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Euforia - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 308
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head with nice lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma just as advertised, caramel malts, toffee and nuts. Flavor follows this as well with toffee prevalent providing excellent sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation and nice creamy body. Overall a very flavorful beer which each flavor noticed and no clashing. (328 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 Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a brown liquid, the head is soapy and light tan colored. The smell had a light nuttiness to it and had heavier amount of coffee on then anything else. The taste has a subtle amount of roasted nut flavors, the coffee dominates most of the flavor. The mouthfeel doesn't have a ton of carbonation, kind of on the flat-ish side. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. Not my favorite brown ale but pretty good and was nice to try. (445 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small, off white head on a clear copper colored body. Ok retention and light lace.

S nutty, sweet toffee and rich caramel.

T sweet malt up front with a slight vegetal flavor in the middle. Finishes with more sweet malt and a touch of spicy hops to balance.

M medium body moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D a great aroma with a slightly disappointing flavor and a grassy character that is a little off putting. (423 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 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 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 stakem
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cask offering at Als of Hampden via the handpump. This cask featured Euphoria aged over caramelized apples. Served in a nonic, the brew appears a clear amber with a fine sudsy top of tan bubbles that is composed of a large bead. The ap maintains a thin layering and a light swirl revives the cap somewhat.

The smell is as advertised; caramel candy apples leads the way with a hint of something along the lines of cinnamon and vanilla. Some accenting fruit character is a bit tangy smelling when coupled with the alcohol esters.

The taste has a mild vanilla sweetness with caramelized apples. Very tangy fruit undertone with almost a roobeer like quality in the aftertaste. Unfortunately the flavors are clashing here and really dont work well together. The apple starts to feel almost like it was added to cover up a flaw instead of added to increase complexity.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Very easy going down but not something i found to be terribly enjoyable either. The nose was the best aspect of this with the flavor just not working out too well. (1,094 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 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 akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tumbler-glass serving of DuClaw's newest release, Euphoria, a toffee nut brown ale. It was served on Pint Club member's preview night.

Appearance: The ale has a nice deep brown color and a smallish ring of head that doesn't last too long.

Smell: Rich toffee and butterscotch malt aromas emerge from the beer.

Taste: The ale has some incredible flavors. There are toffee, butterscotch, chocolate. All of which layer together to make a very nice taste. I tried to place the taste and finally realized that it's flavors resemble Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

Mouthfeel: The nuttiness is quite tasty. I had two pints myself.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, although the flavors could get too intense. I brought home a growler, I liked it so much. (770 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks fairly light for a brown ale, brown with a ruby red hue and a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that quickly reduces me to a mild lace ring.

S - Smells a tad more bittering from either the hops or some vegital quality. Smells little of nut or toffee just some brown malts.

T - Not bad it's fairly balanced with the hops even though it seems more hop forward than malt. Fairly weird since I like my brown ales more malt forward. Maybe if anything I am getting a mild vanilla sweetness next to brown malts but where is the nut or toffee?

M - Light in fact too lite for the style. It comes off fizzy and almost light beer like.

Overall this is not impressing me for the first offering from this brewery. A shame since I got singles of every beer the House of 1,000 offered... (784 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep chestnut caramel color with a lovely ruby glow. Crop of beige head rests on top, fading into a cloud of film. Large spots of lacing on the glass.

Chocolatey and nutty in the nose with some almonds and bread crust. Toasty and lightly sweet.

Cocoa powder and light milk chocolate up front. Nutty with almonds and toffee with a dash of caramel and vanilla. Mild malt backbone with bread crust, toasted nuts and chocolate. Finishes lightly sweet and thin.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little thin and chewy on the tongue. A pretty solid brown ale - I enjoyed the cocoa and vanilla flavors that seem to shine through the thinner backbone. (698 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 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 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 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)

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 Deuane
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Dark brown/caramel with a small light tan head. Some lacing remains.

S--Toffee!! The smell is again the best thing about this DuClaws beer. As I said to my buddy Dave, "I could sit here and sniff this one all day!"

T--Again, the let down. Similar toffee but not as prevelent as in the nose. Coffee tastes are also present, overall better than average but not as good as the aroma.

M--Smooth, with little carbonation. Overall a bit thin in the mouth.

D--Nice flavor but light mouthfeel, not too sweet but not a flavorful as I would have liked. (553 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 sulldaddy
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with multiple streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
An eggshell white head of 5 cm foams up into a huge fluffy mushroom top of foam even with the gentlest of pours.
Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of cocoa powder plus some rich nutty notes with hints of earthy hops in the background. Fairly mild nose overall, but not offensive in anyway.
First sip reveals an average body with mild spacious carbonation and a smooth texture.
The beer is easy to drink and would be great for sessioning. I get the same grainy malt and mild cocoa on the flavor with some toffee and with a bit of earthy and slightly bitey hops.

This is a well crafted example of a difficult style to brew. SImple yet interesting, quite a nice beer that I would enjoy again with friends. (855 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy ivory head that settles to a thin cap.
S - Malty aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, and a touch of chocolate.
T - More toffee and roasted nuts, chocolate, and vanilla creamy. Simple and understated, but pretty tasty.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - Nice, drinkable Brown Ale, but nothing new or exciting. (380 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth rich airy light khaki colored head that start perfectly level before turning a bit rocky... Solid retention ultimately yields to a rich creamy head... The color is a light to medium brown with a slight reddish hue... Loaded with small bubbled sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... A very inviting English Brown Ale...

S - Lightly roasted malts... Fuggle hops... A bit nutty... A slightly burnt / charred aroma... Some slight sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee... Solid text book aroma for the style...

T - Barley... Nutty... Caramel... Toffee... Not overly sophisticated...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Perhaps a bit thin... A slightly chalky texture... Solid carbonation... A bit creamy...

D - A very solid respectable English Brown Ale... Lots of flavor and character for 4.8% ABV... I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting even if it is a slightly above average English Brown Ale... (945 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Caramel/copper colored with a thick light tan head. Good lacing.

S- Toffee, hazelnut, vanilla, smells sweet and tasty.

T- Nutty and sweet, leaves a hazelnut taste after each sip.

M- Very creamy, light and refreshing with good carbonation.

O- Very tasty and full flavored for a low abv beer. Perfect session beer that offers good complexity of flavor and faint malt. (372 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A- pours a partially transparent shade of amber with a three finger offwhite head. Looks a little light for a brown ale, but regardless, it's a handsome looking beer

S- great nutty aroma with some lingering roast. Definitely getting a nice bit of toffee as well

T- a bit of sweetness and maltiness that turns turns a bit to bitterness....not spectacular

M- body is extremely thin

O- not bad, but very easy drinking...tastes a lot different from the bottle than on tap IMO (518 characters)

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