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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GuisseppeFranco, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love how completely dark this is, one of the blackest I've seen in the style. The head isn't amazing at any point, but I gotta give it really high marks for its ebony beauty.

Try as I might, I can't decipher much from the nose at all. Wee Heavy is the most aromatic of beer styles, but geez, gimme something I can use here. Just the tiniest hint of roast and tiniest hint of cola. But since there's nothing offensive about it, it's no big deal.

Plenty of flavor, that's for sure. More cola/root beer type things happening, also a porter-like roasty toastiness. Rather vinous too, big juicy Concord grape and other juicy dark berry fruits. Just a bit of an herbal tinge, giving a mild but important spice flair to the taste, and something that sticks around in the finish. Doesn't have that musty/peat sort of vibe as much as most exemplars of the style, yet somehow feels very much like a true enough Scotch/Wee Heavy.

Claymore is incredibly slick, wet, and super-slippery. The ample carbonation helps give it plenty of energy and keeps it from being too slippery-feeling. Interesting.

Clearly an American take on the style, but respectful enough of tradition. For a 7.7% darker ale, yeah, this is a very easy drinker...

Metalmonk, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dcs1548, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of zonalax
3/5  rDev -21.9%

zonalax, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of gkob
4/5  rDev +4.2%

gkob, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +4.2%

OldTime, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of EmmetD
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

EmmetD, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of noel2977
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque, thin head, minimal lacing. Cola-like.
S - coffee, malty, with a slight burnt maltiness to it
T - Caramel malts, a bit of hops, then some more maltiness, followed by a nice finish of coffee with slight hints of vanilla worked in. Not your typical Wee Heavy, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
M - matches the flavor palette and finish. Not over the top with carbonation, nor is it oily or coating.

Overall - a great brew, but not what I would typically expect in a wee heavy (i.e. no dark fruits or peat)

noel2977, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ninner00, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and hints of malty sweetness and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and goes down smoothly.

metter98, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark amber with almost no visible head. No lacing present and no visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, sweetness, malts, and trace amounts of something I would liken to BBQ smoke.

T: Lots of flavor of roast malts and caramelized malts.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Little heavy in flavors/richness for drinking multiples but I will certainly be enjoying the rest of the 6-pack over the next couple of weeks. This would pair very nicely with game meats.

dbrauneis, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rob315, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

goblue65, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a thistle glass:

P: Pour is black slightly translucent in the light with a thin line of airy head around the edge once it quickly dissipated. A placid brew from the start.

S: Caramelized malts, dark breads with a funky tang I cant quite make out.

T/M: Nice medium bodied, lightly carbonated brew with robust bourbon flavor. Partners in this arsenal are sweet caramel, wood, and cherry alcohol. The finish is dry with a timid smoke and bean spouts.

O: This was my first wee heavy to ever try. It wont be my last because I'm curious to see what other recipes deliver in this style. I was somewhat bored with this particular brew however it was for sure a good drinkable beer. With the price of $10+ for a six pack I will look else where for a better example.

Hopswagger, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep Deep Deep Deep Garnet color with brilliant clarity. 1/2 inch vanilla head. Burnt roasted malt character with some smoke. Some barnyard scents as well.

Thankfully the flavors aren't as burned as the nose makes it out to be. Roasted malt character with some caramel sweetness up front. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of soke and finishes with a nice warming and balancing alcohol presence. Flavors are blended together in some aspects but layer in a way from the front of the mouth to the back. Definitely a complex and flavorful brew. Smoke, caramel, deep roasted malts, and warming alcohol, quite delicious. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

Not as aggressively flavored as other scotch ales but the flavors are classic yet modern. Another goodie by Great Divide.

jtierney89, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

PeroxideCoffee, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8 for a big boy glass at The Indie, Somerville MA

Looks opaque black with brown edges like a glass of root beer but the Independent is dark enough it could be brown, purple or any shade of dark copper. Thick blanket of a head diminishes to a half circle skim by 2/3 glass.

Smells mildly roasty and mildly fruity and earthy like a smooth char barrel cabernet. Smells like a baltic porter actually.

Tastes like soda bread soaked in dark rum and Chambord. As it warms the fruit comes further and further forward and Claymore starts to taste like weird sangria. Mouthfeel is big, lightly carbonated and dead on.

No peat and not that malty milk ball-ish. Otherwise a pretty solid scotch ale.

donkeyrunner, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

savagepm, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dinkleton, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tclapper, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Thunderchief, Jan 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Scout11, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Jordanbryan10, Jan 13, 2012
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.