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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 108 | 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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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.

Photo of jkdrummer
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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.

Photo of WOTO97
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.