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Misery - DuClaw Brewing Company

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very good

41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hefe on 10-18-2004

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really good wheatwine. Pours a hazy tan color.Taste is toffee, toasted malt,and light piney hops. Nice and smooth malty treat. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep hazy golden color with 1 finger of white head. No significant lacing.

S: Booze and honey. Malts and lemon.

T/F: Taste is boozy and semi sweet. Nice alcoholic warmth and a lot of flavors going on with the malts, some citrus notes, and bread/biscuits. Moderate carbonation and a bit chewy. Sweetness in the aftertaste.

O: Pretty tasty example of an uncommon style. Very boozy, so this one is a sipper. The alcohol isn't quite subtle enough but the flavors make up for it. This one makes it into the 'liked a lot' category.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Acquired from mwrecording so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, wheat, honey, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit, honey and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There is also a touch of alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a beer to sip for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip (probably 2-3 years old)

A: Hazy/Cloudy copper body with a foamy head that stuck around a bit. Just a collar and some lacing left now.
S: Characteristic of the wine beers, wheat and barley that is.
T: Sweet and malty with alcohol as a flavor throughout, but not overly boozy or hot at all. Nice and warming for sure. Deliciously malty for sure.
M: Light carbonation that only has the slightest of tingles.
O: Definitely grows on you as you drink it, but that might have to do with the ABV of it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a tiny fizzy foam head. The head fades instantly leaving a thin foam ring on the surface of the brew/glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of sweet tropical fruits mixed with a nice level of a caramel and toffee. The tropical fruits are heaviest of a tangerine smell, but are mixed with some other aromas of pineapple and mango. Some other aromas of a light wheat bread and a moderately strong candied sugar smell mix rather nicely with the other sweeter aromas of the brew. A very light woody and herbal smell are there as well, rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and thicker flavor mixed with some flavors of a tropical fruit nature that was detected in the nose. These remain rather constant throughout the taste and create a base for the brew. While there are some tropical fruits upfront, they are lighter then would have been expected from the nose. Along with the fruity flavors some other sweeter tastes are present upfront, with some honey and candied sugar. These two tastes fade as the flavor advances however, leaving a slightly drier (but by no means very dry) flavor on the tongue. As the honey and sugar fade, some grassy and herbal tastes come to the tongue. As these come, a boozy flavor develops, bringing with it a bit of a woody taste. In the end, citrus flavors of orange peel and some tangerine really ramp it up, and mix with the rest of flavors to leave a rather thick, slightly bitter-sweet citrusy, and wheaty boozed flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather appropriate for the big, boozy, wheaty, and sweet flavors of the brew all while accentuating nicely the woody and lighter herbal and grassy hop flavor;, allowing them to stand out in a the forest of bigger flavors.

Overall – The flavors reminded me somewhat of a grand cru, but without the yeasty flavors and with a bit more of a boozy flavor. This was a rather interesting warming brew, and while I would not come back to it again and again, it is worth a try and possibly a time to time revisiting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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...

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of maximum12
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Cpherg
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Misery from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.