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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

55 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +25.3%

pauljunk, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
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 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 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 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.

DaveHS, Mar 26, 2011
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 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 brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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

brew3crew, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After an hour of argument about whether double wench has bigger boobs than the regular wench we came to the conclusion that the double wench is indeed just wearing a lower cut top.

Pours a darker reddish a bit murkier than the Regular wench. Smells hoppy and very strong malt backbone, a great smelling beer. Sme pine citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Bitter on the tongue with a full body. Bitterness passes quickly and leaves citrus and piny hops on the tongue. Well carbonated and very drinkable for 12%. Very good brew

Urbancaver, Jan 17, 2011
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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
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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...

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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

ChrisPro, Dec 13, 2010
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 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 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.

Franz4, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

taigor, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, with a lovely shade of dark reddish brown, and a tan, moderately sized foamy head (despite an agitating pour), that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of foam, but still leaves nice lace curtains on the glass.

This has a lovely nose of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit (raisins and plums), and sweet brown sugar syrup.

Taste follows, with sweet malt upfront, charred barley, and then a dark bitterness, which gets quite dry in the finish and turns kind of minty. It seemed to me disjointed at first, but now that I have spent some time with this, I think it gives the palate an interesting ride.

Body is medium and the carbonation level is just enough to give this a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

I find this to be an interesting beer, at 12 percent ABV it seems to me more in barley wine territory than an American strong ale. The charred minty flavor in the finish reminds me of Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies. I think that is remarkable for a beer, but may not be to everyone's taste. I would pair this up with a dark chocolate mint confection of some sort (or Girl Scout cookies, which makes a nice comparison to a double wench).

Beerenauslese, Oct 16, 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 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 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 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.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 15, 2010
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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 jmhart
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jmhart, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

PBoegel, Aug 08, 2010
15th Anniversary Double Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.