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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,077 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 30
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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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far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black with ruby highlights. A low light brown head rises minimally and sinks quickly.

Aroma of dark malt, a tad roasty, a tad sweet. Plus some fig and cocoa, hint of smoke.

Flavor is rich, tending a bit toward sweet, some hints of smoke and leather, plus cocoa and prune. Low to moderate bitterness, not too much hop coming through. Marshmallow and toffee lingers. Lots of flavors, pretty complex.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy upfront, but finishes tingly. Tasty and drinkable, good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:08:02 | More by far333
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep drown color, when viewed in the light some ruby hues can be seen. The pour starts out flat looking, but by the end a solid half inch of tan foam develops. The head lasts quite a few minutes before flattening out to a frothy film. Notes of brown sugar and coffee dominate the aroma, with suggestions of estery fruit. Smells a bit like a cinnamon roll, but not quite that sweet.

The taste is semi-sweet, with a raisiny-caramel character. It's almost drying at the finish, with a hint of bitterness, but not particularly roasty. I am pleased the alcohol presence is not really noticible. The carbonation is somewhat low, but decent for the style. It's not real thick, although perhaps a bit syrupy.

Overall I thought this was a decent Scotch Ale. It wasn't real impressive, but I might try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 04:18:19 | More by bennetj17
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a very dark brown almost black with a coca cola color when held to the light. A beautiful two finger head that's thick and creamy on the sides and bigger soapy bubbles are in the middle.
S= quite pungent carmel malts with a little chocolate malt. I almost smell hints of hops and a minimal amount of smoke.
T= sweetness up front which mellows out quickly to a refreshing caramelly taste and is then taken over by a sear smooth finish with a little smoke or pepper? A little warming alcohol too
M= very light carbonation and coating but the flavor doesn't stick around long in the glass.
D= great. A very nice scotch ale. Ill be looking for it again. Super easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:41:09 | More by jjanega08
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cjgator3

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a lot of caramel and chocolate malts with just a touch of smoke and hops.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with a lot of malt with a touch of roastiness and unsweetened chocolate. In the finish, there is some smoke and finally the alcohol kicks in.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- Claymore Scotch Ale is a pretty tasty brew that is definitely worth a shot. Another solid beer from Great Divide. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:41:20 | More by cjgator3
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is certainly not bad by any means, but still a bit disappointing.. The super dark appearance was fairly impressive, but the flavor and aroma have little more to offer than roasty malt (and not even in a really good way, as you can find with some doppelbocks, etc).. Mouthfeel is full-bodied but not chewy.. I suggest drinking it cold, as I had one that was approaching room temp and it became quite unpleasant. Not too much complexity in the flavor, but, again, its not bad. I dont know if I'd go out of my way to buy it again, but it certainly is decent and if you're nuts about scotch ales its worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 19:17:53 | More by BirdFlu
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kenn

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle to stout glass. deep dark brown in color. very light tan head about one finger which didnt last very long. very little lacing. sweet roasted malty scent & little hop character. mouth feel was pleasant & a little sweet with some bitterness in the end. I enjoyed this beer & could drink a few more.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:56:41 | More by kenn
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown and slightly red. On this pour, I had absolutely no head.
S: Picked up on the malts and caramel right away. Roasty and perhaps a hint of syrup. Not too bad.
T: Very bold and complex. I get some sweetness which is quickly overtaken by some unexpected bitterness, which I assume is the hop profile coming through. I can taste the roasted malts as well.
M: Medium to thick bodied. It's definitely hearty and leaves a little bitter hang on the palate.
D: This was more first endevour into the wee heavy catagory, so perhaps I need to get used to it. It was a good beer, but I expected more malty sweetness rather than the bitterness I was left with.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:21:22 | More by Infamous7100
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop, spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from GD.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 18:30:25 | More by Wasatch
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:35:46 | More by Gueuzedude
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Birdiebeagle

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Ours a deep brown with a tan head. The head is creamy and lasting. The head is producing nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel, malts, and nuts. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is on the lines of a light stout. Has good blending. Hints of a slight metalic taste. Has a medium body. A solid finish with a good aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 11:29:55 | More by Birdiebeagle
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

Overall a pretty solid scotch ale - I would have actually expected more of a carmelly malt profile than what did show up as this was much more like like burnt and toasty malty flavor, but overall still pretty good. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, like freshly brewed coffee with a slight hint of deep ruby when held to the light; starts with a 1 finger head that is the lightest tan and looks thick (almost like a skin); pretty full curtain-like lacing holds on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Deep dark long boiled malts and a nice bitter hop profile is in the back; slight presence of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Very toasty and bready malt profile with a very mild caramel/burnt sugar presence as well that follows right behind the bread, even a little smokey; again there is a slight bitter/earthy hop profile way in the back that helps balance the sweeter aspects of the malt (which really isn't overly sweet to begin with but more toasty).

Mouthfeel: Moderately tingly; mouth is left a little sticky on the tongue but largely the finish is clean; body of the beer is actually a little lighter than I would have preferred or expected as I prefer these to be a little creamier.

Drinkability: Pretty high actually - this would be a great fall beer. The smokey/toasty presence reminds me a bit of a campfire. While the body isn't what I would have preferred, still a solid beer overall and I'd gladly drink some more.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 22:32:11 | More by bamadog
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into a standard pint glass. Interested in trying this new brew from GD.

A- Claymore Scotch Ale is a dark brown color with some thickness coming out of the bottle. A steady pour yielded no more than 1/2 an inch of semi tight off white foam that left minimal lace. Looks rather thick once it's all condensed in the glass.

S- Typical of a scotch ale this is heavy on the caramel and roasted malt scents rising up. Also getting some light coffee and some peat. Smells rich and very sweet with hops there but not powerful. Some bready scents plus some dark fruits. Not the best scent, but it will do.

T- Surprisingly, the first thing I pick up on is dark fruits which are noticable and have a dark plum taste. Right up there with the fruit is caramel and peat with just a underlining of smoke. Roasted malts and just a touch of bittering hops. Overall this one is on the sweet side.

M- You can't really taste the alcohol, that's well hidden, but there is a sharp burn on the tounge coming from this, which is odd as this is quite low in alc. Claymore almost reaches a full bodied brew but it is not quite there. Some carbonation is felt. Not sure if it gets better as it warms, more of the same.

D- This was a good one to go to for a try at something new, but it did not quite hit the mark for me. I guess scotch ales taste the same to me and leave me wanting more variety. Perhaps some short term aging in the cellar can mute that alcohol sting that was present and meld the flavors better.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 18:45:15 | More by BARFLYB
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glas
Dark brown/red with half-inch tan head
Aroma-Malty, slight chocolate and caramel
Taste- Big malts with subtle smokiness and a hint of hops lingering in the background. Very smooth and to my taste a bit thin. I would like a bit more hop profile to round out the flavor a bit more.
Overall, not bad, but certainly some room for a little more body

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 18:30:44 | More by hosehead83
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Used motor oil color. Thick creamy tan head has good retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

4.0 S: Sweet chocolately aroma predominates then brown sugar and some breadiness.

4.0 T: Bread bomb. Tons of breadiness followed by a big hit of sweet chocolate. Decent amount of hop bitterness and some grassy hop flavor. I approve.

4.5 M: Medium heavy body. Good amount of carbonation. Quite creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good brew all around. Not so drinkable if you don't like a strong breadiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:53:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a dark garnet, almost perfectly clear with a creamy tan head that rose two fingers. Good staying power with sheets of lacing.

An immediate smoked aroma fills my nose. A little too much smoke for a scotch ale. Some mild fruitiness and sweet caramel malts lay very low behind the smoke. Not a big fan of the nose.

The smoke hangs back a little bit in the flavor, but is still very present. An interesting addition to the flavor of a scotch ale. The rest of the flavor profile consists of burnt caramel, dark cherries and a touch of booze.

Medium to full bodied with a decent carbonation that makes it lighter than it probably really is. A tad creamy.

Once you get past the smoke, this guy drinks OK. This is not my favorite of the style and probably one I will not revisit in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 14:21:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLED ON MARCH 03, 2009

Pours a very deep, dark shade of brown. One finger head of creamy, light brown foam. Retention is good. Lacing is good in form, but quite slippery.

Nice, sweet malty nose. Hints of dark cherries floating in caramel toffee. A raft, made of brown sugar, floats by and the cherries climb aboard. On the raft, the cherries mingle with raisins, who say that they would offer them some bacon, but it is gone, with only a light hint of smoke remaining.

A big malty presence, as there should be. Not as overly sweet as the nose suggested it would be. Light hints of caramel and brown sugar mixed with some dark fruits. Unexpectedly, there is a definite note of coffee and some light chocolate hints. Quite surprising, to me, to find these here, but they work nicely. Light touch of smoke. Very mild hop kiss on the finish.

Good medium-full body. I would like it to be fuller, for my tastes, but it's not bad, by any means. Nice level of smooth creaminess.

Nicely drinkable, but not quite as good as I'd hoped. I'll revisit another bottle in the future and see how it goes. I do believe that it will age well for up to three to five years.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:33:19 | More by coldmeat23
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some reddish hues around the edges. About a finger of cream colored head. No lacing, and not much retention. Smell is of caramel, toasted malt, and raisins.

Taste is very malty but not too sweet. Nice toasted malt flavors, a touch of caramel, and some smokieness in the background. A bit of a grassy hop is noticeable in the finish. Medium-full mouthfeel with a nice smooth carbonation level. The 7.7% ABV is not noticeable at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 02:38:56 | More by hckyfn9999
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flexinwext

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint. Two to three fingers of nice tan head, stayed for about 5 mins. Nice dark brown opaque color. Sweet smell, somewhat caramel-esque. Brilliant lacing. Taste was very sweet and malty, slight alcohol and coffee aftertaste. Pretty thick mouthfeel but very soothing. Reminds me somewhat of a glass of sweet wine. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Nice contrast to the usual hoppy beers I frequent.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:42:18 | More by flexinwext
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black, or at least extremely dark ruby. Contrasting off white head is classy.

Nose is delightful with peatsmoke, a suggestion of bacon, and smoked malts.

Palate offers a masculine roasty malt flavor with some of the peat from the nose mixing in, and a robust toffee/caramel middle that leads to a toffee-like finish.

Medium bodied and dangerously drinkable for the alcohol. Exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 04:46:52 | More by yemenmocha
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with reddish tint when held to light. Small tan head. Not much lacing.

Very malty aroma. Nice roast quality, as well as some sweet caramel and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the background.

Rich flavor. Pretty much follows the nose, although the roast isn't as prominent, and there's some minor hop bitterness. Great balance. Dry finish.

Very smooth drinker. Body is on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Really good stuff, which is the norm from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:19:24 | More by Gyle41386
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks nearly black with a nice tall head of tanned, whipped foam. Nice look overall, even though the lacing is nil.

Aromas are mainly malty, in line with style, and mildly sweet with a hint of caramel mixed in among a light astringent coffee note.

The flavor is very balanced, with lots of malt characters: milk chocolate with a hint of bitterness, dark fruits, note of caramel. The finish is also balanced, dry, and doesn't linger much. The body is medium, with good smoothness. Not quite up to creamy, but not bad at all. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 22:32:15 | More by BretSikkink
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tpd975

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to markwise for the bottle.

A: Pours a very rich nutty brown hue. Creamy tan head with little retention. No lace.

S: Lots of rich sweet malt up front. Bitter chocolate, toffee, and a touch of dark fruit.

T: Malty no doubt. Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt. A touch of nutty toffee and rich decadant chocolate. A smattering of hops in the finish.

M: Rather full for the style, big, bold, and rich.

D: Not bad. Nice shot at the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 21:45:04 | More by tpd975
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Claymore pours an almost black body beneath a creamy head of tan foam. When held to the light you can see clear, dark mahogany brown highlights.

The aroma is malty and gently sweetish with notes of caramel and chocolate, and a subtle hint of roasted grains. Occasional notes of light fruit waft by, but hops are not to be found.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body and creamy smooth, as it should be, adding to the perception of the maltiness.

The flavor is rich, as might be expected, but not overdone. It's malty with lots of dark caramel and soft notes of bittersweet chocolate. Some minor roastiness is present, and along with the moderate hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol, it finishes drying and balanced.

The Scotch ale/wee heavy style is one that's easily overdone, tipping either towards too much malt or too much alcohol. And even just within the maltiness, it can lean too much towards caramel or too much towards roastiness - but there's none of that here. It's very focused. And that's what the style is really about. It's a big beer, and it's rich, but it's also very focused which keeps it drinkable. Great Divide is kind of known for that in all of their beers, but it's particularly welcome here. Very nicely done, and I'd have to say, quite possibly the most authentic American-brewed version of the style (although a little more yeast character wouldn't hurt). Superb!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 00:10:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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becktone

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 3-27-09

Eye: This beer is an extremely dark red. Because it is such a dark shade, it actually appears to be dark brown or even black. Its such a dark red that it is really hard to tell if the beer is clear, most of time you just end up seeing your reflection in the glass. But at the right angle you can see that the beer is a deep garnet and is perfectly clear. The head is creamy and has nice formation and retention, at about 3/4 of a finger...it doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon. Lacing is composed of rings where the beer sits in the glass betweet sips, when the level of the beer drops to for the next ring after a drink, a sheet of lace connects them.

Nose: Sweet malt and some smokiness is present yet reclusive. Can't really get much more that that to be honest. Some hints of caramel, some fruitiness...hard to tell. The aroma is weak overall, some more potentency would be nice.

Tongue: Malt sweetness and some smokey flavors come through as well. Huge malt flavor here, sweetness from caramel malts, perhaps some caramunich or caravienna in here. Slight graininess in the background as well. All in all a nicely crafted beer, nothing huge about it that would keep drawing me back, then again I'd have to horizontally compare it to others of the same style to understand this beers placement in the bigger picture. Just a pleasant malty beer, hard not to like this one.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy body with just enough carbonation to give it life. I've had other Great Divide beers that were poor, but in this one I can find no fault. Its a nice beer. This is one that I'll not be opposed to drinking again, though I'd like to explore the style further before I come back. Nothing outstanding or mind shattering about his brew, it is as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:09:19 | More by becktone
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Dark brown with reddish hues. Pours with a creamy, tan head then settles to a quarter inch and remains the life of the pint.
S) Yeasty with notes of roasted coffee and caramel. A very earthy aroma.
T) A mellow crispness on the nose then a transition to a mildly smoky, caramel aftertaste.
M) Creamy and smooth, not the harsh bitterness sometimes accompanying this style of beer.
D) A unique, yet true to form Scottish / Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:33:40 | More by u2carew
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.