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Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by philbe311:
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...

More User Reviews:
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 Mealy58
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of babyredfish
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sandanders
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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 DCHritz
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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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 Bierleichen
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.