Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -1%
A - DARK brown that is crystal clear when bright light is passed through. Miniscule tan head that is hardly worth mentioning, but some fleeting lace. This is typical for higher gravity beers.
S - Well... there is hardly anything in the nose. It's certainly not foul, so middling marks on aroma. Maybe I'll try again after allergy season.
T - MAAALLLT!!! YES! Lot's of malt and crystal malt. The malt is there and you will know what malt is should you taste this beer. Also a nice taste of roastiness and a bit of chocolate at the back. Sweet, but not cloying and sickening. Just a hint of something earthy that may be peat- very nice! Bitterness is neutral of flavour and just enough. BUT... the flavour of this ale is somewhat simple for it all.
M - There is little doubt about whether or not there is malted barley product in your mouth! Carbonated, but not at all ebullient.
O - Got a wild hair on an hot summer day and wanted something new that I knew from reading I'd prefer for the cold months. Evidently, I like Wee Heavy. What can I say? I've never encountered a beer that I thought was "too malt-forward". Needs a nose. Why can't I smell this ale?!? Flavour really needs a bit more complexity. Just seems like something with so much crystals should also have a bit more specials. A little more peat (was it?) and a dram of smoke would've been nice. All in all, I'll be looking for more Scotch ales when Autumn is waning and cold extremities need quickness after a morning of waterfowling.
07-27-2014 04:11:55 | More by TheVenerableMead
3.66/5 rDev -4.7%
Appearance: Comes out a very dark maple-syrup like caramel color, leaving a beige-tanhead of about a finger or so in measurement. Minimal lacing. Looks fairly 'creamy' in the glass, similar to a stout.
Smell: Even as it is being poured, the sweetness and malty notes hit the nose right away. It is pleasant, not overpowering or unsavory. Smells a bit like coffee or toasted grains. Otherwise, no other scents come to mind.
Taste: A very robust toasty flavor, reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, that sits quite well on the palette. The aftertaste doesn't linger very much, although it isn't particularly notable. It's actually quite pleasant. Bittersweet would be the best way to describe it, although it is in every positive meaning of the term. Not bad at all, really.
Mouthfeel: Moderately-heavy. Not watery. Some carbonation, but not very much. Either the beer is flat or just doesn't have much carbonation to begin with. Very smooth.
Overall: A fine Wee Heavy by one of the many local breweries here, it lives up to its style and certainly to its reputation! I could see myself savoring one or two with a hearty meal or even on its own on more leisurely days. Compared to others in this style, it's not particularly a stand-out, but it can certainly hold its own and should be one to try out if you like a balanced, yet fairly robust beer.
Notes: Poured into a US-style pint glass. BOD (bottled on date) - 09 April 2014. Served chilled.
07-11-2014 05:15:29 | More by garten
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Bottled on date of May 05 2014, so around two months prior to opening it.
Pours a fine but a little thin: a deep dark brown tending to orange at the very edges. Head is fine but quite minimal, leaving only a thin skein of lace over the top and thin streaks as it goes down. Carbonation is fine however, and reveals that there is certainly some weight to the brew.
Nose is really extremely minerally initially. I get rock salt, a little seaweed and crushed bracken, with only a very moderated sweetness underneath it. In time, and as it warms up a little, there's a meatier malt character that comes through, perhaps with a touch of roast as well. It's certainly interesting.
Taste is very nice indeed. Here there's a crisp sweetness through the centre, which allows those mineral notes to provide a prickle around the edges of the palate while not overwhelming it. It slips towards the back, with a good wallop of warming heat that matches with a slight upkick in the dark malt character. Finish is long, with more mineral tones locked with a slick sweetness long after the beer is gone.
Feel is also very interesting. It's still relatively light for what it is, but the booze and the prickle give it a liveliness around the edges.
Overall, yep: very solid stuff, and unusual to boot. I like it when a beer manages to be both interesting and tasty—and I think it's fair to say I trust a brewery like Great Divide to pull it off.
07-09-2014 07:05:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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