Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 22
Gots: 131 | 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

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Beer added by: duceswild on 02-27-2014

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this at my local Beermuda mixed and matched for around 2 dollars. Into a pint glass.
A - Very nice deep brown color with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit. Really good looking medium body on this brown.
S - Very strong toasted coconut with chocolate malt tones. Not subtle in any way just in your face. Getting some underlining hazelnut smells from the brown ale as well. Sweet.
T - Pretty much like Kona's Koko Brown but much more robust toasted coconut and great chocolate malt tones. Finish is rather sweet with some hazelnut twang and some hops. Really loving it.
M - Light to medium somewhat chewy. Decent body.

Overall this is a winner what a great experimental brew. I had my doubts with this since most beers they make are rather lackluster but this may be the best beer I had from them to date. I have never experienced such robust coconut flavor in a beer so if thats your thing BUY THIS NOW!

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 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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +9%

Love the combination of coconut, chocolate, and caramel. This one is like drinking a beer version of Almond Joy. I could have several of these.

Photo of sculls65
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not what I was hoping for.

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 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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%

DuClaw "Dirty Little Freak"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, freshness dating is illegible
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Appearance: Hazy deep mahogany body. Khaki colored head. Limited head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, fudge, coconut, nuttiness, vanilla.

Flavor: Coconut is fairly strong, followed by chocolatey and caramel notes giving it the distinct characteristics of an "Almond Joy" candy bar. It's delicious, but a little bit of a one-trick pony. It finishes fairly quickly but leaves behind quite a bit of residual coconut, and a mild bitterness. There is one off-note to the finish, which I originally thought might be alcohol, but now feel is actually coming from the "natural flavors" which have been added. It's a little bit chemical, giving it a drying, somewhat solvent-like nature but overall it's balanced, and the limited, drying finish gives it perhaps a greater drinkability than if there were more malts and sweetness there.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium in body; median carbonation level. Gently bristling across the palate.

Overall: Really interesting right up front. Great coconut, toasted coconut, and caramel/fudge flavors. Balanced and drinkable. Additionally, I think this would make a great dessert beer, and it would probably make for some great, unusual and unexpected food pairings. For straight-forward drinkability, however, the coconut ultimately becomes the main component, overshadowing the base malts, and it's not really compelling enough to want a second within any given session.

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 gillagorilla
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (3/26/14)

A: Quickly dissipated head with almost no lacing. Only a slight head upon swirling. Dark brown with an amber tinge.

S: Lots of coconut and caramel with just a bit of chocolate. The smells get a lot better with warmth. It is predominately that of caramel, but roasted/burnt/caramelized. I get a lot of flan/custard/creme brulee.

T: A nice caramel flavor to this. Tastes like a caramel/sweet brown ale. I get almost no coconut, and probably wouldn't know it was here if it wasn't advertised as such. Coconut is a subtle flavor and hard to get across. I could see it as being the roasted coconut on top of a dessert.

M: Quite slight with only a tinge of carbonation.

O: Decent. I suspect this will become somewhat popular due to the name, advertising and marketing behind it, just like with Sweet Baby Jesus. I'm steadily going through their stuff so that I can give them a fair shot, me living/being from MD and all.

Photo of tone77
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coconut. Taste is like a mounds bar, yummy and tasty. Some alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth seeking out.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coppery pour with a dark beige, thin, whispy head that was opaque in the vessel. No lacing, some signs of carbonation around the edges.

S: Aroma of dry scotch and caramel, spicy with some fruity sultanas and strong indications of rootbeer candy. Some sugar-rum coffee additions.

T: Deep caramelized sweetness, peat with a light smokiness, originally mistook this for a scotch ale at first. Sweet figs and raisins with a touch of honey-munich sweetness. Toasty buttered oak, hazelnut coffee with some butterscotch sweetness. Lastly there is some sweet cola and rootbeer twang on the finish.

M: Buttery creamy, mid-heavy thickness, that was softly carbonated.

O: Overall a sweetly caramelized malting similar to a scotch ale, a sweet brown ale that may be a bit much in multiples but is interesting for a take.

Photo of philbe311
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of fizzy off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a thin yet full veil of lacing... The color is a deep dark slightly menacing brown... There is a decent bit of light that leaks in around the edges... Largely still with a couple of small bubbled carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass...

S - Wow... Like walking into a gourmet candy store... This literally smells like a freshly opened box of Samoa girl scout cookies... Bursting at the seems with coconut... Sweet milk chocolate... Undertones of caramel and toffee... This one smells 100% percent like desert and 0% like beer... Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing at this point...

T - The sweetness begins to dissipate on the palate a bit... The coconut is dialed up several notches... The milk chocolate is dialed down a slight bit... There is a very subtle hop presence which really challenges the palate and is almost slightly off-putting... There is also a light smoke presence on the finish... I expected very sweet and slightly cloying, but this one is off the charts...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The flavor profile makes this one a sipper... Brisk carbonation... Interesting, but rather challenging... The finish is slightly unpleasant - inducing an almost cotton mouth like presence...

D - A unique marriage of beer and desert... The aroma is dynamite, but the overall flavor profile struggles a tiny bit... This one gets an "A" for effort, but a "C+" for execution... Another funky offering from DuClaw, a brewery who's experimentation really impresses me time and time again... However, the experimentation doesn't always work... Recommended for the curious and those who want to see what the outer boundaries of beer look like... However, not sure this is something I will seek out again on my own...

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Coconut aromas dominate the nose with a bit of vanilla and sweet cocoa. Not much else.

T: Coconut dominates here as well with some sweet cocoa and chocolate malts. The finish is watery and slightly bitter.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit thin and watery feeling.

O: An alright beer, overall, but a bit watery and fake tasting without much going on. I like chocolate and coconut, but this just tastes like a mediocre beer with a shot or two of coconut syrup.

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 Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegman's in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- deep brown color with minimal head and lackluster lacing on pint. Somewhat opaque.

S- coconut and chocolate with coffee malt tones.

F- toasted coconut flavor with chocolate coffee notes. An interesting mix and it works well together.

M- coconut medium bodied with the chocolate lingering nicely.

O-this was the last one in my six pack and it was a good try....worth purchasing more than one of.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 justintcoons
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep chestnut brown with 1 fingers of tan head. Good clarity, okay retention, and low carbonation.

Nose
Coconut, sugary caramel, and milk chocolate. Pretty damn close to a Caramel deLite.

Taste
Big amounts of coconut and sugary caramel. There's a mix of milk chocolate and scorched chocolate with hints of charcoal. Touches of brown sugar and hazelnut along with a restrained earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, and oily.

Overall
Easy drinking and pretty damn close to a Girl Scout cookie.

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 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!

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
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