Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bierman9:
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had a 14oz tulip of this at Diciccos in Brewster recently, for $5.00.
Poured a deep, dark brown. Head was thin and bubbles sparse, though some light lacing was present. Nose was rather mild, with light sweetness and caramel evident. Good body, medium in feel and mostly smooth.
Flavor, too, had light sweetness. Had a solid malt base, caramel leading the way, with some subtle peatyness present. Hopping was floral and restrained. Improved with warming; decent, overall. Prosit!!
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving type: on-tap
01-29-2013 21:46:12 | More by Bierman9
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3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Bottled on date of May 05 2014, so around two months prior to opening it.
Pours a fine but a little thin: a deep dark brown tending to orange at the very edges. Head is fine but quite minimal, leaving only a thin skein of lace over the top and thin streaks as it goes down. Carbonation is fine however, and reveals that there is certainly some weight to the brew.
Nose is really extremely minerally initially. I get rock salt, a little seaweed and crushed bracken, with only a very moderated sweetness underneath it. In time, and as it warms up a little, there's a meatier malt character that comes through, perhaps with a touch of roast as well. It's certainly interesting.
Taste is very nice indeed. Here there's a crisp sweetness through the centre, which allows those mineral notes to provide a prickle around the edges of the palate while not overwhelming it. It slips towards the back, with a good wallop of warming heat that matches with a slight upkick in the dark malt character. Finish is long, with more mineral tones locked with a slick sweetness long after the beer is gone.
Feel is also very interesting. It's still relatively light for what it is, but the booze and the prickle give it a liveliness around the edges.
Overall, yep: very solid stuff, and unusual to boot. I like it when a beer manages to be both interesting and tasty—and I think it's fair to say I trust a brewery like Great Divide to pull it off.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 07:05:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Darker than a typical wee heavy. It's slighty red with a light shined through it, with almost no head on it.
Smell: It had a nice malty, caramel, earthy sort of smell to it, pretty much what you would hope for from this style.
Taste: Very malty and rich, with a strong caramel taste permeating the entire brew. It has a sort of earthiness to it as well, reminding one of the hill country (the Scottish Highlands?).
Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, but smooth. It goes right down the gullet.
Overall: I think this is an underrated beer. I've had Oskar Blues's Old Chub Scotch Ale--a very popular wee heavy--numerous times, and I found this to be a superior beer. The taste is similar, but a little richer, and not quite as sweet. This beer is darker and has a sort of weightiness about it as well.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 04:53:08 | More by DanielMB
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.