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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%

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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of delta490


4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Cellared for about a year. Had a wee little amount of head and left a wee little bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet and has notes of cocoa and some boozy esters. Taste is similar with some additional notes of coffee and tofee. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a slight oil slickness. A nice Scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:22:00 | More by delta490
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To my surprise I saw this sitting on the shelf at Mondo Vino. A new GD brew? Sweet.

a bright mahogany and amber color, tends to be black. The head could have used some body to it and retention, otherwise it looked great.
Sweet smell. Candied caramel and apple. Malt slight roasted. Followed through in the taste as well. Sweet, but not overly. Good balance. A nice crisp finish, but not dry. I haven't had many wee's but this one is darn good, even though it's not my style.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:52:08 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of GilGarp


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/17/09.

Pours into a pint glass with very dark brown color and red highlights around the edges. Creamy tan head is thick but wanes quickly to just a film.

Aroma is somewhat sweet with a bit of fruit and nut smell to it. Roasted malts come through as well. Nothing to powerful but pleasant overall.

Flavor is sweet and toasty with a minimal amount of bitterness. Somehow it doesn't come across as too sweet despite the apparent lack of hops. There is a nutty carmel flavor with a slightly funky fruit thing going on. All very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good with gentle carbonation on a full bodied beer. Drinkability is excellent as the alcohol is very well hidden.

I always looked to Old Chub for a good Scottish Ale but this beer has just changed my preference.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:21:54 | More by GilGarp
Photo of WilliamD


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Mahogany with very thin head that dissolves quickly.
This one smells nice- smokey and peaty, with some meaty tones laced with malts.
Tastes very nice- little bit of smokiness and malt, followed by some faint leather tones. Perhaps some very faint peatiness as well.
Great mouthfeel. Very, very smooth. Perfect level of carbonation- just a slight tingle.
7.7% ABV? Could have fooled me. This one is so tasty, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I want more. Another one that would be perfect in front of a campfire.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:14:00 | More by WilliamD
Photo of erosier


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice red-brown-black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down. I really enjoyed how this one looked.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, huge notes of caramelized malts, hints of dark fruits and a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, dark fruit flavors mixed with hints of chocolate and nuts, and a slight amount of hops at the end.
M: Very well balanced, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, relaxing, and slightly warming.
D: Very drinkable, the flavors were excellent and blended really well together for a very very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 12:58:26 | More by erosier
Photo of papaloukas


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. Nikodemos and I really enjoyed it a lot. Nice and dark, just how we like 'em. An amazing aftertaste that lasts longer than any beer I've ever tried. Some cocoa and coffee flavors but a bit musky and earthy too. Lacing also hung on the walls of the glass for a long time. Impressive!

This is the 2nd or 3rd wee heavy Scotch Ale I've tried and really liked it. Right up there with Orkney's Skullsplitter!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:12:38 | More by papaloukas
Photo of mscudder


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated Dec. 2011.

A - The darkest ruby-hued beer I have yet to see. A tan head with loads of small bubbles. Fair retention.

S - Big smoked malts, caramel sweetness, milk chocolate and cherries.

T - For the most part follows the nose pretty well. Loads of sweet malts and a combination of cherries and brown sugar. The minimal accent of alcohol makes this one a treat.

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable big brew with lots of smooth flavors.

O - I was disappointed with the other 3 brews in my Great Divide Brewers pack, but this one made up for it, I feel I have found a diamond in the rough. A fine Scotch ale and one I will return to.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 06:07:01 | More by mscudder
Photo of MattyG85


4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled on Feb/15/2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with some ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A big bready toasted malt driven aroma with lots of caramel and nutty hints. Toasted barley malts with big hints of caramel and toffee. Hints of biscuit, toast, roast chocolate, coffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Also some hints of butterscotch, peat, and a rye like spice. Lots of earthy scents with some grassy hops lingering around. A pretty good rich and bready malt aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a big bready malt forward taste with lots of toasty caramel notes. Bready toasted barley malts with a big taste of caramel and toffee along with notes of toasted bread, biscuit, grains, nuts, yeast, butterscotch, and some roasty notes of chocolate and coffee. Spices notes of rye along with some peat. Solid earthy hop presence with notes of grass. Very toasty and malt forward. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat chewy and spicy.

Overall: A very solid Scotch ale. Good toasty malt taste with some nice undertones of spice and hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 07:39:29 | More by MattyG85
Photo of glid02


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a good amount of earthy smokiness. Not as much sweet malt as I've come to expect from this style, but for me it's welcome.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are followed by robust smokiness with hints of chocolate coming in right before the mildly bitter ending. There's an underlying sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could have a few of these.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as it's not one of my favorite styles, though with Great Divide on the label I should have been expecting it. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 17:29:19 | More by glid02
Photo of rowew


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, dark green label. I do love the latest round of Great Divide labels. Bottled on date and ABV are clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a ruby color around the edges, nice sized tan colored head with average retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, just a bit of caramel and a hint of smoke. A bit of spicy hops as it warms a bit.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, the caramel flavors come through big, with the roasted being a bit more subtle.

Overall impression: This one is surprisingly drinkable given the ABV, another good offering from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 23:50:59 | More by rowew
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, but with a beautifull ruby hue when held to the light. A one inch head of tight biege fell to a partial skim coat on the surface, and traces of smeared lacework remained.

Aromatics are meaty, robust, and smokey. Roasted barley, caramel, and rich malt with hints of chocolate and peat.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Creamy and lush with a hint of crispness.

Lush malt, caramel, and smoke-filled barley start the palate. Bitterness offsets the residuals and so does plenty of robustness.

Finishes with lingering caramel, peat, and chocolate.

This is a really nice Wee Heavy. Just a tad of the sweet malt that lingers and plenty of peaty smokeyness, and very robust. Great balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:36:43 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of prototypic


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Claymore pours an attractive chestnut brown color. Burgundy highlights are apparent when held to light. Its head is foamy, tan in color, and reaches two fingers deep. It dissipated slowly and left sticky traces of lace in its wake.

A little more muscle would improve the nose. But, it's far from bad. Roasted and caramel malts are the strongest scents. Smells a little sweet. Dark fruit (mostly plum) emerges and complements the malts well. There's very interesting smoked and peat aromas that add a ton of character to the nose. It's subtle, but extremely effective. A little yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is very well masked. I'm not picking up any. I wish I knew what the abv is.

Roasted and caramel malts are easily the strongest flavors. It's on the sweet side, but doesn't taste sugary. Dark fruit is very apparent. Tastes like plum mostly and has a slight tangy flavor. It's secondary, but has a really nice flavor. There's some light yeasty notes. There is some smoke and peat that really provide quality depth and character. They work immensely well with the other flavors. No alcohol is noted. Finishes a little smoky and tangy. With each passing sip, I'm liking Claymore more and more. It's extremely well rounded and has a really nice flavor.

Claymore has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is relative low and doesn't interfere. It's not exactly silky, but it has a nice feel. Drinkability is very good. I'm liking the flavor a lot. It's goes down smooth and easy. I'm unsure of the abv, but it doesn't present itself as intimidating in any way.

Great Divide did a really nice job with Claymore. It's a nice Scotch Ale. It's well rounded and doesn't have any material flaws. The smoke and peat flavors really make this beer. They refine and sharpen this beer a lot. Come to think of it, they're just what Bell's Christmas Ale needed. The comparison naturally comes to mind. Sorry, but there it is. This one's better. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 02:12:55 | More by prototypic
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark dark brown almost black looks like a porter almost, good head

S- Smells of coffee and dark chocolate with some good crystal malt as well. Delicious after a nice long day I am getting excited.

T- Sweet yet not overpowering, a great clean after taste as well, the taste doesn't linger to long which is good with this high malt and low hops profile. The more I drink it the more I really really like it, man I wish these were easier to find in the NW.

M- Good with a heavy body.

D- These are very drinkable. There is a very good toffee or coffee taste that makes you come back and wish for more. It gets better throughout the pint which makes for a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 08:18:54 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
Photo of emmasdad


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, topped with a good two fingers of airy brown foam. Aromas of dark malt, molasses and burnt sugar, with a just a hint of peat smoke and cream. On the palate, the peat smoke is immediately noticeable from the first sip, dominating all else up front. As the beer warms a bit, I get some coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. A very nicely balanced beer, and a fine example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 07:34:42 | More by emmasdad
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep color, nearly back. Decent head and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt dominates. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Just as the nose predicted with a slight, minor alcohol bite. This is really tasty.

Feel/Drink: Nice thick mouthfeel. Really nice. Drinkablity is right on, I enjoyed 4 out of the 6 already.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 02:35:10 | More by travduke
Photo of lackenhauser


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color-almost porter looking. Might be a tad dark for the style but stll a good lookin' brew. Extremely malty aroma-hints of caramel and a very mild roasted quality to it. Whisper of smoke. Very malty flavor upfront. Has a great caramel/toffee like quality. Slight hop bite. Body is right there with the flavor and the style. Dangerously drinkable-a great wee heavy. Certainly not balls to the wall on the alcohol scale like some. Well balanced and very, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:34:18 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of otersen73


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark maple syrup in color with a three finger creamy off-white head that retreated quickly. The beer is clear, free of sediment and begs to be consumed.

Smell - nutty and aromatic with fruit in the background. Some yeastiness is present in the background as well. Caramel malt aroma pokes through (very fragrant).

Taste - nuttiness comes through but is not overpowering. Smoky flavor is also present with fruity notes that seem to add sweetness. Leans harder on the malty side but pretty well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel - very well carbonated. Not tough on the palate, but rather smooth for a scotch ale.

Drinkability - would definitely have another, although the alcohol could sneak up and grab you by the shorties if you're not careful.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:44:17 | More by otersen73
Photo of Tone


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, slight alcohol, hops, slight chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight chocolate, hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 19:51:48 | More by Tone
Photo of DrDemento456


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always wanted to do a side by side tasting of a beer!

One bottled "Feb 22 2010" another bottled "July 13 2010"

A - Both poured a nice black color with an amber tint. Obviously the July 13th has more carbonation and the Feb one has none being 7 months old. Mild lacing on both.

S - The smell of the July has more predominant coffee but both have more of a malty sweetness smell and very mild booze.

T - Well the Feb is real smooth with mild coffee, very mild scotch and ABV burn and a nice malty finish.

The July with more carbonation has a more balanced coffee body, even milder in scotch and ABV burn and a nice bitter finish.

Very interesting

M - Heavy on the Feb. and medium on the July weird.

D - I don't know if I got a lighter batch in one, heavier in another or if this beer gets boozier with age but I defiantly like it fresh since it has more of a coffee tone that covers the ABV. Will try it and find it again with hopefully less than 2 months age.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 03:28:55 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with some rich amber hues. Provides a small off white foam head that dissipates. There is some very spotty small amounts of lacing.

S: Big malt character up front. Dark fruit, caramel, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: This beer has a full malty character, lots of caramel and dark fruit. It is sweet but not overly sweet. There is some chocolate undertones as well.

M: Leaves a sweet creamy mouth feel. Sufficient carbonation.

D: This is a great Scotch Ale, despite a higher ABV it is easy to drink. Not overly sweet. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:03:37 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of ScottyC


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App. - Black (w/hints of ruby in light) with a coarse, soda-like, tan head that dissipates quickly. 3/5

Aroma - A dark, roasty, malty smell. Hints of coffee or cocoa nibs. Slightly bitter. Nice and subtle. 4/5

Taste - Mmm, chocolaty without being astringent or too bitter. Like a stout, but without the harshness associated with it. Get a coffee taste, too. Sweet and not bitter. Really good. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel - very good for the style. Silky smooth and thick. 4.5/5

Drinkability - This one went really fast, especially for a dark, heavy beer. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:34:38 | More by ScottyC
Photo of ToasterChef


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle I received in trade from dwennis into a standard pint glass. It has a very dark ruby color with a thick, creamy off-white head. There is a bit of lacing, but it is in clumps, not uniform around the glass. I can smell sweet malts and alcohol that is reminiscent of a mild bourbon. There is some hop in the taste, but ot is not bitter. There is also some mellow caramel sweetness that is quite tasty. You can also taste some alcohol at the end, which provides some warmth. Very nice, like a good port or bourbon. This is a rich, creamy beer. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and provides some warmth as it goes down. I'm drinking it a bit above cellar temperature, and it is near perfect. I don't think I could drink it all night because it is so strong and rich, but I could certainly drink a few of these beers. My overall opinion is that it is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 23:20:46 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of udubdawg


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sort of dark reddish brown color might be my favorite color in a beer. Just fantastic, and helps the "rich" impression. Tan head quickly fades from a finely bubbled creamy cap to a thin ring, leaving a bit of lace behind.

Rich aroma, bit of roast coming out first then plenty of toast before more earthy notes - very fresh smelling. Caramelized sugars are there but perhaps less than in some other examples. Spot on. Not really getting fruit here.

Caramel and mild fruit flavors make more of an appearance in the flavor, but this remains a toasty malt bomb. Not sure if the earthy notes are entirely from the malt or whether the hops have contributed a fair amount, but bitterness is low and does not balance the hefty malt. It is sweet but not overly so. All in all an excellent example of the style. I think the smoke in many is overdone and needs to be faint if even present at all. This beer succeeds in that regard. I prefer the earthy tone set early and often in this beer.

Carbonation is a bit prickly so I wait to finish the glass. Body is only medium, and I'd actually like more alcohol feel/flavor here to balance all the sweet malt, but there is little to quibble with here. For a sipping style, this is remarkably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 21:52:31 | More by udubdawg
Photo of donteatpoop


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark brew with a thick creamy head, it is a dark chestnut color that is nearly black; clear enough when held up to the light.

Smell is caramel malts and burnt coffee.

The taste is excellent. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first as I am still relatively unfamiliar with the style, it was much sweeter than I anticipated. Great taste though, the sweet caramel flavors play off of the burnt coffee and tosty malt flavors really well.

Nice thick mouthfeel, goes down deceptively smooth.

Excellent beer. Great Divide is fast becoming a preferred brewer in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:48:30 | More by donteatpoop
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tall glass from bottle.

a- Barely any head even when poured somewhat aggressively. Beautiful deep ruby red color when held up to the light, otherwise appears dark brown.

s- Smells good. Malts are very present, and accentuate the "scotch" smell. Sweet smelling.

t- Yummo! Thick and sweet, there is more carbonation than I would expect from such a heavy beer, but in this case it actually works to liven up the thickness. The malts are the most present flavor, with hints of stout-like coffee flavors. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, in a scotch-like fashion. Nice.

m- A lot going on here. This beer is thick and creamy and stays around for a while. It leaves a sticky residue in the mouth (that's what she said) that is sweet and bitter at the same time.

d- Undecided. I was somewhat full when I drank this beer, but although it tasted delicious, I can't tell how many I would be able to drink. It is thick and sweet and bitter, I dont know how long I would be able to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:41:16 | More by hopsyum
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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