Wailing Wench | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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306 Reviews
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:
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber red color, finger of head that lingers nicely and fades away slowly.

S - Really hoppy aroma that hits strong and is really pleasant and inviting. Some nice malt and fruity undertones that are also there, but overshadowed a bit by the hops.

T - Starts of a bit roasted and malty. Then the hops join in and give a very full, but rounded taste to the beer. The aftertaste is strong with hops and even a bit bitter. Notes of fruit through the beer, but not too strong as to upset the balance of the malts and the hops.

M - The beer is fairly dry but very smooth. For a beer as full and bold as this, it is very smooth.

D - For a beer this rich and bold tasting, it does so without sacrificing drinkability. Very pleasant beer overall.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber/red/brown mix colour with a gigantic frothy and foamy beige head. I can't see much carbonation due to the murkiness, and there is some really nice spider web lacing. The head stuck around for a long time before it dissipated.

Smell - hops, caramel, metallic, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - There is a low to average amount of carbonation and the beer feels really creamy on the palette. The most noticeable flavours are hops and caramel, and also a nuttiness mixed with a peppery spice. There are also hints of orange and the peel and some pine flavour. The beer finishes with a hoppy and sugary sweet after taste.

Drink - A solid well-balanced IPA that is definitely worth trying. I'd really like to try this one on draft.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours and dark reddish color.

S- Boozy with hops and spices. and hint of caramel

T- Taste of spices and fruity notes from the hops at the end. traces of caramel sweetness from the wort.

M- semi dry with a foamy texture with fruity citrus and caramel notes linger through the sip.

D- Pretty good beer. Dark and strong but also sweet and fruity. Well Balance.


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Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clean dark brown with a huge foam light brown head. Thick lacing left behind as the foam slowly fades away.

S - Big citrusy hops with an underlying caramel sweetness. Hints of toffee as well. This has aged for about a year and then hop aroma is still very strong.

T - Pine and citrus initially with alot of underlying sweetness. Touch of bitterness mixes with a hint of dark fruits as well.

M/D - Full bodied and a lasting bitterness. Very easy drinking for something this hoppy.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

YES! How I've wanted you , you wailing wench! Review from notes:

Thanks again Josh!

Appearance is a clear/amber with 2 fingers of off/white, tan head. Smell is alcohol, dark fruits, plum and caramelized wort. Taste is almost caramel and prunes, actually delicious. Mouthfeel is good amount of carb, sticky. The drinkability of this beer is good when you share it, it might be too much if I did one on my own. Good beer.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Deep brown, ruby under a big slightly off white head. Minimal lace, good retention.

S: Nice, big candy caramel malt, some dark fruit hints and very good backing of citrus hops. Big but very balanced.

T: Caramel malt, little hint of some dark fruit, faint citrus and slightly pine hops, fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Not quite as balanced as the aroma, but the many layers are still very well put together.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a touch high and prickly. Drinkability is good for a beer this bold, especially since 8% ABV strikes me as low just how big this beer feels. Superb.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a local beer for me this is a legend in the Central New York area. Especially for ale lovers which there are many here in Syracuse.

The apperance is exactly what I expect in a strong ale. Its dark red when held up to the light. The foam head sticks around for a awhile. Needless to say this beer looks beautiful in a glass.

The aroma is pungint and pleasent. Its noticible as you are pouring it. You can smell the citrusy hops and the malts. You can tell just by smelling this beer that this ale will leave your mouth extremely dry.

The taste is absolutely brilliant along with the dryness that you get from the intense hoppyness. The alcohol is alittle noticible but it blends well with all that is going on with this beer. I could sip this beer all day. Its a wonderful wonderful thing.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass. No freshness date appears on the bottle or label.

Hey this is a really pretty color, on the red side of amber. Very clear and a pretty nice frothy looking tan head laces up beautifully. Rockin'

Nice pine hop notes in the aroma. A pleasant spice that blends well with some sweet and burnt caramel. It all comes across subtle and not in-your-face like some American Strongs. Taste is really a mix of pine spice from hops, some caramel maltiness and alcohol. It all goes bitter in the finish, with the tongue seriously drying out. Great balance though and a nice overall effect. Again, not in-your-face, just pleasantly strong and warming. Don't get me wrong, I like in-your-face beers too, just telling you what I think of this one.

Big body with a great smooth feel. Slick with alcohol and malty sweetness. No problem at all sipping this bomber til it's gone. High drinkability for 8%.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper/caramel color, with reddish hints when held up to light, into a pint glass, with less than a finger of off-white, good head retention, and good lacing. Smelled very malty, with hints of fig and raisin, as well as some hints of grapefruit and modest alcohol presence. Big malty dark fruit blend dissolving to more citrus notes at the finish, which also revealed some bitter peel as well as some alcohol. Thick feel, though mitigated somewhat by the modest carbonation content. Nice beer; hoppier than expected, though a little too thick for me to session.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok, another cuse cult classic... gotta love the local breweries no matter where you are from. At any rate... this is a flagship for Mid ages

A- pours a nice dark look with a fantastic head of foam. And this frothy look does not even slightly disappear. The rockiness of this foam is unadultered. I can almost draw the thickness of the lacing to be equivalent to frosting on child's first birthday cake. To me... this makes you feel that there is a heck of a brew to come

S- the scent exhibits a good malt scent. There is a slight roasted character involved... and even some earthy hop tones that jump out

T- LET SYRACUSE SCREAM OF TOASTY SWEET MALT! Wailing wench reaps the flavor of earthy hopped brews twisted with some great flavor. This is a tasty treat in the form of an american strong ale

M- pretty creamy and carbonated. This brew sticks all over the mouth. I like the feeling

D- wailing wench is a splendid brew to enjoy. While there is some strength in the brew... I feel as though it is still so tasty. It has some alcohol... but you can still slam dunk this. Middle ages... you need to let the rest of the world know what you do!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to shaebs99 for the Middle Ages hook-up.

A - Dark brew, with a decent off-white head that recedes to some islands of rocky froth, leaving clingy glaciers of lace.

S - Very nice. Grassy, leafy, (good) skunky hops on the nose, along with vague dark caramelized sugar tones.

T - Good stuff. The taste follows the nose. It also has an 'old-school' taste, meaning that I used to drink long-forgotten brews that invoked many similar elements; the familiarity is there, the identity thereof is not. As it develops, some raisin-date flavors emerge, or perhaps something akin to palm sugar. I like it a lot.

M - Medium-bodied and quite smooth.

D - Syracuse, you have a winner...

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Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a glass.

A - Dark amber with about 1 finger head.

S - Sweet and citrus smell.

T - Slightly sweet with a good hops bite that isn't too overpowering.

M - Good carbonation and body.

D - Very easy to drink, especially for an 8% ale.

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

Thanks to orcasteve for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear copper color with an inch of of fluffy tan head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of hops and malt. There's some citrus upfront and enough malt to be solid without being sweet. On the tongue, the citrus hops are matched by a piney hop finish. The malt is solid,smooth and flavorful, without being heavy or sticky.

The body is pleasantly full, but again, not heavy. Drinkability is excellent. This bottle reminds me how much I liked this brew when I lived in Upstate NY. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gn0sis for sending a bomber of this brew during our Minnesota spring. Extra points for the superb bottle graphic: my wife said someone "obviously made that one for me." You know me well, dear.

Pours a honeyed red roughly the same color as the maiden's hair on the bottle. Smell is quiet & understated, a bit of soapy hops, passing breeze of candy, perhaps toffee or caramel.

Unique is the first word that pops into my rock-hard skull after the first sip. The hops are thick on the ground, but supremely smooth, without a hint of bite or bitterness to them. A caramel square is unwrapped & dropped in, chasing away the nasty hop bite, lending sweetness & heft. The easy-going nature of the brew leaves me thinking that my half-bomber is disappearing fairly quickly, & that I could certainly have more.

Very good beer, & additional points for busting out of the style box. Nothing extreme, just a good, well-crafted beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear chestnut color with a large off-white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Rings of lace are left at every stage of the glass during consumption. Wonderful balanced aroma between hops and malt. Rich caramel notes first hit the nose then citrus and pine hops kicks in. I would not mind my DIPA's smelling and tasting like this but I know I am in the minority. Nicely balanced flavor as well. Caramel malt, and buttery yeast gives way to bitter citrus and pine hops. A touch of fusel alcohol makes its presence known at the finish. Finishes clean for such a robust beer. Medium body, enough carbonation to keep things lively, nice texture overall. I really enjoyed this beer. Seemed perfectly balanced to this drinker.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks go out to shrek806 for this one. Thanks a lot Kevin!

A- Pours a interesting amberish brown color. Can see right through this bad boy. One and a half finger light tan head. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Floral hops are what I pick up on first. Light oxidation on the back end of the aroma. A nice blend of both citrus hops and light caramel malts in the middle of the nose.

T- Nice unexpected bitter hop bite in the front of this. Malts are in the middle of this but to no avail get taken over by a citrus and floral hop bomb. Some light sweetness from the malts in this but very much a hoppy hoppy beer. I like this one a lot.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. This beer has hops hops hops left on the palate with some sweet alcohol in the aftertaste. Clean flavors for the most part. Light metallic taste every so often that doesn't damage the entire experiance.

D- This is a very drinkable ale that I could learn to trade for in massive amounts. I have been wanting to try this for a little bit and now I understand why people scream good reviews for it.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown with a huge torrent of carbonation leading to a vast, long lasting head. Aroma is darkly caramel. Flavor is deep, caramelly, almost burned, with dark fruit and a strong hop flavor and a sharp, burning hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. This beer feels Heavy and primitive.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange with a thick head.

Smell: Lots of hops in this.

Taste: This is probably the hoppiest strong ale I have tasted. None of the sweetness of high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but with a constant hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Good but not something I would drink all night.

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Photo of BabyBastard
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a dark red and brown hue, very good clarity. Head is small to start, light tan in color and leaves excellent lacing.

Scent really shines. Big citrus and floral hop nose, slight malt in the background. That hop scent really whets the appetite and makes the palate salivate in anticipation of the first swig.

Taste is great bitter hops. Citrus, grapefruit and pine notes converge to make a truly hop plentiful brew. Slight malt tones
linger in the back, trying to even this brew out, but not very successfully. Still, I am all for the screaming hops. Very, very hoppy for a strong ale. Stop here if you need a hop fix.

Slick and full of hop oil, slides down the gullet with incredible ease. Perfect amount of carbonation, this brew cannot get much better. Slight alcohol warmth, though the alcohol flavor is hidden superbly. Drinkability is slightly above average, as this little number may destroy your palate if you are not converted to the gloriousness of the hop.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased for $6.99 from Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Served chilled in a standard pint glass.

Somewhat-cloudy brown brew turns ruby red against a light. Inch and a half of rocky tan foam settles to a stable half inch that leaves great lacing behind. Nose is a thick biscuit, huge caramel, vanilla... like creme brulee. Mild earthy and citrus notes also apparent. Taste is like creme brulee plus hops. Good hoppy bitterness that isn't apparent in the smell. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a lingering hop finish. Very enjoyable. Lace endures to the end.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Massive head that takes forever to settle, very light tan, almost shiny, super creamy, beer is chestnut brown with some amber thrown in

S: Somewhat mild, some earthy/herbal hop notes, slight sweetness added from the malt

T: Very sharp hot notes - herbal/medicinal, not super bitter, just some bite, same caramel malt from the aroma in the background, tries to get sweet but never does

M: Fairly light for a big beer, definitely not heavy, not too much carbonation, very dry finish

D: Ok, these particular flavors of hops are not the easiest to drink

Notes: For a big beer it is relatively approachable. The hop flavor is a little different, but its not too intense or anything.

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Photo of rye726
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a nice beige head. Good lace and retention. Nose hase has sweet bready malts, toffee, caramel and light floral hops. Not exactly teh hop explosion as stated on the label. The taste was well balanced with subtle hebal hops and dark candy malts. Nice bitter finish, but again definately not a hop explosion. Full, lasting body is well carbonated. Nice strong ale, but definately not screaming with hops.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wailing Wench has a light brown body that has some red highlights where the light comes through. The head is off white, thick with good retention, but it doesn't leave behind a lot of lacing.

Lots of hops in the aroma, citrus, grapefruit, pine, grass. Also a touch of butteriness and a pretty big dose of caramel malts.

Wailing Wench has lots of hop flavors. Wailing Wench has lots of malt flavors. Wailing Wench is just a big lady I guess. The hops come with flavors of grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of grass up front, but they are soon supplanted with a wave of sweetness from the large amount of caramel malts. Behind all of that is a bit of a buttery flavor, which I think is a great touch. Upon sampling Wailing Wench, I though that it was a hoppy DIPA and not a strong ale, so I would say it straddles the two styles a bit. That isn't a problem though; there's no need to think myself into boxes.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and slightly oily and coating.

Overall this was a solid beer that I am very glad I got to have on-tap in Syracuse for my first taste of it. I'm sure Wailing Wench and I will cross paths again.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a goblet. Formed a nice 1 ½ finger white head that had decent retention and left some trails of lace behind. The body is a hazy dark amber almost brown color that only traces of light through.

The aromas are sweet malts and caramel up front. The undertone aromas are earthy and bready. Nothing powerful on the nose...

The taste threw me off a little...not as sweet as the nose would suggest. It is almost as if the hop character and sweet malt character are cancelling each other out instead of coming through in waves...odd...kind of an even, burnt-bitter flavor throughout.

Medium mouth feel, slightly drying with moderate carbonation.

I finished the bomber, but was forcing the last few pours. Will try again just to make sure I didn't have a bad bottle...

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for something big the other night and this one proclaimed to be screaming hop, so I had to try it. Bomber served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/23/2010.

The pour was very nice, rich looking dark amber in color with a towering head of off white that just peaked out above the rim of the glass. Settling down gently it left a good bit of side lacing along the glass and a nice, dark menacing look to it. Aroma is a bit muted, definitly not screaming anything. Caramel malts up front, light touches of bready tones, hints of an earthy, piney hop presence, but nothing huge about it at all. This carries over almost exactly into the flavor. Caramel and bready tones dominate here from the very first sip. Light touches of hops come in towards the finish, with a slight drying to the palate and a little bit of a bite, but nothing sharp or striking about it. Really full feel though, almost chewy as I sip on it, and that may have very well been the best part. Alcohol was fairly well hidden and it had the potential to be a creeper.

Overall I am not sure what to make of this one. If it did not label itself o be soo hoppy I might have liked it a little more, but it set a bar I dont feel it reached.

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Wailing Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.96 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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