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Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 534
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 36.04%
Wants: 29
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

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 tkdchampxi
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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 -23.3%
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 +2.7%
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
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | 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. 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 -17.6%
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 +23%
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 +14.6%
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 +22.2%
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 -27.6%
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 -16.5%
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 +10%
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 +8.7%
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 +12.7%
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 +1.9%
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 +8.9%
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 +7.3%
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 +20.6%
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 +8.4%
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 +12.5%
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 +25.5%
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 +10.8%
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 +9.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +1.4%
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 +9.5%
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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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.