Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Claymore is one of the darkest Scotch ales I've ever seen, about as close to black as the style gets. Some red-brown highlights do show in the light. The head is soft and compact, maybe half a finger tall, and leaves lacing spottily behind.
The malt holds a nice, firm foundation. Some light caramel and toffee notes give way to breads, while a sort of nuttiness resides underneath from start to finish. There's just a light kiss of dark cocoa. Dark fruits also rest on the tongue all the way through. At about the middle, a note of peat begins to gently build up a bit of a smoky note that adds a nice flavor without an acridity. A very light, not-quite-herbal hops bitterness complements the roast and other elements of the malt very well.
The body is about full but not heavy, rich enough but not chewy, per se. It balances crispness with smoothness and is semi-dry for the duration.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 20:21:50 | More by Brenden
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Dark brown with a ruby tinge. Poured a nice 1 finger head with good lacing.
S- Raisin and caramel mainly. Chocolate and scotch as accents.
T- Caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, fig, scotch, and a touch of earthy hop. Fair amount of spice in the finish. Very nicely balanced.
M- Medium body with good carbonation. Not much aftertaste. Lightly creamy.
O- I enjoyed this beer. The balance is what I'll remember most. No flavor stood above the others and all worked together very well.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2014 19:05:37 | More by tmm313
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.