Wailing Wench
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #77
Ranked #10,617
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
Very Good
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TheBrewo from New York

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of glowing ruby red. It holds a frothy, two and a half finger monster of a head, composed of tannish bubbles. They bubble away at a snail’s pace, leaving sticky, patterned lacing clinging to our glasses. There is mild haze with the last half of the bottle, and no sediment is noted, while the carbonation appears slow and light. The aroma is sweet, with red grape and apple juice sugars, fig, yeast, and sweeter, cakey malts. The latter also show notes of lightly cooked caramel, and musk. Wet woodiness comes with warmth, along with booze and black pepper. The advertised “screaming” hops are light and in the distance, in the form of grassy and herbal varieties. Our first impression was that it tastes as sweet as expected, but extraordinarily more hoppy than the nose might lead on. The flavoring opens as a battle between liquid caramel and citric hop and rind. Sugar predominates, giving syrupy sweet caramel malts, yeast, and hearty plum pudding. Booze soaked fig and plum move to the peak, until bittering soapy hops effectively cut that initial sweetness. The finish is of clean caramel, citric and soapy hops, metallics, mineral, yeast, and a final flash of that grapey sweetness from the nose. The aftertaste breathes of booze and black pepper, charcoal, light coffee malts, and big, bittering citric and resiny hops. These all mix for a warming grumble from the back of the throat following the sip. The body is fuller, and the carbonation is medium. There is great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with a bit of a bubbly mustache from the nicely retained head. The mouth is initially cooled and thickly coated, but once that dissipates, there is a moderate astringent streak leading down the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and even a bit easy for what we’ve come to expect for the style, and the beer sips pleasantly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the solid flavoring and the great feel to it. We were presented with a beautiful beer in coloring, and in foam, but the following taste after the invitation was robust, and as hoppy as advertised. The bitterness from the hops really dominated the finish, and you’re left with quite a different flavoring than you start with, which keeps the drinker guessing. The nose was comparatively weak, but everything else was exciting, and decidedly tasty.

Nov 05, 2012
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DrJay from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep ruby red with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Excellent lacing and very good head retention. Strong citrus/grapefruit and pine hop aroma with plenty of malt for balance. Pronounced bitterness with a full malt backbone. Caramel sweetness, pine and citrusy hops round out the flavour. Finishes on the dry side with a lingering bitterness and a hint of alcohol warmth. Smooth carbonation, a little on the low side, which makes it very easy to drink. A bit creamy as well. Great beer with lots of hops, but malt balance keeps it in check. A definite winner.

Aug 13, 2005
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stella77artois from New York

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

Had heard good things about this brewery, and was lucky to find some of this on a road trip. Happy I did!

A - Pours a hazy dark red-brown, shows a maroon color in the light. Small amount of carbonation noticed. Very thick and creamy, slowly dissipating head. Good looking beer.

S - Lot's of malt up front, with just a hint of fruityness, and a touch of smoke. Slightly noticeable hops, too. Not a ton going on, but it's a very nice aroma.

T - Lot's of malt up front. A unique fruit taste, I'd say grapefruit and lime. Can also notice the touch of smokiness noted in the aroma. A decent amount of quality hops. All combines very well. Just a tiny hit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Taste wise, it's not as complicated as other great Strong Ale's like Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard, but it's still a damn good tasting beer.

F - A strong beer, but it was easy to drink. Slightly thick, but was refreshing and the carbonation was quenching. Easy on the throat and stomach, too.

O - This is a damn good beer. Great tasting yet packs a good punch. Highly recommend this beer for any strong ale or extreme beer fans.

Jul 12, 2013
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red/brown, clear and with a big off white head, good lacing. Smell is very citrusy, piney, nice malt, light floral hoppiness, some malty sweetness. Taste is very strong deep malt, piney and floral middle, some alcohol and a clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is low, very warming, bitter burn in the finish. Very tasty beer. Thanks DrJay.

Aug 15, 2005
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KWolf from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Dec 03, 2014
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful dark brown rubyish with dissipating head. smells hoppy with mild citrus and outdoor earthy notes. appearance is great. taste hits first with hops, the double ipa thing. continues with a belgianesque sweetness and dark fruit sourness which confuses the style. unique for a double ipa... leaves a real smoky aftertaste that rounds out an odd, different brew.

Mar 28, 2005
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bruachan from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is my first MABC brew. let's go

so dark, it's like wicked dark. we'll call it mahogany or chestnut and then move on to remark about how juxtaposed the fine white head is

the aroma is at once bigtimehoppy. pine flies out of the bottle when i remove the cap, but in the glass i get big roasty notes. it's almost like an RIS in the aroma category (though wich some heavy butter aromas). doesn't taste much like it, though. actually, the flavor profile is pretty thin, as is the mouthfeel. the bitterness is mentionable, but not up to the size of the taste and aroma—imbalanced

i'm not diggin this beer. smells liks butter, weak flavor characteristics, thin. if Nosferatu and Hibernation ale are my benchmarks with which to judge this one, not even close

Sep 05, 2006
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of herbal hops, caramel malt and red fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Overall it is nice brew.

Aug 29, 2016
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sacfly from Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On Tap at McGraths in Harrisburg

Presented a muddy brown with red hints. Moderate tan head. Smell is orange peal and grapefruit. Spectacular aroma.

First sip is a powerful blend of orange and pine. Nice balance of bitter and sweet in the orange. Medium to heavy body. However, a harsh cheep vodka presence overcomes me in the finish. Dreadful. This was so promising but I hesitated on each sip thinking about how bad the finish was.

I ended up giving the rest to my friend who said he barely noticed it (the harsh vodka flavor) and thought it was good. My wife also thought it was OK, so I’m thinking it was a good sample, just not something I enjoy in a IIPA. Would like to taste some bottled so I can age it slightly. Maybe the vodka would die down with age?

Oct 09, 2005
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throwback from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

May 31, 2012
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting label on this one to say the least. The Wench pours a deep brownish red with a nice two finger khaki head. This is one super dark double IPA that leaves nice lacing as the head recedes. Big piney/citirc hop nose with an interesting buttery caramel background.

First sip hits upfront with a nice bitter sticky pine hoppiness along with hints of citrus fruit. It's very well balanced with a nice caramel maltiness, accentuated by warm buttery notes. A damn fine double IPA that seperates itself from the pack.

There's a very nice body here along with a smooth, creamy taste that goes down easily. I could have a couple of bombers of this on the weekend and be content. Kudos to Middle Ages and to dmeadows for allowing me the opportunity to sample this one.

Feb 04, 2005
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UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Mar 09, 2013
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warriorsoul from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HappyHourHero for this one.
Finally getting around to this bomber...served at cellar temperature.
Pours a real dark bronze color w/ two full fingers of cloud-like tan beige head. Lacing is thick, foamy, and has nice sustaining qualities.
Aromas filled w/ caramel, butterscotch, fruity hops just begging for attention...amazing they can get lost in the plethora of scents going on here.
The taste is fantastic...a malt bomb w/ plenty of hops to keep its definition as a double. Despite all the malt, this one is not sweet at all. It's mouthfeel is fairly thick, but average for its style IMO. Nothing lingering here...just a very refreshing, bitter finish.
Alcohol does make an appearance in the end, but does not distract from the experience...actually, keeps you cogniscent of drinking too much of this gem.
Has to be one of the most drinkable IIPA's I have tried to date...gets better and better as it warms up.

Apr 26, 2005
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JohnQVD from New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Feb 17, 2013
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deg from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 08, 2016
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grahuba from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 12, 2015
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Celt44 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark plum with tints of amber. Nice frothy head with a lacing that last throughout.

Aroma is a nice floral bouquet mixed with citrus/grapefruit. Malt with a touch of alcohol. Typical for the type.

Slight hop flavor. To be honest, a bit of a let down. Smooth fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy and smooth - this beer's best feature.

Overall an average Strong Ale - hop presence is lacking but very drinkable. Not my favorite in style but would I would grab it on tap if I see it again...

Apr 11, 2009
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oldp0rt from Canada (QC)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

Apr 20, 2013
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geexploitation from Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark red color, with a larger cream colored head that sticks very well, probably on account of all the hop oils in here. Hop aromas predominate, with some earthy and metallic notes at the forefront. Some chocolatey malt aromas poke through as well; it's a strange nose. The flavors on display here also defy easy categorization and they aren't necessarily pleasant. Quite metallic and bitter at the start; the flavors are thin and unbalanced, with a definite emphasis on the hops at the expense of the malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. I don't find this to be terribly drinkable, as the flavors are not really that interesting, even though the gravity is thin enough to promote drinkability under normal conditions.

Oct 02, 2006
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prisdefer from New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Aug 24, 2013
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GClarkage from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/21/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Brown-amber colored pour, a nice 3/4 inch head with acceptable lacing.

Smell- Strong sweeter burnt malt aroma with a good shot of citrus hops as well.

Taste- Caramel burnt malt flavor, kinda bready, with grapefruit and pine hops coming in later. Malt is the main taste here. Sweet malt.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level, sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Can't even tell the abv in this one. Super easy to drink. Tasty. Thanks for the bottle Lostbearbrew!

Nov 23, 2005
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brianmandell from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Mar 24, 2014
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ski271 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College, PA
A: Attractive mahogany with a small, foamy, off-white, slowly diminishing head
S: Earthy malts and piney hops are quite inviting. A little floral.
T: Woodsy and smooth. Some dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of pepper and alcohol. Dry, piney finish
M: Medium-full body, texture is lightly syrupy up front, finishing dry. Low carbonation
D: Great balance, great flavors. I really enjoyed this one and would buy this again for sure.

Aug 14, 2007
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blknikon from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

May 08, 2013
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jjayjaye from New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear darker amber color that's iced tea-like. She sports way better than a full finger foamy light yellow-hued tan head that resists fading. Visibly effervescent, the head is kept alive from beneath. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing in it's wake. A bit more head and lace as things warm up, some 3D. This girl screams citrus grapefruit hop when you pop her cap. The smell is unbalanced towards the hops, but under that i get a toasted lager-like malty note. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a lighter texture that lends a bit to her drinkability. Full flavored, the hop and toasted malt taste combination is a winner. The whole thing lingers really nicely, but the 8% ABV is integrated well enough that 'multiples' are likely. Get yours on! Awesome effort from the good folks at Middle Ages. Cheers.

Mar 09, 2008
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