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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 100 | 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

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby red, practically black in appearance. Short tan head with really nice lacing. Oatmeal, rye bread, watery scotch, dark chocolate and hints of coffee beans and caramel malt. Smooth, rich milk chocolate and roasted oats on the initial sip. Flattened oak and roasted coffee beans with a nutty, rich mouthfeel. Dry, lightly scotched aftertaste.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep opaque reddish brown with a nice tan head, but it goes away pretty soon. Bit of caramelly malt on the nose and not a whole lot else, definitely looking for more here. Must say that the beer is totally tasty and drinkable, but wanted a whole lot more complexity out of something like this. No alcohol burn, no roast, no toast, no smoke, just a big malty beer, a bit of hoppiness for balance but only noticible as keeping the malt from becoming cloying. It doesn't taste bad, it just isn't as flavorful as it might be. Good through the mouth, can kick it back easier than you might want to. All in all, a slightly above average beer. Nothing is bad or wrong about it so much as it just fails to stand out, especially for a style with some room to play with.

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3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red with a whisky tan head on top. Malt sweet upfront on the nose with loads of caramel and toffee and hint of nuttiness in the background. Rounds out with a bit of toasted character and a light hint of alcohol.

Not as sweet on the palate as the nose would suggest, with a nice toasted malt character that keeps the sweeter caramel flavors in check. Not much of a hop flavor, just a hint of floralness. A little kick of alcohol finishes it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Overall, another tasty beer from GD. Nothing too crazy for a wee heavy but enjoyable nonetheless.

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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appearance: a amber brown color with a small tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smells: there is a roasted malt nose that blends with caramel and toffee.

Tastes: I pick up a sweetness, something...is has a sort of dark fruit like a plum. I taste caramel malts with a nice roasted back that balances the fair hop note.

Mouthfeel: at just under 8% this brew has a mild burn and there is little to no lasting carbonation which was my least favorite characteristic.

Overall: I am a big fan of scotch ales and wee heavys but this wasn't my favorite by any means. I might have had high expectations but this wasn't what I expected, just not my favorite brew from Great Divide.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.