Dirty Little Freak
DuClaw Brewing Company

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From:
DuClaw Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #247
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,546
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Ratings:
773
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 16, 2022
Added:
Feb 27, 2014
Wants:
  39
Gots:
  272
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: 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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3.05 by Shumoo from New York on May 16, 2022
 
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2022
 
3.81 by MJ64 from Mississippi on Nov 14, 2021
 
3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Nov 02, 2021
 
4.63 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2021
 
4 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Oct 21, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

The color is dark caramel, kind of like a cola, but not as rich. In an Imperial pint glass, it appears dense enough, as fingers on the other side of the glass can't be seen. Coconut dominates the aroma, once poured from a twelve ounce brown bottle. There's no head nor glass lacing. A good balance of the listed flavors occurs in the taste. That it's dry and very far from overly sweet is a plus. But part of that accomplishment seems to be at the expense of the mouthfeel. That runs way too thin to make this a good one.

May 28, 2021
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3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

12oz bottle (no date) poured into 16oz tulip. Poured a cloudy brown color with 1/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and no lacing. also, there were a ton of floaties that took a couple minutes to settle to the bottom.

Chocolate at the front of the nose, with a gentle base beeryness in the background. Maybe a hint of coconut, maybe not.

Similar on the tongue, a basic brown with some chocolate.

The body was smooth, medium-light, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, but not really thrilling.

Overall, an OK brew, but a bit disappointing.

May 13, 2021
 
3.65 by Chipwells from Georgia on May 09, 2021
 
3.65 by Sinister from New York on Feb 21, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Winbed from Indiana

Definitely smell the coconut but only tasted the Carmel and chocolate.

Jan 19, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TerryMills from Tennessee

The flavor is all in the finish, comes thru with chocolate first then the vanilla/coconut sets in ..

The base beer smells decent but I would like to try it without the vanilla.

Jan 04, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a snulip glass.

L---Medium brown color when poured in light, but darker in the glass. Fluffy tan head faded quickly to a cap. Good lacing

S---Coconut is prominent. Some light caramel and chocolate.

T---Follows the nose. Coconut is dominant with slight caramel and chocolate.

F---Medium/full mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O---There's a whole lot of goodness in this 5.8 %er.

Dec 26, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 5/3/20? 6/3/20? Idk, it's a bit faded

A bit of an oddball here, adjuncted brown ales aren't all that common, especially not with coconut. Let's see how this goes

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger of tan head that quickly reduces to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is very attractive here, much more than I was expecting. Notes of sweet vanilla and coconut, but offset by earthy chocolate, dark malt, nuttiness, raisin, and a very subtle touch of oak. Smells like a much heavier beer

The taste does not hold up quite as well, but it's still tasty. On the front end, this feels like a nice light brown ale with solid malt, light citrusy hops, and a hint of vanilla. The swallow brings the coconut in full force, with some caramel, pecan, and raisin

A medium body combines with very mild carbonation for a smooth and sweet drinking experience that is also sessionable. A little sticky sweet on the finish but not overly so

A pretty good brown ale! I was honestly neglecting it for the longest time because it was never really calling my name, and I thought it was be too sweet, but this was pretty balanced

Oct 28, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Nass from Florida

The pour is mocha colored. The taste is roasted malts, vanilla beans, chocolate liquer, mild caramel & mild coconut. Oh well, it was interesting to try a beer made with chocolate, caramel, coconut flavors & vanilla beans. Cheers! B

Oct 15, 2020
 
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Michaelcbyrnes from Russian Federation

This is a very tasty beer and a joy to drink. The appearance is dark oak red and the aroma is dominated by coconut but it has hints of vanilla and rich dark malts. The taste follows the smell and is again coconut but with hints of vanilla and alcohol. The feel is smooth with a slight overly sweet finish but still a good beer which I enjoyed a lot.

Apr 18, 2020
 
3.46 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 12, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Toasty, nutty, coconut jumps out but also some hazelnut, a little vanilla, slightly roasty, cocoa powder, a bit earthy, and caramel toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, slightly roasty, nutty, lots of coconut, a little hazelnut, a touch of vanilla and milk chocolate, slightly herbal earthy undertones, and a bunch of caramel toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: I'm sort of on the fence with this one. I rather enjoy a good brown ale and I think they are a great base beer to build on with adjuncts. In this case, the additions come through big time, but can actually get a little overwhelming and kinda come off as artificial. I can appreciate the idea, but sometimes subtlety is the better way to go.

Feb 14, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by DarkDragon999 from Rhode Island

I could smell the coconut, caramel, and chocolate on those nose so I was expecting a more robust beer. Was disappointed to find a more watery mouthful with a weaker finish. One of those beers whose smell is better than the taste.

Feb 07, 2020
 
3.81 by BlueSpader from Washington on Jan 20, 2020
 
3.75 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2020
 
3.79 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 05, 2020
 
3.89 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio on Jan 01, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy, medium to dark reddish brown with a quarter finger light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark and caramel malt, vanilla, coconut and slight cocoa. Flavor is mild dark and caramel malt, coconut, vanilla and light nuttiness and cocoa. Somewhat sharp coconut blast before the finish with has lingering vanilla and coconut. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Showcases the promised additional flavors, especially the coconut with a much more mild cocoa character. Good caramel influenced brown ale body with some toastiness in the background. An unfortunate strong, sharp coconut flavor in the finish that is almost artificial tasting. An overall interesting flavored brown ale, but unbalanced finish.

Dec 30, 2019
 
3.98 by Mikexw from New York on Dec 29, 2019
 
4.24 by Danzifer from Ohio on Dec 27, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Pours a lighter brown. Less than a 1 finger brown head. Retention is ok.
The nose is a bit malty with some coconut notes.
Taste - lots of coconut. Some caramel. Some chocolate.
Lighter body. Slight carbonation.
Interesting beer. Not bad.

Dec 22, 2019
 
2.8 by chris826 from Mississippi on Dec 08, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz bottle (date unreadable) into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown, very little head, neglegible retention, no lacing. Smell is dominated by vanilla. Taste is a lot of vanilla and coconut with a hint of roastiness, maybe a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and rather thin, low to nonexistent carbonation. Hoping this was a bad bottle, but overall, this one is a miss for me.

Dec 05, 2019
 
3.76 by tgdavis from Tennessee on Dec 04, 2019
 
3.58 by Mantooth from North Carolina on Nov 27, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent hazel with a thumb+ of pearl colored head. great head retention & lacing

S: Toasty coconut & vanilla

T: Follows the nose, toastyness & hazelnut up front. Sweet toasty coconut, a little chocolate & vanilla as this warms, like an Almond Joy Bar. Finishes toasty, dry with sweet toasty coconut & some hazelnut

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Was surprised a beer this low in ABV delivered this much flavor

Nov 23, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

12oz undated bottle.

Pours dark brown with crimson edgework and an off-white short-lived head. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and coconut in the nose. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Nut-dusted cocoa with caramel and coconut on the palate. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering vanilla and coconut.

Nov 22, 2019
 
3.75 by freewill35 from Indiana on Nov 10, 2019
 
4.16 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on Nov 05, 2019
 
3.62 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Oct 23, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Very clear tawny brown with the thin tan head isn't impressive but never disappears.
Nose is weak but features toasted coconut and sweet cocoa.
Dry, moderately bitter and nutty with a bit of chocolate malt.
Medium carbonation with a body to the light side of medium. Slightly frothy and soft.
Not as robust as I would like but solid.

Aug 10, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by CaptainFrank from New York

Bottle is stamped with a pkg date, but all I could read is 09, so I’m guessing September 2018. I got this out of the fridge in my local beer distributer, so I’m guessing it’s a bit old. Maybe 10 months.
Poured dark brown like flat cola. No head, but a lasting greyish white collar. Aroma is of vanilla and coconut out of the bottle leaning towards chocolate coconut after a few sips. Taste follows aroma nicely. Definitely tastes like a mounds. No sign of caramel anywhere until we’ll into it. Then it’s like a caramel, vanilla, coconut cookie. Mouthfeel is medium with a surprise hint of fizz. Would go great with a smore by a fire before the sun fully goes down.

Aug 09, 2019
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