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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | 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:
To be brewed for at least a year, perhaps longer.

(Beer added by: Lazerlobe on 04-26-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Sammy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be a horrible beer if you're a fan of weak, timid, finess, and elegance. But if that's not your thing, then this is your beer! Caught somewhere between American Barleywines, Double IPA's, and the no-man's land where all these thing create a toasty and dry malt character- this beer is blazing the trail that's among the best of American Strong Ales.

The beer seeps into the glass with a voluminous pour of dark mohogany brown colors and redish highlights. The beer builds a dense, lighly tanned barley-stained head that is as withstanding as the best. Lacing evenly with every sip taken, the beer just has one of these dense and masculine appearances throughout.

Dense malt aromas of burnt toffee, heavy toast, butterscotch, light cocoa, and malted milk are covered with pine and citrus notes that are more reminescent of spruce and grapefruit. A light yeasty twang and mild estery fruits seem hardly distinguishable from hops. This beer promises strength in flavor. Let's see...

Malty-rich flavors of heavy toast, deeply caramelized sugars, earthy woodiness, butterscotch, and true barley malt in it's richest forms in a very stern and and robust profile. Not to be outdone, hop flavors make up ground just after the inital sweetness in form of sharp and citrusy white grapefruit, piney resins, freshly cut grass, rich wood tannins, and walnuts. Niether the hops, nor the malts dictate balance, leaving this beer dualing it out until the bitter-maltier end. Complementary notes of light yeasty tartness, estery apples and cherries, along with spicy black pepper; all weave in and out of the flavory mix- complex as hell when the beer delivers new flavors with each sip.

Full bodied with an emphasis on malt density, the carbonation engulfs the notion of creaminess in a cottony mouthfeel with malty weight and a dryness resulting from alcohol and hop resins. Malty-dry is schizophrenic in terms but seemingly the only way to fully describe the texture of this beer.

The linger of both hops and malt result in an aftertaste that's oddly memorable and terse, allowing for a full next drink well before you should at 12%. Similar to Stone's Double Bastard Ale, this Double Wench demonstrates many of the similar flavors but a more emphasis on toasty dryness, less malty-sweet caramel richness, and with a pronounced English-like tawny flavor with heightened fruity flavor and light buttery toast. Whew, you know when a beer is comples when it's difficult to wrap up a review!

BEERchitect, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

oberon, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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

StonedTrippin, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

WesWes, Jul 01, 2010
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.

tempest, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ppoitras, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

tdm168, Apr 07, 2013
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.

billab914, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ShanePB, Jul 09, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +0.3%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

923rd Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
22 oz bottle

Not sure the year on this.
Served at 56F

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one.

App- A very good mix of sentowns/reds and some copper highlights. A big two and a half globs into the snifter. A lot of pulled apart stringy lace shows. A bit of a melted ice ooze puddle on top.

Smell- Quite aromatic and thick. Mostly malt driven with a dense grain bill behind it. A somewhat citrus note is behind the malts with a soggy damp feel. A bit of a stinging booze nose radiates last.

Taste- Seems to taste like a mash up of a couple styles would. A good bit of body like a big barleywine, a thick malt presence like a red ale, a citrusy malt note of a DIPA. It's really not light on flavor similar to the Wenchs boobs aren't light on heft. A good tasting beer with a multifaceted depth of flavor.

Mouth- A bit of a medium body bordering on a creamy low feel. The carbonation level is right where it needs to be with a good bit of tingle and bubble behind it.

Drink- I personally liked this one for the kicked up strong ale note with more of the barleywine flavors vs wailing wench. Wailingh wench had the better mouth feel being a little more sweet where this is more malt/damp as a bigger ABV should. Both were good, but again as her cleavage is a bit bigger this score will be a bit bigger with the 4% raise in ABV.

FosterJM, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

jmdrpi, Mar 20, 2012
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.

Hojaminbag, May 05, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jeffo, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.3%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow. I attended the Middle Ages 15th anniversary party (in the middle of an intense lightning storm) while being seranaded by dark hollow and enter the haggis...and drinking some of the best beer on earth...This beer was the highlight of the evening.

This almost black brew (dark red in the light) was hand cranked into my 10oz serving cup and I immediately knew this beer was surrounded by mystery. I couldn't fathom why it was such a black ale until i saw them putting in chunks of raw oak into the cask. Apparently the beer itself was aged in old Daniel's distillery barrels. Worth the wait to age, this beer was tremendous.

The taste was all dark wood whiskey sugars with a hoppy, well-crafted ale backbone. I would compare its drinkability to other strong beers, I would drink it all day if i could

ThePorterSorter, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer (easily sold to me because of the doubly busty 'wailing wench' tap) was an opaque deep brown color with one finger of khaki colored head. The retention as a petite skim was good and it left lacing in sliding bands that became spots over time. The aroma was of cotton candy, candi sugars, fruity esters, caramel malt and toffee. The flavors were very enjoyable. Starting with lots of sweet malt presence it soon followed up with plenty of fruity esters. Not as complex as a Belgian Strong Ale but a none-the-less very muscular brew. Candied fruit and lotsa butter. The citrusy (and slightly herbal) hops seemed to be an attempt at tethering the stampede of malt flavors. Surprisingly (and dangerously) drinkable for a 12% ALC beer. Not to be drunk around busty women unless you're prepared to say incriminating things. The mouthfeel was average, the body full and the carbonation good. A cheeky, enjoyable, bold beer worthy of a 15th Anniversary celebration. The bosoms of booze overflowth!

thekevlarkid, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

jzeilinger, Mar 01, 2011
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.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

aerozeppl, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Kendo, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
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15th Anniversary Double Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.