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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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462 Reviews
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Reviews: 462
Hads: 1,362
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 49
Gots: 174 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great smoked character in smell and taste which might not be expected in a wee heavy but was certainly appreciated. The carbonation might have been just a little high for my taste which is the only reason this beer did not receive a 5 for all categories. Will definitely be having this beer again in the future. Thanks again to the guys at Great Divide!

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Photo of RicoBrew
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Great Divide brewery down the street from my apartment.

A - The color was a nice deep, dark brown with an eggshell-white head with good retention and minimal lacing.

S - The roasted barley aroma was there, but intermingled with a mild tobacco smell. Probably due to the low fermentation temp on the yeast.

T - The first word to come to mind as I was tasting this beer was 'clean'. The roasted barley/dark malt flavor gave way quickly to a very nice clean taste. There was a hint of tobacco or caramel as it hit your tongue, but it was very fleeting. Extremely pleasant.

M- For the amount of alcohol, it was very light and clean. It hit your tongue and faded away promptly. Almost as if it was begging you to take a bigger swig.

D - Extremely drinkable. It drinks like a very well done doppelbock, but hits you like an english style stout. I'm extremely impressed.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: A pretty, dark brown. It has a silky look as it pours. A modest amount of lacy head sits on top. In the glass, the beer is an impenetrable black with hints of its brown at the edges.

Smell: Thick caramel immediately comes off. A woodsy smoked scent follows. A light scent of alcohol comes afterwards, adding spiciness. A touch of clove sits in the back. The smells come together in a really full and bodied way. The heft of the smell makes me expect a meal rather than something that can be contained in a glass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A sweet caramel that comes across without being overly sweet. The taste is spiced up with the alcohol content. There is a muted sour aftertaste. I'm usually impartial to that flavor, but it melds very well with the caramel. It has a very well rounded taste overall. No taste crowds out another--it is all complementary.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black, or at least extremely dark ruby. Contrasting off white head is classy.

Nose is delightful with peatsmoke, a suggestion of bacon, and smoked malts.

Palate offers a masculine roasty malt flavor with some of the peat from the nose mixing in, and a robust toffee/caramel middle that leads to a toffee-like finish.

Medium bodied and dangerously drinkable for the alcohol. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white head that almost immediately dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty and roasty, with some notes of smoke, freshly baked dark bread, and brown sugar.

Taste: Very nice! Tons of toasted and roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, flowed by some nice brown sugar-like sweetness, a hit of dried stone fruit and a hint of hop at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.7% there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow, this is a great scotch ale! Nice and malty and slightly sweet. Delicious! I’m definitely getting this again!

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Photo of kenn
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle to stout glass. deep dark brown in color. very light tan head about one finger which didnt last very long. very little lacing. sweet roasted malty scent & little hop character. mouth feel was pleasant & a little sweet with some bitterness in the end. I enjoyed this beer & could drink a few more.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a tan head that slowly falls to a ring of lacing with an opaque film of head through the center.

Smells like burnt dark chocolate. The malt takes over the nose in this beer, which is very appropriate for the style.

WOW! There is a lot of taste in this beer. It almost tastes like a dark chocolate covered yellow cake donut. Delicious!!

Mouthfeel is there and has ample, soft carbonation.

For 7.7%, this beer is more than drinkable enough.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep ruby, almost porter-like in appearance, head was minimal and dissipated quickly, not sure if my glass was the problem, although I keep them very clean.

Aroma is outstanding, best part of this one. deep coffee, chocolate covered fruit. a malt masterpiece.

Taste, rich but dry malt flavors with a touch of smoke, absolutely delicious.

medium viscosity with minimal carbonation

Overall, a case study in the virtues of malt, in a world ly dominated by hop monsters this beer reminds us of the importance of the subtleties of malted grain. Delicious, buy it!

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Photo of Jasel
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer.

Appearance - Dark amber with a short lasting 2 finger head. Tracings line the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell - Weak coffee.

Taste - Very smooth malty, caramel, and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth again, none to very little fizz.

Drinkability - Keep these coming please.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours good with a fizzie yet somewhat sticky tan cranium. The body is dark ruby red in color and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is figgy and perhaps raison as well. The metallic hops give it a copper kind of smell like a roll of pennies.

The taste is rich with caramel, cola, fig, vanilla, and an herbal finish. Oh there is a peaty smokiness to this as well.

Feels very full in body, moderately carbonated, a tad creamy, and barely warm in the end. This is about the best Scotch Ale I've had as of yet.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hie with a 2-finger tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a small wispy lace.

S: Roasted malts aroma with a chocolaty background.

T: Similar to the smell this brew has a great roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate. Very smooth and silky.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow! Great wee heavy brew. 1st time with this style and I really enjoyed it. This brewery never dissapoints.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance: Very dark red-brown. A small off-white head quickly fades to a small ring of lace.

Smell: Caramelized malt. Pretty faint.

Taste: Sweet up front with caramel and malt, followed by slight bitterness. After this some alcohol warmth appears along with a woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation hits the tongue up front, followed by a smooth, thick body.

Overall: Solid and hearty. If you like caramel, try it!

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Photo of aahynick
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50F in a pilsner glass

A- dark garnet with a thick long lasting head

S- strong peat and malt aroma

T- rich peat and malt flavor

M - strong body and velvety

D- fantastic overall and a pleasure to drink, a best buy in my book. I love scotch/scottish ales and this one is really good

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brandy/Snifter

A - Very Stout black with very dim red light near the bottom of the glass. Creamy head that dissipated at moderate speeds. Great lacing

S - Light coffee smell mixed with Milk Chocolate

T - Like the smell, the sweet milk chocolate taste kicks with the slightly bitter light coffee taste coming in. Mixed in with all of this is some smokey flavor.

M - Medium to almost Full Bodied with the bitterness and smokey flavor staying with you after each sip (or gulp)

D - This is a very drinkable beer with all the flavors blended beautifully. You might spend a little more for the 6-pack than you would any other 6-pack of craft brews, but it's a 6-pack you can't back away from.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Claymore pours an almost black body beneath a creamy head of tan foam. When held to the light you can see clear, dark mahogany brown highlights.

The aroma is malty and gently sweetish with notes of caramel and chocolate, and a subtle hint of roasted grains. Occasional notes of light fruit waft by, but hops are not to be found.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body and creamy smooth, as it should be, adding to the perception of the maltiness.

The flavor is rich, as might be expected, but not overdone. It's malty with lots of dark caramel and soft notes of bittersweet chocolate. Some minor roastiness is present, and along with the moderate hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol, it finishes drying and balanced.

The Scotch ale/wee heavy style is one that's easily overdone, tipping either towards too much malt or too much alcohol. And even just within the maltiness, it can lean too much towards caramel or too much towards roastiness - but there's none of that here. It's very focused. And that's what the style is really about. It's a big beer, and it's rich, but it's also very focused which keeps it drinkable. Great Divide is kind of known for that in all of their beers, but it's particularly welcome here. Very nicely done, and I'd have to say, quite possibly the most authentic American-brewed version of the style (although a little more yeast character wouldn't hurt). Superb!

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Photo of Rumplemintz
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This may be my favorite Beer period, but I say that after every new beer I try?
Very dark almost stout color for a scottish ale.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an icy pint stout glass. Thick cream colored head that hung around awhile. The flavors were rich and sweet like toffee or caramel at first then became full and warm by the end of the glass.
Just a delicious beer!

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Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black with just faint ruby highlights visible

Unique and pleasing aroma of smoky and sweet malts and just a hint of berry

Taste & Body
Taste follows nose closely and delivers a full spectrum of flavor. Great mix of smoke, bread, berries, and bitterness. Reminds me quite a bit of Hibernation Ale; I'm guessing this was dry-hopped like it. Body is medium-full with a low-to-medium level of carbonation. Finishes dry and light, with a slight hop bitterness and berry flavor lingering.

I'm surprised by how unique and quaffable this is. My only experience with Scotch ales has been that they are syrupy and cloying. This is not the case, though it's still on the heftier end of beers. I questioned this being a year-round beer and the porter being discontinued, but I think this substitute is bold enough and unique enough to make it worthy. Really impressed with this beer by Great Divide.

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Photo of philbe311
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark deep rich brown color... Two fingers of uniform lush off-white slightly tan head... The head fades to leave a full rich lacing... Almost completely opaque, only a slightest amount of light gets through... Good stickiness... Quite still with no noticeable carbonation...

S - Layers of complexity took a while to figure out... Coffee beans... Chocolate... Roasted Malts... Caramel...

T - Roasted Malt... Caramel... Smoke... Dark chocolate... Straight forward, balanced, and highly enjoyable...

M - Smooth and incredibly well balanced... A slight creaminess... Crisp with only the faintest hint of carbonation bubbles on tongue... A little bit of chewiness... Medium to full bodied... Taste lingers and tickles the tongue... The smokey character carries through be felt in throat until your next sip... Faint warming characteristics... Very clean all the way around...

D - Extremely impressive... Looks good, smells good, tastes good, feels good, and an enjoyable experience... Probably the most well balanced, yet complex, Scotch Ales that I've ever had the pleasure of trying... Two thumbs up to Great Divide on what may become a staple in my beer fridge...

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Photo of stimulus
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with medium light brown carbonation.
S: Malty and sweet.
T: Just like the smell, strong malt body and sweetness dominate this brew with no hints of alcohol in sight.
M: Light and smooth but a bit sticky on the finish.
D: The higher abv is undetectable, and this beer drinks very smoothly for the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, bottled Jan 20th 2011. Taken from notes drank July 7th 2011.

Out of the bottle she pours a simple small one finger head of caramel light brown, slightly soupy but mostly kind of foamy head is present. A body of dark chestnut comes out and leaves a super dark brown body almost walnut black. Looks alright.

Bouquet is a nice sticky malt and toffee, mild chocolate sense, a nice husky grain quality. Quite nice here very impressed lots going on.

Taste is, big caramel, with a slight wet and sticky feeling. Pleasurable malty backbone, almost just wet enough to be refreshing. Very dry finish and a dried out tongue becomes apparent after a few sips. Hints of milk chocolate as well. Very balanced in taste for a Scotch Ale. Hint of carbonation and play but nothing jarring.

Overall this is a great Scotch Ale and I really enjoy this one. Great balanced drink in taste I must say.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is malty caramel and dark fruit. Nice scotch ale. Brewed Mar 3, 2009. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

says bottled on Feb 22, 2010

A - deep garnet/mahogany color - after intial pour, minimal head, but nice lacing

S - sweet malt, whiskey, caramel

T - sweetness, then a little spice, warming finish

M - thin to medium body, medium carbonation

D - very tasty, easy to drink, wish I had a few more

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Photo of Schemy
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A: Dark brown with light tan head.

S: Malty sweet smell. Hints of roasted barley.

T: Good taste, semi sweet. Malted barley taste. Hints of chocolate.

M: Good feel. little remanance.

D: Definate drinkability. Not heavy alchohol taste.

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Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into the glass a very dark brown with ruby red around the thinner edges, very minor foam on top.
smell from the bottle is a dark earthen, peatiness(?), like a rich fertile soil...
taste is rich, malty, smoky, and a little sweet. almost a chocalte-y taste around the sides of the tongue, although there seems to be something missing at the end of each draw- like it's a bit lighter than it tasted on the tongue.
it's a bit heavier, toward the stout, but not that heavy.
overall, a pleasant venture into another untried brew for me. two scotch ales in a row; i do like the style. partial to the dopplebocks and looking for others and i really like this style. just not as much as the sweet malty dopples.... but i imagine i could do a few of these in a row and they would be awesome with a shot of some good bourbon or really good whiskey. in fact, a good evening would be these two in moderate amounts...

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.