Old Flame | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Old FlameOld Flame

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2004

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by ColdWaffles:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lostandwandering
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vince_arch_beer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, semi-cloudy copper/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that immediately dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Interesting aroma. Fruity, sour, perfumy, funky, barnyard-y. Almost unpleasant.

Taste: As odd as the beer’s aroma. Very fruity and a little sour. Very yeasty in that Belgian-funk, barnyard way. I get notes of citrus, leather, floral notes of straw.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.0%, there’s no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer at all. Too funky and weird for me. Sorry DuClaw, while I love a lot of your other beers, this one’s not for me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of hdofu
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, toffee, grains with mild fruity notes. Taste same as aroma with some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body. moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, grains, some mild toffee notes and fruity with some bitterness on the end foe balance. This brew seems a bit lacking for an old ale. Overall it still not too bad, a good brew.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of crisp slightly fluffy froth with a tinge of an orange hue... Average retention gives way to a splotchy thin veil of lace in the center of the glass and a thin collar... The color is a mix of light caramel and dark amber... A mix of moderate paced carbonation with some quick speedy bubbles mixed in...

S - Light grape juice... Assorted dark fruits... A light caramel scent... A bit of brown sugar... Just a kiss of molasses.. Simple, but quite pleasant...

T - Much different than I expected... Lots of earthy and woody flavors... The sweetness of the molasses is next to cut through... The dark fruit notes are present, but take a definite back seat...

M - Medium bodied... Pretty smooth... Brisk carbonation... A bit chalky and gritty on the finish...

D - A decent beer which should be no surprise from the fine folks at DuClaw... However, I'm not sure it's a great representation of the style... To me it's a a decent but unremarkable brew without a true category... While the individual parts aren't bad, the total package is rather average...

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jjd315
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Cook82
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of MKrauss
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 93 ratings