Dirty Little Freak | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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.

Added by duceswild on 02-27-2014

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Ratings: 707 |  Reviews: 127
Reviews by philbe311:
Photo of philbe311
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of fizzy off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a thin yet full veil of lacing... The color is a deep dark slightly menacing brown... There is a decent bit of light that leaks in around the edges... Largely still with a couple of small bubbled carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass...

S - Wow... Like walking into a gourmet candy store... This literally smells like a freshly opened box of Samoa girl scout cookies... Bursting at the seems with coconut... Sweet milk chocolate... Undertones of caramel and toffee... This one smells 100% percent like desert and 0% like beer... Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing at this point...

T - The sweetness begins to dissipate on the palate a bit... The coconut is dialed up several notches... The milk chocolate is dialed down a slight bit... There is a very subtle hop presence which really challenges the palate and is almost slightly off-putting... There is also a light smoke presence on the finish... I expected very sweet and slightly cloying, but this one is off the charts...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The flavor profile makes this one a sipper... Brisk carbonation... Interesting, but rather challenging... The finish is slightly unpleasant - inducing an almost cotton mouth like presence...

D - A unique marriage of beer and desert... The aroma is dynamite, but the overall flavor profile struggles a tiny bit... This one gets an "A" for effort, but a "C+" for execution... Another funky offering from DuClaw, a brewery who's experimentation really impresses me time and time again... However, the experimentation doesn't always work... Recommended for the curious and those who want to see what the outer boundaries of beer look like... However, not sure this is something I will seek out again on my own...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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 DrDemento456
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this at my local Beermuda mixed and matched for around 2 dollars. Into a pint glass.
A - Very nice deep brown color with a 1/2 inch of mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit. Really good looking medium body on this brown.
S - Very strong toasted coconut with chocolate malt tones. Not subtle in any way just in your face. Getting some underlining hazelnut smells from the brown ale as well. Sweet.
T - Pretty much like Kona's Koko Brown but much more robust toasted coconut and great chocolate malt tones. Finish is rather sweet with some hazelnut twang and some hops. Really loving it.
M - Light to medium somewhat chewy. Decent body.

Overall this is a winner what a great experimental brew. I had my doubts with this since most beers they make are rather lackluster but this may be the best beer I had from them to date. I have never experienced such robust coconut flavor in a beer so if thats your thing BUY THIS NOW!

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Only my second Duclaw beer I have tried.Pours a russet brown with a creamy textured light beige head atop that leaves an almost full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Toasted coconut stands out in the nose along with mild milk chocolate.Although not a fan of coconut it's pleasant on the palate and goes well with the chocolate notes.Again not a fan of coconut so much but this is a pretty darn good beer.

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Photo of woodchipper
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle dated 8/14, poured into a tulip.
L- dark caramel. Nice rising bubbles that dissipate in about 30 seconds.
S- like a Mounds bar
T- like a Mounds bar
F- high carbonation is nice, especially given the heavy flavors.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TTripp725
2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch head. Love the combination of coconut, chocolate, and caramel. This one is like drinking a beer version of Almond Joy. I could have several of these.

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Photo of alyssa1224
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mealy58
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chossboss
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sculls65
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tuowl74a
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KimFazioRuggiero
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer! Seems like there is a coffee taste as well to me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of babyredfish
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 weareallfalafel
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Dirty Little Freak from DuClaw Brewing Company
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