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Old Flame - DuClaw Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2004)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad brew at all. Kind of funky in its dry taste, but not off-putting. I think I like this at first sip more than when it warmed, but still a decent beer with a fair variety of spicy and malty flavors. Just seems to miss the mark of a real good beer by a slight margin. Yet, a bit of a surprise in its flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 17:49:06 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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I always admire the depth and breadth of the selection of beers that my local, in-person trader, tone77 brings by for me. It is his generosity that keeps me honest as if I were left to my own devices, I would limit myself to CANned beers and AIPAs. That may be an exaggeration, but not by much. Thanks again!

From the bottle: "Aged to perfection, this sensual union of fruity esters, caramel malt sweetness, and real molasses will soothe the burn of lost love, seducing your taste buds and re-igniting smoldering passions, or at least help you to ... drown your sorrows."; "Respect the Fluid".; "Craft be Cherished. Rules be Damned."

My aggro pour produced two dense, foamy fingers of tawny head with good retention. As it fell, sticky lacing was quickly appearing in its wake. Color was a bright copper and I was immediately reminded of an old flame, Linda Lou, whose hair was that shade and as coarse as wire. I was head over heels in love with her and kind of let her slip away. She was four or five years older than me and that was problematic for her. I think of her often, but I doubt that we will reignite. Nose was full of the fruity esters mentioned on the label, Talk about truth in advertising, it smelled like Mixed Fruit jelly! It was very berry-like, i.e. blueberry, red raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry. I wonder if I missed the seasonal Tastykake Mixed Berry pie this year because this reminded me of one. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste remained very berry-like, along with a mild heat. Finish was semi-dry, believe it or not, and the molasses flavor became evident. I would absolutely drink some more of this.

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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.