Old Flame | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Old FlameOld Flame

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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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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of RollBounce
2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of yeagerbm
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Old Flame from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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