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Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 490
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 36.49%
Wants: 24
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: duceswild on 02-27-2014

Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.
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Photo of JTK111
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a chilled beer goblet. Drank it slow over maybe 30 minutes, so it had time to warm.

Appearance: Deep red brown. Interesting to look at held up to the light. Thin, light tan, creamy head, although others have indicated that they got a thicker head. Probably related to the cold glass. Head dissipated quickly leaving some lacing.

Smell: Coconut is strong, along with a boozy alcohol smell. Also some caramel and roasted malt. There was also a cocoa smell that reminded me of the vaguely artificial cocoa smell in DuClaw's Sweet Baby Jesus. Interesting, but with the boozy thing going on, I didn't love it.

Taste: Not unlike what you smell. Coconut hits hard and then roasted malt and a bit of cocoa (again, vaguely artificial). The label indicates that it's brewed with vanilla beans, but I didn't get any of that; maybe it's overpowered by the coconut. Somewhat hoppier than I expected. The hops were OK, but my personal preference would have been for a bit less.

Feel: Not bad. Light to moderately carbonated, goes with the brown ale style.

Overall, the flavor was OK. The coconut was definitely there and if you're a coconut kind of guy, then definitely try this one. The roasted malt reminded me of bourbon. However, for me personally, the cocoa flavor seemed a little off. It may not have been artificial, but I associated it with an artificially flavored cocoa that I had in Europe which I did not love, so your experience may certainly differ. I might have gone a hair higher with the overall score, but for the flavorings. I felt burned by DuClaw's Sweet Baby Jesus when I saw flavorings were added and then I tried this one just a few weeks later and *poof* same experience. And what did we learn? Read the freaking label.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper brown color with a good 2 inch head with nice lacing on the glass. Notes of vanilla and caramel on the nose. Upon tasting, the vanilla really hits you, along with the caramel. Then the coconut comes in and goes straight up your to your nose. Not a fan of coconut. My wife picked this up for me on a recent business trip, She did well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have so many bottles to dig through, but there are those that give me amusement even before I get started. This came from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop and then joined several of its brethren in abeyance.

From the bottle: "A dominant blend of roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, that tantalizes your senses all the way through to a satisfying finish. Submit to indulgence, but be warned ... there is no safe word!"; Respect the Fluid".

I Pop!ped the cap on this Freak and stood back to make sure that it wasn't a gusher or a squirter. NOTA. I used a gentle pour to create two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Nose smelled like a Mounds bar - coconut & dark chocolate! Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not exactly watery, but not much beyond it. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality and cola highlights throughout. Warming, it tasted like the Girl Scout cookie with coconut and dark chocolate! Finish was semi-sweet with loads of coconut a sight chocolate flavor.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish brown with off white head that quickly resolves. Smells strongly of caramel, hint of chocolate, a smell I didn’t recognize (I’m told its coconut – quite pleasant btw). Sweet malts/toffee flavors forward with unsweetened cocoa and a hoppy kick at the finish and clean palate. Light bodied, pleasantly carbonated.

Pleasantly carbonated brown ale with some unique attributes – I rather enjoyed it. A good desert beer (if there is such a thing) and the quality was solid (not the novelty brew I had anticipated). Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is rich with slightly sweet cocoa and caramel overtones. There's a touch of nuttiness. Overwhelms the coconut, which eventually emerges.

Flavor is definitely coconut dominant, with a roasty malt bitterness that counters the sweetness. Chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Finish is fairly harsh.

Wish there were more depth of specialty malt character to lend sweetness, and perhaps less acidic dark malt character. Delivers on adjuncts, though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the backdrop of chocolate, toffee, coffee, nutty caramel all play out in classic brown ale form, DuClaw's American brown ale takes a left turn at coconut alley for a taste that you didn't see coming. It's quite obvious that we all need a Dirty Little Freak in our lives.

The ale pours the classic medium-dark stain of brown that preludes its toasty, nutty and sweet character. A frothy head and ample lace sparks its robust aromas but with the distinctive nuttiness of coconut, hazelnut and light butterscotch. To taste, its the base of the beer that stands tall first with mild coffee, cocoa and toffee-laden sweetness to sooth the tongue and offer a silky texture.

But then the ale is awash in robust sweetness while toasted bread, bittersweet chocolate and columbian-style coffee play a toasty and almost roasty tune. Suddenly the palate evokes flavors of nutella and coconut cream as the tropical nuttiness overtakes all other flavors and sends shockwaves through the senses with memories of suntan lotion and tiramisu.

Somberly bitter to finish, the medium bodied ale is careful not to let the hops interfere with the delicacy of dessert-like flavors that the brewers have carefully sculpted, but leaving the beer with a sweet toffee finish and a cocoa-like dryness. But the linger of coconut is highly seductive.

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Photo of KWolf
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from tap and was a bit cloudy, may be normal for style. Aroma gives sweet chocolate hints and.little else. Carbonation gets in the way at start, but does lends to excellent mouthfeel. It then continues into Mounds bar-like notes of coconut and chocolate and with the astringent carbonation out of the way finishes like bittersweet chocolate.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark cola brown that becomes garnet in intense light. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

World class rich nose of toasted coconut, chocolate notes and caramel.

Heavy medium body that is so smooth it borders on creamy. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. Intensity, complexity and balance are spot on. Toasted coconut is the primary flavor and arrives as the middle approaches. It begins with a nut flavor, that has a hint of charred quality to it, over bakers chocolate which flows into the coconut. As the coconut subsides, a potent vanilla note arrives over a wave of caramel and sweeter chocolate. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a fading vanilla coconut blended flavor.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This unique brown pours a medium dark, yet clear mahogany with a moderate very light tan head of foam that settles to a thick ring, nice thin layer, and very nice lacing, Nose of cocoa, light sweet roasted coconut, and toffee. Flavors follow the nose with toffee and a sweet creamy coconut milk flavor to the front and middle. Cocoa comes through on the mid to back with a touch of vanilla and coconut and light bitter roasted malt notes mingling with cola flavors. Medium high carbonation sears in the flavors ending with a bitter malt note and a medium body. VERY unique and interesting. A nice finisher after a session.


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Photo of schwansmantr
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK- Pours a deep ruby amber color with a very small creamy off-white head that left shortly after the poor.

Smell- Aroma smells like a caramel mocha along with a hint of sweet coconut, very nice

Taste- Front with caramel/toffee sweetness fallowed by a malty roasted bitterness that dissipates very,very fast

Feel- light to medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouth feel and a creamy finish

Overall- This was a very drinkable smooth tasting beer that was very light and had a great flavor. I drank this beer fairly fast and that means to me at least its a winner.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Okay, let's just clear up the fact that I am a huge fan of all things coconut. This was an exciting find. Right off of the pour I got a nice foamy and creamy off white head. The aroma was intense! You are automatically smacked in the nose with coconut and chocolate. The best way I can describe this is a liquid Almond Joy or Mounds candy bar. The taste is also that of the before mentioned candy bars. You get a deep rich coconut flavor and chocolate malt finish. The lingering taste also has roasty character to it. This is like a toasted coconut and coffee blend. I am totally down with this beer! You have also probably tried DuClaw's SWEET BABY JESUS... Which I describe as a liquid Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. This beer is a liquid Almond Joy... There I said it!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep ruby amber color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, eventually settling into a thin film on top

S- aroma smells like a caramel mocha brownie; plenty of caramel notes along with brownie batter & a hint of sweet coconut, very nice

T- nutty and toasted up front with caramel/toffee sweetness kicking in quickly, followed by cocoa powder and brownie, sweet coconut brings out the finish, with just a hint of roast on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- nice meshing of all of the ingredients, it does get a bit sweet, but would make a perfect dessert beer. Well done, overall

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Photo of soccrgump
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown color; Little head, very thin on the pour. Smell: huge vanilla aroma; caramel and toffee; chocolate and coconut are faint. Taste: coconut taste comes right up front, more so than in the smell; the vanilla is on the end, but seems to be hidden by the coconut; nice malt taste. Mouthfeel: not much here, medium carbonation, typical stuff from a brown ale. Overall not so bad, but nothing I would drink more than one of at a time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue & Grey Bar & Grill in Gettysburg, PA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, toasted coconut, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted coconut, cocoa powder, and burnt caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great mix of cocoa, caramel, and coconut characteristics all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber-brown color, a touch of tan head. Nose is all chocolate and coconut sweetness. Flavor is a bit more complex, some roastiness, chocolate malt, a fair bit of coconut, sweetness. Body is fine. A pretty wild, big flavor on this one. Not one I'd drink all that frequently, and not one easily-categorized (true of a lot of DuClaw's stuff), but enjoyable as a change of pace.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 06/15/15.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Whoa...it actually smells like a brownie. Fudge, sweet milk chocolate and cake batter. Awesome.

T- Big coconut flavor combined with the chocolate makes it taste like a Samoa girl scout cookie. Sweet and decadent while also being very smooth and easy to drink. A good amount of toasty malt offsets the high level of sweetness.

M- Typical brown ale feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- If you like coconut and chocolate, you'll love this stuff. A nice poor man's substitute for those who love Funky Buddha's Last Snow but don't live in Florida.

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Photo of Act25
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My ratings have been high lately so this one will take the brunt because I'm not a sweet flavored beer man myself. That said, it's well executed for those who do like them sweet. Kind of a beer shake.

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany surprisingly dark in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and amber and copper highlights. A half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges. Light lacing.

S: I get the strong topping first and I'd rather than snuck up on me. Starts with lots of coconut, chocolate, and vanilla. Followed by aromas of caramel and toasted malts with some nuttiness. It's a sundae.

T: Follows the smell as I get the topping first - powerful coconut dominates. Then there is a light flavor of caramel and toasted malts with a lot of syrupy cocoa sweetness. Coconut dominates and how could it taste natural in a beer? But since I use coconut oil I dont find it unsexy and I might spring this on my girlfriend. Esp with dessert or last beer of the night before bed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: The flavors of coconut, vanilla, and chocolate overwhelm the flavors of the core. Tis a pity. Would not try again. Too sweet and too coconut dominant - which in this taste more artificial as it warms.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another awesome offering from Du Claw - this one, their Dirty Little Freak is certainly freaky in the good sense of the word.

Right out of the bottle it pours a dark and rich with a nice tan head. The head has little staying power, but it has really good lacing down the glass. The distinct scents of caramel and coconut are evident to the nose, as well as to the tongue mixing well with the overall ale flavor of the beer. The brew first starts out quite bitter (a bit surprising) but then as it breathes it smooths out and allows those caramel and coconut notes to come through - truly something to experience. I found the liquid to be thick and rich, but not syrupy which kept me enjoying it with my dinner and not wishing I had turned to it as a "dessert beer", instead.

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Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/15/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown; creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing. The aromas are pretty plain and subtle. Faint hints of chocolate. Not much going on the aroma department, but everything becomes alive in the flavor department. Lots of chocolate and vanilla. The coconut is definitely there. Caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Some hazelnut in the mix. Subtle sweetness, not over the top at all. It has a solid bitterness as well. Maybe some coffee in the mix. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; very creamy and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smooth and easy drinking.

This is a nice brown ale. Very flavorful. Makes for a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of FirstDraft
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Does DuClaw ever really disappoint? They are creative, original, and just really well made! I have a full review on The First Draft:


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Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty little freak

On tap poured into shaker pint

A: light hazy brown deep cararmel in color little filmy head

S: lots of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar maybe some coconut sweet bready smell

T: a lot more coconut in the taste sweetness is dialed way back a little bit of a bitterness I think from the coffee. It also has that light roasty nut flavors common to brown ales.

M: thiniish to maybe medium has a scumy coating feel on the mouth

O: smells good tastes ok bitterness is surprising not very balanced needs to be a little sweeter overall just ok not a very satisfying mouthfeel.

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Photo of EMV
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Clear dark mahogany pour with a finger of off-white head.

S: Rich and malty. Molasses and brown sugar.

T/F: Rich and semi-sweet to start. Toasty malts, vanilla, and dark fruits. Strong molssses and old-time candies. Nice carbonation and thick.

O: Very nice brown ale from Duclaw. Good flavor and a nice variant on a classic style.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip. Thanks StormKing47.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan colored head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film.
S: Vanilla dominates the nose with fresh vanilla bean scents mixed with sweet caramel and a hint of butterscotch, leather, chocolate and mild roast.
T: Vanilla and caramel dominate again with hints wood and maybe chocolate. There is a strange metallic taste to the finish that I’ve noticed in some vanilla beers, but it’s not especially off-putting. It’s more of a synthetic astringent vanilla extract taste. The aftertaste has a few lingering hints of sweet caramel. The nose seemed more complex.
M: Very fluffy, soft and creamy smooth carbonation, I was surprised. The mouthfeel has a nice chew to it over a medium-full body.
O: A fairly unique brown ale that was nice to drink. Great carbonation on this one. The flavors weren’t enjoyable enough for me to choose this again over some of the other brown ales on the market, but for what it is it’s not bad at all. Thanks again, Josh.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, toast, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, coconut/vanilla spice, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, toast, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, toast, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, coconut/vanilla spice, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good flavored American brown ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, coconut/vanilla spice, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The bitterness felt a bit too assertive than I would have liked, but everything else was really well balanced. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-dirty mud water with a small weak head

S-lots of coconut, some caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. Mounds bar.

T-a less sweet almond joy bar. Actually pretty good. Not sure I could have more than one but its a nice desert beer that isn't overdone.

M-a bit thin. Wish it was thicker but it still works.

O-I am fairly impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect but it's a nice change of pace beer. Recommending if you like coconut without a ton of sweetness.

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
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