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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 60 | 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 magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany, opaque, with a short ring of off-white bubbles. Some lacing at first, but dissipates halfway down the glass. Rich caramel and smoke aroma. Some chocolate and toffee, but always with a nice lingering smoke. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a long finish. Hearty malt profile. More smoke, kind of peaty, but matched with the caramel malt. Bit of a hop bitterness towards the back. Again, toffee and cocoa flavors come out as the beer warms. A very good example of the style.

magictrokini, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very rich brown color with just a hint of red on the edges. Creamy tan head with little retention and no lace.

S- Smells of rich sweet malts up front. Bitter chocolate, toffee, and a touch of dark fruit.

T- Malts everywhere here no doubt about it. Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt. A bit of toffee, chocolate and a touch of hops at the very finish.

M- Medium to full in body and good carbonation.

D- I had no problems drinking this one.

nrbw23, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GD is going crazy with its new beers. Pours a semi hazy chestnut brown color with a light shade of brown hue throughout. Not much of a head, even with a help on the pour. A egg shell white color with bigger bubbles and note much retention or lacing.

The nose is a bit off. There is a sweetness that is a bit much for style and an off caramel note. Some melanodian notes and a almost Special B like malt aromas as well. Some earthy and fig/raisin notes. The yeast really comes out and has some rose peddles, butyric and stale aromas. Some good but a bit of off notes really distracts.

The taste is note as sweet as the nose would indicate but still a bit sweet for style. Some bready and caramel notes and a touch of brown sugar notes. Would like more of a malty flavor, instead has a light husky note. The butyric is still there, if note comes out more. Some esters, plums, figs and hints of chocolate. There is a harshness from the hops and stale notes in the finish, but both are minor.

The body is moderate and really lacking for style. Some sugary notes leaves an almost dry finish. Overall a bit disappointing. Would like to see more depth and maltiness out of this one. But very easy to drink.

Oxymoron, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of far333
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.

far333, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
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.

bennetj17, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
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.

jjanega08, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, May 31, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
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.

BirdFlu, May 28, 2009
Photo of kenn
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.

kenn, May 28, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
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.

Infamous7100, May 28, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, May 25, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, May 24, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
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.

Birdiebeagle, May 13, 2009
Photo of bamadog
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.

bamadog, May 12, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, May 04, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
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

hosehead83, May 04, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, May 02, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

ColForbinBC, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
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

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.

coldmeat23, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
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.

hckyfn9999, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
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.

flexinwext, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
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.

yemenmocha, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
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.

Gyle41386, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
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.

BretSikkink, Apr 23, 2009
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.