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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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 639
Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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;

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of 88caprice
2.67/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of socon67
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of theBubba
2.46/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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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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