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Euforia - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 309
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 07-11-2006

22 IBU
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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 309
Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Not much of a head but has nice lacing. Dark chestnut brown and clear with a good amount of carbonation
S: Smells exactly like toffee!
T: Nutty, a mix of coffee and toffee
F: A little thin for my liking but consistent with most other English brown ales I've had
O: English brown ales aren't my favorite, but this one is really nice (334 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very nutty and toasted malt dominant, grainy, with a hint of buttery toffee and some very subtle specialty malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals a rich of buttery sweetness initially, fading quickly to a dry, toasted malt backbone and a cereally, earthy bitter finish. It's a tad hollow in malt character, and the bitterness is somewhat harsh and astringent. That finish kills it for me. (391 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy but clear brown color with a ruby hue, small foamy off-white head reduces quickly to just a film on tup, a bit of lacing left behind

S- very nutty up front with a caramel malt sweetness, earthy & musty, butter, fruity esters

T- sweet and malty with flavors of toffee/caramel, roasted walnut, vanilla, a hint of coffee & earthy hop, dry yeasty finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- easy drinking, straight forward brown (536 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours much darker than I expected. Beautiful reddish highlights when held up to light. Very smooth mouth feel with tastes of toffee, carmel and nuts. Dries to a very light hops finish. Very easy to drink and one of the great brown ales. (237 characters)

Photo of Mrbseward
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown with a thick light brown, creamy head that lasts a while and leaves no lacing. Smells warm and of toffee, malt and some roasted nuts. Taste is great with the toffee coming through at first then the roasted nuts and some hint of hops to a finish that doesn't linger. Very smooth and light feel. Overall great beer. (335 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuClaw "Euforia" Toffee Nut Brown Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 09/03/14"

I'm glad to see that some brewers are still trying to keep the brown ale style alive; and this one is actually slightly unique.

It's a standard nut brown ale, although perhaps slightly darker than you might expect. It offers a nutty, very lightly chocolatey malt; and in this case, and actual toffee (slightly buttery, nutty and caramelish) component. It's got a median bitterness; and a smooth body. Some caramel lingers in the finish at first, but it eventually dries and some very low-level hops appear.

Even for those who normally avoid dark beers, I think they might still find this accessible. It's remarkably easy to drink, and for those who are looking for a little more flavor in their beer, it's still here. Nicely done. (817 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium brownish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + roasted malts, toffee, and nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of nuts and just a hint of earthy hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is flavored as advertised but is not overly sweet, which I was worried about. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and pretty enjoyable. (920 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pennsylvania beer from my late Oct. trip that I can't buy in my home state.

a: Clear copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Caramel.

t: Caramel malt with strong presence under a moderate hop bite. Slightly bitter finish at first, later more sweet-dominated.

m; Light to moderate. Hard to tell if the accompanying tingle is from carbonation or hops, since it has a rather flat appearance.

o: A flavorful American-style brown (listed as an English brown but tastes too hoppy, although also listed as only 22 IBUs, seems like at least double that - go figger) with both a high degree of caramel/toffee malt sweetness and balancing hop bitterness. Pleasing. (729 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Medium clear brown with a finger of white head, little lacing.
S - Really weird bready malt, toasted grains, nuttiness, almonds, toffee, caramel, lots of sweetness.
T - The toffee definitely comes through, but its a very sweet form. If "chintzy" were a flavor, thi would kinda be it, the malt and nuttiness of whats supposed to be a brown ale kinda fall short, but that being said, its actually a decent novelty flavor.
M - Thin, kind watery.
O - Not gonna get this again, but it was decent. I would really like to see the toffee in a bigger form along with the nuttiness of a good brown, amp up the alcohol too. (637 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cloudy brown with no head. Aroma and Taste is sweet caramel with a mildly toasted toffee and nutty flavor and mild bitterness. A medium body with good carbonation on the palate. Finishes with toasted caramel malt, toffee with some nutty undertones and mild bitterness. Overall a good drinking brew, tasty and easy going down. (340 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Very toffee forward. Nice sweet and malty and certainly something I would get again if I was in the area. That said of all the DuClaw beers, I had on my trip, this is the one that did not blow me away. (203 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Decent-looking beer. Off-white head quickly and fully diminishes. Smell is... well, very much as the label implies. Toffee. Also nutty with a little chocolate. Light vanilla. Taste follows suit almost exactly, no surprises from the initial smell. The body is a little thin for the style and the sweetness is a bit too forced, but it's better than I expected. Doubt I'd seek it out again, but not bad. (400 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium brownish-amber color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades super-fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a toffee smell mixed with some caramel and a somewhat nutty aroma. A little bit of a grainy and bready smell and some almost honey roasted nut smells are there giving the brew a somewhat honey nut Cheerio like smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter level of toffee and caramel sweetness with a decent amount of a lightly toasted bready taste. As the taste advances the sweetness fades up to the middle of the taste as more light roasted flavors and some graininess and nut come to the tongue. More toward the end the sweetness comes back in the form of a toffee and caramel flavor once again. A light earthy hop brings a dimension of slight bitterness to the brew at the end, and with a good increase in the nut, ends up leaving a rather nutty and lightly toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in thickness and carbonation, which overall suit the mix of nut, light roast, and toffee/caramel rather well for this 5 % abv. brew.

Overall – A rather decent and much drier then anticipated nut brown ale. Fairly nice. (1,330 characters)

Photo of wac9
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an outstanding brown ale great taste of tofffe and carmel puts a big smile on my face so enjoy the beer a welcome addition to the brown ale family taste it drink it love it just a great beer that wont disappiont so pick some up and enjoy av great brown color with a taste smooth brown ale that will asking for another (317 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is grossly underrated, and possibly the best brew ive had from these guys, whos beer i always seem to taste past its prime, and is always seemingly somewhat oxidized or stale, but not this one. extremely english in nature, this is a sweet brown ale, with an impressive toffee aspect that while adding sweetness to an already sweet grainy beer, also adds a detail and a layer not usually seen in the straightforward nut brown, and to me at least, its memorable. hazy pale brown color, not as clean as most in the style, but holding a pretty solid inch of white head, and passing aromas of brown butter caramel, sweet copper malt, and english ale yeast. the flavors all gel real well, with the toffee element playing a prominent role. not sure if there are curious additives in this beer, such as toffee itself, but the grain bill does a nice job of conveying one of my favorite confections in the flavor here, and the english biscuity yeast makes the finish far more palatable and balanced that is appears to be heading for earlier on. just a thin like of sweetness remains at the finish. carbonation could be ramped up a little bit, but i see this one more in a cask setting than anything else, and doesnt really need a huge bubble life. deserves better here on BA in my humble opinion. (1,291 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very little head, even poured fairly aggressively. Caramel in color, transparent. Looks like a cream soda.

Smell: A lot of caramel, brown sugary, vanilla

Taste: Again, a lot of caramel, but with a nutty flavor. Brown sugar makes another appearance. The caramel is very dominant and makes it difficult to pick up much else.

Feel: It says Medium bodied right on the label, and I'll agree with that.

Overall: Very drinkable, and pretty good brew. It's nothing amazing, but still something I'd enjoy to drink again. The smell is the best part. (550 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel red-brown color with a decent amount of light passing through. Head didn't have much room to form.

Dry toffee, English brown ale malts, red grape skin, and kilned grains. Hints of brown sugar and cheap brandy. Not bad.

Toffee, kilned malt, turbinado, brandy, and tangy dark bitter fruits in the finish. Kind of simple, but good. Dextrinous feel. Could be a tad fuller, but on par for most brown ales. Carbonation is appreciatively mellow. (448 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is chestnut brown and hazy with a wisp of tan head. The aroma offers toffee, malt, bread, brown sugar. A touch of sweet toffee among brown bread and caramel malt notes. Moderately low carbonation with a touch of bitterness in the back. A decent brew, but not something I feel compelled to have again. (343 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, deep-copper colored, with only a half-finger of head (despite a semi-aggressive pour); lacing was minimal.

S: Toasted grain, fresh-cut grass, and a hint of vanilla (surprising for a brown ale); I also detect some caramel notes.

T: Malt is a perfect mix of toasted grain and sweetness. There are some mild, fruit flavors in the middle (Granny-Smith apple comes to mind, but it's fleeting). Nutty flavor and toffee come through next, tempering things a bit. There's mild bitterness in the finish, perhaps weak for a brown ale, but enough for balance.

M: Moist, with good carbonation (I've had better); the middle was smooth and creamy, while the finish had a hint of dryness.

O: Very easy to drink, and very tasty -- sessionable by any standard. This one can hold its own with any brown ale I've had. It may not be the pinnacle of the style, but it's very good, and I'll certainly be buying more for future consumption. (931 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a short 1/4" head. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: malt and earthiness are detectable.

Taste: malt, bread, nuts, toffee, and a mild earthy flavor are wrapped in a slight candy sweetness. Bitterness is minimal at best.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this brown ale was a bit too sweet. Not as refreshing as I would like in the style. (437 characters)

Photo of Jamey61
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy dark caramel color. Smell is nutty with ale characteristics. I enjoy this beer and it is one you can do with a marathon session. I typically enjoy brown ales but this one has a very nice nutty finish with the hint of caramel and sweetness. Had this on tap at Duclaw this summer and it is much better on tap than bottle as are their other beers. I believe Duclaw has the greatest difference in taste between their tapped vs. bottled products than other breweries. Don't know if they can improve that but I would drink a lot more of their bottled offerings if they could. (624 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this at Wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is ruddy brown with light hazed look and thin pale tan cap with very fine bead. the head collapses and streamers of lace stick. The smell is slightly caramel with slightly buttery odor as it warms with light toast element and dried fruit from the yeast. The feel is ery light with low sweetness and moderately high carbonation with very dry finish.

The taste is light with low malt toastiness and gentle sweetness, kind of like a mild as it has such low flavor, there is a light yeast and diacteyl taste as the nose indicates but even as it warms it is very faint, there is more carbonation than anything driving the taste. Overall it is not terrible but not great since it is not hard to enjoy more than 1, but the lack of flavor makes you lose interest no matter how sessionable it is (857 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is darker amber, transparent, head presented at 1/2 inch thick, some lacing, color is light tan.

Smell is light chocolate and peanut butter, a little sweet, lightly nutty, maybe some toffee, earthy hops.

Taste is a little thin, flavors are light chocolate, toffee, maybe some coffee, good nuttiness is present.

Mouthfeel is thin, flavors hit the tongue and sides and linger lightly.

Overall, a thinner brown ale with good nutty flavor. (483 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color. There's about a fingers worth of light mocha-shaded head, also. It isn't the most impressive retaining head, but has a nice texture and nice lacing, as well.

S: The first whiffs bring a pleasant chocolate-coated peanut character. After it opens up, some nondescript esters and a touch of acidic twang enter. While nothing about the aroma is wowing, it certainly smells pleasing enough.

T: The flavor, actually, is quite forward in sweet caramel and toffee, as opposed to the nutty chocolate suggested on the nose. I don't even get much nuttiness in fact (maybe a twinge on the swallow). The finish is a touch roasty/acidic, though not overwhelming. All in all, it's decent, well balanced - and unexciting.

M: Medium in body, the slight roasted touch on the back end cleans the palate acceptably. The finish errs on the sweet side, though. It's drinkable due in large part to its vibrant carbonation.

O: Everything about this brew is 'nice'. Nothing more, nothing less. Like most brown ales, it feels safe. Normally safe isn't good, but considering some of the duds I've had from this brewery in the past (oh hai, Serum!), I guess - for once - I'll say 'better safe than sorry'. This one's on the pile of beers I'd gladly drink again, as long as I don't have to buy a 6-pack of it. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 4/1/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 11/1/2013. So exactly 7 months old. Thanks oline73 for throwing this extra in.

Pours a fairly non-descript dark brown-copper body, solid 1cm white head. Slowly drops into the beer, with minimal lacing.

Smells fairly straightforward. Some sweet caramel and toffee. A little bit of chocolate. Nothing is too strong or dominant, but neither are the flavours too faded. Still, its not particularly impressive.

Fairly straightforward palate. Sweet caramel, a little bit of earthiness and toffee, a mild dark chocolate bitterness on the back end followed with a little bit of heat. Not particularly complex but nothing about this beer turns me off.

Thin bodied, very good carbonation that makes this beer feel a bit creamy in the mouth. A little bit resinous, dry finish. Some alcohol heat on the back end despite this being a 4.8% beer. Very odd.

I don't know what to think about this beer. Certainly nowhere near the most interesting of brown ales out there. Weird that there is alcohol heat in a 4.8% beer. I wouldn't get this again, but it was certainly worth trying once. (1,146 characters)

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Euforia from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.