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Dirty Little Freak | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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."

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of taters21
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of dkoehler42
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body topped off with a light beige-colored head. Some ruby showing at the edges.

Smell: Coconut chiefly on the nose but also some supporting roasted grains and low-grade chocolate.

Taste: Roasty with a middling sense of basic chocolatiness and underpinning of earthy nuttiness. Moderate coconut flavor. Restrained sweetness present. Minimal hop character. Slight little metallic twang nearing the finish with a bit of lingering darkened grain.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I've dug my fair share of coconut beers. This, however, wasn't one of them as it just fell a bit short for me with the flavors not really harmonizing.

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Photo of dfconnor
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had a really gamey aftertaste. I did not recognize it as chocolate or coconut. In the future if I want chocolate and coconut I will get a Mounds bar.

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Photo of TheRaven
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tend to favor dark beers. The darker, the better, so I'm usually more inclined to the stout/ porter side than the brown ale side. As a result, I was thrilled and surprised by the strength of this brown ale. It might be more accurately characterized as a porter itself. Excellent with a smoked brisket, greens, and bacon wrapped jalapeños, I don't think you go wrong with this if you're looking for a reasonably priced dark alternative.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a very dark cola with a one-finger ecru colored head and fairly minimal lacing. It smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and coconut. The taste follows the nose but the dominant taste is shaved coconut. There is also baker's chocolate, caramel, and expresso. It finishes fairly bitter with a slight hoppiness. This ale is rather thin in body, moderately carbonated, and is very easy to drink at 5.8% ABV. Overall, it is an interesting Brown Ale that is fun to drink. I like coconut so I enjoyed it. From a coconut, if not a stylistic perspective, I prefer Death by Coconut.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer a couple nights ago so I don't remember all the facts about it but I remember that if I could I would've bought a second one of these packs just so I could try it again :)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, available around here as part of a now irrelevant Valentine's Day gift-pack assembled by the importer.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick highlighted brown colour, with one fat finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some limestone arch lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of prominent milk chocolate (flecked with sweet coconut flesh), vanilla wafers, grainy caramel malt, a weak black orchard fruitiness, and a bit of earthy and musty hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, a drier sort of vanilla essence, stale medium chocolate, some earthy copra fruitiness, weird free-range nutty notes, and more understated weedy, musty, and floral hops.

The carbonation is nice and level in its genteel and workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee pithiness pervading, whether from the cocoa or coconut, I do not know. It finishes still trending sweet, with the guest 'essences' earning their pay, while that indistinct off-setting, let's just say hoppiness, gets equally stuck in.

Overall, a decent rendering of a flavoured brown ale, almost overdoing it, but not quite. Easy to drink, tasty in a dessert (fuck first, as Dan Savage advocates) sort of way, and worthy of the saucy name and marketing angle, methinks.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours dark red-brown with a weak head that quickly reduces to a ring. There's some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: dominated by coconut and caramel; some chocolate and brown sugar.

Flavor: As promised, this is a Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale with all of those components present and in good balance, although I would not be surprise if the level of coconut was too high for some. Enough hops to tame the sweetness and leave very faint herbal/spicy notes.

Feel: medium-bodied with near medium carbonation. A welcome dryness in the finish.

Overall: If "Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale" sounds good to you, you'll probably like this ale a lot.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer from a bottle for the first time with absolutely no idea what the beer was or what it was about. Didn't read the label or anything. Very pleasantly surprised.

A little bit of an ugly, brown, prune, mud color with a thick head when poured into a large snifter. Head quickly dissipated.

Smell is coconut, chocolate, and coca cola

Flavor reflects a nice amount of roast, coconut, slightly earthy hops. Definitely love it. Very subtle in multiple ways.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Not too carbonated. Almost feels slightly nitrogenated.

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Photo of JDaniel502
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Deep dark brown in appearance boarding on black. Poured into a pint glass and the head on this bad boy took over half the glass. Smelled nutty, chocolaty, and somewhat resiny. Although it smelled chocolaty it did not come through in the taste for me. I got more of a nutty and charred flavor along with a flat mouth-feel. Overall I was not very impressed with this beer and wish more of the chocolate that I smelled would have come through in the taste.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This certainly delivers coconut to the fore front. I get a bit of roasted malt and a nice caramel flavor towards the end. It's a bit thin and finishes watery but it's an easy to drink coconut-centric beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured hard at 47°F from a 12oz (bottled on 22Oct15) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 14Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a half fingers worth within 2 and a half minutes. A subtle amount if very thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are moderate in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of vanilla and coconut entangle with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, toast, caramel, and subtle spicy hop and butter roasted malt aromas.
TASTE: Strong coconut and vanilla flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild toast and bitter roasted malt flavors. Mild sweet chocolate and caramel flavors make their debut as coconut flavors grow stronger. Mild spicy hop flavors and a subtle metallic flavor (makes me think that I'm drinking this straight from a can) enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for coconut, which continue to grow stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough. Ends with a mildly dry finish.
NOTE: A great beer from DuClaw that could of been amazing if that metallic flavor was not there. And the final rating also suffered do to the poor mouthfeel. Almost everything that I hate in the feel of a beer was in this one.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown in color. Not any head retention to speak of. Looks flat and relatively boring in the glass.

The aroma is malty and sweet. Nearly syrupy in it's smell, but still pleasant.

The flavor is sweet in the beginning with notes of caramel, coconut, and vanilla. Those flavors are followed by something medicinal, and then finishing like one of those coconut caramel girl scout cookies. Cold coffee seems present in it's flavor also.

The medicinal quality sometimes seems to take over the entire sip, and then seems to disappear momentarily as I try the beer again.

This really wasnt' my favorite. I'm a huge fan of sweet baby jesus and some of duclaw's other products, but this one just isn't doing it for me. Great flavor idea though, I'd like to see them "re-invent" this.

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