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Dirty Little Freak | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by duceswild on 02-27-2014

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

Bit thin on the appearance and mouthfeel, other than that its a tasty brown ale. You get the flavour profiles that it says, chocolate, coconut and caramel, if only the mouthfeel was thicker this would be very good rather than just good.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown ale with caramel (vanilla?), coconut, and chocolate. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. Dark, somewhat cloudy pour with a good 1.5 fingers of frothy tan head and average retention. I definitely get the coconut on the nose, but it isn't overpowering. I also get some toasted malt.

Medium body with a firm feel and an interesting flavor that brings different components to the table. Some toffee-like sweetness up front, a little coconut, then cocoa powder, some hops, and a cola-like finish.

I tried this beer on tap and liked it a lot more. It definitely loses something in the bottle. Either that, or the gas from the tap softens some of the flavors and adds richness to others. Either way, a nice take on what many feel is a dull style. The coconut flavor is well-integrated and not too strong or weak. A porter along these lines would be most welcome.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body topped off with a light beige-colored head. Some ruby showing at the edges.

Smell: Coconut chiefly on the nose but also some supporting roasted grains and low-grade chocolate.

Taste: Roasty with a middling sense of basic chocolatiness and underpinning of earthy nuttiness. Moderate coconut flavor. Restrained sweetness present. Minimal hop character. Slight little metallic twang nearing the finish with a bit of lingering darkened grain.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I've dug my fair share of coconut beers. This, however, wasn't one of them as it just fell a bit short for me with the flavors not really harmonizing.

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Photo of dfconnor
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had a really gamey aftertaste. I did not recognize it as chocolate or coconut. In the future if I want chocolate and coconut I will get a Mounds bar.

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Photo of TheRaven
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tend to favor dark beers. The darker, the better, so I'm usually more inclined to the stout/ porter side than the brown ale side. As a result, I was thrilled and surprised by the strength of this brown ale. It might be more accurately characterized as a porter itself. Excellent with a smoked brisket, greens, and bacon wrapped jalapeños, I don't think you go wrong with this if you're looking for a reasonably priced dark alternative.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a very dark cola with a one-finger ecru colored head and fairly minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coconut. The taste follows the nose but the dominant taste is shaved coconut. There is also baker's chocolate, caramel, and expresso. It finishes fairly bitter with a slight hoppiness. This ale is rather thin in body, moderately carbonated, and is very easy to drink at 5.8% ABV. Overall, it is an interesting Brown Ale that is fun to drink. I like coconut so I enjoyed it. From a coconut, if not a stylistic perspective, I prefer Death by Coconut.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer a couple nights ago so I don't remember all the facts about it but I remember that if I could I would've bought a second one of these packs just so I could try it again :)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, available around here as part of a now irrelevant Valentine's Day gift-pack assembled by the importer.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick highlighted brown colour, with one fat finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some limestone arch lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of prominent milk chocolate (flecked with sweet coconut flesh), vanilla wafers, grainy caramel malt, a weak black orchard fruitiness, and a bit of earthy and musty hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, a drier sort of vanilla essence, stale medium chocolate, some earthy copra fruitiness, weird free-range nutty notes, and more understated weedy, musty, and floral hops.

The carbonation is nice and level in its genteel and workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee pithiness pervading, whether from the cocoa or coconut, I do not know. It finishes still trending sweet, with the guest 'essences' earning their pay, while that indistinct off-setting, let's just say hoppiness, gets equally stuck in.

Overall, a decent rendering of a flavoured brown ale, almost overdoing it, but not quite. Easy to drink, tasty in a dessert (fuck first, as Dan Savage advocates) sort of way, and worthy of the saucy name and marketing angle, methinks.

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

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours dark red-brown with a weak head that quickly reduces to a ring. There's some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: dominated by coconut and caramel; some chocolate and brown sugar.

Flavor: As promised, this is a Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale with all of those components present and in good balance, although I would not be surprise if the level of coconut was too high for some. Enough hops to tame the sweetness and leave very faint herbal/spicy notes.

Feel: medium-bodied with near medium carbonation. A welcome dryness in the finish.

Overall: If "Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale" sounds good to you, you'll probably like this ale a lot.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer from a bottle for the first time with absolutely no idea what the beer was or what it was about. Didn't read the label or anything. Very pleasantly surprised.

A little bit of an ugly, brown, prune, mud color with a thick head when poured into a large snifter. Head quickly dissipated.

Smell is coconut, chocolate, and coca cola

Flavor reflects a nice amount of roast, coconut, slightly earthy hops. Definitely love it. Very subtle in multiple ways.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Not too carbonated. Almost feels slightly nitrogenated.

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Photo of JDaniel502
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Deep dark brown in appearance boarding on black. Poured into a pint glass and the head on this bad boy took over half the glass. Smelled nutty, chocolaty, and somewhat resiny. Although it smelled chocolaty it did not come through in the taste for me. I got more of a nutty and charred flavor along with a flat mouth-feel. Overall I was not very impressed with this beer and wish more of the chocolate that I smelled would have come through in the taste.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This certainly delivers coconut to the fore front. I get a bit of roasted malt and a nice caramel flavor towards the end. It's a bit thin and finishes watery but it's an easy to drink coconut-centric beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured hard at 47°F from a 12oz (bottled on 22Oct15) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 14Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a half fingers worth within 2 and a half minutes. A subtle amount if very thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are moderate in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of vanilla and coconut entangle with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, toast, caramel, and subtle spicy hop and butter roasted malt aromas.
TASTE: Strong coconut and vanilla flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild toast and bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild sweet chocolate and caramel flavors make their debut as coconut flavors grow stronger. Mild spicy hop flavors and a subtle metallic flavor (makes me think that I'm drinking this straight from a can) enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for coconut, which continue to grow stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough. Ends with a mildly dry finish.
NOTE: A great beer from DuClaw that could of been amazing if that metallic flavor was not there. And the final rating also suffered do to the poor mouthfeel. Almost everything that I hate in the feel of a beer was in this one.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown in color. Not any head retention to speak of. Looks flat and relatively boring in the glass.

The aroma is malty and sweet. Nearly syrupy in it's smell, but still pleasant.

The flavor is sweet in the beginning with notes of caramel, coconut, and vanilla. Those flavors are followed by something medicinal, and then finishing like one of those coconut caramel girl scout cookies. Cold coffee seems present in it's flavor also.

The medicinal quality sometimes seems to take over the entire sip, and then seems to disappear momentarily as I try the beer again.

This really wasnt' my favorite. I'm a huge fan of sweet baby jesus and some of duclaw's other products, but this one just isn't doing it for me. Great flavor idea though, I'd like to see them "re-invent" this.

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Photo of fonch1
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. DARK brown color with minimal head and no lacing. First coconut forward with a lingering velvety chocolate aftertaste that encompasses the palate then fades into the caramel malty sweetness of molasses and brown sugar. Solid effort for a brown ale!

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing Brown Ale offering! Received as a Christmas gift and was one of my favorite gifts. Chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla. Lots of different flavors going on including a little hops in the background. Nothing overwhelming. Beautiful!

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Photo of wanderluster11
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On Tap - Nice rich brown color with a good 2 inch head. First taste, you get notes of vanilla, caramel & coconut right off the bat. The aftertaste reminds me of like 70% cocoa dark chocolate, a tad bitter. If you're not a fan of the higher cocoa dark chocolate, the aftertaste may put you off from this.

Bottle - Same color as on tap. The vanilla & caramel hit you right off the bat. The coconut seems to be very faint when it's in bottle form. Still a huge fan of this beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a clean ruby, with a medium to smallish head of bone white suds. Very little to no lace at all.

Aroma: Vanilla flavoring, sweetness…malty and sort of off-balance already.

Taste: The vanilla flavor is most prominent, with a touch of a coconut (but that’s quite subdued). What I get tastes artificial and overly sweet, with a bitter finish that only makes this one tough to choke back. Didn’t like this one at all.

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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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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.