Dirty Little Freak
DuClaw Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #415
Ranked #30,645
3.75 | pDev: 13.33%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Very 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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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 735
Photo of BJB13
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of CaptainFrank
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting combination of coconut and vanilla flavors. Despite not being a huge fan of coconut, this was a great change of pace. Definitely would buy again.

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Photo of VicDun37s
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle this beer pours a dark translucent brown with a 1/2" light tan head that falls to a film on top of the beer.
First smell is a strong malts with a nice addition of toasted coconut and dark chocolate and hint of caramel to finish

Taste is of along that same lines as the smell, a nice maltyness with a lightly sweet coconut and chocolate backbone with a bit of a tart finish.

Feel is a slightly thicker than your average beer with a almost perfect amount of carbonation and a very smooth drinker

Overall this beer from DuClaw Brewing company is an "above average" beer if your looking for an easy drinking, clean, sweet, and tasty beer without being to over bearing on flavor and definitely glad I grabbed a 6 pack of this

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 oz bottle purchased from Bottle Shock in PSL.
Pours a nutty caramel color from the bottle and forms a medium brown body in the snifter with a 1/2 finger of grey head.

Coconut on the nose, with hints of chocolate cookie and english brown malts.

Roasted malts come first, with dry cocoa following, hints of washed out chocolate chip, and finally a hint of coconut. Dirty tap water, earthy hops, earthy coconut.

Feel is creamy and electrically carbonated at the same time. Nutty, roasty finish.

Overall, a bit disappointed in this one. Glad I didn't buy a 6 pack.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium brown, producing 2+ fingers of tan, somewhat lasting, frothy, mocha head receding to a very thin island cap and collar ring to leave splotchy lace. Very reminiscent of Oskar Blues "Death by Coconut" and Creature Comforts "Koko Buni". A weaker version of an Almond Joy candy bar in a can than Death by Coconut. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, cocoa, burnt brown sugar, roast & char. The taste is much sweeter than the nose indicates and expresses itself as coconut & cocoa dominate. Roast, burnt (caramel & molasses) malts, a little char, roasted nuts & a vanilla hint. The balance between bitter & sweet in the finish & aftertaste found in similar beers is not here. No alcohol presence in either nose or mouth. Mouthfeel is low-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but thin with a little prickle.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty damn good for a brown ale which is not one of my favorite styles. The light chocolate and caramel come through. I’m missing the coconut or it’s hidden but overall good.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice looking beer. Dark brown almost cola colored with a thick and creamy looking head that is light tan in color.
The initial smell is roasty. But then come small hints of vanilla.
In the taste the coconut comes through first. Roasted coconut. Then some chocolate and caramel with small hints of vanilla. Almost like a Samoa Girl Scout cookie.
The creamy head goes perfect with this and it's a very nice body for the style.
Overall, this impressed me more than I expected. I like it.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a lot of coconut character, with some chocolate and nougat. It was basically like drinking a Mounds bar. Not a terribly refined brew, but fun to try.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. from Spring 2017, so little close to 9 months old.

Brown colored body, a little on the murky side. good off white head leaving nice lacing.

aroma is strongly of coconut, slightly sweet, some maltiness.

flavor is also strongly of coconut. very strongly, initially it's interesting and novel, but this palate tires of it a little over halfway through.

mouth is medium, finish is coconut and slightly slick.

overall, definitely a one and downe for me. enough coconut to tide me over for several months.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is brown,sort like flat cola soda. Feel is similar to flat soda,a little fizz on the finish. Aroma is a mix of raw and roasted coconut as well as some milk chocolate. Taste follows the aroma but with a touch of vanilla. Was a little too flat and candy like,perhaps a decent dessert beer

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, held it to light to see how clear it was(I could read the logo on the other side of the glass) more of a dark red than brown in color.
Smells sweet, vanilla, chocolate, some coconut, caramel, and a bit of sweet roasted malt.
Taste follows, I didn't see anything about vanilla but for me it's there. I get more coconut in the taste than on the nose. Sweet chocolate, caramel, sweet malt are there too.
Feels medium bodied, more prickly carbonation than I had expected.
Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of KrisLambert
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly drinkable. Definitely an acquired taste.
There sweetness is different at first but then easy to consume afterwards. 3-4 pints together is great but could not imagine having with food. Maybe with some sweet pastries.
The coconut and chocolate mixed will without leaving a bad taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color and murky in complexion. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering about a third of the top. The nose is milk duds and coconut. I'm tasting milk duds and a suggestion of coconut, but that malted milk ball flavor is intense. The mouth is lightly oily and viscous.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours chestnut brown with a tan, finger width head sitting atop. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, consisting mostly of broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Coconut hits the nostrils first, then a good whiff of the chocolate. Vanilla comes through faintly.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of toasted coconut and chocolate upfront and through the finish. Faint vanilla as well. Caramel comes in faintly. Light earthy bitterness that keeps this from becoming completely cloying, but it still finishes on the strong side of sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full in body with soft but moderate carbonation. Silky texture with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good brew, but the strong sweetness makes this a good option as a dessert brew moreso than something you'd want to session or drink regularly.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 022817. Thanks to my buddy Denis for this bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with not quite an inch light tan head that stuck around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. For the most part the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with caramel, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and is easy enough to drink with moderate carbonation. If you're into sweeter tasting brews, then this is worth a try. I liked it.

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Photo of l3lue
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light coconut taste, chocolate smell, not overly carbonated, smooth, light lingering bitterness aftertaste. Dark amber color like cola, decently smooth, Would drink again if offered.

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Photo of LAp
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coconut and caramel (and vanilla) in a brown ale sounds like a recipe for disaster equal to DuClaw's synthesized-in-a-lab Sweet Baby Jesus. Surprisingly, this beer checks a lot of the artificial-tasting flavors at the door, and makes instead a relatively bland tasting brown ale. This beer succeeds at being inoffensive, but little else; to be fair, that in itself seems to be an accomplishment for this brewery.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty Little Freak brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.80% This American brown ale pours out a deep brown color with a small off white head. This brew has the look of cola not saying that is a bad thing. There is also some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it does stick to the side of the glass. The smell of Dirty Little Freak is rich with roasted grians and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hops and sweetness in the smell of this brew. So far this is a nice inviting brew, now for the taste it bold and rich with Flavors. The first thing you pick up on is the roasted grians and malts, with a nice sweetness. You also pick up on mild chocolate sweetness in the taste. There is a lot going on in Dirty Little Freak. This is a well balanced brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it goes down nice and smooth. I really enjoy how different this brew is from, most brews on the market. The body of this brew is a soild medium. Overall I'm giving Dirty Little Freak a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again givin the chance to. If you are looking for a darker brew look this brew up.

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Photo of Cindicameron
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle, from Whole Foods. The first couple sips were good. coconut flavor was nice. But then it seemed thin and the flavor wasn't as good. Didn't end up finishing it.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of coconut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coconut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, weak appearance, simple body, with an average aroma.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light ringy lacing that spider webs nicely. The smell started off with a nice level of nutty malts cascading through a light caramel background and allowing decent light coconut tones wrapping it all together. The taste was sweet and roasty smooth through nutty and caramel malts. The coconut comes back to balance and keep sweet. There’s no aftertaste but has a nice dry roasty sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Coconut sweetness and a light roasty coffee strolls along my tongue nicely in a smooth way. Overall, nice brown ale with added coconut flavoring I’d smack my lips on again.

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Photo of kristyngoody
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why but I really don't like the packaging of this beer, besides that I LOVE this. There's a strong coconut taste throughout the whole sip of beer. I highly recommend if you like chocolate coconut beers!

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Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 735 ratings