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Misery - DuClaw Brewing Company


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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hefe on 10-18-2004)
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Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and light lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar notes with some caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry caramelized malt with some light grainy notes and a dry finish. Body is slighter thinner then average with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I thought this was not as warm as most wheat wine I’ve taste before and probably a tad more dry then I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:04:34 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Hopscat


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated as 2011 by bottle store. Marked down so easier to buy. $5.99 at Stateline liquors.
Dark brown , opaque with dark orange at edges. Dense ring of lace after small offwhite head subsides with impressive lacing.
Smells of rich malts with something I can't identify in background/ grapes, plums or something. Smells tasty definitely and sweet malts are there for sure. Some boozy notes but not overpowering for such a big abv. Not getting the citrus -lemon character of wheat.
Taste follows the huge malt presence with sweet malts of bready , toasty notes with some sharp background of (wheat ?) Malt forward with nice balancing aspects. Hops presence is subdued but plays into finish and keeps the sweetness from being cloying.
M- med. to heavy as expected. Oily , really coats the tongue.
Overall I really enjoyed this wheatwine better than many barley wines I've tried. Don't know if the age on this one impacted this for me. I want to try a newer bottle to see.
Nicley done DuClaw

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 14:30:21 | More by Hopscat
Photo of Vonerichs


3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden body with a flat appearance. Ill give it the benefit of the doubt though because I think this howler was approaching the end of its drinkable shelf life.

Honey and herbal tea like scent. Sweet oranges and a strange vegetal smell.

The orange is more noticeable in the taste. There's a honey-like medicinal taste like a cough drop. The sweet fruit and medicinal booze just don't mix well.

Thick and syrupy body, very sweet coating left on my tongue. It is flat, but again I'll give the benefit of the doubt.

I just didn't enjoy the taste or numbing mouthfeel of this one.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2013 23:47:37 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No bottle date, but pretty sure this one is a few years old.

A- A very appealing tanish-orange with some haziness to it. Very thin tan head that does not hang around long, but leaves some bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Wheat, sweet bready-malty aromas, some earthy, almost oaky aromas.

T- Tons and tons of big sweet wheat. Slightly boozy, but lots of sweetness. Finish leaves a little to be disired.

M- Slightly boozy towards the middle, with a medicinal finish that prevents some of the flavor from coming through.

O- Pretty good wheat wine. Big and robust, and the wheat is definitely in the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:40:16 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Rifugium


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at DuClaw, Bel Air, MD

Served in a snifter, a dark golden liquid, slightly hazy, topped with a small but solid cap of white head; a slight swirl left traces of laces on the glass. In the nose, sweet bready malts, citrus notes, yeast, peppery spice. I don't think this saw any barrel time, but there were some earthy/woody notes in the aroma and taste. Taste of caramel malts, fairly sweet, but kept in check by a pithy characteristic, dry toasted wheat, light peppery spice, grain alcohol, leafy hops, with a dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Worth a round, maybe even two, but that'd probably be enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 23:04:15 | More by Rifugium
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has lots of tropical fruits. Taste is mild compared to the smell. There are tropical fruits, some sweetness, alcohol is present, a touch of hops. Easy drinking for this abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 03:10:38 | More by tone77
Photo of DIM


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There was no date on the bottle, but this was on the clearance rack, so this has at least a little age on it.

a: There was a slight haze to the golden peach color. It poured with a medium sized head that faded to sheets of lace.

s: Very appealing musty honey with hints of tropical fruit. Some boozy toffee as well.

t: Lots of honey sweetness with a toffee finish. Hints of tropical fruit throughout.

m: Big and chewy wirh velvety carbonation.

o: One of the best wheatwines I've had. Should have bought more dammit.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 18:12:51 | More by DIM
Photo of philbe311


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of perfectly level smooth, lush and creamy light khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to an even richer full lacing... A good bit of rapid paced carbonation streaks throughout with an equal amount of bubbles clings to the glass... Looks fairly thick... The color is a deep dark slightly murky honey... Loads of bubbles cling to the glass...

S - Honey... Golden raisins... Bread dough... Lots of over ripened fruit tones... A bit musky as well...

T - Honey... Golden raisins... Over ripened bananas... Over ripened green grapes... Apricot... Pineapple... Light brown sugar... White bread... The finish has a very light boozy heat that is rather quite enjoyable... Good complexity that revels subtle nuance with each sip...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sturdy and sleek... A bit sticky... Minimal carbonation... Lush... Delicate...

D - This was yet another enjoyable offering from DuClaw... A bit rough around the edges and perhaps a bit cloying, but those are rather minor critiques in the grand scheme of things... Overall this one of quite enjoyable with good depth and character...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:42:54 | More by philbe311
Photo of nickfl


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A a small head of white foam on a clear, dark golden body. Good retention and lace.

S spicy yeast notes with some bright fruit.

T thick, sweet malt up front with a distinct orange character in then middle. Finishes sweet and spicy with notes of clove and pepper.

M medium thick body, moderately high carbination, and a sweet finish.

D a better than average wheat wine, which isnt necessarily saying much. In this case I actually kind of like this one, it has a pleasant fruity character that balances any if the harshness that RNA other examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:33:47 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear deep golden with copper hues body. Excellent lacing. Very sweet aroma with candied citrus, caramel malts and grape notes. Flavor follows well but is even sweeter, too sweet and medicinal up front with thick caramel malts, candied citrus and finishing a touch bitter And sour with earthy and Chardonnay notes. Creamy body and lighter side of moderate carbonation. Not an expert on this style, I just know I don't like it very much. Can't honestly say if this is a good version or not but overall too sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:26:09 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark golden-copper color with almost no clarity. The head is a one finger eggshell color that fades in almost no time, even as the carbonation trails try (in vain) to leave a collar around the glass (though they do produce a nice show trying to form said head!) Luckily, swirling the beer around in a glass will cause the head to reform nicely.

S: The nose is tropical, in a pleasantly hoppy manner. There's a strong orange scent combined with the wheat malt, bubblegum esters, and a distinct honey note. Unlike anything I've ever encountered in a beer, and by gawd, it works!

T/M: Much like the aroma, initial notes of tropical fruits (orange, pink grapefruit, maybe some clementine) mingle with a light honey sweetness, before giving way to a finish loaded with caramel, brown sugar and even a little milk chocolate - which is nicely integrated with the candy-coated hop flavor. It's hoppy without being remotely bitter. Light herbal and wheat malt tones exist as subtle notes throughout the flavor progression. A little more complexity would REALLY send this over the top, but it's still excellent as is.

Without a doubt, it's fairly boozy, but it's not at all distracting, either. Basically, I can feel the alcohol on the back of the tongue, down the esophagus, and in the stomach, but it's excellently integrated with the other flavor, to the point where I hardly think about it. While it would be hellishly drinkable if the texture was a little lighter and the carbonation a little more easygoing, it's still a dangerous drink that hides its alcohol well enough (note those key words 'well enough', once you accept the fact that you WILL taste some booze in this, you might really like this!)

O: One of the most unique beers I've ever come across, wheatwine or no. Any time I can easily finish a bomber of a 10% beer, it's usually a great thing. Can't say drinking this gives me the feeling of misery - maybe when it's all gone, I'll feel this misery DuClaw preaches, but right now, all I feel sipping this is glee.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 22:35:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite light in color for the style. Quite a bit of billowy white head for the style. The lacing was quite impressive as well.

S: Quite a bit of wheat in the nose. Just a hint of alcohol. A nice sweetness was there as well. The nose was a little bit weak on this one. Not offensive at all though.

T: I thought this was a nice cross between ABV and flavor. The wheat was there and so was the ABV to a degree. I like my wheatwines a little hot. The flavor just really not was enough for the style though still an enjoyable beer.

M: A little thick and syrupy. Carbonation was spot on. They nailed this.

D: Very good beer but I just want a little more flavor out of the style. We split this bottle and it was too drinkable. For better of worse. Barrel age this then...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 23:42:30 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of zaphodchak


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A finger of sudsy offwhite head on an applejuice-colored body. No lace.

Nose has some sour, almost funky, but not Brett or lacto sour or anything. Plenty of wheat, and a bit of bubblegum sweetness.

Taste follows the nose-- tons of toffee and some sticky candy orange. A subtle, elegant trace of honeyed, slightly citrusy hops at the end which I would ordinarily object to in theory, but in practice works quite nicely.

Thick and decent, but almost syrupy and a bit sticky in the aftertaste.

A totally solid wheatwine, not miserable at all! And at a good price point as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:32:09 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy orange, and produced a one finger high, bubbly head, which dissipated fast and left little lacing.
Smell is orange, honey and yeast.
Tasting the beer, the front is all orange.A strong wheat character is noticeable in the middle, followed by yeast flavors and sweet malts. A honey orange linger remains on the tongue.
Overall I think the beer fits the style and seems to be a good representative of it. My personal experience in this style is limited, but I certainly enjoyed the ride!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:43:08 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of maximum12


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beandip for this bottle, furthering my quest to try every wheatwine I can get my yeast-stained hands on. Excited to try Town Hall's version next week, but that's a completely separate subject.

Pour is a virtually solid orange, heady for a big wheaty beer. Smell is also orange, & I begin to feel that the Orange Lobby is crying at the number of oranges harmed in the making of this brew. Little sweet malt, touch of yeast, restrained.

Misery loves wheatiness. Wheat is written all over this beer, held up by a framework of sweet, tawdry malts. Strong cereal component, Honey-Nut Cheerios, tangerine, more oranges. Booze slices through the tastes like Narsil on a cloudy night. Almost rum-like. More lively than many a wheatwine, & certainly drinkable, this is like wit after a lifetime hitting the gym.

Very good beer. The combo of flavors is interesting in a wheatwine no, scratch that, unique. Odd, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:11:17 | More by maximum12
Photo of billab914


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky amber, burnt orange color. It had a thin but bubble white head clinging mostly to the edges of the glass.

The aroma not surprisingly has a big wheat presence to it. I get a sweeter, bready, grainy quality to it mixing with a little bit of a zesty, citrusy flavor. Nothing amazing for the style, but pretty solid and appealing overall.

The taste starts out with more of a malty, bready, wheaty quality. I get some sweeter, caramel notes to it throughout the flavor. Towards the finish I get some zesty, citrus rind flavors coming out. Some bitterness in the finish goes a long way to help balance out the sweeter, wheat malts that came out up front.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and a little syrupy overall. Carbonation is moderate for the style. Overall it was a solid beer of the style. It wasn't amazing in any of the categories, but very enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:54:35 | More by billab914
Photo of Jimmys


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle review from notes:

A: a slightly hazed orange. reasonable head retention leaving some lacing on the way down.

S: mild fruit, pear. a light toasted grain, wheat toast. a little bit of tart fruitiness as well, lemon/lime aromas.

T: alcohol is very noteworthy. vanilla, caramel combo reminds me of cowntails (the candy treat if you are familiar). a slight bitterness tries its best to balance a massive sweetness. even a little bit of chewyness from the wheat.

M: a fine carbonation let's the full body do work.

D: a lot of potential in this glass, just needs some time to mellow. alcohol gets in the way of citrus/fruit nuances. otherwise a great bottle to put away in the cellar and share with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 12:31:55 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Cpherg

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangey hazyness, not completely opaque, slight wispy head focused around the ring.

S: Apple and Kiwi sweetness.

T: Nice bitternes quite like strawberry liqourice with a strong burnt carmel flavor and booze on top of booze.

M: Medium heavy with large bubbles on the tongue.

O: Nice wheaty, boozy, sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:23:37 | More by Cpherg
Photo of mgbickel


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased while in VA beach.

22ox bottle poured into a Piraat tulip. Man, 10% huh...this should be fun!

A semi-aggressive pour yeilded a tiny, bone colored hear. The body is dark gold and crystal clear. The foam receded quickly, leaving behind zero lace.

Is boozy a smell? Well, this smells boozy! Honey, grains, lemon zest are all present behind the alcohol curtain.

Sweet sugary malts lead off the flavor. The honey and lemon kick in toward the center and a big alcohol kick finishes things off. A grassy/grainy backbone is present throughout.

Thick bodied, syrup-esque with very little carbonation.

This is complex, chewy and overall enjoyable. Sweet, boozy and thick, this is not for the faint of heart!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:35:55 | More by mgbickel
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an auburn type body w/ minimal head and lace. A very fruity aroma, I'm picking up cherry for some reason, as well as hints of citric but nothing too sour. Also a touch of peppery spice and some caramel malt. Strong bite from the alcohol and spice but not overpowering, definitely a thick sipper. I actually taste a sharp caramel and sugary sweetness balancing w/ a yeast/wheat twang (which makes the beer go down easier) and fruit flavors. I'm picking up things like black cherries and some herbal citric bitterness as well as a touch of tropical and tart fruits. A strong beer w/ a strong finish, this is a great after dinner sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 12:22:05 | More by clayrock81
Photo of ckollias


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden hazy ale with a thin ½-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a thin wispy lace.

S: Strong sweet wheat malty aroma.

T: Has a very sweet wine-like flavor. Heavy on the wheat malts and hints of yeast in the background.

M: Very strong and boozy. heavy body and carbonation

O: This beer sort of blew me away. I felt like I was drinking a barleywine only a little sweeter. This was my first wheatwine experience and I wasn’t disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:51:38 | More by ckollias
Photo of jayhawk73


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium auburn color w/ a one finger off white head. Ok carbonation, and decent lacing. You can see through this beer, and it looks lighter than I was expecting. Lots of bubbles in the head.

S- Lemon, wheat, malt, citrus. Nice smelling beer. Very balanced, and not too strong. Wheat is in the forefront here, but it's not bad.

T- Same as the nose, with a nice alcohol burn as well. This is very enjoyable brew, and the first Wheatwine I've had. Nice aftertaste, which lingers a while too.

M- Very smooth, silky and goes down easily. Nice feel. Can't believe this is a 10%ABV beer- it doesn't feel like it, and that's excellent.

O- Nice brew from DuClaw... Not quite world class, but a totally solid brew that you should pick up and check out if you see it. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:38:15 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of homebrew311


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a light yellow with a thin head, some clarity

S: big wheat malts up front with notes of coriander, orange, and candied fruits. The aromas that are coming up seem overwhelming and they don't meld well.

T: flavor start out mellow and quickly presents with a spice character. Big caramel/molasses malts. Overall it is sweet, okay balance.

MF: medium carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel

O: this one is a little too far on the sweet side of things for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 21:47:08 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Florida9


2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Darker golden amber. Forms a thin surface coating and some bigger bubbles cling to the edge of the glass. Some very light lacing.

S: Tangerine, ruby grapefruit, cotton candy and lots of orange juice.

T: Odd cloying sweetness with the overwhelming flavor of concentrated orange juice, the cheap frozen kind that comes in a tube. Moderate orange pith bitterness and a light, out of place spiciness. I swear this beer tastes like some sort of odd fermented orange juice beverage. Not overly appetizing.

M: On the thicker side and with the cloying sweetness and lower carbonation levels, this one feels a bit syrupy.

O: I couldn't bear the misery induced by this beer and ending up drain pouring half of it. Odd, cloying, sweet alcoholic orange juice.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 19:00:48 | More by Florida9
Photo of bum732


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Wheaty, almost rye grain flavor, some faint citrus, slight spiciness, some melanoindens and rich breadiness.

L: Crystal clear burnt orange with white head that dissipates to a dusting. Ok lacing.

T: Big wheat spiciness with some rich breadiness. Spicy medium bitterness leading to some herbal hoppiness and additional maltiness. Finishes semi-dry with some residual spice.

M: Medium bodied, spicy, maybe from the alcohol, medium low carbonation.

Very solid, almost like a light barleywine, but in a good way. Definitely the best beer I've had from Duclaw, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:04:07 | More by bum732
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Misery from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.