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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 13 4 6 2010
22oz Bomber

I was lucky enough to get this in a recent trade with Kempleton. Thanks Andrew! This is my first offering from Middle Ages. Wailing Wench pours a dull ruby that ends up glowing when backlit. The off white head grew to three fingers of dense rockiness on the pour. The head eventually settled to one finger and left remarkably chunky lacing on its way.

Smell is big and buttery. There's a healthy does of caramel and toasted grains. The hops come along nice and citric although more subdued than I expected. This would get a little better score from me but the butter just seems to detract from the smell.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma but without as much of that pesky butter. The buttery caramel is still there but not as pronounced as the aroma suggests. The grapefruit hoppiness balances out the caramel, unfortunately I tend to prefer my IIPAs on the hoppier side as opposed to balanced. Spicy alcohol notes on the swallow.

The mouthfeel seems to fit the bill. Decent carbonation keeps this one flowing and awakens the tongue. A mild lingering bitterness continues throughout.

the big abv keeps me from drinking more than a bomber but so does the butter.

This isn't a bad IIPA but the buttery character just seems to detract from the overall experience. I've got a bottle of Dragonslayer in the fridge, I hope the butter isn't a house characteristic of Middle Ages.

Reviewed: 2/10/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 7 12 3 7 0
Originally reviewed 09/17/06

Poured from bomber into standard pint glass.

A - Fairly aggressive pour produces a big, almost coffee like head. Fluffy and robust, it dies down, but does not die. Dark red/amber in color. Very nice looking beer.

S - Yeasty, bready notes with subdued hop profile. Nothing jumps out at me here.

T - Super sweet up front. Too much sweet, imo. Caramel malt and metallic taste take over. This sais screaming with hops on the label, but I don't taste it here. Peppery with a decent hop bite at the end.

M - Light to I guess medium bodied. Not a whole lot to this beer. As much as the taste has some layering, the body does not. Carbonation is acceptable.

D - I will drink this pretty quickly, but that isn't saying a whole lot here. This one definitely didn't live up to expectations.

Served In: Pint Glass

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