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Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 22
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: duceswild on 02-27-2014

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Ratings: 380 | Reviews: 52
Photo of Mumps
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I tried this without reading the label fully after a friend handed it to me. I certainly read if after the first sip.

Unfortunately I drank straight from the bottle, so color and smell are unreliable. Basically it smelled like it tasted, a Mounds bar swimming in beer.

Mouthfeel was reasonable, enough body to be pleasant without being too heavy.

The older I get, the more I appreciate a well made beer. No fancy flavors or ingredients really. Just solid brews that are done well. This is not that.

Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This appears to be only the second DuClaw brew I've tried. This one tries very hard to be unique. Too hard.

It opens like a brown, with decent enough, pretty head. The aroma is pretty darn busy! It has a lot of caramel and some fruit and lots of other things that together are interesting but not really brown ale-like. The taste similarly tries VERY hard to be an amalgamation of all kinds of stuff. It comes off sweet and tastes much boozier than it is (presumably due to all the sweet funk). The aftertaste is a sweet caramel that lingers a long time.

This is a busy tasting brew that is worth trying for a change of pace, but not something I would go out of my way for.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not my cup of tea but very nicely done. Smell is sweet but the taste isn't overwhelming. Nice nut brown lying underneath.

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of drwatson32
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outlier detected I guess, well, that's too bad. Nothing else tastes quite like this

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. Beer has a sweet coconut aroma that overpowered everything else but there are hints of chocolate and hops. A "sweet dry" beer that is a little more hoppy than sweet and is a bit all over the place but good and the coconut taste is different.

Photo of sisterofba
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just "too-artificial" enough that I wouldn't actually pay for it again. Not terrible, but the same issue I had with SBJ.

Photo of HoppyBastard2
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Same artificial flavor Sweet Baby Jesus has. Beer could be great if they use real ingredients instead of artificial flavoring.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with little lace.. A/T coconut, roasted malt, caramel, slight coco.. Slightly heavy body.. Good beer heavy on the coconut tho.

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color (dark brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted coconut are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of coconuts and also has hints of vanilla beans along hints of chocolate. Little if any sweetness is present. The chocolate becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like coconuts, you'll probably really like this beer. I liked how the vanilla and chocolate added some complexity to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Bamhoe
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

It's smooth, taste good and has a slight hint of coconut. One of my favorites when I'm looking for something lighter.

Photo of Beejay
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown in color, with a medium tan head on top.

S: Coconut and chocolate. Perhaps a little bit of a berry thing going on?

T: Coconut, and a light amount of chocolate. The linger is long with a slight bitterness, perhaps a little coffee thing.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly aggressive carbonation.

O: Overall fairly tasty, although the mouthfeel seems off for the style, and the finish seems a little odd for me.

Photo of mboeler2
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brown ale. Du Claw puts out some very delicious brews. Rich flavor with a sweet aroma.

Photo of fscottkey
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Nice cola color. The beer is clear and has red hues. The beer forms a 1/2 finger off white cap of head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.8%). Bottled 11/4/15.

S: [3.50] Nice mix of dessert flavors. Vanilla, chocolate like a liquid candy bar.

T: [3.75] The taste follows the nose. Lots of candy flavors. Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar. I have to admit - I read the commercial description and then the coconut flavor hit me. It was a taste I wasn't able to describe before.

M: [3.75] The body is a bit thin. There is no noticeable carbonation or alcohol. There is a slightly dry finish.

O: [3.75] I really like this beer. It is just a mass of different candy flavors. Maybe this isn't for everyone - but I really like it. At 5.8% I didn't expect a massive body so I wasn't surprised it was a little thin.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark red-brown in color. Lacing is just half a finger of almond colored foam, but it leaves fair lacing on the glass.

S: Cocoa, and a nutty aroma I can't quite place. No real hops aroma.

T: Malt flavors are reminiscent of dark bread. There's a strong mix of cocoa and coconut in the middle. The finish is moderately bitter, but it's more like burnt toast than your typical hops bitterness.

M: A little thin, but so moist and smooth that it hardly matters. Just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: A nice after-dinner beer, almost dessert quality. It still has a connection to its brown ale base, but the coconut and cocoa flavors take it in a new, enjoyable direction.

Photo of teromous
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown bodied beer with a thin off-white fuzzy head that fades out to a ring and rafts of bubbles.

Aroma: I get a chocolate aroma right off the bat. It's a strong tootsie roll smell. Then there is this wood-like aroma. It smells pretty great!

Taste: I get chocolate and this sweet coconut flavor that is very strong. Again there is this wood presence. It's very nice.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is too thin. It just doesn't stand up to the big flavors.

Overall: I really like this beer. It's a thin bodied beer...a bit watered down...but it has a great flavor and aroma. I would recommend it especially if you're a fan of coconut, and the chocolate adds a nice finishing touch.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of amber + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with a light amount of nuttiness. That is followed by slightly stronger aromas of coconut, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel and toasted malts with a moderate amount of cocoa sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of coconut (slightly artificial) and vanilla. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: The flavors of coconut, vanilla, and chocolate overwhelm the flavors of the base beer which is unfortunate - I wish they were more complementary rather than dominating. Additionally, the coconut flavor is slightly artificial. Not sure I would grab this one again.

Photo of WckdVbz
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Lots of coconut, chcocolate, caramel and vanilla!

Photo of woodchipper
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle dated 8/14, poured into a tulip.
L- dark caramel. Nice rising bubbles that dissipate in about 30 seconds.
S- like a Mounds bar
T- like a Mounds bar
F- high carbonation is nice, especially given the heavy flavors.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of off-white head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Interesting aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, followed by some aromas of toasted coconut, dry-roasted peanuts, a touch of vanilla and brown sugar. Very earthy and enticing.

Taste: Very nice flavors of toasted malt and coconut up front, followed by some molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, finished by some nicely balanced hops. Quite interesting and quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, as there is no carbonation to speak of, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: A very interesting and quite good beer. I like the earthy aromas and flavors. I’d certainly get it again.

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Only my second Duclaw beer I have tried.Pours a russet brown with a creamy textured light beige head atop that leaves an almost full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Toasted coconut stands out in the nose along with mild milk chocolate.Although not a fan of coconut it's pleasant on the palate and goes well with the chocolate notes.Again not a fan of coconut so much but this is a pretty darn good beer.

Photo of KimFazioRuggiero
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer! Seems like there is a coffee taste as well to me.

Photo of bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look is quite lackluster in the glass with minimal head and body color that is kinda brown/purplish. Has a very nice vanilla and slight coconut sweet smell. Taste is that of a very typical brown ale though. Nothing really noteworthy here and a quite bitter finish as well along with some burnt roasty notes. Body and mouthfeel is quite thin. Overall, this is just a very pedestrian brown ale and not the most enjoyable. Good but nothing really making me want to revisit.

Photo of hopsolutely
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As I am not a fan of coconut, please take this review with a grain of salt. Feel like I am drinking Tropicana suntan lotion and would prefer not to...

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Well it certainly is an interesting little freak. You pick up some coconut in the smell along with what seems like chocolate. The vanilla is faint. The flavor is interesting, reminds me of the old sno ball cake by hostess, which I was not a fan of. There is also an off taste on the finish that does not seem like a bitter. Overall, interesting, but not very good.

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.