Wailing Wench | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

Wailing WenchWailing Wench
455 Ratings
Wailing WenchWailing Wench

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HappyHourHero on 10-23-2003

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Photo of Estarrio
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Middle Ages labels. Nothing like a wench on my bomber, complete with cleavage.

Poured a translucent ruby red with copper tones. Medium tan head with moderate retention and elegant lacings.

Aroma is sweet malt, pine, citrus and a pleasant bouquet of hops.

Sweet malt up front followed by orange peel and grapefruit. The aftertaste includes an array of bitter hops mixed with an alcohol bite. It's just not hoppy enough for my taste. The balance of hops and alcohol produce a unique aftertaste. It's not bad but it takes several sips to get used to...I think a more bitter finish would remedy this flaw.

Light to medium bodied palate, well carbonated making for an excellent mouthfeel and good drinkability.

This is a decent strong ale that grows on you. It seems less hoppy than the last time I enjoyed it. I love Middle Ages labels and themes but I'm not so sure about their quality control and consistency.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This is a dark reddish mohogany color with a nice off white head. Crystal clear but deep and thick.

S - Strong citrus aroma from the hops, slightly grapefruitish, but more so an all-around citrus. There is also a strong scent of toffee and caramel that balances the aromas nicely

T - The aforementioned taste of toffee and caramel, take over this beast. The bitterness brings up the rear and really wraps the tounge.

M - Very viscous. But that is to be expected from a Strong ale.

D - for the style it is definitly drinkable. I enjoy it all the time.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chewy li'l wench of a beer. Just really makes me want to dig my teeth into her... errr... it.

Pours a solid brown color but with a slight red tint. Thick and sturdy foam on top that receded down to a thinner film that was slightly thicker than thin. Lots of lace lining the sides of the glass. Nose is very subtle and mellow. Slight aroma of flowers and sugar.

Flavor is a surprising burst of hops after such a subtle aroma. Lots of hops up front give a floral burst but it is all followed by a sweet and creamy caramel. The hops linger around the edges of the tongue. Kind of a wood flavor in this beer too. Full body that actually improved aas the beer warmed. Definitely a nice beer, only wishing I had sampled this one sooner.

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Photo of rodrot
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a wonderful dark ruby color with a 1/4 inch creamy head. Aroma was very malty with some nutty aromas and spicy hops in the nose. Taste was malty sweet and caramelly with a pleasing hop bitterness in the finish. I also picked up some flavors of cherry, toffee and vanilla. For a medium bodied beer it was very easy to drink with the alcohol being very well hidden. A very nice example of a strong ale that hopefully will make it's way down to my neck of the woods. Recommended if you don't mind beers on the sweeter side.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber servd in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a dark, russet "iced tea" color, supporting a firm off-white 2" head. Great retention, craggy lacing over the duration.

Smell- Awesome integration of soapy, clean hops and aggressive malts. Notes of iron and phenols linger above the surface.

Taste- A near perfect balance of hops and malts create a delicious, memorable drinking experience. A crisp, clean hop bite complements the big, bold malts wonderfully.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A smooth, slick, rolling, perfectly effervescent beer in the mouth. Absolutely spot on for this style. So well done that I can't wait to pin this against Arrogant Bastard in a tasting.

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

Poured a dark copper or amber color, with a large tan head, decent retention.
The smell was suprising; burnt butterscotch? Roasted malts and plenty of spice. Lots going on.
The taste hit me as very complex; hops and butterscotch, brown sugar, toffee. Interesting.
Pleasant mouthfeel; strong heavy body, hoppy and almost a candy sweetness.
The overpowering richness of this beer might be a bit much for more than a few of these but I'll still say this was a drinkable beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber received in the No BS Bif from weymouthmike

appearance: pours a deep mahogany-garner into a chalice, creamy beige head with decent lacing left behind...beautiful full body, very nice ruby highlights

smell: interesting aromas...sweet caramel punch, thick malt structure, a touch spicy, ginger snaps, heavy toffee, smells like a great dessert beer, not too much of a hop profile detected on the nose which surprised me given what I know about this beer

taste: there is the hop profile I was expecting...strong hop bitterness right up front that somewhat masks a lot of the aromas that were picked up...caramel malts, vinous booze, ginger snaps, touch of brown sugar, toffee presence, pine bite, bitter citrus hop flavours, buttery sweet dough. Somewhat of a letdown given the very promising aroma, bitterness overshadowed everything else

mouthfeel: medium body, strong hop bitterness, thick and chewy

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wailing Wench pours a hazy dark copper color with a thick creamy light tan head on top. The foam slowly dissolves to a think ring around the beer leaving a few splotches of lace on the glass. A faint aroma of malt, nuts and a hint of floral hops hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied brew is moderately carbonated and gives a nice firm tingle on the palate. The flavor begins with some sweet and roasted malt, followed by some toffee notes. I couldn't quite place the sweetness, although it reminded me of hard candy. Towards the end of each sip the hops kick in offering up some bitterness that helps balance out all the malt.

I thought the aroma and taste were a bit muted in this beer. Overall, it's a decent brew, but I thought it could use a little more character.

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Photo of JMD71
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish, amber brown with a nice frothy head. Head ertention good & lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma: The aroma permeates with hops & malt. Really evident this is a highly hopped ale. Flowery hop aroma lends an alluring side to this.

Taste: Good malt character offset with perfect hop balance. Bittering hops cut any sweetness of the malt. Love the hops! Not too sweet, not too bitter flavor. The bitter aftertaste lingers a bit too long though....

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Starts crisp, but finishes slightly cloying.

Drinkability: This is a good one to enjoy slowly. Not one to drink if thirsty & looking for refreshment. The flavors in this deserve to be considered slowly over time...

Comments: I enjoyed this beer & am a fan of the style. I've had better, but still enjoyable. The one downside was the overly bitter aftertase which remained longer than I would have preferred.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew. Poured in to a Grateful Dead pint glass, very apropos I do say so myself. Deep ruby, caramel colored body, really no trace of a head, very uniform lacing. Clever packaging say it's bursting with hops, it is. Nice hop bitterness up front, followed by a spicy kick in the middle, finishes of with a semi-sweet dry orange flavor.

A very drinkable beer for Strong Ale. 8% is perfect if you decide to go on the heavier side. Highly recommend this one, if you can find it.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown body with ruby highlights. Huge, thick, creamy off-white head, poured aggressively into a Duvel snifter.

Nose is smooth malt with plenty of spicy, citrusy hops.

Flavor is tart, mildly astringent, and even a little boozy. There is a definite citrus component from the hops. Smooth malt is present, but not dominant, takes a few sips to get it to come out. Some caramel, spice cookies, ginger comes out with slow sipping. This is a very good and very complex brew. It improves as it wams. Boozy quality falls off quick, this brew actually wears its ABV well.

Mouthfeel is a blend of creamy and snappy. Slight astringency.

Drinkability is really very good. This brew makes a great sipper. I will want more!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, no date info

Pours with a thick sand colored head of small bubbles that builds and the deconstructs itself leaving sheets of lacing down the glass. Rich smoked amber with no visible carbonation streams. Full of citrus and pine in the nose with sweet caramel and toffee underneath. The taste is rich and fruity with a caramel sweetness. Tart and slightly dry in the finish with a citrus rind sharpness pulling at the margins. There is a slight mustiness underneath which works to balance the bright hop finish. No hint of the 8% alcohol. There is a long and lingering sweet citrus finish. Full bodied with a slightly heavy mouthfeel, the fine carbonation works to lift the weight. An easy drinker with a nice bouquet of hops, this one was a pleasure.

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Photo of shirfan
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22-oz bomber --

Ruddy, crimson brown and clear with a long-lasting layer of tan lace.

Rich aroma of pine almost steams off the glass, followed by a warm, toasty, bready note.

Taste strikes a really nice balance...a touch of diacetyl is actually welcome here, as it seems to cut through what would be an otherwise rough bitterness under a large helping of piney, resinous hops. A rich brown sugar note adds an exclamation point to a very nice malt profile. Just chewy enough without getting into monster beer territory. Slight sourdough and lemon finish.

Nice distinct flavor, and lots of it, without going overboard on any one aspect.

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Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rusty red with a tall off-white head of thick froth. Bold, pungent hop resin aroma - fruity, florally - melds with rich diacetyl and some brown sugar. Fat piney hops hit the tongue first followed by more of the fruity variety. Slight soft buttery notes tie the hops to a solid sweetened malt profile. More dry than bitter - solid, smooth mouthfeel coats the mouth.

One of my favorites from Middle Ages. Ringwood yeast is present, of course, and it works quite well with this beer. Lots and lots of delicious hop flavors. Damn drinkable too for its strength.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red-brown with clarity. Off white/tanish head has a nice creamy +oily look to it. Lacing beigns to form right off the bat, and great retention. Aroma is a satisfying combo of juicy fresh citric, floral and piney resinous hops and buttery bread dough. Dark sweet fruits are evident with a toffee, caramel malt softness. Taste begins with resinous chewy coniferous, floral, grapefruit rinds, and earthy hops. The hops are the focus, but are back nicely by the buttery dough and slightly sweet malts. Fruit comes through in the transition to the yummy dry bitterness that lasts through the finish. I feel like I'm chewing lightly buttered hops right off the plant. Mmmm. Very easy to drink as an 8% strong ale.

A tasty awesome treat for the senses.

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Photo of ridedammit
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A and I were at Redbones, and this was mislabeled as an IPA. So I drank it thinking IPA the whole time. My first clue that it was not is that it came out in
a 10 oz glass. At redbones they serve beer > 8% in 10oz. Most IPA's
are not that high. The next was the lack of hoppiness I usually associate with
IPA's, anyway enough rambling.

I will probably re-review this with the strong ale mindset, so i can get a better
feel for the offering. the overall taste was good, I have been impressed with the
beers from Middle-Ages so far. the color was dark amber, but then again eveything looks dark amber down in underbones :)

I will drink this again, if for nothing else to rejudge.

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Photo of kozmo
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark-brown, lightly foamed pour from the tap at Redbone's in Somerville, Mass.

Nice sharp hoppyness on the front, warm mouth feel, finish was slightly carmel. Very round and smooth. Very drinkable for the hoppy yumyum of a double IPA. Not as aggressive as some in this class.

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Photo of Freshie
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown colour with some clarity, and a frothy one finger head.

The smell is malty, with some floral hints.

A very smooth creamy taste, with fruit flavour, blueberries, more specifically.

It was good, but a little too fruity and thick for my tastes. but, I may like this more in colder weather, it has that warming, thick quality.

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Photo of tempest
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk. This keg was at least a couple weeks old, which actually made for an interesting drink.

A nice copper-red with thin white foam. Not a lot of head retention of lacing, but I think thats more a product of the Tusk's wet glassware. Subtle aroma of what English hops, fuggles probably. A little spicy, sharp, earthy with a hint of yeasty fruit in the background. Taste was great, but just a little low on hop flavor. The big English hops and ringwood yeast made for a delicious drink. Pretty good mouthfeel, but carbonatino was a touch low. Very drinkable. I think a couple weeks being tapped tamed this one just enough to increase drinkability. No off flavors, if anything, increased ringwood flavor and only the slightest touch of diacetyl. If I weren't ordering this at 1 in the afternoon, I'd have another one or two.

Update 6/9/06: Shared a bottle with a friend and wished I had more. The english hops rule in this beer, so much so that I'd call it a double english-IPA. Unlike any other DIPA or stong ale I've had.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber.
This was my first beer from Middle Ages Brewing Co. and I am very impress

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful ruby / copper color with a perfect 2 finger off white head that has great retention. Superb lacing.

Smell: Very citric hop in aroma with deep undertones of caramel sweetness. A brilliant bouquet of floral aromas and grapefruit.

Taste: Initially grapefruit, followed by toasted malty caramel flavor, a splash of white grape and a significant buttery attribute. I am having a difficult time putting it into words; its so well blended and so extremely quaffable I am flabbergasted and at a loss for words. I guess I could simply say Arrogant Bastard watch out 'cuz here is Wailing Wench. It has a strong hop presence but an equalling sweet candy attribute. Overall, and amazing brew!

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy, active hop tingle, and yet not overly carbonated. It seems to have a slick smooth fish that just cause the 8% ABV to slide right down the throat. The flavor did not seem to let any of that alcohol through.

Drinkability: Unbelievable! I don't know what else to say. This beer is defiantly a new favorite of mine. It goes down so easy and with fineness, wow.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a .3" khaki head that soon becomes a nice layer on top and a ring around the glass. The beer is a deep reddish amber in color.

smell: Big hop presence on the nose, but there also seems to be some decent balance, as there is plenty of fruitiness to the aroma. The hops are resinous and floral, but not really piney...somewhat tealike. Just behind is a caramel malt type aroma, bringing fruity hints of cherries, apricot, and strawberry...as well as toffee and butterscotch. Also some notes of candied tropical fruits...banana, mango etc. The alcohol is pretty evident, but it is not harsh.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium or just under, composed of smaller, smooth bubbles. The body is on the lighter side of the medium range...surprisingly thin, but not enough for me to rate the mouthfeel below a 3.5.

taste: Aged PacNW hops and a toffeelike maltiness up front...lightly sweet. Hints of caramel, some nondescript fruits, and a little woodiness. A considerable hop flavor is present, as well as a moderate-high bitterness that comes in after the swallow. Not as complex as the aroma would have led me to believe. The alcohol is more hidden than on the nose.

drinkability: Pretty drinkable, thouh thogh somewhat more limited than other strong ales.

Acquired in a trade with JahNoth, and cellared since then (early December?).

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Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Middle Ages Wailing Wench
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a crimson reddish brown color. Fluffy head with sudsy carbonation bubbles. Incredible trails of sticky lace patterns decorate the glassware.

Sweet, sryupy mouthfeel. Caramel drizzle, cranberry tartness and thick malts with a sugary fruit punch twist. Freshly crushed grape juice with a fruity hop crush.

An interesting beer to say the least. An ale that accents fruity hops and sweetness.

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Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woodsy hop aroma, raw, bursting and resinous, minty and clean, with hints of pine and lemon, while the malt is reminiscent of many East Coast hoppy beers; sweet malts, with hints of berries and caramel, jolly ranchers, seemingly covered in sugars and light alcohol. Sweet and sugary, salty, bitter and alcoholic, with a bursting and extreme amount of juicy, oily hops, which seems to be in an English, herbaceous type way. The malt is juicy and full. A very good beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a wedding present from wrxbeerwagon and chaduvel. Thanks guys! Dark garnet. Clear body with a sticky finger of creamy, light khaki head. Awesome label. Nose of toffee and butterscotch backbone. Big sappy, yet floral hops. Bitter and numbing, but with some alcohol. Taste is sweet and rich toffee malt up front. Quickly gives way to big hops: pine pitch, sap, resin, yum. Tongue gets numb as hop bitterness stabs crazily. Complex, warming rummy alcohol leads an otherwise, mostly bitter (sappy) finish. Could be a little more cohesive perhaps. Full-bodied, oily, and finally creamy, feel. Mouth numbing and intoxicating.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby body with superb clarity, head is a level slab of middle biege tight foam. Very good lacing, practically whitewash.

Nose is piney, resiney, and charmingly fruity. A medley of apricots, apples, oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.

Big malty start, lot of deep caramel goodness, but not too sweet. Followed by some dark fruits, which give way to a rising tide of more citrusy hops which finally peak in climax with a screaming high note of bitterness. Fruity aftertaste mingles well the hop afterburn.

Nice rich, velvety mouthfeel. Surprising drinkability.

It's big and even better, it's well composed. This girl can sing.

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Wailing Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 455 ratings
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