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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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Photo of eclaycamp
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide is yet another in a long line of Colorado microbreweries that I find readily accessible. I picked up a six pack of Claymore on a whim, finding it in a ramshackle liquor store tucked away in a corner, like a present waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas Day. I'm drinking one tonight as a comparison / contrast of sorts to O'Dell's 90 Shilling, which I had earlier this evening. The differences between them are clear, especially at the outset.

12 ounce bottle poured into my imperial pint glass. One of these days I'm going to hunt down a proper tulip glass. Bottled on May 10, 2010. Claymore calls itself a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, with a very nice tartan pattern on the label. The beer itself pours black, almost porter like in color and consistency. There's dark ruby brown hints of color along the sides of the glass. The bottle says Scotch Ale but this thing looks like a Porter or Stout. Smallish off-white head with some very noticible retention on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is noticably smokey, with robust notes of roasted malt reaching up and tickling the nostrils. There's a nice earthy subtext just below the roasted notes. Hints of bittersweet chocolate lie buried in the background. Espresso is a good description of what I'm getting. This beer really looks and feels, at least at first glance, like a stout.

Relatively light mouthfeel, with moderate to high levels of carbonation. Definetally lighter than I was expecting given the intoxicating smell. The roasted flavor continues to the first taste; there's some mild smoke but nothing obtrusive. It gets sweeter the more you drink it, as the roasted notes take a backseat to mild bittersweet chocolate. Finish is interesting, the beer seems to gravitate towards the sides of your mouth. There is some moderate alcohol warmth is present in the finish of the beer. This is a beer that seems to be crying for a bigger malt body than it has.

Claymore Scotch Ale calls itself a Wee Heavy, and that's probably a good description. It could benefit from a tad heavier malt profile, though it's in no way a bad beer. Overall it's a very enjoyable beer, one of the better examples of the style that I've found.

eclaycamp, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown in colour with 1/2 a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Some bitterness up front (hops?) with a significant amount of sweet toffee, caramel and brown sugar.

T - Some nice toffee and caramel notes with a nice but not overwhelming sweetness. This is a really enjoyable beer but the flavour profile is somewhat weak for the style; I would love this one to pack a little more punch.

M 0 Light body, lightly carbonated. A little too watery.

D - An enjoyable beer but it could be better. It tasted like it was so close to being great but just fell a little bit short.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in no way shape or form what I was expecting out of this beer. Can't live solely on expectations.. so.. here we go

Beer pours dark. A very dark, borderline-black, brown color. I thin head with minimal lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts. Smells like overcooked expresso. Bitter smells of coffee and sweet of caramel. I'm a fan of the smell.

Tastes heavy. It's almost reminiscent of a porter. Toffee and caramel up front. Some dark fruitiness following and finishing with a somewhat bitter coffee bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not much for carbonation.

A bit heavy on the malt side to be extremely drinkable for me.

begforme4484, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of climax
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Claymore poured a very dark brown, borderline black. Not what I was expecting. The head was modest, and faded quickly, to clumps of bubbles. Lace was minimal.

The nose oozed smokey barbecue goodness, dark roasted chocolate, and smoked peat.

The flavor was very good. It blended the smoke heavy nose with sweeter tones. Rich chocolate and dark sugars mixed with dry roasted coffee, and a bit of ripe fruit made gave it a pleasant variety of elements. The dry finish was surprisingly clean and hinted of roasted corn.

The medium body had a good thick stickiness to it, and the finish was dry. Given the 7.7% ABV, this one is incredibly drinkable.

climax, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of jkdrummer
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man, do I really really REALLY miss McEwens now. Searching for a new Scotch Ale to fall in love with I've been trying them all. Old Chub from Dale's has been my go to so far. So this time I thought I'd try Claymore since it finally showed up here. Poured a nice caramel tawny golden brown, some head but not much. Tasted sweet and roasty, some bite but more of a malty mouthful. But after 10 min -- no head and flat. What a huge disappointment.

jkdrummer, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Extremely dark ruby with very thin head and little to no lacing.

Smell: Strong combination of smoked peat and sweet caramel, with maybe a hint of cherry.

Taste: Malt driven with smoky peat and semi-sweet caramel. There is a light touch of cherry and cocoa with minor English hops at the end. Classic Wee Heavy taste even if a little too straightforward.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth but slightly too thin body for a 7.7% abv Scotch Ale.

Drinkability: Very solid Scotch Ale all around, even if not too complex and a trifle thin. Recommended.

bsp77, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the finest looking and tasting American versions of a Scotch Ale I've had the pleasure of tasting. Had a pour from the GD tap room and was very impressed. A deep dark chocolate brown with dense mocha head. Lots of roasted malt character on the nose with a hint of roasted coffee notes. Flavor profile focuses primarily on the malt here with dense malt flavors and a hint of cocoa in the background. Finishes clean with a hint of hop presence. Wish the feel was a bitter rounder and denser, but this one really great and stands up to the best of 'em.

WOTO97, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better domestic Scotch Ales around. Every detail is modest, refined.

Really rich deep maroon-brown. Shines like stained wood. Neat off-white head. The aroma is faint, outdoorsy. Lightly smoked grain and old wood.

The flavors are subtle and well-balanced. Nice blend of smoky malt and rustic, noble hops with hints of dark fruit. Pleasant degree of bitter. Pretty much like an American Brown, similar to Brooklyn Brown, with a Scottish malt/yeast angle.

A gently softer, smoother, more rounded quality is possibly the only thing preventing the feel from being spot on. It's not big and lip-smacking and it's not slick and thin. It has some pull to it - tight, compact, touch of viscosity. Very nice. I'll be back.

Bouleboubier, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. A small beige head forms, and leaves light lace behind.
S: Dark fruits of plums and raisins. Toasted malt with some sweet toffee.
T: Toasted malt and sweet toffee up front and center. Dark fruits that follow the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. I can have several without a problem.

This is a very good Wee Heavy. Something I really enjoyed, and would recommend.

champ103, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of aahynick
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50F in a pilsner glass

A- dark garnet with a thick long lasting head

S- strong peat and malt aroma

T- rich peat and malt flavor

M - strong body and velvety

D- fantastic overall and a pleasure to drink, a best buy in my book. I love scotch/scottish ales and this one is really good

aahynick, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WesWes, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a dark, almost black, brown with deep ruby highlights and a beige head that dissipates quickly. The nose is of roasted and caramel malts, with a very light bitterness.
The flavor is of roasted and caramel malts, with a nice boozy bite to the finish. As in the aroma, there is a very slight tannin like bitterness towards the finish.
The mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated for my liking, though it does have a pleasant medium body.
This was a new style for me, though I am very much looking forward to trying more representations of it in the future.

vkv822, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of SetarconeX
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like it came out of a bottle of malt syrup, and had some bubbles injected. Smells as malty as you'd expect from the visual, with a bit more yeast on the nose than I would have guessed. Tastes like someone accidentally fermented my morning cup of coffee, instead of grains.

This is one tasty, heavily roasted ale. Maybe a tad acidic, but very smooth, quite drinkable, and a nice, toasty flavor.

SetarconeX, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cola-colored brew, very small tan head. Nose is mostly dominated by dark malts, a bit of roast. Nice big chocolate malt front, some roast, a bit of smoke. Light hop backbone. Medium bodie, wet mouth. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not very much. Not a bad brew at all.

Tballz420, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean dark copper color with minimal head, yet small rings of lacing. Scent is of dark carmel, roasted grains and nuts, a touch of flower and some lingering metallic overtones. Taste is a little more aggressive then scent dictates with a big carmel presence backed by tastes of fresh roasted grain and nuts, a touch of chocolate and dark dried fruit and a floral like taste in the finnish. Medium bodied, smooth, prefectly lowly carbonated. One of the most drinkable beers in its style.

rfgetz, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, slight alcohol, hops, slight chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight chocolate, hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and mouth feel.

Tone, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears brown black with a thin layer of brown foam that disappears very quickly.

Smells quite smoky, there is a caramel smell and a bit of a chocolate smell as well. I also smell a bit of coffee.

Tastes slightly sour there are notes of roasted malts, caramel, grassy hops. The finish is slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

The carbonation is a bit high in my opinion and this hurts the drinkability.

Overall a nice example of the Scottish ale it has nice balance and good flavors. However it is just about average it is not amazing. The high carbonation also is unappealing to me. Worth trying though.

chumba526, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of otersen73
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark maple syrup in color with a three finger creamy off-white head that retreated quickly. The beer is clear, free of sediment and begs to be consumed.

Smell - nutty and aromatic with fruit in the background. Some yeastiness is present in the background as well. Caramel malt aroma pokes through (very fragrant).

Taste - nuttiness comes through but is not overpowering. Smoky flavor is also present with fruity notes that seem to add sweetness. Leans harder on the malty side but pretty well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel - very well carbonated. Not tough on the palate, but rather smooth for a scotch ale.

Drinkability - would definitely have another, although the alcohol could sneak up and grab you by the shorties if you're not careful.

otersen73, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a chalice yields three-finger fading head over a nearly-opaque dark mahogany body. Lots of lacing.

Smell is good and rich, dark fruits, sour mash, leather, light cherry tobacco smoke. Lovely aroma -- hope it tastes this good!

Taste does not disappoint, and follows the aroma to a "T." The smokiness is not pronounced, but certainly present and pervasive, though subtle.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for something a bit more palate-coating.

Good drinkability for a Wee Heavy. I could handle two or three of these, although the 7.7% might sneak up on me -- it's entirely hidden in the taste.

Good beer, and one I will certainly look for again as the weather turns this fall.

ColoradoBobs, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Coca Cola brown black with a two finger light tan head that is a bit creamy in texture. The head retains decently and leaves a cloud and ring behind that don't impress. Spotty lace at most.

S- Some caramel and slight roast malt. Nutty brown hints come in but the strength is just OK. Very slight dark fruit in the background.

T- Better here. Good malt flavors of caramel, nutty hints, roastiness. Dark fruit flavors are fairly prominent and nice. Earthy hops in the very background. Some residual sweetness but not bad for a Scotch Ale. Cherry makes an appearance.

MF- Moderate body that is creamy. A mild sting on the palate from good carbonation. A nice coat of malt flavor on the tongue.

DB- Good drinkable Wee Heavy. The malt is the most impressive thing here. Not too sweet and the ABV is well hidden, good job.

cbutova, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark brew with a thick creamy head, it is a dark chestnut color that is nearly black; clear enough when held up to the light.

Smell is caramel malts and burnt coffee.

The taste is excellent. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first as I am still relatively unfamiliar with the style, it was much sweeter than I anticipated. Great taste though, the sweet caramel flavors play off of the burnt coffee and tosty malt flavors really well.

Nice thick mouthfeel, goes down deceptively smooth.

Excellent beer. Great Divide is fast becoming a preferred brewer in my fridge.

donteatpoop, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, same as the one pictured. Bottled on: APR 29 2010, printed on label.

A: Black with a mild reddish tint. Thin off-white head and minimal lacing.

S: Rasted malts all the way. Some caramel, coffee and booze.

T&M: Tastes better than the smell. Fairly sweet with a good bit caramel and coffee taste. Almost like a cross between a porter and a stout. Light to medium bodied.

Decent, but definitely not my style of beer. I guess it is good compared to it's description of style with the exception of the body. It ends fairly thin, almost watery.

cdizinno, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Great Divide promo at Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured a cloudy reddish-brown into a pint glass, with two fingers of beige head, and excellent lacing. Smelled very bready, toasty, and yeasty, with only a tiny hint of molasses. The flavor didn't reveal much else either, with an overwhelming bready/biscuity essence, and a dry finish. This beer could certainly benefit from a little more flavor balance. From the smell and appearance, I expected the body to be thicker, but I was surprised to find it medium, smooth, and mildly carbonated. I wouldn't attempt to session this unless the flavor balance is tweaked a little, but the body feel does help this beer's drinkability.

donniecuffs, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with faint earthy red tones. Nice dark cream 2-finger head, but little retention. Not much in the way of lace, either, but so it goes for the style.

Notes of a classic scotch ale fill the nose with peat and dark earth. This one has a cocoa, roast malt character on top of that, though. Alcohol comes through more than most, too.

Very rich taste with lots of roast malt and lots of peat. Cocoa definitely there. Dark cream texture, velvety with a slight hint of astringent fizz.

Easy enough to drink, but very filling.

beer2day, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of biggietattoos
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Claymore. was the 3rd of the Great Divide line up last night.

This beer pours a beautiful red/amber tone.. nice light amber head and moderate lacing.

Smells great. Spicy hop notes come to the forefront

Taste was a nice bold spice flavor, very heavy yet smooth.

Mouthfeel was nice, lightly carbonated tingle.

Very drinkable scotch ale. i could see enjoying this beer alongside a nice steak and potatos dish for sure.

biggietattoos, Jun 17, 2010
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.