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Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 431
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 21
Gots: 147 | 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 BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of FirstDraft
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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:

http://firstdraftbeer.net/2015/04/22/duclaw-dirty-little-freak/ (198 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of EMV
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,575 characters)

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (203 characters)

Photo of xGovernor
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of Asmodeus
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
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. (200 characters)

Photo of Mumps
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (831 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.34/5  rDev -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. (432 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of woodchipper
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
2.8/5  rDev -22%
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... (150 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (369 characters)

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
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