Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Miketwolf21:
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I love scotch ales and have been searching for my favorite everyday kinda scotch ale. As I pour the freshly bottled claymore into my snifter I notice the low carbonation levels. The stubby custard colored head never exceeded a half of a finger even with a rougher pour. The smell is somewhat unfocused, with pale malts mixing with roasted and smoked malts. The hop profile is mostly noble hops with maybe a touch of cascade.
Coming into the first sip I was kind of disappointed since other scotch ales i have tried smelled more rich and warm.
The malt backbone is just not warm enough and is not integrated well with the noble hops. It tastes like 30% pilsner, 30% amber ale, and 40% stout. When I taste distinct styles in my beer I tend to think of homebrewing where you sometimes combine recipes of different styles. Basically it tastes a little unpolished, which sometimes I enjoy and other time i don't. But back to the taste: flavors of brandy and chocolate chip cookies emerge after the obvious flavors of barley and noble hops disappear quickly. It just tastes like they didn't boil it long enough. The flavors are great, but when I drink it the they just don't integrate well together. I had high expectations which may be the issue here but it is after all a slightly above average scotch ale.
The mouthfeel is also slightly above average. It should be chewier and have finer carbonation but all in all not distracting.
Drinkability is where this thing shines. It begins to taste better with every sip simply because my ability to discern overall flavor profile tends to diminish after even just a beer. And since the flavors of chocolate chip cookies and brandy are pretty delicious, I can see myself wanting another at the end of the night. This after all has a unique flavor, one that I may enjoy at other times. Its just that I always scrutinize my first beer of the night and challenge it to make me enjoy it. Beer always tastes different depending on the situation and I think this beer is just not a sipper that is meant to be distilled of its flavors. Its meant to be in a pint glass and gulped with friends.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2011 17:53:20 | More by Miketwolf21
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3.49/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
"Wee Heavy" - over 6% ABV. Let's see if it's really a "heavy" beer...
A - 4 - Nice dark brown/black beer with a nice tan head that sticks and leaves nice lacing.
S - 3.75 - toffee, cinnamon, coffee, nutmeg, sweet smell, no real scotch or peaty smell, nice smooth smell
T - 3.25 - Some very light peaty tones, grass, wheat, nutmeg. It has a background taste similar to a light American lager.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouth feel. Alc is covered. Aftertaste is really light bready, toasty beer.
O - 3.5 - The thing that really brings this down is the lack of complexity in the taste.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 04:21:26 | More by ISmith87
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark dark brown with a thin head of loose tan foam that fell fast to a thin ring. Left dots of soapy wet lace but not much lace really. There is a ruby hue if you look deeply into the beer but it's almost completely opaque. Nose is caramel, bread & toffee. Some dark fruits like fig and date and a light bit of raisin. It has a nice bit of earthy peat on the nose as well with a hint of smoke. Taste follows the nose. The caramel is rich and smooth and creamy, the toffee over that. The fruits are woven into the middle of the beer and there's some earthy peat to contrast the sweetness. There is just a hint of smoke in the finish. The grains are firm and and the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and a bit slick. A grain bitterness that's light on the palate offers some dryness as this finishes.
Solid Wee Heavy from Great Divide.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 13:35:10 | More by utopiajane
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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