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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 80 | 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

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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of deereless
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks more like a stout than a scotch ale, the color of prune skin with a tightly packed head, signs of spotty lace along the edges of the glass - 4.25, S: Solid wallop of sweet malts and dark fruits, some toasty caramel, I am unable to perceive any hops - 3.75, T: Caramelized brown sugars, dates and figs, roasted malts and a slight hop bite, ends a little dry, less sweet on the palate than it was on the nose - 4.00, M: Heavy body and a little on the side of being syrupy - 4.00, D: A solid outing by Great Divide in the style, very drinkable and one I would be happy to drink again - 4.00

deereless, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, picked up at Sicilianos in Grand Rapids.

Pours a relatively clear garnet, really dark ruby red, almost approaching brown, thick tan head forms, settles to a medium ring around the glass, good retention, some lace chunks stick to the glass. Smell is nice, very malty and caramelized, bready, biscuity malt, lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates and figs, light chocolate and roast, nutty, very nice and malty, lightly smokey. Taste is nice, caramelized and smokey, raisins, figs, brown sugar, chocolate, biscuit, quite fruity, some roast, a touch of alcohol, real nice finish on it, sweet but not overly so, really nice smokey character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable but could had a bigger mouthfeel.

Viggo, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

Pours dark brown with dark ruby highlights on the edges. A thin head becomes a lasting large patch, leaving some vanishing lacing.

The smell is of some chocolate and toffee with a hint of peat, some dark fruit and earthy notes and a hint of Scotch.

The taste is sweet upfront - licorice, toffee, some milk chocolate. It is balanced by earthy tones and a touch of peat smoke/roast. A touch of Scotch whiskey is in the dry finish.

It is medium bodied, smooth with mild to medium carbontion.

Leaves a nice malty aftertaste that is not too sweet. Nicely done - an enjoyable Wee Heavy!

jwc215, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown hea on an opaque, black body. Weak retention and minor lace.

S - A light, roasted malt aroma with some caramel and a little bit of fruity yeast.

T - Sweet malt with a light roasted flavor up front. Dark fruit in the middle, notes of plum and raisin. Finishes with caramel and a hint of smoke balanced by light, lingering malt bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - While this beer is fairly thick and sweet, it is balanced and the finish is dry enough to keep it drinkable. A decent example of the style, though there isn't that much going on and the roast character may be a bit stronger than expected.

nickfl, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque dark brown/black with a 2 finger tan head that falls to a cover with just a ring of lace.
Smell is toasted malt with a bit of sweetness and some smoke.
The taste starts with a little smoke then followed by the toasty, caramel malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a bit lacking for me feeling a somewhat thin.
Drinkability is good, up there but not terribly high in ABV and it's not apparent. Lots of malt if you appreciate that in a SA/WH.

Thanks to AltBock for pulling one from his sixpack and giving it to me at the Canadian Breakfast Stout event at Capone's.

meatyard, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6 oz sampling. Poured dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas were slightly fruity, some butterscotch, but had a strange rancid aroma that was difficult to describe. Tastes were malty with butterscotch notes and hints of brown sugar - very sweet. Finishes sweet with no bitterness and a mild taste of caramel with some off-flavors resembling the aroma mentioned earlier. Mouth-feel was thin-to-medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, I was not a fan of this one. As far as resembling the style, I feel they did a pretty good job, but the flavors just weren't right for me.

barnzy78, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 3, 2009.

Poured into a Tulip glass. Pours a clear but murky brown color. Appears nearly black, but when held into the light it has deep ruby hues. Light tan half finger head produced that shrinks to a small ring. Slow, laboring carbonation. Small sheets of lace coat the outside of the glass.

The aroma is caramel malts, with a nice toasted character. Toasty and roasty, mmm. Very smokey as well. I'm not getting any hops but then again this bottle is over 5 months old so it's not unreasonable for them to have dropped off a bit. Mostly smokey and roasted malts, with a nice caramel base.

The taste is very light, and if served at a cold temperature you might not taste anything. Very lightly roasted and smoked malts, the caramel is almost non-existent in the taste. As it warms, chocolate comes out in force and nearly takes this one over completely. Definitely drink this one warmer rather than colder, you'll miss out if you don't.

Mouthfeel is light body, smooth with a little bite from the carbonation. No lingering bitter aftertaste in this one. Drinkability is great, however. I could drink these all night.

I am honestly impressed with this one. Granted, it's not a fresh bottle and I would like to try one, but I think this tastes better than a fresh bottle would. I like that the bitterness has dropped off and the smokey malts shine through. A good offering from a great brewery.

Mistofminn, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours near black in color with a finger of head. Smell is bread right out of the toaster with some caramel drizzled on top. Taste is slightly ashy, which is unfortunate. A bit sweet with lots of bread and caramel malt qualities. Medium bodied. This one isn't too bad, but the ashiness detracts from the drinkability.

alcstradamus, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of CaptFrothy
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To me, scotch ale is all about mouthfeel and maltiness.
This has too much black patent malt tilting it towards a smokey tipple. A bit high on the carbination as well. Doubtfull I'll buy again, too many others that deliver the malty silkiness I associate and appreciate in this style.

CaptFrothy, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong pour releases a two and a half finger rocky tan head that has nice retention. Body is the deepest of browns showing ruby tones on the edges when held to light. Nose is slightly smokey at first then comes through with sweet malts and dark fruit notes including ripe wine grapes. First sip shows a hint of smoke quickly yielding to a very sweet palate full of silky fruit. This fruit feel is a mix of sweet grape juice, raisins, plum and some backround spice. Overall this is quite sweet with a smokey balance but it is almost to sweet. It is a bit scattered on the mouthfeel. Drinkability is solid.

SPLITGRIN, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, bottled on Feb 17 2009. Poured to a snifter, thanks to Wasatch for sending this along.

Label gives not only a brief description of the beer and the sword for which it's named, it adds suggested food pairings (pot roast with roasted vegetables, seared lamb shank with white beans, bread pudding). Making me hungry, but alas i have none of these kingly staples of which to partake...

A: Seems black at first glance, so dark that no light penetrates. On closer inspection it's the deepest brown, barely permitting a deep garnet light to cut through. Modest head fades to near nothingness, leaving only a slim tan ring and kiss of film atop.

S: Loads of smoke, an earthy/peaty noseful that hides its sugars and its hops well. Kept waiting on this to develop, but it remains mostly smoke, beginning to take on more a 'stale ashtray' the more it warms...

T: Loads of malt, husky grain, zesty spice (nutmeg and earthy cinnamon), plenty of cocoa. The chocolate/cocoa really builds, becoming more bittersweet and rich as it warms and lingers. Has a mild citric tartness, just like the best dark chocolate. Nice.

M: Terrific feel: warm, coating, filling. Medium-full body seems to thicken with each sip.

D: Solid choice in the US-made 'Scotch/Wee Heavy' category. Plenty of flavor, long-lasting...some happy accidents develop along the way to make things interesting. One I'd be happy to have again; thanks for the bottle, John.

msubulldog25, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew has a deep brown - almost black color, with some ruby red shining through.

Brew has a big roasted malt smell, caramel, nuts and a coffee type smell.

The brew tastes of roasted malts, sweet caramel some spicy mouthfeel/aftertaste. This one is almost like a winter warmer to me.

The brew is tasty but not what I was expecting or hoping for. It is almost a bit like a winter warmer - which is what I wasnt looking for. Decent brew. More of a sipper then an all nighter.

magine, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very underrated style and one of my favorite styles of beer. Pours a beautiful dark red color, huge off white foamy head to it. Get a bit of caramel in the nose and a hint of booziness. Taste is just magically smooth.. great body and mouthfeel to this beer. Nice roastiness flavor to it, a bit hot on alcohol on the swallow (which I don't really mind) although some people may find it a negative thing. Incredibly well balanced and fairly drinkable for a higher ABV beer... I've liked everything I've tried from this brewery especially this one.. give it a try.

oriolesfan4, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle I received in trade from dwennis into a standard pint glass. It has a very dark ruby color with a thick, creamy off-white head. There is a bit of lacing, but it is in clumps, not uniform around the glass. I can smell sweet malts and alcohol that is reminiscent of a mild bourbon. There is some hop in the taste, but ot is not bitter. There is also some mellow caramel sweetness that is quite tasty. You can also taste some alcohol at the end, which provides some warmth. Very nice, like a good port or bourbon. This is a rich, creamy beer. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and provides some warmth as it goes down. I'm drinking it a bit above cellar temperature, and it is near perfect. I don't think I could drink it all night because it is so strong and rich, but I could certainly drink a few of these beers. My overall opinion is that it is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

ToasterChef, Jun 28, 2009
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
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.