Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Picked this up at Goebel in Wichita
Pours mahogany with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Toasty malt & brown sugar
T: Breadyness, toasty malt & a gentle touch of herbal hops & brown sugar up front. Hints of dark fruit, dryness & more brown sugar as this warms. I'm not getting any real smokeyness , this makes me think IMP Brown or old ale. Half point deduction for straying off style...Finishes dry with more figs & brown sugar, plus booze
MF: Chewy enough, with tight carbonation
Drinks alright, off style too dry for my liking, had much higher hopes for this great brewery. Hopefully the espresso yeti will make up for it
04-15-2009 02:41:02 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +1%
I had this on tap at Al's of Hamdpen in Enola, PA. Served chilled in a Nonic.
The color is as close to black as brown get, like a good strong cup of cofee, with a very small ring of pale tan capping which is made up of tiny beads. The retention and lacing are ok. the clarity is tranclucent with a medium brown hue at the base of the glass. The smell is good, plenty of toffee-like aromas w/ some mild cocoa and accents of cedar and light nutty toast odors. The earthy aroma brings to mind tobacco and mild vanilla with a hint of coffee. the feel is good, but a little high in carbonation for my taste, mild roast and creamy texture with some mild bitterness and very low alchol presence for the abv with a semi-dry finish.
The taste is very good, I like how the malt and yeast are integrated with some dark fruit notes like date and light cocoa with some woody elements as well. The flavor brings a gentle toasted grain which also comes off like roasted beans, but is not really bready, just smooth and chewy. The only drawback to this beer for me is it lacks a little in the complexity factor, a very drinkable beer mind you, and I found it to have a very well hidden 7.7% abv, but there are many better examples out there IMO.
03-17-2011 14:13:47 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
I've had this beer quite a few times, and just realized I never reviewed it.
A creamy 1 finger head rises and fades somewhat quickly, leaving a slight lacing on the sides. The beer is super dark molasses brown, almost black, with just the slightest hint of light coming through.
The nose is loaded with dark malts and syrupy aromas. Plenty of lots of various crystal malts, some light roasted barley, and hints of smoke. The smoke even adds just a touch of smoked meat. Some dark fruits, little raisin and fig, and hint of chocolate actually. Light toffee, a little bitterness, and hint of burnt coffee beans round off the aroma.
Taste is creamy and rich, lots of dark malts as well. Loaded with crystal malt, and lots of chocolate malt actually, a little roasted barley. A light creamy taste adds a chocolate milk flavor, and even some baker's chocolate and cocoa nibs. Light coffee and a touch of burnt coffee grinds. Some fruit as well, btu less than the nose, bringing plum mostly. It starts pretty sweet but dries a bit as it finishes. The chocolate lingers a bit but dies off mostly leaving the roast, coffee, toffee, and fruits.
The mouth is fairly thick and rich, a little creamy, with lower but decent carbonation.
Drinkability is OK, a touch of warming booze, but typical for 7.7%, fairly rich and thick, touch of syrupy taste, and lots of dark malts.
This is a really tasty beer, but it borders on porter more than scotch ale. Lots of dark malts, especially chocolate, such a dark demeanor to the beer. I think I should get a bottle and age it to see how it goes.
10-24-2010 03:08:07 | More by jlindros
4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
this is possibly my new favorite scotch ale! big and balanced with all the richness you'd expect. not sweet like some can be, super drinkable. caramel color throws me off a little, because this tastes a lot fuller and richer than it looks. a testament to visual and sensual deception, in a positive light. full bodied with a savory aftertaste of burnt sugars and tobacco possibly. sensational offering from great divide!
09-23-2011 22:45:26 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really malty scent that boasts of crystal, peated, and roasted malts. It's sweet with a light smokey aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a rich, malty flavor that borders on sweet, but finishes with a slightly dry, peated edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer. It has excellent malt character and a smooth finish.
07-20-2010 17:44:10 | More by WesWes
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-14-2012 08:51:51 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Rich malty ale with a touch of smoke.
Attractive dark amber in the tulip glass with a handsome head. Carbonation is quite pleasant and gives a good jolt in the mouth. Interesting mix of watery gulpability with a lot of sweet malt. Seems to steer a well balanced course through the checklist of flavors. Ends with a hint of bitterness.
One of my top favorite Scotch Ales for interest as well as drinkability.
05-08-2011 04:42:41 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Thanks to Dixonian for trading me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and toffee malt with some dark fruit and peat character mixed in. Definitely smells like a Scotch ale.
The flavor is similar. I get a lot of dark fruit, with the majority tasting like cherries and prunes. There is also a lot of toffee and caramel malt with a little bit of peat smoke and alcohol mixed in.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-20-2011 02:16:38 | More by Mora2000
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. 2010 vintage, served in a pint glass.
a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color,
with one inch of medium tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, and toasted malts. Nice and malty; pretty much what I was looking for.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweey dark fruits, fruity malts, toasted malts, toffee, roasted malts, and some light chocolate. Pretty nice, was kind of surprised by the sweet dark fruits.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth, and no alcohol is detectable. Very nice mouthfeel.
o - Overall a very nice scotch ale. Nose was what I was expecting while the taste had some nice sweet dark fruit to it. Very easy to drink; not sure how much 2 years did to this but I liked it. Would have it again.
08-31-2012 18:15:31 | More by mdfb79
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to bitterbill for this!
Pours dark brown with dark ruby highlights on the edges. A thin head becomes a lasting large patch, leaving some vanishing lacing.
The smell is of some chocolate and toffee with a hint of peat, some dark fruit and earthy notes and a hint of Scotch.
The taste is sweet upfront - licorice, toffee, some milk chocolate. It is balanced by earthy tones and a touch of peat smoke/roast. A touch of Scotch whiskey is in the dry finish.
It is medium bodied, smooth with mild to medium carbontion.
Leaves a nice malty aftertaste that is not too sweet. Nicely done - an enjoyable Wee Heavy!
08-23-2009 16:14:33 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-24-2009 16:35:46 | More by Gueuzedude
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Modest starting head that goes to a single layer of minute bubbles. Little lace Dark brown color where some light shines through. Porter-like without the head.
Some alcohol to the nose. Appropriately malty, but not sweet.
Less sweet than most Scotch Ales. In fact, I'd describe this as a unhopped porter. Neutral body and carbonation. Easy-to-drink, but overall uninteresting.
05-01-2010 18:33:47 | More by smcolw
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours brown with a mild off-white head. Solid retention, no lace.
S: Sweet caramel malt. Hint of green hop and earth.
T: Malt flavour is pretty nice and it's not overhopped which is good to see. Strong caramel, but really not complex at all, it's just that one flavour with a hint of smoke.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, creamy.
D: Nice enough beer, not paying $12 for a sixer that's for sure, nowhere close to Traquair.
11-11-2010 01:43:55 | More by Halcyondays
2.8/5 rDev -27.1%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've had this before and wasn't impressed.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Bland toasted malts, light toffee, caramel, must, and wood, actually. The wood was unexpected. Burnt fruit. A moderate strength aroma, but far from great for the style. Lacks subtlety. Where's the vanilla, heavy toasted malt, well executed caramel, and vibrant warmth I expect from a good wee heavy?
T: Toffee, middling caramel, and generic malts. A bit cardboard-esque as it progresses towards the boring finish. No yeast character. Buried generic stonefruit; perhaps a hint of raisin. Imbalanced and simply built. Lacks the good attributes of a good wee heavy; Backwoods Bastard or Old Chub this is not. No alcohol comes through. Meh.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness up front, but it thickens towards the back end to its detriment. Slightly overcarbonated. Dry right on the finish to ill effect. Unmotivated and untailored to its flavour profile.
Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. A surprisingly forgettable offering from what may be Denver's best brewery. I wouldn't have it again. Hides its ABV nicely, but it doesn't bring much to the table as a wee heavy. I'll stick to Old Chub as my wee heavy of choice for Colorado. This doesn't cut it.
01-09-2013 07:10:48 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
A very underrated style and one of my favorite styles of beer. Pours a beautiful dark red color, huge off white foamy head to it. Get a bit of caramel in the nose and a hint of booziness. Taste is just magically smooth.. great body and mouthfeel to this beer. Nice roastiness flavor to it, a bit hot on alcohol on the swallow (which I don't really mind) although some people may find it a negative thing. Incredibly well balanced and fairly drinkable for a higher ABV beer... I've liked everything I've tried from this brewery especially this one.. give it a try.
07-02-2009 21:42:46 | More by oriolesfan4
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
Thanks to shadowane for sharing.
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly fades into a thinring. No lacing.
Smokey malt aroma with hnts of choclate, chestnut, caramel, toffee and biscuit.
Medium bodied but on the lighter end with slight bitter hop presence up font along with subtle roasted malt. Hints of caramel and toffee as well as some alcohol sweetness and biscuit. Slight astringency with alcohol heat. Dry finish.
01-16-2011 02:52:21 | More by corby112
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Bottled on date of May 05 2014, so around two months prior to opening it.
Pours a fine but a little thin: a deep dark brown tending to orange at the very edges. Head is fine but quite minimal, leaving only a thin skein of lace over the top and thin streaks as it goes down. Carbonation is fine however, and reveals that there is certainly some weight to the brew.
Nose is really extremely minerally initially. I get rock salt, a little seaweed and crushed bracken, with only a very moderated sweetness underneath it. In time, and as it warms up a little, there's a meatier malt character that comes through, perhaps with a touch of roast as well. It's certainly interesting.
Taste is very nice indeed. Here there's a crisp sweetness through the centre, which allows those mineral notes to provide a prickle around the edges of the palate while not overwhelming it. It slips towards the back, with a good wallop of warming heat that matches with a slight upkick in the dark malt character. Finish is long, with more mineral tones locked with a slick sweetness long after the beer is gone.
Feel is also very interesting. It's still relatively light for what it is, but the booze and the prickle give it a liveliness around the edges.
Overall, yep: very solid stuff, and unusual to boot. I like it when a beer manages to be both interesting and tasty—and I think it's fair to say I trust a brewery like Great Divide to pull it off.
07-09-2014 07:05:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
Picked up a single from Abe's for $2 at Abe's. This is a bit different for the usual, heavy sweet caramel and smoke wee heavy I get. This is a dry, extremely bready, like dark multigrain loaf crust. There are notes of cocoa and toast with an underlying caramel malt profile. Despite the 7.7%, this beer was fairly drinkable and I'd go back it. Check this beer out if you're looking for something a little different with the style.
03-16-2009 14:34:21 | More by tempest
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. This really quite a nice Scotch Ale. Pours very dark brown with some reddish/brown highlights. Little head. Smells complex- nutty, slightly smokey, and treacly, but still fairly dry. Tastes a little like kombuchi- toasted brown rice, treacle, nutty, and with an interesting Scotch whisky note that floats in and out. Very interesting. Smooth and round in the mouth, this is overall a tiny bit challenging to drink easily with its smoky overtones, but still delicious.
06-12-2009 00:20:15 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
12 ouncer from a $13.99 (ouch) six-pack, bought at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on 3-03-09 according to the lower right portion of the label. (Nice to get this type of info, I wish other quality minded breweries did the same for their customers)
Pours molasses brown loose and lazy darker mocha latte head, leaving tons of fine wispy spots of lacing.
Great loads of sweet maple malts in the nose.
Tasty, smooth, malty, notes of caramel, more maple, with some earthy smoke swirling around. Memorable and lingering finish.
Enjoyable full throttle sessioner. Would work nicely in a marinade. Solid offering from GD
04-15-2009 02:51:27 | More by Billolick
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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