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

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15th Anniversary Double Wench15th Anniversary Double Wench

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To be brewed for at least a year, perhaps longer.

Added by Lazerlobe on 04-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Nice label.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 3/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head is going nowhere fast, with chunky lacing. Aroma is green hops and alcohol.

Taste is sweet to start, citrus in the middle, and cruised to the close with a balance of rich grains and bitterness. Alcohol lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is superb, esp for the style. Hope this one stays in their lineup.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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).

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into a 33 cl tulip.

Look- Dense, creamy looking finger and a half of toasted coconut head, gobs of lace cling to the glass. Insane retention. Deep Amber-brown hue, moderate haze.

Smell- Dry toast, toffee, white raisin, lots of bubblegum. Light booze, nutty, warm spice. More rum-like as it warms, but alcohol not as noticeable as you'd think. Nice.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, treacle-soaked biscuit backed up by bubblegum and a black tea bitterness that's quite nice. Vanilla, lilac, hazelnut. Sharper, fruity at first but fades into burnt cracker and toasted cloves. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Lighter than anticipated, but still pretty boozy, juicy rather than syrupy. Definitely above average for the ABV and style. Dry-ish finish with a hint of chalkiness cleans it up pretty well.

Overall- Another great one from Middle Ages. Approachable, drinkable, and well-rounded. $7.50 for a bottle is not bad, either.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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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4.27/5  rDev +7%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Ego
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lovely rise of 2 fingers of foam, just perfectly ruby hue here, amazing color and consistency in the glass, a good amount of carbonation rumbles in the brew keeping the head perfect, the bubble wall is uniform and leaves gobs of lace all over the sides, fantastic looking beer, and now further in the head almost resembles the head on a Guinness pumped at a bar.. silky!

boozy hops, tones of sherry, some dry must, sort of reminds me of barley wine style stuff, pretty good nose

taste etc...
medium boozy with precise carbonation - just right for a brew of this weight, the carbonation is just enough to carry this thing and stops there, the ABV is detectable but barely, so damn smooth ! pretty mild bitterness but you can taste the hops, really well balanced wench
(must be the corset), it drinks like a souped up smooth mega amber in a way

what's better than one wench ? well two (OK I went for the obvious...), I have always enjoyed the original wench for years as MA has been around for seemingly my entire tryst in craft world, but over the years their brews have been hard to find in the area so I was unaware of the double of what I always considered a classic... boy am I smitten twice shy here, fantastic brew, grab one, grab two - this drinks so smooth for 12% it is probably a crime (somewhere)

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Photo of yesyouam
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a big, frothy, off white, brownish head that has great retention

S - big malts, caramel, candy sugar, some dark fruit, piney hops

T - caramel, burnt sugar, faint tropical fruit like fruit punch, earthy and piney bitter hop finish

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid offering. It's malt-forward and reminds me a lot of a Barleywine. The maltiness is primarily sticky caramel and burnt sugar. The hops are also intense adding some fruit initially but then offering a huge, bitter finish to balance things out. The ABV here is rather well hidden except for some warmth in the finish making this surprisingly and scarily drinkable. This is definitely worth a try.

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
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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4.15/5  rDev +4%
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!

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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...

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Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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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15th Anniversary Double Wench from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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