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Dirty Little Freak - DuClaw Brewing Company

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: duceswild on 02-27-2014)
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:39:25 | More by philbe311
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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.