Dirty Little Freak | DuClaw Brewing Company

110 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Dirty Little FreakDirty Little Freak

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.

Added by duceswild on 02-27-2014

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 653
Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly light brown on the pour; darker in the glass with garnet and purple highlights on the edges. Head production is solid, and retention is excellent.

Sweet aroma: chocolate, toasted coconut, caramel and toffee, earthy hops, and nuts.

Fairly thin feel, but very smooth. A touch bitter up front with hops, dark chocolate, and toasted malt leading the way, but on the back half, toasted coconut and caramel really take over. Very smooth and accessible; not too sweet. Slight pine and citrus peel from the hops.

 519 characters

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful beer in general. Coconut and caramel, chocolate and roasted malts make up this nice beer. dark in color small tan head . Coconut and caramel most prevailent. Great tasting and smooth all around

 206 characters

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown beer with a thin head tha dissapears fast. No lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, fudge, brownie, milk chocolate, hazelnut and coconut.
Taste: Coconut, chocolate, sweet caramel malt, roasted malt and butter.
Mouth: Medium body. High carbonation. Dry and bitter. Great mouthfel.

 304 characters

Photo of aquabears
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a clear, dark ruby-black. Smells like peanut butter. And coffee, not sure where I am getting that from though. Coconut... slightly artificial smell. A huge taste of coconut. Almost like a sweet stout plus a mushed up Mounds bar.
Low carbonation, sticky but thin somehow.

 278 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear if held up to a light; cola brown with ruby highlights; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate is predominant with caramel behind it; coconut is in the background;

T: bittersweet chocolate and coconut from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: this is mostly as advertised; it is all about the coconut, caramel, and chocolate; if I'm being picky, there is no hint of the base brown ale, but that's not what this beer is about; very nicely done;

 596 characters

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a reddish brown color with a small white head. The aroma is chocolate and malt. I couldn't smell any coconut. The taste is caramel, malt and chocolate. I didn't even know this was supposed to have any coconut in it. Obviously, it wasn't very noticeable. . . I don't like coconut but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

 385 characters

Photo of 88caprice
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Overall: No thanks.

Look: Slightly opaque, medium dark brown, thin sudsy head ring.
Smell: Some coconut, but mostly a strong smell of chocolate flavoring. Fake chocolate flavoring like that chocolate magic marker I had in kindergarten. Gross.
Taste: Strong, in-your-face flavor of extracts and imitation chocolate flavoring. Some coconut. It was hard to taste anything else.
Mouthfeel: A good medium body, not too carbonated.

 426 characters

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle,poured into a snifter.

Thin tan head,moderate carbonation,brown color with medium transparency.

LOTS of coconut,with chocolate,and hints of malt on the nose.Same on the palate,with a small hop bite.Medium/thin body

Not a terrible beer, but a little too much coconut.It would probably be fine, if they didn't use as much coconut,and I didn't hate coconut.But maybe that makes me biased.Just not my thing,definitely a one time try.

 448 characters

Photo of socon67
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good notes of coconut and chocolate. Not a thick beer, but certainly drinkable. I really enjoyed this one and for a coconut brown ale you can't do better.

 156 characters

Photo of theBubba
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my 1964 Worlds Fair Schaefer pilsner glass, I was greeted by an impressive head and a lace that lasted to the end. And the aroma of coconut. Great? Not really. You could take a wonderful brown ale, like Cigar City's Maduro, add a touch of Goya coconut milk and have a much better coconut beer experience if that's what you're looking for. As a home brewer, I'm always searching for something new and different. But it usually goes into the boil or the primary fermentation and it's subtle, and real fruit, herbs, whatever. So there's a hint of "the thing" and the familiar taste of beer. No need for over blown extracts of anything. First and last try of this one.

 679 characters

Photo of seedyone
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This was a complete surprise as the name suggest nothing. The dark bronze to brown color & creamy head leave some lacing, but it's the aroma that is the first thing I noticed.

There's a fight between the cocoa & coconut to be up front. IMO, it's a tie, & as they say "that's a good thing". A bit 'chewey' for an ale, brown or otherwise, but I'll gladly take this in big mouthfuls as it's so very tasty.

If you like assertive flavor without too much sweetness, this is for you.

 508 characters

Photo of Maestro0708
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 8/23/16 into a nonic pint glass.

L: Dark brown in color, one finger tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Big coconut aromas upfront. Chocolate and toasted malts.

T: Nice toasted malt flavor. The coconut is there but lighter than expected given the smell. Subtle chocolate and vanilla flavors are there as well.

F: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Nice mouth feel.

O: Really nice brown ale. Coconut is nice, heavy on the nose but not overwhelming when it comes to the taste. I will drink this again.

 538 characters

Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma Is mostly coconut. Brownish black color. Taste is coconut and some caramel. Nice flavor, light. Coconut steals the show, but it’s still good."

 167 characters

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - mahogany body with beige head

Smell - coconut, chocolate, caramel

Taste - coconut is most prominent, caramel, chocolate, toasted nuts, vanilla

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, high carbonation, coconut upfront with caramel on the back end, good level of bitterness to balance out the other flavors

Overall - enjoyable brown ale that has a good meld of flavors. Worth a try.

Price Point - $2.29/12 oz bottle

 433 characters

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've had a couple of these beers that are brewed with vanilla and/or coconut into the mix. Not sure what it is, but the vanilla just doesn't work for me. You get some hint of a barrel aged beer, but the vanilla aftertaste is not something I prefer. Vanilla should be left for use in small doses in cookies.

 309 characters

Photo of ChrisCage
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a root beer color that is semi opaque, with a tan colored head that is dense and retains relatively well...starts out around a finger thick and settles into a thick layer over the brew. The lacing is awesome with a thick foamy film covering the side of my glass, and as for the carbonation, well, I can't see what is happening here.....looks creamy enough overall!

S- Initial dessert like aromas of a bounty bar (milk chocolate covering a coconut filling), along with a toasted coconut marshmallow sweetness, as I get vanilla. Muted coffee grinds and caramel malts, and the finish is sweet and lingering! Awesome aroma profile!!

T- The flavors follow the aromas quite well, but with a fair bit less sweetness......the coconut flesh is most definitely there, with now bitter chocolate, and stronger black coffee character. Black malt is detected and the finish is quite smooth with some creamy vanilla notes. Very nice!

M/O- Medium bodied and creamy smooth texture.....wee tiny bubbles provide excellent flavor bursts! I would rather enjoy a couple of these during an evening and think this makes a most excellent dessert, if not having any food. Have this with a bite of chocolate and we have a perfect winning pair! Cheers!

 1,244 characters

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black with thin tan head that dissipates completely. Some lacing.

Smell - Excellent smell just like liquid almond joy. Lots of coconut and chocolate come vanilla as well.

Taste - Taste is much like the smell very sweet milk chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Maybe a little oak sliding in there as well.

Feel - Medium body little too much carbonation not by much just a little,

Overall - A great beer booming with coconut.

 436 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/29/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong coconut, roasted malts, maple, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong and sweet coconut flavor followed by flavors of maple and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but more stout-like than most, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for something a bit different.

 882 characters

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a basic cup at a Memorial Day cookout. This is what I would consider a dessert beer, with a lot going on, with chocolate, caramel, and then the coconut really coming through. I enjoyed the flavors, and glad you get all the different flavors coming through if you're going to label the beer like this.

 327 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at the BJCP reception last week at HomeBrewCon.
Deep brown with a decent tan head. Huge chocolatey coconut on the nose and flavor. My notes say Girls scout cookie samoas.

 178 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The DLF was good. It poured a nearly opaque black with white head that did not leave a lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and coconut. The taste followed the scent and was balanced well. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

 276 characters

Photo of taters21
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color, with a finger of khaki colored head.
Smells of strong chocolate, caramel, and coconut notes, very sweet smelling, cloying even.
Taste follows the same, with some hop at the very end of the flavor, not as sweet as the nose though, which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel is creamy and moderately thick, good for a brown ale.
Overall, not my favorite beer style, but this beer makes sense, and is more of a brown ale than some other offerings in the style.

 472 characters

Photo of dkoehler42
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a very strong and pleasant coconut aroma. The dark brown coloring is in line with the type of beer, but I do not taste much of the chocolate or caramel. I want to like this beer more, but the back end of the palate is left wanting. I will probably buy this again as a dessert beer.

 298 characters

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit thin on the appearance and mouthfeel, other than that its a tasty brown ale. You get the flavour profiles that it says, chocolate, coconut and caramel, if only the mouthfeel was thicker this would be very good rather than just good.

 236 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown ale with caramel (vanilla?), coconut, and chocolate. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. Dark, somewhat cloudy pour with a good 1.5 fingers of frothy tan head and average retention. I definitely get the coconut on the nose, but it isn't overpowering. I also get some toasted malt.

Medium body with a firm feel and an interesting flavor that brings different components to the table. Some toffee-like sweetness up front, a little coconut, then cocoa powder, some hops, and a cola-like finish.

I tried this beer on tap and liked it a lot more. It definitely loses something in the bottle. Either that, or the gas from the tap softens some of the flavors and adds richness to others. Either way, a nice take on what many feel is a dull style. The coconut flavor is well-integrated and not too strong or weak. A porter along these lines would be most welcome.

 879 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 653 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.