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Old Flame - DuClaw Brewing Company

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81
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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michaelfcasey

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.1%

01-20-2014 07:15:19 | More by michaelfcasey
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RollBounce

New York

2.2/5  rDev -38.5%

Full lacing, but an obnoxious nose, bourbon coconut, and a blue cheese powder that is transferred directly to the palate, thick mouth feel. Overall A disjointed beer is all I can say may be better if rested. Was the only beer of my samples that I did not like.

05-17-2013 20:24:56 | More by RollBounce
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

08-21-2014 15:11:56 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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TomG2751

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

04-11-2013 16:41:45 | More by TomG2751
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

01-30-2014 21:52:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%

Thought this one would go great with my seared tuna. I was not impressed (with the beer), but food was pretty good. For a micro brew this one is sub-par.

The appearance was avg. Not bad color, clear and amber colored. while tasting i noticed some caramel malt and roasty grain and spice but it was too light on the malt.the mouthfeel was thin and unappealing. Average drinkability.

Update: I got an email from the brewmaster explaining they are temporarily having the beers contract brewed while building another brewery. This is why some of the single batch seasonals have less body than usual. I'll have to head back in a few weeks and give it a try again.

05-05-2004 18:12:20 | More by yeagerbm
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bruindre

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-30-2014 03:59:01 | More by bruindre
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-06-2012 04:59:51 | More by yourefragile
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

A - Auburn with a small head and no lacing.

S - Syrupy caramel, tart white grapes and a little vanilla. The sweetness really dominants and isn't really inviting. Not much to this odor.

T - Predominantly caramel malt with a slight coffee to balance, not that sweet however. A vinous character and a bit of coriander pepper flavor are decernable. The aftertaste is caramelly sweet, with both coffee and hop bitterness in a nice proportion.

M - Smooth, thick and refreshing. Not too shabby on the mouthfeel.

D - This old ale was a bit of a dissapointment. I will probably never have this beer again, but I did like it enough to want to visit DuClaw to try their other offerings in the future.

01-28-2006 22:45:11 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-16-2014 22:47:12 | More by Kegatron
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

05-02-2014 00:09:30 | More by beerthulhu
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-09-2014 18:07:07 | More by ChipMurray
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Cook82

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-09-2014 00:02:20 | More by Cook82
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-07-2013 23:21:02 | More by bubseymour
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-05-2012 01:30:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-07-2013 03:21:55 | More by lupercmda
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canawler

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-31-2013 13:26:59 | More by canawler
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-10-2014 20:12:05 | More by djrn2
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-18-2014 22:18:35 | More by ubenumber2
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-28-2013 03:34:48 | More by oriolesfan4
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-19-2014 23:10:57 | More by tommyguz
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DarrBrow

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-27-2014 11:58:21 | More by DarrBrow
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-18-2013 00:20:46 | More by skaboom420
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-28-2014 01:04:48 | More by TimHitchings
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: clear bronze in color with a thin 1/2" head. No lacing develops, and carbonation is low.

Smell: sweetness abounds along with a hint of hop bitterness.

Taste: brown sugar, caramel candy, hint of cracked pepper, and some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. The sweetness briefly lingers on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is not a session beer, and one was more than enough. Not that it was a bad beer, there were other DuClaw beers that are better in my opinion.

02-25-2006 19:52:26 | More by Gavage
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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.