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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,197 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 36
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of BBP
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a cross between a scotch ale and a porter. A little light on the head and lacing. Not much retention to speak of.

The aroma is full of peat and a little bit of spicy hops. A bit of caramel comes through as well.

The flavor is again somewhat like a porter/scotch ale combo. It has a malt profile that's somewhat like a porter, but it has far more caramel malt to it. What you'd expect to be at the top, the scotch ale characteristics, are actually rather foundational and sort of move out of the way of everything else. Ultimately, it comes across as pretty sweet and pretty bitter, and yet I didn't find it balanced. I just thought that it stuck out a bit too much for me to enjoy.

The body was medium/thin with a medium weight. The finish is moderately dry and sticky.

Overall, it's cool that they did something new in the Scotch ale style, but I'm just not feeling it. It didn't really bring the richness of flavor that I was expecting even though it wasn't lacking flavor by any means.

BBP, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +4.2%

zenwatts, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of olympicgatorade
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

olympicgatorade, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Archimedes
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Archimedes, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CWhite
5/5  rDev +30.2%

CWhite, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JayMillerWild
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JayMillerWild, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. My 1st Great Divide and I'm always up for scotch ale so I took a flyer on this six. Pours dark almost black in color with zero head into dimpled mug. Smells of alcohol, malt and a smokiness with a bit of peat as well as dull sweet bread. Full malt flavor in the front with the aforementioned peat like smokiness and mellows rather quickly without any real mix of sweet bread or dark fruit. I found this overall to be a bit underwhelming for the style, not very complex, rather average though I'm willing to give it a second try in the future.

Blueribbon666, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +30.2%

jaidenjb, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of HopNelius
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle and into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark brown with two finger head, medium carbonation and some lacing.
Smell-notes of dark malt, coffee
Taste-notes of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate and fruit, caramel, butterscotch.
Overall-not a bad scotch ale in the least, very drinkable, complex and not too much of a bite, not the best scotch ale I have ever had, but damn good, I have yet to be let down by Great Divide.

HopNelius, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured into a footed stange (or whatever those glasses are called), a dark, muddy, rusty brown, somewhat translucent when held up to the light. A small off-white head that dissipated within a minute or two. Aroma of sweet malts, roasty, dark fruits and caramel; not too pronounced. Taste of rich caramel malts, roasted grains and nuts, brown sugar, hints of earth and figs. Very smooth and highly drinkable, and I don't just say that because it was my third drink of the night. I really loved the mouthfeel on this one. Very nice overall, and I could honestly probably sip on this all night.

Rifugium, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jdprmd
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jdprmd, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

HamGlade10, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jlove5, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

matt062286, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always start Scotch Ales with a bit of apprehension that they're going to be too hopped. Thankfully, Great Divide has used restraint in the right way here. Smoked peat, toasted malt with just a hint of sweetness, but it's far from cloying. Chocolate, raisins, and some wood in the finish. Hops do add some bitterness but they are kept in check, just like they should be in this style.

McNealc31, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ChumleyX, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

40ontarget, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ckk527, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

ryanw111182, Feb 03, 2012
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.