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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
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1,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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jkdrummer

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man, do I really really REALLY miss McEwens now. Searching for a new Scotch Ale to fall in love with I've been trying them all. Old Chub from Dale's has been my go to so far. So this time I thought I'd try Claymore since it finally showed up here. Poured a nice caramel tawny golden brown, some head but not much. Tasted sweet and roasty, some bite but more of a malty mouthful. But after 10 min -- no head and flat. What a huge disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 23:27:56 | More by jkdrummer
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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
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DanielMB

South Carolina

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
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Walterho

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-06-2014 23:14:24 | More by Walterho
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2014 03:13:47 | More by xShoWTeKx
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irthesteve

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-30-2014 07:28:03 | More by irthesteve
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-29-2014 18:52:05 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Metaltildeath

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-27-2014 18:56:56 | More by Metaltildeath
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Rockjocknroll

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-26-2014 06:02:43 | More by Rockjocknroll
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-26-2014 05:47:01 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +29.9%

06-26-2014 00:47:48 | More by MaddDogg84
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evbro

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-25-2014 17:15:07 | More by evbro
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pjbfromkc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-24-2014 20:33:35 | More by pjbfromkc
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NeoClassicist

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-23-2014 00:16:57 | More by NeoClassicist
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BjrogerS

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-22-2014 03:57:12 | More by BjrogerS
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-20-2014 03:28:53 | More by Sir_Goatman
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Necronomad

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-20-2014 03:12:33 | More by Necronomad
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Flaherbear

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-19-2014 20:19:00 | More by Flaherbear
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Flight317

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-17-2014 18:15:51 | More by Flight317
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Chelseaw30


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-16-2014 20:46:26 | More by Chelseaw30
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-15-2014 19:36:46 | More by LuckyJohn
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-13-2014 16:30:07 | More by athomasPSU
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barryjg

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-11-2014 20:34:21 | More by barryjg
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brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-11-2014 19:07:06 | More by brandon911
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into thistle glass; brown pour, shows deep gorgeous blood garnet red in the light. Clear, with a moderate khaki head that fades after a few moments leaving rings of sticky lacing.
Smells of caramel malt, soft heavy bread, and a grassy herbal slice at the end keeping everything aloft.
Taste is sweet bready malt; hints of cocoa and toffee and dark fruit amidst herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is wet and medium-light. Not too sticky.
Overall, this is a good example of the scotch ale style. Nothing makes it stand out, good or bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 00:56:09 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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