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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 81 | 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a creamy light tan head.

Smell of scotch ale yeast, nutty and roasted malts with caramel and a light butterscotch.

Taste of roasted malts, butterscotch, caramel, faint toffee, some malt sweetness but pretty dry for a scotch ale, especially after having Big Sound Scotch Ale recently from CCB. There is a medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall a good scotch ale.

alpinebryant, Jun 06, 2010
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Hypersomnia, May 23, 2013
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark brown with a tan head. The smell is mostly malt with maybe a little dark fruit. The taste is all malt in a wonderful way. Caramel and coffee are present, maybe some dried fruit. Prunes or raisins, perhaps. The mouthfeel is not as thick as you'd expect, with some nice warming from the alcohol. This is a great version of one of my favorite styles.

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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.

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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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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.