterness are in there also, which isn't surprising. Also a touch of alcohol.

A pretty good blast of bitterness in the form of pine resin from the hops greets me immediately upon my first sip. The hop flavors are pretty short-lived though, and they give way to a ton of sweet malt, with flavors of caramel, toffee, and a faint, lightly toasted flavor. Along with the malt comes the light fruitiness from the ale yeast. The main fruit that I pick up is banana, which is strange, but not in a bad way. The finish is a bit boozy, and I guessed this beer to be right around the 12%ABV that it actually clocks in at just based on the flavor.

The body is pretty thick, maybe a little chewy with fairly low carbonation.

I'm glad I got this beer, but I have to say that it isn't the best choice to wash down a giant plate of BBQ. Overall I liked the Double Wench, but I think I enjoy the more balanced, less boozy and slightly hoppier Wailing Wench.

Photo of DaveHS
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to trxxpaxxs for this one.

A-Pours burnished orange/red with a rocky tan head that reduces slowly, leaving plenty of attractive, sticky lacing.

S-Honey, Kellogs Frosted Flakes, plum/prune sweetness, some booze.

T/M-Very malty and sweet up front, with an undercurrent of dry bittering hops. Unbalanced, with a really boozy finish. Heavy, sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Reminiscent of a Stone Double Bastard that's been left out too long.

O-Not one of the better beers I've had from Middle Ages. The balance of dry bitter hoppiness and sticky sweetness is tricky, and this beer is proof of that.

Photo of Franz4
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark copper/amber color with a decent head that faded relatively quickly, left some slight lacing.

S- Strong, hoppy aroma with some caramel malts that come through as well. Notes of pine as well.

T- Starts with a burst of hops, pine, citrus as well. Malt balance is there, almost like it's slightly smoked...maybe closer to burnt w/ a bit of charcoal. Taste not for the faint of heart. ABV is noticeable, but not overpowering.

M- seemed to finish relatively dry, medium bodied. For as powerful as this beer was on the taste I expected something with a fuller body.

D- Tough to drink this in large quantities, I'm not sure how much you could taste after drinking this either. 12% ABV doesn't help it either.

Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very dark caramel color with just a slight reddish hue to it. Definitely much darker then the regular Wench. It started with a pretty nice sized head to it, which retreated to the edge of the glass after a minute or so. Pretty good lacing too.

The aroma has a lot of flavors going on. The hoppy citrus comes through a bit more then the malt, with a lot of grapefruit like flavors to it. Behind the hops I get more of a malty sweetness with a little toffee, and dark fruit flavor going on. The alcohol is also not surprisingly more apparent compared to regular wench.

The taste shows more of the malty, sweet, toffee, dark fruit flavors to it right off the bat compared to the nose. The hoppy, citrusy flavor really comes out too with some nice grapefruit flavors to it. It seems to have just a touch of roasty flavors going on towards the finish. The finish is more on the bitter side with more of the hops coming through as well as more alcohol.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is pretty decent considering the abv%. The flavors all came together pretty well in it and was surprisingly quite smooth. The alcohol came through more compared to the regular Wench though, which shouldn't really be a surprise. Overall a good beer but I didn't feel that making Wench this much bigger did much for an already very good beer.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3:

22 oz. bottle pours burnte umber with a light khaki head.

Nose is dominated by huge west coast hops: tons of pine and spruce with a little citrus and vanilla. Slight sherry and fig notes of a vintage barleywine.

Great caramel and vanilla sweetness balanced with a solid bitter hoppiness.

Light carb and very full bodied.

Without knowing better, I'd guess something like full sail old boardhead. Great carbonation and very drinkable, yet slightly dangerous. Seems like a huge big west coast barley wine

Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, split the bomber with a friend. Body is slightly hazy dark brown with crimson hues. No real head and no lace.

S: Toffee and brown sugary malt is followed by a strong waft of booze (no surprise given the 12% ABV). Hint of vanilla.

T: First impression: big boozy finish, both in heat and dryness. Underlying fruity malt foundation. A woodsy, oaky bitterness cuts the sweet malt a bit, but it never comes together as balanced. Instead it's a bit jarring, with alcohol heat thrown in over the top.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is average.

D: This is a slow-sipper, for obvious reasons. Glad I split the bomber.

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice caramel malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters and a nice hop bitterness. The yeast really aids in pronouncing the hops and malt character. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite up front with a boozy alcohol laden finish. It has a burnt caramel flavor to it that's unique, but does agree with the Ringwood yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn hoppy brew with adequate malt balance. It's a little too bitter; almost to the point where it kills the yeast character and hinders the sweet malt taste. Not bad. A bit more interesting than last years anniversary ale.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip glass. Appears a medium brown and opaque until held to some light, which reveals beautiful red/amber edges and nice clarity. Thick tan head stays strong.

Aroma of piney and spicy hops. Malts come through with dark fruit notes, ripe plum, also a bit of funkiness in there. Some complexity is aroma and taste. Taste is more spicy hops, almost sticky with hops really but not overbearing. More dark fruitiness, like prunes. More of the funky/slightly just a touch of sourness in the middle before a barrage of bitterness and dry alcohol destroys anything else. This baby runs the gamut, starting sweet and sticky and ending dry and warm. OOOhhh does that bitter hot finish linger on.

Big bodied, thick and viscous. This beer makes it's presence known. I feel every bit of it's 12% ABV. A sipper for sure but tasty and complex.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I happened to "stumble" upon this while traveling through Buffalo at one of my regular stops whenever I'm in town. Yep, it's Wailing Wench with a boob job. Since the bust area seems to be the popular topic of this beer, kudos to Middle Ages with their marketing creativity, it's one of those nuances I wouldn't have noticed. 'Guess that's what 17 years of marriage does...when you start noticing the eyes above anything else...good gawd, I'm getting old...

A - Pours a dark amber brown color with mild lacing, mild carbonation, and it sticks to the sides of the glass like sticky glue.

S - Mild resiny pine, dark fruit, biscuity malt, somewhat bready. Considering this was released back in the Fall and it's now the end of February (when this was sampled), I'm guessing the beer lost a little bit in the hop aroma department which is to be expected.

T - I'm actually getting some cooked apples in this (sounds crazy, I know), resiny pine, brown sugar, toasted caramel malt, dark fruit, and has a hop bite. There's a present alcohol warming on the way down and some citrus tang emerges about half way through. Plums, raisins, prunes, oak woodiness. Finishes semi-dry. Leaves a boozy, pine/citrus coating smeared with toasty plums and some brown sugar.

M - Heavy, medium body, gentle on the tongue, and eventually leaves your mouth watering once again for another sip.

D - Very good.

This is by far my most favorite beer from Middle Ages. It would be unfortunate if they decide to let this one die as a one off...it needs to be added to their regular rotation.

Photo of jmhart
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade.

22 oz poured into a snifter.

A - Poured a deep ruby-brown with a decent deep almond head that left only a little lacing. The head alone looked really delicious.

S- Caramel with strong dark fruits like prunes and raisins. There's also so nice earthy/resiny hops. Really fragrant.

T- A good balance of malt and piney hops. Caramel and nuts, with a sweet pollen flavor.

M- Medium-full bodied and oily. Nice and enjoyable. Rolls around and spreads the flavor well.

D- A pretty tasty brew. I wouldn't trade for it again, but I'd buy it if I saw it in the store.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am glad this is not listed as a double IPA. It was quite hoppy,but not a tongue shreader. very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable. Copper body,maybe 3/8 of an inch head, a little hoppy aroma. A tad above average mouthfeel. Not very complex, but tasty stuff.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the brewery for $10 to share with a couple fellow fans of Wailing Wench. I was surprised by how smooth this beer was for 12%. I also liked that for that strength it wasn't too thick or syrupy. The hops got a touch soapy, but otherwise had a balanced, fruity citrus character with mild pine and grass notes. If you like strong, but relatively drinkable beer (and wouldn't you?), check this out.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into an oversized wine glass a deep clear tawny color with a fluffy one finger off white head that held well.A grat mix of herbal,citric hop, and fruity malt,in the end the hops win out.Flavors are of candied fruit,and caramel malt to start off with,a bit of butter as well,resiny,citric hop comes in in the finish,the hops really stand out more as the beer warms.A nice beer its been awhile since I had the standard wench,but I gotta say I like this a bit more,this a well made American strong ale,my favorite style.

Photo of Jeffo
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Part of a middle ages tasting. and yes, you can see more boobs on the double wench than the single.
A-hazy auburn in color with white head
S-the hops are upfront and let you know they are there
T-slight hops bite through out. Good combination between sweet and bitter
M-medium bodied and so smooth
D-when I saw the abv, I said holy crap. Does not taste like 12% at all

Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this out west a little bit. It was brought to my attention that the lady on the labels cup overflowith more than the lady on the normal wailing wench. Tis true. On to the ale!

A: Looks just like fresh double bastard in the glass. Rich and deep brownish color with bright red highlights.

S: The nose is a metric ton of malt. Just a deep caramel and toffee nose. Very musty smelling in the nose. The sweetness really lingers on the tongue. Not as bitter as double bastard which I find myself forced to make a comparison to.

T: Just a ton of everything being thrown at you at once. The malt shines just a little more than the hops. The hops are 95% bittering. Tons of bitterness. Caramel almost like the kind on top of coffee even though I don't drink coffee.

M: Nice sticky body. Really coats the tongue. Carbonation is nice and light like it should be.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. It tastes like a double bastard with about a year on it. I think they should make this a seasonal. Now I just have to have it on cask.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Wench coming out of a 22-ounce bomber bought at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York, and poured into a crappy short hotel glass in Buffalo.

Appearance: A nice big white frothy head that persists, dying slowly and retaining a half-finger head with bubbles and good lacing. Deep amber-brown color, very hazy and opaque. Looks like Double Bastard, a bit more carbonated.

Smell: Dark hops, bread and biscuits. Strong maltiness. Aromas of sweaty breasts freshly slathered in coconut oil. Goes perfect with the "Double Wench" name!

Taste: A slightly metallic feel right away, followed by booze, malt, chewy caramel and sweetness. Ends with some cooked-citrus hops. A bit of a raisin-y feel, like a young barleywine. It is pretty much a by-the-book American Strong Ale. My wife detected some wild-flower-and-honey sweetness, and commented it felt like "frolicking naked in a field of barley". Goes well with the sweaty boobs.

Mouthfeel: Goes down bitter and dry, coating the throat and esophagus and leaving a pleasantly pungent sticky residual taste on the back. Adequate carbonation, right for the style. Medium-to-heavy body, a bit boozy as it warms up. Hot but manageable.

Drinkability: Pretty damn good for a huge beer! Doesn't feel too big or overwhelming, drinks easy. Could down a bomber of this.

I like the Double Wench, but not as much as Double Bastard. I wonder how well this would age...

Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A shade darker than Wench, deep reddish amber with some ruby to mahogany highlights, dense head on pour is off white and drops good lace.

Aroma is very fruity, lots of plum, berry and baked fruit. Very english profile. Some bready and biscuity malt aromas, alcohol is present but not as prominent as I anticipated. Hops are bright at this stage, adding some spicy notes and minty character.

Rich flavors of baked apples, caramel, plum, apricot. Well balanced hop spicy notes of mint, pine sap, tart not just ripe mango and caramel malt sweetness finished with palate cleansing bitterness and alcohol.

Drinks well and while it has some body it comes off much more drinkable than many big beers, does not feel like a barley wine or how many other similar strong ales come across, there is a bit of lightness to the character, not much unlike a good Belgian Strong Dark. But most of all this beer resembles in many ways Stone Double Bastard, sticky resinous hops in the finish with a cleansing double punch of bitterness and alcohol. A bit chalky and rough after taste.

Definitely worth seeking out.

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15th Anniversary Double Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.