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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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462 Reviews
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Reviews: 462
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 174 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 462 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of CaptFrothy
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of kenn
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop, spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from GD.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date March 2009; Sampled April 2009
A full pour produces a thick, creamy, three-finger, amber tinged, almost brownish, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color with some dark brown hues. It shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich toasty malt character to it, a touch of roast even, with lots of concentrated dark fruitiness (raisin, prune and bright berry aromatics), a caramelized malt sugar note as well as a touch of brown sugar. I don't get any sense of any hop aromatics in the nose. The aroma is definitely big and malty (exactly what you want from this style of beer); it is sweet up front but finishes with a drying, solid toasted malt character.

The beer has a full malty mouthfeel to it with a definite chewy, caramelized sweetness, but it is not nearly as sweet as the rich body might have suggested. This is fairly well carbonated for the style, but it could be a touch less, though it is still light by American standards. Sweet, complex malt notes accentuate a rich fruit character that has me tasting notes of raisins, light cherry, berries and, in combination with a touch of warming alcohol, even some brandy like flavors. There is a light herbal hop character here as well as a touch of light bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is also boosted just a bit by a slight toasted / roasted grain note.

This beer has a really nice richness to it; malty and thick without being overly sweet. The rich concentrated fruit really adds to this beer and the touch of hops adds just enough balance to the over all profile.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Ours a deep brown with a tan head. The head is creamy and lasting. The head is producing nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel, malts, and nuts. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is on the lines of a light stout. Has good blending. Hints of a slight metalic taste. Has a medium body. A solid finish with a good aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty solid scotch ale - I would have actually expected more of a carmelly malt profile than what did show up as this was much more like like burnt and toasty malty flavor, but overall still pretty good. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, like freshly brewed coffee with a slight hint of deep ruby when held to the light; starts with a 1 finger head that is the lightest tan and looks thick (almost like a skin); pretty full curtain-like lacing holds on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Deep dark long boiled malts and a nice bitter hop profile is in the back; slight presence of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Very toasty and bready malt profile with a very mild caramel/burnt sugar presence as well that follows right behind the bread, even a little smokey; again there is a slight bitter/earthy hop profile way in the back that helps balance the sweeter aspects of the malt (which really isn't overly sweet to begin with but more toasty).

Mouthfeel: Moderately tingly; mouth is left a little sticky on the tongue but largely the finish is clean; body of the beer is actually a little lighter than I would have preferred or expected as I prefer these to be a little creamier.

Drinkability: Pretty high actually - this would be a great fall beer. The smokey/toasty presence reminds me a bit of a campfire. While the body isn't what I would have preferred, still a solid beer overall and I'd gladly drink some more.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into a standard pint glass. Interested in trying this new brew from GD.

A- Claymore Scotch Ale is a dark brown color with some thickness coming out of the bottle. A steady pour yielded no more than 1/2 an inch of semi tight off white foam that left minimal lace. Looks rather thick once it's all condensed in the glass.

S- Typical of a scotch ale this is heavy on the caramel and roasted malt scents rising up. Also getting some light coffee and some peat. Smells rich and very sweet with hops there but not powerful. Some bready scents plus some dark fruits. Not the best scent, but it will do.

T- Surprisingly, the first thing I pick up on is dark fruits which are noticable and have a dark plum taste. Right up there with the fruit is caramel and peat with just a underlining of smoke. Roasted malts and just a touch of bittering hops. Overall this one is on the sweet side.

M- You can't really taste the alcohol, that's well hidden, but there is a sharp burn on the tounge coming from this, which is odd as this is quite low in alc. Claymore almost reaches a full bodied brew but it is not quite there. Some carbonation is felt. Not sure if it gets better as it warms, more of the same.

D- This was a good one to go to for a try at something new, but it did not quite hit the mark for me. I guess scotch ales taste the same to me and leave me wanting more variety. Perhaps some short term aging in the cellar can mute that alcohol sting that was present and meld the flavors better.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glas
Dark brown/red with half-inch tan head
Aroma-Malty, slight chocolate and caramel
Taste- Big malts with subtle smokiness and a hint of hops lingering in the background. Very smooth and to my taste a bit thin. I would like a bit more hop profile to round out the flavor a bit more.
Overall, not bad, but certainly some room for a little more body

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Used motor oil color. Thick creamy tan head has good retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

4.0 S: Sweet chocolately aroma predominates then brown sugar and some breadiness.

4.0 T: Bread bomb. Tons of breadiness followed by a big hit of sweet chocolate. Decent amount of hop bitterness and some grassy hop flavor. I approve.

4.5 M: Medium heavy body. Good amount of carbonation. Quite creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good brew all around. Not so drinkable if you don't like a strong breadiness.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a dark garnet, almost perfectly clear with a creamy tan head that rose two fingers. Good staying power with sheets of lacing.

An immediate smoked aroma fills my nose. A little too much smoke for a scotch ale. Some mild fruitiness and sweet caramel malts lay very low behind the smoke. Not a big fan of the nose.

The smoke hangs back a little bit in the flavor, but is still very present. An interesting addition to the flavor of a scotch ale. The rest of the flavor profile consists of burnt caramel, dark cherries and a touch of booze.

Medium to full bodied with a decent carbonation that makes it lighter than it probably really is. A tad creamy.

Once you get past the smoke, this guy drinks OK. This is not my favorite of the style and probably one I will not revisit in the near future.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.