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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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998 Ratings
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of UnkleFester


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark ruby almost black that lets very little light through, about a fingers worth of off-white head that has very little retention not much lacing to speak on this one.

S: Caramel, toffee and roasted malts were all that I was able to detect on this one.

T: There is a chocolate note that I didn't pick up in the aroma along with some dark fruits

M: Has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation the alcohol is well masked.

O: My first beer for the style reminds me of some of the better stouts I have had, not sure where this one ranks for the style but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:27:48 | More by UnkleFester
Photo of BMMillsy


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Gainesville House of Beer. Pours very dark reddish brown with little head. Smells like chlorine and slight scotch to me, but my nose may be wrecked from gaving an Oak Aged Yeti right before. Nice sweet toffee and a bit of scotch, some light peat. Good mouthfeel, slick but not too heavy--perhaps even on the light side for the style. Solid scotch ale that is pretty mellow in flavor and mouthfeel and could be enjoyed in larger quantities than others in the style. Otherwise, somewhat unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:19:06 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Bottled 8/1/12. Consumed 11/16/12.

A: Dark coppery-cranberry pour has a scant pecan tinted head providing a minimal lacing.

S: Nice aroma on the pour, in the vessel it loses some of its luster. Some smoky moss and caramel, but not as malty as one hopes for nor is to sweet. Lacks that malty backbone and strength, finishes out with some caramelized wood.

T: Nice malty flavor, good depth of character, making up for the lackluster nose. Gentle smoked caramel and peat moss with a nice sweetness along with a dry munich touch. Dark caramelized sugars help add sweetness with touch of burbon and bread. Alcohol is perfect and complimenatary, doesnt interfere or exceed its stay. well matched.

M: Nice malty depth and substance, some carbonation adds texture while the finish has a bump of burbon love. mmm.

O: Besides a weak nose, this provides a nice malty sweety flavor and mouthful per style that is surely worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:39:37 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Brant


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll get to the point here -- I was pretty disappointed by this beer. It looked gorgeous in my glass, but that was really the high point. I won't be drinking this again.

A - A deep deep ruby red, like red velvet cake. Looked black in my dim kitchen light, but holding it up to the sunlight really brought out the beautiful ruby color of the beer. Almost no head. Maybe I poured it incorrectly (I'm admittedly a bit of a noob with the finer points of beer procedure), but whatever head was there fizzled out pretty fast. I would have given this a 5 on appearance if it had a nice head.

S - A scotchy, Fig Newtonish sort of smell. Clean and inviting.

T - The taste was kind of blah. Not particularly sweet or caramelly, but not bitter either. I don't know how to describe it other than I thought it tasted like heirloom oak furniture. Sort of musty, old, vintage. It had a lingering dusty aftertaste.

M - Honestly, this felt like week-old diet soda in my mouth. Kind of watery.

O - I didn't like it. It looked great sitting there in my glass, but the flavor seemed confused.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:27:31 | More by Brant
Photo of dogma46an2


3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- was true to style nice copper hues malty rust in color .

S- Aroma was Beautiful nutty malty slight roast notes as well as smokey.

T- Nice Mlat notes petesmoke from the yeast didnt seem like they used presmoked malts. gentle Melanoidins.

M- This was spot on . subtile creamy mouth feel .with a clean finish .

O-This was a great true to style wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:40:56 | More by dogma46an2
Photo of IsaacmanTX

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, even though this was quite to style, I was hoping for a bit sweeter scotch ale. The color is EXACTLY what I am looking for in a scotch, and the smell is spectacular. I am slightly let down with the taste. For the background of smoked plums and raisins, it begs to be a little sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:13:40 | More by IsaacmanTX
Photo of BhamBeerLover

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great smoked character in smell and taste which might not be expected in a wee heavy but was certainly appreciated. The carbonation might have been just a little high for my taste which is the only reason this beer did not receive a 5 for all categories. Will definitely be having this beer again in the future. Thanks again to the guys at Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:02:51 | More by BhamBeerLover
Photo of ptbeer25

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. About 1" head after hard pour. Dissipated rather soon. Dark body, almost black, sunlight gets through, but after hours there would be zero transparency.

S: Raisiny, burnt wood type smell.

T: Dark fruity, raisin, plum taste mixed with a burnt wood, maltiness.

M: Light creamy feel. Thicker than a normal ale, but thinner than your good scotch ale.

O: Very good beer! Not my favourite scotch ale, but then again I live in Colorado and this has to compete with the likes of Oskar Blues' Old Chub and Grand Lake Brewery's Plaid Bastard. Does not disappoint given the high standards placed upon it. And the buzz is very soothing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 20:49:59 | More by ptbeer25
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Thistle Glass]

The pour was a very dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film with a small collar and fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted caramel malt, a very mild resin hop and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of molasses, toffee, chocolate and some dark fruit (prunes and figs).

The taste was malty and sweet with a hint of molasses and mild chocolate presence at first, and then progressed with a little toffee sweetness, a touch of dark fruit and a mild bitter finish. The flavor was short lived and steadily faded at a moderate pace from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a hair below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a pretty much flat carbonation.

Overall a nice sweet and robust brew, with a great feel and an awesome drinkability...


Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:57:39 | More by KajII
Photo of Rasolante1


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very dark brown. Verging on porter country in color.

S: Super roasty up front. Like smelling a bag of fresh crushed roasted barley. Alcohol, tootsie roll, and sweet malt aromas. Reminds me of fresh stout wort.

T: Chocolate roast upfront in the taste. Very malty and brownieie. Smokey, almost candy like. Very complex. Love this beer!

M: Chewy. Chewy. Chewy. Carbonation level could be a cunt hair lower but quite enjoyable.

O: I am quite impressed with this scotch ale. It is extremely complex without being overly boozie.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:48:47 | More by Rasolante1
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear dark brown but turns to black in the glass. Almost no head to speak of, the head that was there was off tan. Very slight alcohol legs.

S- Some roasted malt. There is a nice dark fruit character. Caramel and rum. A clean smelling and crisp beer.

T- A roasty start to this beer. Almost a slight smokeyness. Comes in strong with a ton of caramel and rum soaked dark fruits. There is a ton of plum and fig in this beer. A slight breaddyness but there is a lot of caramel flavors to this one. Back of the mouth is slightly roasty, there is almost a BBQ quality to it.

M- Drinks fairly easy for a scotch ale. It has a good amount of mouthfeel. A lot of interesting flavors to keep you interested. A good sweet finish.

O- This is a damn good Scotch ale. Its pretty easy drinking for the style and doesn't lose out on feel or taste. I quite enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:27:55 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of JackieTH


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Poured dark ruby red with a half inch of tan foam. Caramel and roasted malt dominates the nose. Taste is toasted toffee malt, dark fruits, subtle chocolate, light caramel sweetness. Medium body, mildly carbonated, slightly warming. Overall I found this to be a tasty scotch ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:28:41 | More by JackieTH
Photo of rlee1390


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, ruby brown when pouring, one finger head.

S-Peat, malt, earthy notes along with wood and smoke.

T-Some peat very malty, earthy, caramel notes. Not much bitterness though.

M-Light to medium bodied, tad on the watery side.

O-No coffee or chocolate notes, could have used more smoke/peat as well. Another minus was the lack of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 22:36:09 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Scorazza

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

App: Dark brown, a couple shades away from black. creamy beige-ish head. Slight lacing.

Nose: Smoke, Caramel, slight chocolate?

Taste: Caramel lingers, tasting a bit of chocolate as well. Smokiness carries into the taste. Alcohol kick to it too.

Mouth: Light carbonation, dry finish. Warming sensation after it goes down.

Overall: Not my favorite from these brewers (Disappointing after tasting what immediately became my favorite beer about a year ago, Titan IPA), but not a bad beer. It's well balanced but in general isn't super exciting in my opinion. Unfortunately I did not have any of the food they suggested I pair it with, but I still enjoyed it alongside my cajun fudge brownie.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 00:52:23 | More by Scorazza
Photo of intensify


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark body with no visibility. Roasted malts, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla all on the nose. Taste follows closely behind except the roasted ingredients really stand out. The malts add a nice sweet/bittery balance to even things out. Warm and inviting. Full bodied, oily finish.

A must have. Reminds me of an Russian Imperial Stout. Very well built by a respected company.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 05:22:34 | More by intensify
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. 2010 vintage, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color,
with one inch of medium tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, and toasted malts. Nice and malty; pretty much what I was looking for.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweey dark fruits, fruity malts, toasted malts, toffee, roasted malts, and some light chocolate. Pretty nice, was kind of surprised by the sweet dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth, and no alcohol is detectable. Very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice scotch ale. Nose was what I was expecting while the taste had some nice sweet dark fruit to it. Very easy to drink; not sure how much 2 years did to this but I liked it. Would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 18:15:31 | More by mdfb79
Photo of southeastmat

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown. A slight red hue, but real subtle. Barely any head on the pour which disappears quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S: It reminds me a bit of Coca-Cola. Thats not a byad thing. There is a familiar sweetness there that lets nostalgia creep into your head.

T: Tremendously surprised by how well it drinks. I was anticipating a thick heavy beer, but this is medium and one of the more refreshing Scotch Ales I've sampled.

M: Again, I was expecting thickness in the body but it was not there. I enjoy how this beer keeps you on your toes.

O: This had a brewed on label of May 3, 2012. So, it's about three months old. That could have affected carbonation. But, overall I enjoyed it. It's not the first Scotch Ale I'd reach for, but I'd have zero qualms drinking this daily. Would love to try this on tap. I think it would shine.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:51:10 | More by southeastmat
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark red brown. Very little head, no lacing. Malty aroma. Malt, some roasted malt with a faint caramel. Malty middle and finish with little hops and a hint of smoked peat. A somewhat drier finish than I expected. Nicely done, but I lean towards Hibernation for a malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 21:08:22 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown with a one-finger, tan, frothy head that lasted a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Dark fruit, plums, molasses. A little bit of chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Kind of a mild flavor. Subtle notes of chocolate are all I really detect. Nothing like the smell really.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of dry.

O: I wasn't impressed. The head was nothing much to speak of, there could have been more dark fruit and caramel malt flavor, and the feel could have been a bit more smooth and a bit more warm going down.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:18:47 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a thin, fizzy layer of soft brown head that fades quickly

S - coffee, caramel, charcoal, faint roasted malt

T - caramel, roasted malt, coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit warm, well carbonated

This is a bit different than I would expect from the style. It's darker and has more roasted malt character than I would expect. Missing is the peat and butterscotch notes as well as the dark amber body. Not a bad beer, but it doesn't fit the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:35:28 | More by tdm168
Photo of barczar


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights abs a solid half inch cappuccino head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is sweet, with caramel, light molasses, soy, a touch of smoke, peat, and cola accompanying lightly roasted malt. There's a bit of booze evident, and chocolate emerges as it warms.

Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet, cola-like, finishing slightly nutty and a touch dry. Toasted malt, a hint of smoke, chocolate, and roasty notes add complexity. Booze is again evident.

Body is slightly syrupy, with light carbonation and slight alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, a bit sweet and lacking in complexity for a wee heavy. It's got a good malt profile, but the dark fruit flavors and peaty, smoke flavors are too subtle.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 05:34:05 | More by barczar
Photo of elNopalero


2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I’ve had a pretty solid success rate with Great Divide brews… until tonight.

Picked this one up in a bottle shop in Bakersfield early July, and cracked it open approximately two weeks later. Complete drainpour. Unfortunately, I did not notice until after the fact that this bottle was dated August 29, 2011. While I have known Scotch ales to have changed for the better with some time it seems this went downhill—or was infected. Either way, not cool.

This poured a thick dark roast caramel color with thin lacing. I thought it looked ok. It had a tart, sour aroma. Strongly off-putting. It’s not what I expected, I thought at first, as it lacked any sort of malty sweetness or an expected toasted caramel which I look forward to in my scotch ales. Flavor was more of the same—bad, off, and just wrong. As it warmed it developed what I can only describe as a “vomitty” flavor. Its hard to tell if its just old beer or a quality control issue. Unfortunately, drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 07:09:27 | More by elNopalero
Photo of horshack7


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a tulip is a very dark brown nearly black with a light beige head around one inch thick.

Aroma: Smokiness, raisins, dark fruits, caramel malts roasted rather dark. Brown bread with notes of pumpernickel. Mild licorice in the back.

Taste: Very much malt forward and with a very smooth mouthfeel. Raisins, dark bread, faint notes of rye, light smokiness with touches of black licorice.

Notes: Even though it's a Wee Heavy it's rather drinkable and very tasty. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 23:55:24 | More by horshack7
Photo of mscudder


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated Dec. 2011.

A - The darkest ruby-hued beer I have yet to see. A tan head with loads of small bubbles. Fair retention.

S - Big smoked malts, caramel sweetness, milk chocolate and cherries.

T - For the most part follows the nose pretty well. Loads of sweet malts and a combination of cherries and brown sugar. The minimal accent of alcohol makes this one a treat.

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable big brew with lots of smooth flavors.

O - I was disappointed with the other 3 brews in my Great Divide Brewers pack, but this one made up for it, I feel I have found a diamond in the rough. A fine Scotch ale and one I will return to.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 06:07:01 | More by mscudder
Photo of yamar68


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass:

Pours like the darkest Wee Heavy I've seen in quite some time. Black coffee brown, with a finger of light brown head, weak lacing.

Some obvious caramel, peat and hard water character. Even a touch of milk chocolate.

Nice. Not the overbearing toffee bomb that gets delivered from certain scotch style ales. Some nice caramel and toffee but plenty of support from some cocoa and dry bitter hops.

Typically the only scotch ales that I really enjoy are peated but this is a definite exception. Pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 00:55:02 | More by yamar68
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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