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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

grannaniwa, Apr 19, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

From my notes: On tap at Bulls & Bears. 3/14

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Some faint ruby highlights on the edges. Smallish white head. Good retention.

Aroma - Malty peat smoke aroma. Toffee and nutty.

Taste - Caramel malt. Good balance of sweet and smoky. Toffee and caramel. Good roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Really enjoyed this one. Starting to really get into this style.

nimrod979, Apr 19, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Jan 26 2012. Reviewed live.

A- Virtually no head, loosely packed bubbles that leave little lacing. What bubbles are there make a light brown color. Mahogany color, nice clarity.

S- Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, steamed veggies? Caramel malts and very quiet on the hop end of things. Warm and malty.

T- Lovely caramel flavor with thick body of flavor. Some sweetness, but very warm. Some bourbon booziness and toffee notes as well.

M- Thicker body with a wet, sticky finish. Nice carbonation in the feel.

O- Not fantastic, but definitely good qualities to this beer. Warm, caramel malts are tasty. It might be my glassware, but the appearance was very disappointing.

Murrhey, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Arborescence, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

hagbergl, Apr 15, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

A - pours a very dark brown almost black and verging on opaque. Reddish brown highlights are around the rim of the glass. Deep ruby when backlit. Small cap of brown foam quickly dissipates. Touch of lacing.

S - a very rich malt forward aroma. Chocolate and mocha notes great the nose first followed by a bold scent of full city roast coffee beans. Nutty aromas and a hint of burnt caramel round out the nose.

T - an interesting blend of sweet and roasty malt. Almost as if the flavors are layered on top of each other. Sort of what caramel coated espresso beans would taste like. A sort of peppery hop bitterenss balancing the rich malt flavors which carries throughout the tongue with a dry and fairly quick finish.

M - a creamy textured medium bodied with a surprising level of carbonation for lack of head.

O - while this beer may be entering stout catagory it is bold yet balanced with a brilliant nose and good flavors.

Teleweizen2, Apr 14, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

This is a style that I had been avoiding but not any more. Now that I am into these, I am liking the opportunities for new brew adventures. This one is a great adventure.

It's malty and hoppy and very roasty. It is a very robust but not nearly as bitter taste (as others of the style). It is unique and very drinkable. This goes high on my wee-heavy list and is one I want to repeat.

schoolboy, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mikeymcglynnigan, Apr 11, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -12%

A - Near black with a solid near finger of caramel head, retention is a bit weak, lacing is decent.

S - Faint and roasty chocolate aromas in the background, lots of butterscotch, toffee, and caramel for sure. Hops are pretty much non existent, might be getting a little bitterness from earthy hops.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells, biscuity qualities and chocolate dominate though, a slight twang follows the butterscotch/caramel flavors, not so sure about the toffee anymore. Slightly dry finish. Not bad but not great.

M - Medium bodied at most, quite drinkable which is nice, but a little thin for a 7.7% scotch wee heavy. Carbonation is appropriate

O - Decent, was hoping for a little more, it was a little underwhelming for me in comparison to other Wee Heavy's I;ve enjoyed. Not bad, though, very drinkable for sure.

MacQ32, Apr 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

keithwalk, Apr 08, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About one finger of head. Color was black with caramel and tints of brown. Minimal lacing on the top that dissipated in under three of four minutes. No film at all on the sides.

Lots of butterscotch, caramel and toffee in the initial smell. That was backed by a strong whiff of coffee and dark chocolate. This is my first scotch ale, but I am digging the smell.

First taste was coffee and smoky charcoal. I don’t smoke, but there seemed to be a hint of cigarette butts in there. Still got the butterscotch, caramel and toffee, but it was overwhelmed by the initial tastes.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Below average-average carbonation. Long, smooth feel that had warmth coming through my body.

Not a bad beer for my first-ever scotch. Overall it was decent. I may come back to this after a few others to compare.

BucannonXC5, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Garlicjosh, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

MumboJumbo, Apr 04, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a generic pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black amber/ruby color with a 2 finger, dense brown head. Retention is only average, even considering the ABV, though the head does leave nice lacing.

S - Toasted malts, cream, light roast coffee, biscuity yeast, sweet crystal malts, and plum. Mild to moderate in strength, and a bit reserved. It is inviting though.

T - Not nearly as malty as I come to expect from the style. The toasted malts impart an almost roasty like quality to the beer that works pretty well to counter the sweetness of the crystall malt. Cream and dark fruit notes round out the body. A modestly boozy finish finishes the beer.

M - Medium to full bodied, thick and creamy. Very nice.

D - I like this beer, though I think it may disappoint fans of the wee heavy style. Another solid beer from Great Divide, though it's really not remarkable or special.

blakelive784, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MSandahl23, Mar 30, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Very dark ruby red, practically black in appearance. Short tan head with really nice lacing. Oatmeal, rye bread, watery scotch, dark chocolate and hints of coffee beans and caramel malt. Smooth, rich milk chocolate and roasted oats on the initial sip. Flattened oak and roasted coffee beans with a nutty, rich mouthfeel. Dry, lightly scotched aftertaste.

YouSkeete, Mar 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

nickaa45, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Schwag, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jmccraney, Mar 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

DCgolfpro, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

hollerined, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

murraymj, Mar 23, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -22.4%

Pours a deep opaque reddish brown with a nice tan head, but it goes away pretty soon. Bit of caramelly malt on the nose and not a whole lot else, definitely looking for more here. Must say that the beer is totally tasty and drinkable, but wanted a whole lot more complexity out of something like this. No alcohol burn, no roast, no toast, no smoke, just a big malty beer, a bit of hoppiness for balance but only noticible as keeping the malt from becoming cloying. It doesn't taste bad, it just isn't as flavorful as it might be. Good through the mouth, can kick it back easier than you might want to. All in all, a slightly above average beer. Nothing is bad or wrong about it so much as it just fails to stand out, especially for a style with some room to play with.

kc44, Mar 22, 2012
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.