TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Stylistically to my tastes, this beer would fall into the American Red/Amber Ale category. The 22 oz bomber bottles even sport a very sexy and firery red headed wench on the label. Middle Ages version is unique in its own right, as it uses imported UK malts, and of course the distinctive ringwood strain. While this beer is loaded with pungent hop character, it also has really great sweet malt and fruity character. Coming in at 8% abv, it has some alcohol strength making it a malty, fruity, hop cocktail of a brew. Call it what you will, this beer is very flavorful, delicious, and loaded with character.
Wailing Wench Ale pour to a beautiful, bright deep amber to ruby red color, with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer really hits you with big, pungent waves, of spicy and citrus hop aromas paired with some aromas of sweet malt. The palate is firm with lots of good sweet malt flavor, some buttery notes, and tangy fruit flavor. Wailing Wench Ale finishes with more good malt and fruity flavors up front, then ends earthy/yeasty with a very zesty, very bitter finish, that lingers on the tongue.
This beer is fantastic. I reminds me a lot of Stone Brewing’s Arrogant Bastard, and makes for the perfect aperitif beer, or a great beer to sit and relax with. Retailing for $4 a 22oz bottle, Wailing Wench is a steal at that price, and is a beer you should seek out if you find yourself in Syracuse, or select markets where Middle Ages beers are sold. xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
on cask at david copperfield's. wow. a wonderful example of the style. it's a deep reddish brown with a simply lovely nose. it's sweet-ish, but certainly not overpowering. heavily hopped, but not unbalanced. gorgeous aftertaste. i approve, whole-heartedly. Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
22 oz’er. Poured a deep mahogoney reddish-brown with a big, thick and juicy head of airy foam. The aroma is bountiful ... hinting at a hoppy stew of malty goodness. And that’s what this beer is ... a nice robust and meaty glass of good ol’ beer. This comes across first as a deeply roasty medium amber brew. But then the stark hoppiness strikes your palate, fruity and delicious. Exceptionally well made brew. (#3150, 10/21/2007) Slepkov (47) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2007
In the current age of hop one-uppmanship, it is refreshing to find a brew that stops short of novelty, but, rather, balances a strongly hopped ale with large quantities of well roasted malts. This wench is tall and dark; she gives great and prolonged head, yielding to a happy finish of dark malts with coffee and molasses layers without the typically cloying sweetness that accompanies such a strongly malted treatment. In every glass there is first love, followed by oblivion. Amazing! JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Yes indeed, this is a mighty tasty ale. Pours a ruby chestnut color with a thick, frothy head. All pacNW hop aroma - the usual suspects - stong grapefruit with some pine. Mildly rich flavor, some caramel malt, some butter, alcohol at the finish. Not overly bitter, but packs a nice wallop. This beer is a nice English Strong Ale spiked with American Hops, a nice hybrid breed for sure!
tomciccateri (1035) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2005
Beautiful mahoganny color topped by a lasting tan head. Deep hop aromas matched with very big hop bitterness and rich malty flavors. Nice body and full mouthfeel. A great "big" ale, well done. nuplastikk (6511) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2007
An awesome ale from Middle Ages. Dark amber brown colored...looks filtered. not murky. Very nice hop bitterness throughtout. Thick caramel hop syrup aftertaste. Perfect malt and hop balance, not as one dimensional as some double IPAs. Great beer. r464 (2377) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Not a bad strong IPA. A bit darker than I expected. A bit of fruitiness, but the hops seemed understated. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
When I saw this beer on the shelf I just had to buy one (you’ll know what I mean when you see the label up close). I was very glad that I did buy it because it is a wonderful beer. From appearance to flavor this beer is quite appealing. Very warming and bold in flavor. More please... shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 Deep ruby red color with a big chunky creamy head. Very interesting well balanced aroma that smells "creamy" or with a touch of vanilla. Resiny mouth feel. Very full bodied. This is different from anything else I have had. If this is an English style IIPA then call me a fan. I always seem to enjoy the English version of styles so much better. This was exquisite. 9/4/8/4/19
Aged Version: This bottle is at least 6 months old, probably more like 8 months old. The pour is dark deep red with a white coat of sticky lace and cream. The aroma is still the strength of this beer. Strong creamy malts are beautifully contrasted by hops that are bitter and cleansing. The hops create the balance in this beer, as opposed to knocking it off balance like so many IIPAs. The body is includes a full silky texture and a scraping dryness of the hops. The long finish is bitter and satisfying. A wonderful delicious beer.
2006 22oz bottle consumed Feb 2009. The cap still comes off with a gentle hiss and the head is plentiful. Aroma is spicy malts. This beer is past its prime, but still quite tasty. The hops have become spicy and the malts have become silky smooth and luxurious. 8/4/7/4/17
2006 22oz bottle consumed December 2009. Still well carbonated. Aroma is sweet and spicy. The body has thinned and the alcohol has become more prominent in the finish, but I’m really impressed with how well this beer holds up to age. I don’t taste any oxidation.