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Old Flame - DuClaw Brewing Company

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
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%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

ygtbsm94, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Knapp85, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very malt-forward brew. Loads of sweetness, and I'd have to say too much so. I think some hop influence would be a good thing for this beer and would help it balance out, if done right. The beer is smooth and easy enough to drink. It's just not really that interesting.

RblWthACoz, Apr 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Kegatron, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Feb 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

mendvicdog, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Gavage, Feb 25, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

oriolesfan4, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Jun 09, 2013
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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.

weeare138, May 10, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

yourefragile, Feb 06, 2012
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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

akorsak, May 26, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

duceswild, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

wrightst, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is orange hued with subtle copper highlights. The head is thin and off white hued, leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma consists mainly of butterscotch candies, followed by light toffee, fruit, malt, alcohol.

The flavor is decent. Slightly sweet throughout, with butterscotch candies again playing a big role. I happen to like butterscotch quite a bit, so perhaps I am bothered by this less than most.

Lighter in body than I would have thought, with some fruity malt esters lingering in the back.

Overall, this was ok. Worth a try.

Huhzubendah, Jan 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Rhettroactive, May 11, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of sweetness, a hint of smoke. Taste is malts, caramel, alcohol, some notes of fruit. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Feb 20, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a single for $3.50 at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Color is a very clear deep amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head that settles back rather quickly to just a sticky lace ring. Very sticky indeed.
S - Smells of molasses, caramel like malt, and brown suagr. Something about old ales reminds me of oak barrels with the smell...
T - Has a pretty good balance of sweet malts, molasses, and brown sugar goodness. Hops come in the finish giving it a sort of acidic twang but quickly to a sweet finish. Not a bad beer at all.
M - Medium bodied and very drinkable.
Overall quite a good old ale, with balanced flavors and a somewhat easy drinking ABV. Too bad on the price point or I would get it again.

DrDemento456, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Boone757, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rfgetz, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ColForbinBC, Jun 12, 2013
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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.