Old Flame | DuClaw Brewing Company

93 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Old FlameOld Flame

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2004

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of SDL1911
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of tconty
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

 277 characters

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

 1,637 characters

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hdofu
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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

 370 characters

Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

 445 characters

Photo of Hefe
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

 817 characters

Photo of Higravity
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

 550 characters

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  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.

 281 characters

Photo of vince_arch_beer
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of hAle2theWort
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Barbie
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of DrBass
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodo2step
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

 482 characters

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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

 1,046 characters

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

 589 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 391 characters

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

 315 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.