DuClaw Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
4 | pDev: 8.75%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Our full-bodied, 9.5% abv Ryewine, Brimstone, is mahogany in color and built on equal measures of smoky roasted malt and sizzling hop bitterness, accentuated by glowing embers of warm bread, dark fruit esters, and a dry, spicy rye character that smolders from your first sip to its long, lingering finish. Drink up, and get stoned!
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish brown body with one finger head and lace. A boozy, dark fruit aroma that is akin to raisins or plums and there is a little bit of sugary sweetness. Thick bodied, a little chewy, there are balanced flavors of candi sugar/yeast one finds in a Belgian ale, plus some strong notes of raisins/plums and there is a bit of sharp citric notes like orange. Finishes hot thanks to some booze and spiciness and is a pretty good beer to sip on.

Nov 17, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark brown with a tan ring. Smell is laced with wheat, rye, dark fruit and caramel malts, great earth and spices back up. Taste has a hint of orange peel which was odd, but otherwise the same, almost seems to have some winter warmer influences. Feel is medium bodied for style, warm, chewy, but not very robust. Good gateway for the style

Oct 15, 2015
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MattXT from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased 9/'15, packaged 4/'14. I saw this on shelf, and purchased it despite its age. I generally enjoy (barley)wines with some age on them. This one turned out to be past its time, or was not stored well in retail. Nice mahogany color, somewhat unattractive head. The taste and smell were cloyingly sweet and malty. Any trace of hop was gone, and I didnt notice much of a rye bite at all. I would revisit this if I can find a recent bottling, but I will not grab an old one again.

Oct 02, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep semi-transparent mahogany. 2 fingers of tannish head leave modest lacing.

S: Malts and molasses mixed with hops and rye. Sweet and pungent.

T/F: Malty sweetness and dark fruits up front. Old fashioned candies and molasses... brown sugar and raisins. Gives way to a nice rye bite at the finish with a bit of hops to keep it honest.

O: A delicious sipper, and relatively drinkable given it's high ABV. The flavor becomes more complex and enjoyable as it warms, and one I'll be picking up again with intent to age.

Sep 25, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged one year after I first bought it. Taste is deep caramel malt, orange, alcohol, light oaking. Very sweet and slick. Tasty, good beer. I will have to get this one again.

Jul 14, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark Amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high frothy beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oranges and rye are present in the nose along with hints of raisins.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with with fruity flavors of candied oranges and raisins and finishes with spicy flavors of rye that linger into the finish. Only faint amounts of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting wheatwine with contrasting flavors of fruit and spicy rye. It is also rather drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 15, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep crimson red color with a tiny cream colored head. The head fades super-fast leaving some foamy islands on the surface of the brew and clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a darker fruit aroma mixed with tons of molasses and brown sugar. The darker fruits are a nice mix of raisin and fig with a little bit of dark cherry mixed within. Along with all the sweet smells comes some rye bread aromas as well as a little bit of an earthy smell. With a light boozy rum aroma joining the rest, the overall smell is sweet, warming, and very enjoyable.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice fruity and sugary sweet taste met with a rather moderate rye flavor. The sweet fruit flavors are of a dark fruit nature with cherry and plum being the strongest, but also containing some flavors of grape and apple. The sugary flavors are as would have been expected from the nose with some molasses and a good showing of brown sugar. Some candied sugar tastes are present upfront as well, giving a somewhat fruit candy flavor to the taste at the start. The candied sugar fades a bit however as the taste advances with the sugar and fruit flavors lighten slightly and the rye flavors become a bit more potent. While the sweet fades some, the taste of the brew remains relatively sweet overall even to the end of the taste. In the middle a lighter alcohol taste comes to the tongue, bringing a little bit of heat. Right at the end, an earthy and herbal hop taste join the flavor profile, mixing with the quite sweet fruit and sugar, boozy rye bread flavors nicely leaving a very pleasantly robust, sweet, and lightly hopped barleywine flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is quite low. The super thick and creamy body are fantastic for the blend of sweet and lightly hopped warming tastes allowing all the flavors to really soak into the tongue. The lighter carbonation only accentuated the flavors more and creates one fantastic feel overall.

Overall – This is a quite a wonderful barleywine. While rather sweet, the thick rye and bit of hop flavor that comes at the end of the taste really help balance the beer and make it a nice slow sipper. This flavor profile mixed with the wonderful aroma and fantastic feel, make this one a must try if you get a chance.

Jul 26, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: strong garnet color, tending towards mahogany. a finger or two of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a strong lacing all over the sides. darkness makes it look opaque but if you hold it up to the light it gives off a strong brightness and clarity.

Smell: earthy, spicy rye that mixes and slightly overpowers some dark fruits, mostly plum and fig. also get whiffs of toffee and rich caramels. slightly weak and hard to discern at times

Taste: opens with a slight sweetness, just a little bit of toffee, or rich dark caramel malts. in the middle comes some dark fruits mainly fig with a slight plum. all of this is quickly slammed away by a strong spicy, earthy rye taste. hops may be playing in there but hard to distinguish from the rye.

Mouthfeel: starts off with just a little sweetness and ends with a strong bitterness coming from either rye or hops. pretty heavy and chewy mouthfeel. also fairly sticky

Overall: a very good and impressive beer, captures everything i like about rye and wraps it nicely into a beer that is drinkable, complex and tasty. great combination of fruity and rye taste.

Jul 09, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a bit less than a finger high, and fades quickly thanks to the seemingly high carbonation. Only a touch of lacing is left on the glass. There are some nice alcohol legs, however.

S: Very much like a barleywine...only with rye! Wow, imagine that. There's a nice combination of candied malt and dark fruits. Rye spiciness is a secondary note, and some orange-y notes (ala Misery) come out as it warms up. Alcohol is imperceptible. In general, the nose is very nice.

T: At first, I get a mild rye spiciness, combined with some piny hops. The midtaste is delicately fruity, both with malty/boozy dark fruits and orangey hops. There's a slight black pepper finish and subtle hints of smoke throughout. All told, it's pretty reminiscent of Misery, only with a spicier/less sweet profile. That's a good thing.

M: Very full bodied, though it could be a mite creamier. The carbonation is actually pretty low, which makes it seem slightly syrupy. Despite the sweetness level, a faint astringency keeps it somewhat balanced. It has an extremely long finish, as well.

O: This is really damn solid. It has a nice combination of sweetness, spiciness, and even smokiness. It could be more complex, but I don't care. Certainly worth trying/worth buying/worth trading for.

Jun 24, 2014
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Beejay from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Rye wine!

A: A deep brown color, with a hellish ruby hue when held to the light. Nice lovely tan head that keeps strong!

S: Rich rye bread, and dark burnt caramel... Molasses notes linger with hop aroma. Earthy with touches of dark fruit. This smells like a malt bomb, but I have a feeling that the hops are going to come out swinging in the flavor.

T: Earthy with lots of malt. Burnt caramel mingles with the spicy rye flavor. Earthy, pungent, and sweet. This beer really is something... lots of strong flavors at play here. There are so many strong flavors at play here. Woodsy bitterness, malty sweetness, and spice intermingle in a beer that practically defines complex.

M: Medium thick in feel, carbonation is moderate. Slightly oily feel as you swallow, coating your mouth with a lingering feel.

O: Overall this is one hell of an interesting beer. Something to savor, enjoy, and ponder it's plethora of flavors. If this was barrel aged, it would be a monster!

May 26, 2014
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Max's Taphouse on 5/14/14

A: Amber tinged dark brown with slight lacing.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Sweet. Malty. Nice rye finish.

M: Slightly peppery and just a bit of roughness on the palate.

O: This is delicious. I really need to go pick up some Repent and Misery.

May 20, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a golden orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has some subtle citrus notes on the nose along with some rich caramel. The taste of the beer is sweet with a bit of bitterness and spice in the finish. The feel of the beer is rich and thick. Overall it's a very solid brew, I really enjoyed it.

May 09, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is opaque and dark brown with a thin, tan cap. The aroma brings brown bread, lots of booze (in a pleasant way), fruity esters , a hint of spice, perhaps some clove. Really big flavor. Rye bread and a delectable sweetness that never becomes cloying. I'm typically not a huge fan of wheatwines / ryewines, but this one really hit the mark. A surprise winner from DuClaw. Recommended.

Apr 17, 2014
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured steadily with some vigor into the center of a clean Duvel snifter.

Color- Very dark red, perhaps carmine. Gives a neat "brake light" red glow when held up to natural light. Tan head that dissipates somewhat, leaving rorschachian lacing. No, it's not a word... but it is now.

Smell- Light and bready, no trace of hops. A bit of booze.

Taste- Bready, smokey rye up front. A touch of carbonation in the middle, with a bit of caramel, giving way to a slightly hopped finish- melding with a bit of dark fruit and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- A medium, oily coating. Give it a swish and the bubbles are more evident.

Overall- very enjoyable. Fruit esters and hops more pronounced when it warms a bit. Great sipper.

Apr 14, 2014
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