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Old Flame - DuClaw Brewing Company

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Bright autumn orange pour with a skinny beige head short on hold. Dark, opaque nature with no signs of visible carbonation. Minimal lace decoration.

S: Blood orange, cherries with a sweet fruitiness and sweet toasted nature of grains. Some herbal, parsely, and stalky stems. Moderate rate of strength.

T: Dry stalky notes, dry powdery grain dust, bittering musky hops with floral musky citrus. Woodsy, spruce and dry pine follows. Green melon fruitiness, dry toasted caramel finish.

M: syrupy fullness wit granular feel, rough medium bodied textured with a flowery coating on the tongue.

O: Overall didnt care for this to much flavor wise. No bright moments or transistion of flavor, montone, dull, bittering with a flat complexity. Mid C offering that flames out excitement wise.

beerthulhu, May 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Cloudier than I was expecting, dark amber color, with half a finger of golden-tan head; it faded fast, and left minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is dominated by strong aromas of toasted grain. I detect sweet, ripe pear and hints of pepper, plus some floral notes as well.

T: Like the aroma, the taste is also dominated by the grain, with a rich, bread-crust flavor up front, melding into sweet, malted grain. There's a hint of plum for a fleeting moment, then grassy flavors come to the front; these, in turn, yield to moderately bitter hops that lingers well into the clean finish.

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, with a hint of dryness at the end.

O: It began like a brown ale, and finished like a pilsner. A good beef to pair with a hamburger or similar American fare.

TappaKeggaBrew, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.65/5  rDev -26%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color. The head sucks - not even a finger high (eggshell shade) and crap retention. No real lacing, either. Frankly, this isn't much to look at.

S: Wow, this seems pretty treacly to me. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla comprises most of the aroma. Some musty mineral water detracts harshly at first, but thankfully seems to calm down some. In its stead, it's replaced with some fruity esters. The more it warms up, the more estery it becomes. I still think it's too sweet, but there is some promise within the aroma.

T: It starts decently enough: fruit esters hit the palate first. It kind of goes to crap afterwards. Why? Because it finishes with a one-two 'combination' of must and plastic. It's not something that works - rather, it's something that makes me go "why is this in my beer?!" There are some faint rumblings of brown sugar and molasses on the finish, too. Take away the off notes, and this would be an okay sweet beer.

M: It's a weird mix of sweet and astringent on the tongue, and it doesn't mesh well. My tongue is left both overly dried out and overly coated in residual sugar. Add in low carbonation, and this beer doesn't just taste messy, it FEELS messy.

O: Every once in a while, DuClaw will surprise me quite a bit - X-1, for instance. All this does, however, is remind me exactly why I don't buy 6 packs from these guys. If these guys put as much effort into the main line as they do on their limited stuff...well, let's just say I'd be doing a lot more local drinking. Wait, it reminds me of another thing to say. I HATE CRYSTAL MALT! This tastes like it's freakin' loaded with the stuff. Both are good enough reasons for me to never need to drink this again.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 30, 2014
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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.