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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good

459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,333
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 150 | 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

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Reviews: 459 | Hads: 1,333
Photo of JetFeather22
1.06/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer sucks. I'm sick of American beer companies trying to copy European beer styles, They suck at it and i think they should stick to making there IPA's.. If you want a good Scotch ale buy one that was made in Scotland.... (227 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, looks unfiltered, pretty.

Nice, malty smell.

Taste is malty, very dry. There were some notes there I didn't like.

Mouthfeel is moderately rich. Not bad.

Finish is subtle, short, inoffensive but not great.

There's a bunch of good stuff in this beer, obviously Great Divide knows what they're doing, but I just didn't love the flavor. No plans to re-buy. (370 characters)

Photo of twosheds
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a light tan head.

Smells very malty. Lots of caramel and chocolate with some dark bread and a little bit of booze.

Taste is very similar to smell. Very smooth and tasty.

Overall this is a really great scotch ale. Doesn't hit you over the head like some others I've had, but sometimes that's a good thing. (323 characters)

Photo of stratocati88
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderfully decorated bottle with subtle Scottish pattern and green text/design. Smells imparts some acidity and malt. Taste has an aggressive sweetness in the beginning and dark chocolate and bitter finish. Overall would recommend and drink again! (248 characters)

Photo of Jeremiah5_0
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a deep copper color. S: like a brown ale. T: roasty malt F: thin for a scotch ale. A lighter scotch ale. Very drinkable. To me it tasted like a stronger brown ale. Was an enjoyable beer, but I prefer something a little stronger in a scotch ale. Probably will not buy again. (282 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with some ruby highlights, and a one finger tan head. Aroma is dark malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is earty, bread, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, and a little smoke. Mouthfeel is medium and viscous. Overall a very well done scotch ale, and a definite possibility for a fridge staple in cooler months. (348 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated February, but it doesn't say what year. (Let's assume the current one.) Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown - almost black, but not quite - with a thin head that doesn't stick around long. Choccolate, coffee, caramel, raisins, and just a hint of hops bitterness in the finish. Very, very smooth - little carbonation, really easy to drink. Thick and chewey. Alcohol is well-hidden. My new favorite for the style. (433 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with red hues when held to light. Head is one finger of beige color. Head fades quickly and lacing is minimal. Honestly if I didn't pour it and it was handed to me I could mistake it for a coke.

S: Dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, fig, raisin, dark fruits, some smoked wood, and a slight earthiness.

T: Dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, smoked wood, nuts, and some earthy hops hiding in the background.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slick and smooth with a slight creaminess.

O: An enjoyable scotch ale but nothing spectacular. The pour was depressing but it tasted great and the mouth feel makes it incredibly drinkable. (726 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Actually quite good - much better than I expected. Here goes:

A: The only mediocre aspect of the beer. Pours black with a reddish hue - almost exactly like Coke.. Besides the body, the head also leaves something to be desired. The lacing is good, however.

S: Very fruity and sweet-smelling qualities. Lots of dark fruit in the scent. Also a notable sourdough yeast profile. Good.

T: Very good. Darkly-kilned malt imparts flavors resembling lots of sweet, dark fruit. There's definitely a substantial amount of caramel and toffee in the flavor profile, too. Bready, fruity yeast is also apparent.

F: Very sweet and thick. Great.

O: A very good beer by Great Divide. Would have again. (704 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very solid beer. I came in from outdoor work and this disappeared very quickly with dinner. Smooth, pleasant, easy-drinking: Nice sweetness, mild bitterness. I compared Belhaven wee heavy to a doppelbock: in contrast, would probably compare this to say Einbecker ur-bock. Just a solid beer; Another that could be easily plugged in as straight adjunct placement--particularly with food--anytime/anyplace. Will try another of these. (448 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: June 21, 2015...Occasion: Father’s Day at The Draught House...Vessel: Dogfish Head oversized pint...Appearance: dark mahogany body, dense and imposing as a claymore might be in battle! Head retention seems absent, but the beer was poured by another on draft, so tough to comment on this...Aroma: subtle berry, darkened nuts, and then a malty roundhouse to the nose... Palate: Forceful, round and balanced, with a strong, lasting finish...Taste: plays like a porter, with soda and treacle pairing with a burning malt to produce a clean yet textured experience; nutty and dry at the finish...Overall: enough hops to build at the teeth, smooth and powerful for a 7.7% ABV...a very drinkable Scottish ale, with enough malt to spare... (738 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours an abyssmal dark brown and settles black in the glass. Tops off with about 1 finger of light-vanilla colored foam after an aggressive pour. A light, roasty-caramel-chocolate aroma is present initially, along with sublte notes of booziness and malt. Quite heavy weight, and very smooth and creamy - moreso than most porters I've had. Roasty caramel, malt, and sweet chocolate/cocoa on the taste. There's a slight hoppy bitterness middleways, but very faint. My bottle was only 2 months old, so I'm sure that would fade in time. Very smooth and silky on the finish, and leaves some malt ans caramel behind on the aftertaste. No taste of alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was nothing like Dirty Bastard, which is the only other Wee Heavy I've had to date. Whereas that one was quite boozy and syrupy, this beer was very robust, smokey, yet quite weak in comparison. Not that any of that is a bad thing, because I honestly enjoyed this one more than DB. I'm eager to try more from this brewery, as well as more beers of this style. (1,089 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light 1-finger head with a slightly aggressive pour that quickly fades, but leaves a slight foam ring. This beer is a very dark brownish red color that still lets a bit of light through. There is a minute amount of lacing.

Smell: The aroma that comes off is very rich caramel and chocolate. There is no real evidence of hops or any floral notes.

Feel: This is a very full bodied and rich beer. There are some bubbles that latch onto the tongue, but not fizz. There is a nice slippery/oily feel, but it is not overly thick or syrupy.

Taste: At first there is a tart punch and a slight hop bite, but then it leads quickly into rich sweet chocolate and caramel flavors. The caramelly sweetness fades and smoke and nutty wood flavors are brought in at the end.

Overall: This is a great Scotch Ale that is full of flavor. It’s a bit low on carbonation, but still has a decent mouthfeel. There is a nice balance between caramel / chocolate flavors and the higher ABV (7.7% not that noticeable). (1,017 characters)

Photo of mlockman
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The darkest scotch ale I've ever seen. Drank semi-chilled, definitely drinks like somewhat like a porter, though not totally. If all Scotch Ales drank like this, I would be extremely hard-pressed a new favorite style; and while it is porter-like, if all porters drank like this, I would say I love porters. Very, very good. (326 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A very dark brown ale 95% opaque. Foamy almost sparkling bubbly, tan, 2 finger head firms then dies down in about 30 seconds like a coke a cola.

S. Aromas of smoked wood and dark roasted malts. Fig or raisin comes through a bit.

T. Alot of porter characteristics. Some chocolate. Def smoked wood and roasted malts. Didn't seem very boozy.

M. 5 out of 10 on body thickness. Some decent carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. Not very heavy.

O. To me this is more like a porter. Neither the body or the booze is heavy. It's a decent beer. Nothing to go crazy for. Nothing to be real disappointed about. (677 characters)

Photo of Sonofcur
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, not great. Definitely would put the Traquir ahead of this. More of a fruity scotch ale. Not a strong alcohol after taste like the Dirty Bastard from Founders. (164 characters)

Photo of stompilator
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brown, small, fluffy head.

S - Caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of booze.

T - Grainy, crunchy malt notes. Underlying roast character throughout. Malty sweetness fades in gradually, hinting at sweet, smoky meat.

M - Medium body, Mild carbonation.

O - Pretty solid example of a scotch. Nothing crazy or super complex, but overall very tasty. (409 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color, almost opaque in this lighting with a small slightly off white head.

Aroma is toasty, almost smoky, toffee and caramel. Roasted with no hop aroma or off flavors.

Beer is sweet and thick. Notes of roasted coffee, toast, some toffee. No hop flavor and a sweet but not cloying finish.

Full bodied with a robustness.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Good for this rainy cold night. But it lacks the depth and complexity of a world class beer. (457 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from a bottle conditioned for 8 months after bottle date.

The darkest of ruby colors--looks black unless you hold it to the sunlight--and a very light lacing around the edges, head subsides quickly. Initial syrupy malt sweetness on first taste that transitions quickly to caramel, butterscotch, saffron, and honey. Light fuggle-like hops do little for the slab of sweet classic wee heavy taste. Not cloying, but be ready.

Mouthfeel and smell are the most lacking attributes. Light carbonation gives decent heft to a medium body. Not much to smell besides basic sweetness. Since I'm pretty congested, though, I am giving it the benefit of the doubt with a 3.5 (667 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - Pours a nice thick dark color. Respectable amount of fluffy foam on top
S (4.25) - Nice malty smell. A little hop, but not much (as it should be). A little alcohol smell too.
T (4.25) - Great flavors. Heavy on the malt, with a little booziness. Wonderful.
F (4) - Smooth and a little viscous. Nice alcohol afterburn.
O (4.25) - Never had this one, but like the Great Divide stuff. And this doesn't disappoint. Bold flavors, appropriate to style. Will buy again for sure! (489 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 12 oz. bottle from a thistle glass.
A: Bright dark chestnut under a 3” pillowy, finely bubbled foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Malt, spicy grains, kettle sugars.
T: Big rich malt flavors and kettle sugars support spicy, grainy malt flavors.
A very light hop touch.
F: Clean and smooth with a big body and below average carbonation.
O:A pleasant drinking wee heavy. (400 characters)

Photo of westybarnett
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full-frontall taste that finishes before the back of your tongue. Lighter scotch ale than I've had before, and not overpowering as if you just put a shot of scotch into your ale. Nice, crisp flavor for an evening drink by the fire or to accompany a proper Sunday brunch! (270 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical Wee Heavy but sort of a hybrid stout/wee heavy. Lots of roasty notes and smoke. Not as much caramel or vanilla. Still very solid beer and enjoyable. (168 characters)

Photo of RazorbackGT
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good scotch ale for the price. Nice flavors including a good deal of smokiness. Dark horse brewing Scotty karate is definitely the best of this style though. (157 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany red-brown and a very thin layer of caramel tinged foam.

Roasty, slight notes of smoke, biscuit and cereal like malt sweetness, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

Pours beautifully, smells great, but flavor is where this falls off a bit. Bready/biscuity malt backbone, slight caramel, very subtle vanilla note, and roasted/smoky.

Medium-bodied, light carbonation, sweet, very subtle alcohol, but just unfortunately thin for my taste.

Overall, this looks and smells like a winner, but the subdued flavors and thin mouthfeel definitely degraded my overall thought on this. Still good, but it's no Dirty Bastard. (624 characters)

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.