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Misery - DuClaw Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of zaphodchak
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a snifter from a 2004 cask of Misery served at DuClaw's annual X-mas in July at the Bowie location. The only drawback is that the ale is served chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a color that is best described as auburn with a decent ring of lacing around the snifter.

Smell: The beer has a very malty, very chewy aroma. The alcohol is quite evident here.

Taste: Up front there is a wheaty lightness. That soon gives way to malty strength and a lot of alcohol. There is a fruity sweetness here from the high malt content. Having had this beer when originally tapped two years ago, the malt edge was settled down a bit but this is still a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel: The wheat and alcohol go well together, with a slight hint of warming by said alcohol.

Drinkability: The beer is limited by the 10% abv. It has aged surprisingly well though and I'd love to try it in a year or so.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter at Xmas in July in Arundel Mills. This is an unfiltered beer that pours a hazy dark bronze with hues of red and a finger of off-white head which fades to a nice lasting ring. Very aromatic beer---wheat, plums, dark cherries, raisins pepper, floral hops. Taste is very sweet upfront--sweet malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherry, with a strong hop finish mixed with a lingering alchohol. The beer is full-bodied and not overly carbonated making for a nice sipping beer. This is a highly drinkable beer for the ABV, one of the best that Duclaw has made.

Photo of smokeypeat
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recently saw this available in a bomber and thought I'd give it a try. Pours a deep golden color with a slight off white head. Smells of honey, golden currants, tart apples, and late summer goodness. Thick in mouthfeel that makes this a certain sipper. Alcohol heat is there from the beginning but as you work through it you get some blood orange, mixed with honey, peaches, and general breadiness. I enjoyed this overall but I would sit my next bottle in the cellar for awhile in hopes that the alcohol heat would ease somewhat so the other good flavors would be more prominent from the get go. As it stands now a good beer to try and share with a friend.

Photo of Hefe
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from tap at the Maryland Brewer's Octoberfest on 10/17/04.

DuClaw is calling this a Wheat Wine, I chose to file it under American Dark Wheat, though it does defy categorization.

Appearance: Dark amber, with a hint of a reddish hue in the right light. The head is off white, rocky, and lasting.

Smell: Ridiculously aromatic, spicy/floral hops, as well a very fruity malt profile ( Plums, berries, peaches).

Taste: The initial impression is a one-two punch of deep rich malt balanced with an instant hop bitterness. The maltiness builds and fills the mouth until the finish where a not so bitter, but very strong hop presence combines with a pleasing dryness.

Mouthfeel: This a full bodied sipping beer. Rich, round and maybe just a touch sharp.

Drinkability: Sippers only need apply, this ain't no chuggin beer here.

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a murky amber-orange topped by a mild wisp of soapy bubbles. The nose comprises orange rind, mandarin orange flesh, light black pepper, light rubbing alcohol, white bread, lemon rind, and a hint of honey. The taste holds more/sharper orange, more lemon zest, lighter booze and bread, light bubblegum, honey, and a bit of that ol' clove/banana combo that we all enjoy so much. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta light syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty nice wheatwine, though ever-so-slightly boozy for my liking. Nice to see the style continues to spread.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind bomber courtesy of neorunner, thanks again!

Very nice pour, bright and light copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, some wheat, cream, hard candies and booze.

Taste is big and bold. Boozy, with some citrus, creamy sweetness, and soft wheat flavors. Finish is warm, boozy, and slightly spicy. While the flavor is bold, the beer is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is great, really full, smooth, and with good thick body.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. I'm impressed with this one, really big yet balanced flavors, and a great mouthfeel. Yum.

I'm pretty sure this is a wheatwine, and maybe one I have had before, so let's see... DuClaw Brewing Misery Wheat Wine! Sweet! This is tasty, and while I got the style right, I have never had this, yet alone heard of it. Thanks again Nate!

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer tasting event in MD. A clear copper pour with a smallish off-white head. A sweet aroma that features some Golden Delicious apples, golden raisins, vanilla extract, and a little oak. Some juicy oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and some floral qualities become apparent after it sits some. Medium to full-bodied and just a touch syrupy on the way down. Caramel, candied sugar, and vanilla upfront in the taste. Peach and apricot follow. Some sweet oranges at the end along with a touch of bittering grapefruits. Quite sweet all the way through. A tad cloying by the end. Not nearly as warming as I would've expected based on the 10% ABV.

Photo of mgbickel
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  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.

Photo of sideshowrob
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to have this one a few times during it's brief fall 2004 release. DuClaw officially calls Misery a Wheat Wine, which is not among the categories in BA. Dark Wheat Ale is about as close as any...

Brew is golden opaque in color, and unfiltered. Looks delicious at first glance. Lightly carbonated. Bouquet is complex and unfamiliar - how many beers are crafted with lots of wheat malt, ale yeast and a ton 'o hops? Lots of fruity notes on the nose - I picked up Apricot, another taster swore to rasperry. Lots of sweet and that dry-hop bitterness floating around.

Taste was great, and really unusual. DFH 120 IPA would probably be the closest for those of you who weren't in Maryland during the brief release. Again the palate is assaulted by unfamiliar, but really good tastes. Much of the nose notes come through again - fruity, sweet and a well-balanced hop note. The overwhelming taste is a sweet, malty one, and I saw this deceive a few fellow drinkers.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both really high for a beer this powerful. The 11% ABV is cloaked well, and the combination of taste, just right carbonation and aroma can lead one to drink this far to fast - but this is one to savor and sip.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is getting all kinds of accolades in my local area and it is now competing nationally. Dammit, I want to know what all the fuss is about!

I poured this into an undersized snifter.

A: Damn near shy of being bright orange, with a few white bubble posing as a head. Dangerous...

S: Not the booze bomb I was expecting. Actually, the fruit juice quality on this thing was astounding! Mild puff of apple juice and a tinge of candy sugar.

T: This was not the Wheatwine that I've grown to hate.... this was something different. Sweet, but not too, fruity, but not too, mildly hoppy, but not too. I've noticed that this style is a very acquired taste and DuClaw played it down the middle. Good move! Fruity, not hoppy, sweet, but still with some yeast in there to counteract.

M: The carbonation was low which was appropriate for this style and the sweet elements were kept in check.

O: To date, the best Wheatwine I've tasted.

Photo of Florida9
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Misery from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.