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

Not Rated.
15th Anniversary Double Wench15th Anniversary Double Wench

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very good

37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 55
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 13
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:
Beer added by: Lazerlobe on 04-26-2010

To be brewed for at least a year, perhaps longer.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 55
Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jmhart
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Middle Ages Double Wench is a crystal clear, dense copper-brown ale with a thick, dense, beige head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a hoppy aroma, with notes of flowers, grass, citrus and pine. There's some caramel and a light sweetness from the malt. The malt and hops work together perfectly in the nose. It's full bodied and very smooth. The finish is dry and leaves the mouth a little chalky. It has a bold, resiny flavor that's very well balanced. There's the slightest bit of sweetness. There is a long, resiny bitterness that lingers. It's not super unique, but it's a big, bold beer that demands you take notice.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.


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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a fan of the regular Wench so I rushed down to the brewery for a growler fill.

Pours a crimson tinted brown with transient off-white foam. This monster smells of big, smokey roasted malts that give off a lot of sweetness and some fragrant citrus hops. Taste is huge caramelized sugars, smoke, banana and bubblegum with some bitter resinous hops. The carbonation is medium on this one, pretty thick and syrupy with a sweet sticky and bitter notes left behind. Oh yeah, this is a big brew! There is some alcohol heat left behind but this beast is very well balanced. The 12% ABV is barely noticeable. What a great big sister to the Wailing Wench.

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15th Anniversary Double Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.