Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 450
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 37.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 157 | FT: 0
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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 JPowell712
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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 +11.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +9%
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 +2.2%
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 +10.4%
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 -9.3%
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 +22.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +19.7%
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 +1.1%
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 +1.4%
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 -2.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +12.6%
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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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow, strong coffee/chocolate taste up front with light dry finish. I like black coffee so it wasn't overwhelming to me. I am still learning about darker beers, but like this pretty well, would buy again

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Photo of xGovernor
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

If you let this brew shoot straight down the hatch, it has a nice taste to it and is not overpowering at all. That is, if you don't plan on swallowing your saliva, which leaves a lingering, bitter aftertaste. The smell, for an ale, beats most because of the many flavors you can detect by giving it a whiff.

I wouldn't enjoy one, and wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of Asmodeus
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this.
Many others appear to.
But, I did not like.

My first drink reaction was to say "no" aloud to myself. This beer is just not tasty. It feels like waking up in the morning for work.

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Photo of Mumps
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Beejay
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
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