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Misery - DuClaw Brewing Company

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by sideshowrob:
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4.6/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

10-30-2004 11:14:30 | More by sideshowrob
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2013 17:34:32 | More by Snikwad1020
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-01-2014 06:12:27 | More by whatname
Photo of zaphodchak


3.98/5  rDev +7%

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.

02-11-2012 23:32:09 | More by zaphodchak
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-22-2012 21:35:34 | More by cliff1066
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-12-2013 00:12:03 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Vonerichs


3.31/5  rDev -11%

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.

07-31-2013 23:47:37 | More by Vonerichs
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-11-2013 01:54:03 | More by timjim1327
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

06-15-2011 02:04:07 | More by bum732
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-18-2013 00:28:21 | More by Hockey_Fan
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-18-2013 03:10:38 | More by tone77
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

07-28-2006 11:38:40 | More by akorsak
Photo of philbe311


4/5  rDev +7.5%

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...

11-11-2012 02:42:54 | More by philbe311
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-31-2014 05:18:45 | More by VeganUndead
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Quebec (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

11-08-2013 04:04:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-28-2014 03:11:30 | More by nbaradel443
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

05-15-2005 06:09:43 | More by cubedbee
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-27-2013 15:50:22 | More by mendvicdog
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-05-2014 01:27:15 | More by Dreamer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2014 00:45:37 | More by GABrew
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-04-2011 22:20:42 | More by smokeypeat
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-18-2013 02:26:16 | More by bigfnjoe
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

12-24-2013 19:41:40 | More by RollBounce
Photo of Hefe


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

10-18-2004 17:58:13 | More by Hefe
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-02-2013 14:25:48 | More by Drknight
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Misery from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.