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Misery - DuClaw Brewing Company

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 101
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hefe on 10-18-2004

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (2,265 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (156 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like faint copper and fresh wheat bread, with a little wild honey and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and fresh wheat bread, with creamy yeast and a little copper and caramel and alcohol. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste, with some alcohol heat.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This had very nice honey wheat character that was really clean and tasty. It grew on my more and more as I drank it, too. Smooth body also, but the alcohol was quite noticeable, so drinkability was slightly hindered. Age may help mellow that out, but it was still definitely an enjoyable beer fresh. Recommended. (718 characters)

Photo of Florida9
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (2,073 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (833 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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... (1,137 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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... (770 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (574 characters)

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