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Old Flame - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Old FlameOld Flame

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

04-24-2013 17:07:22 | More by SDL1911
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

03-19-2014 22:00:03 | More by tconty
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4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, brown, no head.

S: Chocolate, caramel, spice.

T: Cocoa, caramel, sugar, burnt toast and slight coffee.

M: Sweet with limited carbonation.

O: Great beer. I wish I was in the American Colonies while drinking this. Makes me connect with older style brews. Loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 00:41:20 | More by JerseyKirk
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

01-26-2012 22:51:32 | More by Rickythejeweler
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the pub last week, was an impressively flavorful brew. Came out with little head though I remember it being somewhat tan above a brown beer. The beer itself was a sweet wheat and malt flavor with smokey hops. The beer was pretty sudsy and the alcohol wasn't too noticeable, I'd probably be drinking more of it if black jack stout also wasn't out at this time

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 04:02:00 | More by hdofu
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-22-2013 01:36:38 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 05:34:33 | More by woodychandler
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4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich tan to leather--the color of a caramel candy--with a soft haze and small head that laced the glass all the way down. Subtle caramel sweetness in the nose and initial taste. All rich malt in the taste with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Slightly higher ABV was completely absent in the flavor profile. This beer snuck up on you--or did it? It was really quite drinkable, rich, a tad sweet, and definitely something I'll order again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 23:41:42 | More by tugdriver7
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Tasted from tap at the Maryland Brewer's Octoberfest on 10/17/04.

This is listed as an American Strong Ale, though it is intended as more of an English Strong Ale or Old Ale, and I thought here Jim and gents at DuClaw really did a great job capturing more of the subtlety of an English style brew.

Appearance: Dark deep mahogany in colour with a reddish glint. Nice off white head that leaves sticky lacing all over the place.

Smell: Toffeeish, caramely malt with plum and a wisp orange rind and citrusy hops.

Taste: Some of the same from the nose, along with an earthy undertone and a pleasing touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice round body, not too heavy. Maybe a touch thin. Maybe.

Drinkability: Not a beer for getting out of hand with, though I could easily enjoy several with and after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2004 21:28:59 | More by Hefe
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown with an oragne color and topped with a decent white head. Right away I thought double-bock from the smell but the hops were a little more present and it had a nice EKG smell to balance the malt profile which were caramel, toffee, and slightly nutty. The taste was nice but still you could taste the ale esters that gave this beer a little more polish to the malt profile and a decent although understated bitterness in the full finish. Good body and well hidden alcohol, I think I might get lost one night thinking about and drinking old flame.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2006 16:12:45 | More by Higravity
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber color with very faint white head. Some lacing.

S- Caramel malt with slight fruit notes.

T- Same as it smells, caramel malt at the beginning with a dried fruit finish.

M- Crisp and clean, well carbonated.

O- Good beer for the style, nothing mind-blowing but solid.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 21:57:48 | More by stephenjmoore
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-19-2013 02:08:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an oak-aged firkin of Old Flame, served as part of a one-time release. The ale is served near room temperature.

Appearance: Unlike the original Old Flame, which is deep auburn and clear, this version is intensely cloudy, so much so that the color appearas completely different, more of a deep brown color.

Smell: Upon first arriving, the beer gave off no smell. As time passed and the beer warmed further, it took on a nice sugary bourbon aroma.

Taste: The oak aging has imparted a definite bourbon flavor on the ale, giving it a sugary, buttery sweetness that reminds me of a good whiskey. In my opinion, the aging has completely changed the character, removing all traces of the strong ale Old Flame flavors.

Mouthfeel: The ale's sweetness sits well on the palate. The buttery sweetness can be a little much at times.

Drinkability: The oak aging imparts a sweetness that can be cloying at times. On the whole though, this is a tasty, well-made and well-aged beer.

Previous Reviews:
11-Jan-06, On-tap, 4.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.95

Serving type: cask

05-26-2006 20:23:16 | More by akorsak
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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- a light red/copper color with a one finger head that leaves a string lacing around my pint. Clear as well.

S- just like the bottle says; fruity esters and caramel malts with sweetness as the molasses.

F- some dark candied fruit/cherry maybe. caramel malts and molasses.

M- medium bodied brew that leaves a nice malt flavor in your mouth. It goes down smooth as well.

O- not a bad strong ale and packs a nice little punch to get you feeling happy. good flavor as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 00:18:19 | More by Dodo2step
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Arundel Mills location.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber that is slightly cloudy. There is a half finger of off white head and pretty decent retention.

Smell: Definitely dominated by the malt with some mild smoke, sweet dark fruit, and some caramel.

Taste: Sweet malt with dark fruit and caramel. The smoke in the smell doesn't really show up here. The finish is just a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice malt forward beer that hides the alcohol quite well. I would definitely have another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 22:01:24 | More by oline73
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent copper toned amber with a small off white cap that slowly fades into a mild head. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pecans, caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, and a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet malt flavor that carries throgh as sweet caramelized brown sugar and pecan pie.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, smooth, and dry.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 21:11:48 | More by weeare138
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a copper/bronze color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was not very good and it left on the smallest rings of lacing off the collar. The aroma was of caramel malt, toffee candy, alcohol and a little dark fruit. The flavors were dominated by the sweet malt that produced a lot of caramel, toffee and butterscotch notes but behind that there was some more dry character of toasted malt and a nice, semi-dry finish of nuts. The booze was well concealed and it was an easy-going, well-balanced old-timer, like Mr. Belvedere. Get it? No? Rotten kids know nothing of the classics… The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation a bit light but still appropriate.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 22:37:24 | More by thekevlarkid
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-07-2013 21:26:16 | More by jjd315
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2013 23:48:50 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2014 16:33:22 | More by JohnK17
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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.