Misery | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hefe on 10-18-2004

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a soap-like crisp white head made mostly of big bubbles. You can see some carbonation rising from the glass to the foam cap.

S: Defiantly smells of wheat with slight hints of mango, orange, and pineapple; very very VERY slight smell of cereal (cheerios).

T: WOW! That was the first thing that came to mind. All the scents in the aroma are present and stronger in taste plus nice bready notes instead of cereal. The alcohol doesn't hide well though, you can tell it's a strong beer by the taste.

M: Nice carbonation (moderate) and full bodied. Big presence of alcohol.

D: Only due to the high ABV and the fact you can taste and feel it right away, I had to give this a lower drinkability score.. I'd only have 1 serving, but savor it.

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Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Hefe
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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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 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 flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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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 bum732
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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 Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

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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 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 jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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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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 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 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 ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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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