Dirty Little Freak
DuClaw Brewing Company

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #443
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,569
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.07%
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
763
From:
DuClaw Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
85
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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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TerryMills from Tennessee

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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KRug from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Nass from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Michaelcbyrnes from Russian Federation

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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RyanK252 from California

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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DarkDragon999 from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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BJB13 from Maryland

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.

Aug 10, 2019
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CaptainFrank from New York

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.

Aug 09, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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.

Jul 07, 2019
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VicDun37s from New York

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

Nov 17, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Jun 18, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Apr 22, 2018
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pirateclem from Indiana

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.

Apr 10, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.

Mar 12, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

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.

Feb 02, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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 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 strong. 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.

Jan 22, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Dec 10, 2017
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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.

Dec 04, 2017
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KrisLambert from North Carolina

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.

Nov 09, 2017
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