Saturday night I had occasion to try (several times over!) DuClaw Brewing Company’s Euforia Toffee Nut Brown Ale. DuClaw Brewing Company is a Maryland craft brewer based out of Abingdon. They have four locations around the Baltimore area but I have never had a chance to sample their wares. I was aware that they have a great reputation for quality beers and were pioneers in selling growlers- large take home bottles that patrons could get to go. Up until Friday I believed that was the only way to sample their beers, so I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the Frederick Wine House and saw a large display of their bottles. Having nothing to go on I just selected one six-pack at random mainly because I love nut brown ales. I guess I was overcome with joy and not thinking clearly because if I had I would have made up a mixed six-pack of their offerings. However no complaints with what I selected. In fact I would have been disappointed if I had only one of these to drink. It turned out to be a dark beer with delightful caramel and maple aromas. On tasting it was medium bodied with a wonderful malty, creamy mouthfeel. Not heavy at all it had flavors of toffee (duh!) and hints of nuts and dark unsweetened cocoa. Not sweet at all though.
VERDICT: An easy drinking and flavorful beer that I really enjoyed. 5% ABV