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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 109 | 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 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.

Photo of chumba526
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears brown black with a thin layer of brown foam that disappears very quickly.

Smells quite smoky, there is a caramel smell and a bit of a chocolate smell as well. I also smell a bit of coffee.

Tastes slightly sour there are notes of roasted malts, caramel, grassy hops. The finish is slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

The carbonation is a bit high in my opinion and this hurts the drinkability.

Overall a nice example of the Scottish ale it has nice balance and good flavors. However it is just about average it is not amazing. The high carbonation also is unappealing to me. Worth trying though.

Photo of otersen73
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark maple syrup in color with a three finger creamy off-white head that retreated quickly. The beer is clear, free of sediment and begs to be consumed.

Smell - nutty and aromatic with fruit in the background. Some yeastiness is present in the background as well. Caramel malt aroma pokes through (very fragrant).

Taste - nuttiness comes through but is not overpowering. Smoky flavor is also present with fruity notes that seem to add sweetness. Leans harder on the malty side but pretty well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel - very well carbonated. Not tough on the palate, but rather smooth for a scotch ale.

Drinkability - would definitely have another, although the alcohol could sneak up and grab you by the shorties if you're not careful.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a chalice yields three-finger fading head over a nearly-opaque dark mahogany body. Lots of lacing.

Smell is good and rich, dark fruits, sour mash, leather, light cherry tobacco smoke. Lovely aroma -- hope it tastes this good!

Taste does not disappoint, and follows the aroma to a "T." The smokiness is not pronounced, but certainly present and pervasive, though subtle.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for something a bit more palate-coating.

Good drinkability for a Wee Heavy. I could handle two or three of these, although the 7.7% might sneak up on me -- it's entirely hidden in the taste.

Good beer, and one I will certainly look for again as the weather turns this fall.

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Coca Cola brown black with a two finger light tan head that is a bit creamy in texture. The head retains decently and leaves a cloud and ring behind that don't impress. Spotty lace at most.

S- Some caramel and slight roast malt. Nutty brown hints come in but the strength is just OK. Very slight dark fruit in the background.

T- Better here. Good malt flavors of caramel, nutty hints, roastiness. Dark fruit flavors are fairly prominent and nice. Earthy hops in the very background. Some residual sweetness but not bad for a Scotch Ale. Cherry makes an appearance.

MF- Moderate body that is creamy. A mild sting on the palate from good carbonation. A nice coat of malt flavor on the tongue.

DB- Good drinkable Wee Heavy. The malt is the most impressive thing here. Not too sweet and the ABV is well hidden, good job.

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

A nice dark brew with a thick creamy head, it is a dark chestnut color that is nearly black; clear enough when held up to the light.

Smell is caramel malts and burnt coffee.

The taste is excellent. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first as I am still relatively unfamiliar with the style, it was much sweeter than I anticipated. Great taste though, the sweet caramel flavors play off of the burnt coffee and tosty malt flavors really well.

Nice thick mouthfeel, goes down deceptively smooth.

Excellent beer. Great Divide is fast becoming a preferred brewer in my fridge.

Photo of cdizinno
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, same as the one pictured. Bottled on: APR 29 2010, printed on label.

A: Black with a mild reddish tint. Thin off-white head and minimal lacing.

S: Rasted malts all the way. Some caramel, coffee and booze.

T&M: Tastes better than the smell. Fairly sweet with a good bit caramel and coffee taste. Almost like a cross between a porter and a stout. Light to medium bodied.

Decent, but definitely not my style of beer. I guess it is good compared to it's description of style with the exception of the body. It ends fairly thin, almost watery.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Great Divide promo at Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured a cloudy reddish-brown into a pint glass, with two fingers of beige head, and excellent lacing. Smelled very bready, toasty, and yeasty, with only a tiny hint of molasses. The flavor didn't reveal much else either, with an overwhelming bready/biscuity essence, and a dry finish. This beer could certainly benefit from a little more flavor balance. From the smell and appearance, I expected the body to be thicker, but I was surprised to find it medium, smooth, and mildly carbonated. I wouldn't attempt to session this unless the flavor balance is tweaked a little, but the body feel does help this beer's drinkability.

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with faint earthy red tones. Nice dark cream 2-finger head, but little retention. Not much in the way of lace, either, but so it goes for the style.

Notes of a classic scotch ale fill the nose with peat and dark earth. This one has a cocoa, roast malt character on top of that, though. Alcohol comes through more than most, too.

Very rich taste with lots of roast malt and lots of peat. Cocoa definitely there. Dark cream texture, velvety with a slight hint of astringent fizz.

Easy enough to drink, but very filling.

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

Claymore. was the 3rd of the Great Divide line up last night.

This beer pours a beautiful red/amber tone.. nice light amber head and moderate lacing.

Smells great. Spicy hop notes come to the forefront

Taste was a nice bold spice flavor, very heavy yet smooth.

Mouthfeel was nice, lightly carbonated tingle.

Very drinkable scotch ale. i could see enjoying this beer alongside a nice steak and potatos dish for sure.

Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark dark brown with a small ring of tan head around the top edge

S-smells sweet and malty and a bit of an alcohol bite

T-sweet and malty like the smell, and something that tastes sort of like pine towards the end

M-fully body, medium carbonation with a dry finish

D-very full bodied but still very drinkable. The aftertaste throws me a bit since I can't really pinpoint what it is, but overall is a pretty good beer for the style

Photo of beerman207
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I have just missed this on the shelf for a while or not but I love Scotch Ales and I love Great Divide. Perfect.

A: Dark - looks like coke in a glass with a nice tan head that sticks around a bit. No real lacing left though.

S: Nose starts out with malt, chocolate, some dark fruit, and some more malt - nice.

T: Very good sweetness coming through with a chocolate presence as well as a solid malt backbone.

M: A bit watery for my taste

D: Good brew - not sure I"d have more than a few though as it would catch up to me quick.

Photo of stimulus
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with medium light brown carbonation.
S: Malty and sweet.
T: Just like the smell, strong malt body and sweetness dominate this brew with no hints of alcohol in sight.
M: Light and smooth but a bit sticky on the finish.
D: The higher abv is undetectable, and this beer drinks very smoothly for the style.

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

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a creamy light tan head.

Smell of scotch ale yeast, nutty and roasted malts with caramel and a light butterscotch.

Taste of roasted malts, butterscotch, caramel, faint toffee, some malt sweetness but pretty dry for a scotch ale, especially after having Big Sound Scotch Ale recently from CCB. There is a medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall a good scotch ale.

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

Poured Deep mahogany color that appears black until held up to the light - with 1 finger very light tan head - that quickly settled.

Smell is of roasted malts and caramel malts. Also you can smell that this one has some alcohol punch to it.

Taste is sweet caramel and roasted malts again. But im not getting any hot alcohol bite like i expected to...I will have to see how that holds up till the end of the glass. The more I drink this the more I like it actually - its sweet but not too much - definitely not cloying - but it takes me right up to the edge of being to sweet but ultimately pulls back the range before it gets there

Moutfeel is on the high end of medium - but is a very full bodied beer.

Overall I really like this beer, for some reason I have had a negative association with Scotch Ales, [im pretty sure its the word "Scotch" that just turned me off - because of the drink by the same name - and not that I dislike scotch - but because of the thought of having hot alcohol flavor in my beer - totally stupid - i know]so I have always steered away from them - glad I didn't totally give up on them!

Photo of papaloukas
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. Nikodemos and I really enjoyed it a lot. Nice and dark, just how we like 'em. An amazing aftertaste that lasts longer than any beer I've ever tried. Some cocoa and coffee flavors but a bit musky and earthy too. Lacing also hung on the walls of the glass for a long time. Impressive!

This is the 2nd or 3rd wee heavy Scotch Ale I've tried and really liked it. Right up there with Orkney's Skullsplitter!

Photo of Durge
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A black mahogany color with a decent oatmeal colored head and fair lacing. The aroma brings alcohol malt and bayberry hop. Not bad but not impressing me much yet. The flavor is a tangy maple syrup and juniper malt. Alcohol is pretty intrusive here and not entirely to my liking as it seems like the astringent qualities are knocking out the malt sweetness. It's grassy and medicinal to me, chemical hilights. Medium bodied and very lazily carbonated, it has a somewhat silky but limp feel. Soapy sweet, just not my cup of tea and a disappointment from Great Divide, especially for a normally exotic style like this. Vaguely drinkable.

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown (bordering on black) color with a thin beige head that doesn't retain particularly well but that seems typical for a scotch ale. The aroma has a lot of smokiness initially, along with salty bacon, burnt bread, toffee and molasses, some dark fruits (fig and date), and some alcohol. The flavor similarly has an intense smoky character upfront with notes of bacon and peat, along with some blackstrap molasses, burnt bread, plum and fig, treacle, tobacco and alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side, and drinkability is pretty good for the style. Very solid scotch ale, a little on the smoky side but I'm sure that floats some people's boat.

Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites styles, so I'm really glad to see this one on the shelf.

Has a dark brown core with amber edges and a fairly dense dark tan head that wisps away quickly. A few dots and chunks of lay stick randomly.

Aromatically complex with big malts notices initially, followed by a hint of dark berries, toffee and a very faint hop woodiness. A graininess is noticed on the tongue at first. Then some sweet caramel malts come into play with a little spice, some black licorice and a distant dark chocolate. An almost unnoticed hop bitterness makes an appearance at the very end.

Thick and creamy, but not quite chewy, just as it should be. Smooth going down with a little grainy sharpness in spots. A faint alcohol heat is noted. There is very little carbonation extant.

A medium to full bodied heavy hitter. Yum.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cola with red highlights and a thin head

The nose is filled with aromas of slightly roasted malt, thick caramel, a touch of maple and perhaps a little dark chocolate and hint of smoke.

THe taste is big and malty, a little roasty and still a clean finish, very earthy and herbal.

Smooth texture, medium bodied and carbonation on the lower side of things.

THis brew is perhaps a bit heavy and rich to session, but I could easily knock back several. solid!

Photo of udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sort of dark reddish brown color might be my favorite color in a beer. Just fantastic, and helps the "rich" impression. Tan head quickly fades from a finely bubbled creamy cap to a thin ring, leaving a bit of lace behind.

Rich aroma, bit of roast coming out first then plenty of toast before more earthy notes - very fresh smelling. Caramelized sugars are there but perhaps less than in some other examples. Spot on. Not really getting fruit here.

Caramel and mild fruit flavors make more of an appearance in the flavor, but this remains a toasty malt bomb. Not sure if the earthy notes are entirely from the malt or whether the hops have contributed a fair amount, but bitterness is low and does not balance the hefty malt. It is sweet but not overly so. All in all an excellent example of the style. I think the smoke in many is overdone and needs to be faint if even present at all. This beer succeeds in that regard. I prefer the earthy tone set early and often in this beer.

Carbonation is a bit prickly so I wait to finish the glass. Body is only medium, and I'd actually like more alcohol feel/flavor here to balance all the sweet malt, but there is little to quibble with here. For a sipping style, this is remarkably drinkable.

Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-poured into pilsener glass with two fingers of chocolate colored head. body was dark, stout-like, with a lighter transparent tea-like appearance at the bottom of the glass

S-smells of chocolate and roasted malts. sweet toffeeness as well as a bit of rasberry in the nose. chocolate donuts?

T-full of dark breads and grain. very malty in and out. slight skin of a plum bit in there as well. there is a husk or hull vibe as well. must be from the dark grains? reminded me of a nice fat slice of pumpernickel.

M-thick and chewy. just lovely.

D-one more please!

Photo of bceagles39
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Plan B in West Hartford, CT in May 2010.

Pours a nice deep mahogany.

Smells of dark/burnt malts.

Tastes of roasted malts, molasses, lots of sweetness to it. Noticeable hoppiness, so somewhat balanced but scales tip to the sweetness.

Very creamy mouthfeel, smooth.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep red mixed with brown. The highlights are a rich garnet. The head is fluffy but small dispute a semi rough pour. The lacing is minimal.

S- The smell is the weakest part of this beer. It smells strange. There are grassy hops and lots of grain. It smells like a bowl of grits or cocoa wheats.

T- Coffee is pretty strong. There is more heavy, damp grains and chocolate powder.

M- Thicker side of medium, dry with low carbonation.

D- I think this is an easy Wee Heavy. Its much more approachable and palatable than many others of this style. That doesnt mean its among the best...

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.