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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 116 | 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

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Ratings: 1,265 | Reviews: 441
Photo of Schemy
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A: Dark brown with light tan head.

S: Malty sweet smell. Hints of roasted barley.

T: Good taste, semi sweet. Malted barley taste. Hints of chocolate.

M: Good feel. little remanance.

D: Definate drinkability. Not heavy alchohol taste.

Photo of Bfarr
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep nut brown with thin brown head with little retention and no lacing. Peaty and sweet chocolate balance of aromas. Milk chocolate up front witha sweet caramel and lightly peaty finish. Alcohol is well blended and gives a light warming sensation. Very smooth silky and creamy texture with a nice mouthcoating and a little stickiness on the lips.

I'm a sucker for a sweet beer and this one has it in spades. I do normally like my scotch ales a bit more peaty but this is good, too. An absolutely fantastic mouthfeel. It has a creaminess just short of a glass of milk and very enjoyable for this type of beer

Photo of ectomorph
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle has the perfect label IMO. It has a small description of the beer and its' intentions, a bottled on date of 4-29-2010 and even suggested food pairings. This doesn't affect the beer's rating, but it's worth noting. Served in a tulip.

A - Very dark mahogany with ruby edges when held up to the light. Minimal head fades quickly to a single ring.

S - Sweet malty goodness. Some roasted barley, chocolate, some sherry and black fig as well. Almost porter like.

T - Very clean malt profile. Caramel and chocolate sweetness meld with a pleasant roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol is noted in the crisp finish but is in no way hot. Very pleasant malt bomb.

M - Medium to big bodied, with good to low carbonation. Very clean finish and inviting.

D - I would almost never say high for a 7+% brew, but this one is pretty damn drinkable. Malty but not overly sweet or tiring on the palate. Another fine offering from Great Divide.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights with a minimal tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving just a pin stripe and no lacing.

S: A strong toasted caramel malt backbone with faint hops. A very sweet aroma that's a little peaty.

T: A great roasted chocolate malt flavor with soft hops that are mildly bitter and hints of coffee. Kind of earthy notes. This beer taste a little sweet & full with a medium to dry finish. Very smooth.

M: Decent carbonation with a medium body. Very light and smooth on the palate.

D: Really enjoyed this beer and if it was offered to me I wouldn't turn it down. However, I don't see myself searching for this one again. Nothing too amazing.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/24/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of chocolate, vanilla and caramel, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but is right where it should be for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice sipper beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of bfree
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark, finger width of foam that dissipated quickly leaving tracings on the edge of the glass

S: I smell coffee with a smokey character

T: coffee and smokey, milk chocolate aftertaste

M: thin body with mild carbonation

D: Delicious beer, seems to be smokier than the few "wee heavies" I have had before and also more of a milky character. Not too filling for such a rich tasting beer

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

12 oz from a 6-pack (bottled Jun 17, 2010), poured into a pint glass.

When I first came to Denver from Brooklyn, people would rave and rave about Brooklyn brewery. Brooklyn brewery is so ubiquitous in new york that I had never really thought to cherish it much. Having been away from Brooklyn a long while now, i miss my beloved black chocolate stout, and the barman at Brooklyn Bowl warning anyone brave enough to order it that it was 10% ABV ... oooh! I feel like when I leave Denver, I'll feel the same way about Great Divide, and yes that was a lot of talk about Brooklyn Brewery in a review of a Great Divide beer, but the point is that here in Denver, we take Great Divide's tastiness for granted.

A: Very dark.

S: Sweet with a smokey underbelly.

T: Peaty, smokey, earthy and nutty.

F: Smoooth. Like lace, only actually smooth.

D: w00t, but not spectacular (note the taking for grantedness)

Photo of aubuc1
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated June 17, 2010

Pours a clear dark brown with a nice light tan head.

Smell is an earthy, wheat bread, and some light caramel.

Taste is a tobaccoish, light roast, and some light hop to keep it dry. Slight twinge of alcohol, but not hot. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Highly drinkable beer.

A top for the style.

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This batch was bottled 6/17/10, so we're still pretty fresh.

Appearance: dark, caramelly amber-brown. When held up to the light, a bright red color is apparent. Head is a thin finger of creamy tan foam without much retention. I like the color quite a lot.

Smell: rather light, somewhat caramelly malt aroma. Smells a bit like a porter but without the roast. It's OK.

Taste: sweet caramelly malt body. It's not bad, and pretty smooth, but there's a healthy dose of biscuity flavor here of which I'm not a fan. Other Scotch ales I've had aren't nearly as biscuity, and personally I don't think it works well with the style. Still, it's not too terribly bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. I'd like a little more body than this, but overall it's not bad.

Drinkability: this is a middlin' Scotch ale. Far from my favorite, it's still a drinkable malty treat when you're in the mood for such.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of pillowy foam. It left a little sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled mossy and earthy. There were some bready malts present, too.

T - Good caramel and chocolate maltiness with an earthy, grassy hop presence. It had a slightly boozy taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Nice scotch ale. Great Divide does another great job with yet another style.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always wanted to do a side by side tasting of a beer!

One bottled "Feb 22 2010" another bottled "July 13 2010"

A - Both poured a nice black color with an amber tint. Obviously the July 13th has more carbonation and the Feb one has none being 7 months old. Mild lacing on both.

S - The smell of the July has more predominant coffee but both have more of a malty sweetness smell and very mild booze.

T - Well the Feb is real smooth with mild coffee, very mild scotch and ABV burn and a nice malty finish.

The July with more carbonation has a more balanced coffee body, even milder in scotch and ABV burn and a nice bitter finish.

Very interesting

M - Heavy on the Feb. and medium on the July weird.

D - I don't know if I got a lighter batch in one, heavier in another or if this beer gets boozier with age but I defiantly like it fresh since it has more of a coffee tone that covers the ABV. Will try it and find it again with hopefully less than 2 months age.

Photo of Transatlantic
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brandy/Snifter

A - Very Stout black with very dim red light near the bottom of the glass. Creamy head that dissipated at moderate speeds. Great lacing

S - Light coffee smell mixed with Milk Chocolate

T - Like the smell, the sweet milk chocolate taste kicks with the slightly bitter light coffee taste coming in. Mixed in with all of this is some smokey flavor.

M - Medium to almost Full Bodied with the bitterness and smokey flavor staying with you after each sip (or gulp)

D - This is a very drinkable beer with all the flavors blended beautifully. You might spend a little more for the 6-pack than you would any other 6-pack of craft brews, but it's a 6-pack you can't back away from.

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

bottle to the pint glass.

A- A beautiful deep ruby brown. Thin head, no lacing

S- Nose filled with sweet caramel. Musky

T- Mild Smokey front, touch of cocoa/espresso rounding that out and burnt caramel with a touch of vanilla through the end. light smokey finish.

M- Gassy carbonation give the creaminess texture. Its sticky.

D- As of now, I don't have a Scotch Ale to compare. But overall as a beer, I like it. It does have a great drinkability to it.
Id love to include this in a tasting among others of the style. I do enjoy this brew. I do feel the finish lacks a bit of linger, but it wouldnt keep me from exploring it more.

Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a part of a mixed sixpack and was disappointed with many of the beers that came in it. The Scotch Ale, however, was somewhat of an exception. It was pretty much everything you would expect or want from a scotch ale. Good malty/spicy aroma, great flavor, nice light head to contrast the dark caramel colored beer. A must try for Scotch Ale lovers.

Photo of Jesstyr
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has become a go-to beer for me - great for food pairings, particularly meat and artisinal cheese. Poured into a McChouffe chalice, as these truly reminds me of a belgian strong dark.

Pours a cloudy dark brown - chocolaty in complexion. Head is light tan and very small - pretty much a lining at he top of the glass. Nose is sweet, and definitely has a very light scotch nature to it - very enjoyable.

Very flavorful brew, stands up with the best strong dark ales. Slightly sweet, nice and malty and definitely has some subtle scotch and chocolate. Overall very full bodied and smooth, with no noticeable alcohol. Just a great overall drink, lots of subtle flavors that pairs great with some great food.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Scotch Ale pours a very dark brown near black with a tan head that settles to only a collar of foam. Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt, but fairly one straightforward nose.

Taste is similar of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, but finishes with a more complex semi dry hint of toasted nuts. The mouthfeel is full with a greater level of carbonation than I had originally anticipated and could be dialed back in my opinion. Fairly drinkable given its alcohol content and an all around good beer. Comes short of the exceptional characteristics found in some of Great Divide's other brews.

Photo of JBIII
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More malt sweetness than expected. However, I would consider it one of the better Scotch Ales.

At 7.7% ABV, it's worth trying if you are looking for a higher gravity maltier beer with hints of roast.

I definitely expected the roasted malt properties of this beer to better balance out the malt sweetness, but it was not the case.

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, slightly red in the light. No resulting head formulation.

Aromas of traditional malts and caramel right away. Roasty and biscuity. No hop detection; in smell at least.

Tastes are fairly bold and complex. I get some sweetness which is quickly overtaken by some unexpected peat malt (maybe I am imigining it), def some roasted malts.

Medium to thick bodied. It's definitely complex and thick and really needed to be warmer to enjoy all the flavors

This was just good beer, nothing crazy or over the top in either a poor or great way, but overall I'm glad I sampled it.

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

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into Stone RIS Tulip

A - Pours a rather dark, nearly black brown, with a minimal tan head that quickly gives way to a thin lacing. Almost porter-like in this regard.

S - Smell is of caramel and molasses, with smokey and nutty undertones. Slight alcohol presence.

T - Taste is of caramel, molasses, chocolate, burnt espresso, and a nice nutty/smokey character to it overall. Alcohol is slightly present, but well subdued. This somewhat comes off to me as a cross between a traditional wee heavy, and a porter, but make no mistake, it's delicious!

M - Nice and full bodied, creamy. Mild carbonation.

D - A tasty brew, but I'd stick to one or two due to the ABV and body.

Overall - Those looking for a "true" wee-heavy might be a bit thrown off by the porter-like characteristics that are present in this beer, but those simply looking for a good beer will not be disappointed. Give this one a try!

Photo of atsprings
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep almost opaque black with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is dark malts with a slight bit of roast. The taste is a nice dark malts, caramel, dark chocolate and espresso. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer, even on a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of SamN
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Solid dark brown ale. Nearly impenetrable by light, at the edges are a mellow dark amber glowings. No real head to speak of, a thin dirty brown foam crown appears for a few moments before fading to cloud-like patches. Looks murky, dirty almost.

S- Large quantities of dark malt, but no roasty character. Instead, there is only thick caramel and bread like aromas, with just a touch of vegetably residue and musty hints. It's a hearty smell, very malty. Slight hops noticeable in the finish, rounding out an overall good smelling beer.

T- Loads of nutty, malty sweetness, a little smokey edge in there too. The mustiness creeps into the taste some, too, giving it a sort of cardboard flavor. Almost no discernible hops, just a metric ass load of heavy duty malt flavor. Yet despite it's big character, the flavor isn't as intense as I expected. The sweetness expected is less as well, probably balanced out by a well placed hoppy finish to take the edge off. Not as complex as I expected, but certainly not bad at all; I'm just not overwhelmed by the taste here like I was with the Belgica and Hades ales.

M- A little on the lighter side, bordering on a little watery. Quite a bit or carbonation, I feel it could benefit from a little less action on the palette. Becomes a little thicker and befitting of a malty ale as it warms and loses it's active carbonation.

D- Solidly average. I'm sure there are better examples of a Wee Heavy. This ismy first foray into the style, I can see the attraction, but this particular beer didn't quite take for me.

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of climax
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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