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 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 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 homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
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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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 TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 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 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 smokeypeat
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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 CuriousMonk
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 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 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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