williamherbert (1337) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sharp pine and spruce hop. Sharp rye malts, dark and roasted. Touch of cherry and sugary raisin. Complex scent.
The appearance is dark, hazy brick red. Decent slushy head. Thick sheet of lace. Murky and inviting.
The flavor is gritty, burnt rye and barley. Touch of chocolate and burnt coffee. Grape, raisin, cherry. Very bitter spruce and pine oil hop.
The palate is chewy and very thick. Alcohol burn on the swallow. It’s equal to (if not better than) the original. Double bitters of woody hops and burnt malts. Very good.
swoopjones (6329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. deep chestnut mahogany color. cramel malt, hops fill the aroma. Taste is malty ricness, some booze. Very balanced & warming. Some bitterness & dried & rich fruitiness. Nice Beer MA. Also cant really detect that MA ringwood yeast that I hate
TheJester (1982) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 mL bottle. Dark, hazy orange-brown. The beige head fades quickly, but laces nicely. Smells the part, with strong brown sugar, alcohol, and hops. The flavour begins nicely, with hops, caramel, and something that is almost anise, before exploding into a boozy finish. This one needs to stay on the bench for a while.
pete4999 (1146) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a deep ruby red and an offwhite head. Smell is sharp....strong citrus with a little vanilla, maybe some oak notes. Taste is very deep....some cherry highlighted with a very nice, strong hop backbone. A little too barleywine-ish....but still good.
Sammy (9059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 It was quite hoppy, very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable. Copper body, a little hoppy aroma. A tad above average mouthfeel. Not very complex, but tasty stuff.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours brilliant garnet red with a medium creamy orangey/tan head. Aromas of caramel, sour cherry, sweet sugary pine, cocoa, raspberry, and alcohol. Flavor is a hint of sugar and very bitter pine, caramel, and a piney/black peppery/boozy alcohol finish. Finishes with some earthy cocoa notes. Bitter, full-bodied, creamy, and very warming. The 12% isn’t hidden at all here, but it works; this is a big beer. A nice balance between bitter pine and sugar, with tons of warming alcohol. Very good.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a bottle as I couldn’t go to the Beerfest and wanted something different to appease my beer appitite.... and this fit the bill. Copper color, head not too thick even though not completely chilled... hoppy but not too much so, and nice and kick-a** with the ABV.... I like it, and will have this one again.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Premier. Copper body, tan head. Nose is pine, dank & mint hoppiness with rich nutty malt. Flavor is floral alcohol, rich caramel malt, some bubblegum & nuttiness. Lots of alcohol apparent here.
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin light moka head. A superb fruity hops and malts aroma, resinous and pinhey, just right. In mouth, intense malts, oily mouthfeel, pungeant, with good grassy hops, well sustained by the malts, treacle, licorice notes, all smooth and warming. On cask at the People’s Real Ale Fest, Clarke’s Ale House, April 30 2010.