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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

pjbfromkc, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear root beer color with a small quickly dissipating head and not much carbonation. Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and just a tad of dark fruits. First sip is creamy, clean and refreshing with the sweet roasted malts and caramel giving way to a welcomed rather bitter finish. Great malty goodness here with almost no hop presence. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MattXT, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date March 2009; Sampled April 2009
A full pour produces a thick, creamy, three-finger, amber tinged, almost brownish, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color with some dark brown hues. It shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich toasty malt character to it, a touch of roast even, with lots of concentrated dark fruitiness (raisin, prune and bright berry aromatics), a caramelized malt sugar note as well as a touch of brown sugar. I don't get any sense of any hop aromatics in the nose. The aroma is definitely big and malty (exactly what you want from this style of beer); it is sweet up front but finishes with a drying, solid toasted malt character.

The beer has a full malty mouthfeel to it with a definite chewy, caramelized sweetness, but it is not nearly as sweet as the rich body might have suggested. This is fairly well carbonated for the style, but it could be a touch less, though it is still light by American standards. Sweet, complex malt notes accentuate a rich fruit character that has me tasting notes of raisins, light cherry, berries and, in combination with a touch of warming alcohol, even some brandy like flavors. There is a light herbal hop character here as well as a touch of light bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is also boosted just a bit by a slight toasted / roasted grain note.

This beer has a really nice richness to it; malty and thick without being overly sweet. The rich concentrated fruit really adds to this beer and the touch of hops adds just enough balance to the over all profile.

Gueuzedude, May 24, 2009
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bluerabbit, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to markwise for the bottle.

A: Pours a very rich nutty brown hue. Creamy tan head with little retention. No lace.

S: Lots of rich sweet malt up front. Bitter chocolate, toffee, and a touch of dark fruit.

T: Malty no doubt. Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt. A touch of nutty toffee and rich decadant chocolate. A smattering of hops in the finish.

M: Rather full for the style, big, bold, and rich.

D: Not bad. Nice shot at the style.

tpd975, Apr 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 27, 2012
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remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
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larbush, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black color with just a hint of red around the edges with a finger of off whit head. The head fades slowly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is filled with rich toasted caramel malts with some vanilla. There is also some earthiness and has a touch of dark fruit.

T - Starts off with rich toasted caramel malt flavor and some vanilla. There is also a bit of smoke mixed in. Through the middle, some earthiness and a touch of sweet dark fruit jumps in. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some vanilla and oak flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really rich flavors. It avoids hitting the palate too hard while still having strong flavors. Even feels a touch crisp.

D - Very drinkable. Rich and balanced flavors. Really like the semi-clean finish. The slightly higher than average 7.7% abv is pretty much undetectable. Super smooth beer for how rich the flavors are.

ngeunit1, May 06, 2011
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PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into Stone RIS Tulip

A - Pours a rather dark, nearly black brown, with a minimal tan head that quickly gives way to a thin lacing. Almost porter-like in this regard.

S - Smell is of caramel and molasses, with smokey and nutty undertones. Slight alcohol presence.

T - Taste is of caramel, molasses, chocolate, burnt espresso, and a nice nutty/smokey character to it overall. Alcohol is slightly present, but well subdued. This somewhat comes off to me as a cross between a traditional wee heavy, and a porter, but make no mistake, it's delicious!

M - Nice and full bodied, creamy. Mild carbonation.

D - A tasty brew, but I'd stick to one or two due to the ABV and body.

Overall - Those looking for a "true" wee-heavy might be a bit thrown off by the porter-like characteristics that are present in this beer, but those simply looking for a good beer will not be disappointed. Give this one a try!

Flightoficarus, Aug 23, 2010
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chernozem, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a much darker color than I expected. the beer is a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing is good with a strong retention. The smell of the beer gives off some nice earthy amromas. The taste of the beer has a good caramel base with a light bitterness in the finish with some earthy peat notes in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the thinker side, it was very smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good. I would drink this one again.

Knapp85, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hoagie1973, Nov 18, 2011
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.