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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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86
very good

1,074 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 29
Gots: 49 | 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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stampfler07

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-05-2012 02:42:30 | More by stampfler07
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ryanw111182

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +30.2%

02-03-2012 22:01:18 | More by ryanw111182
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date is 12/7/11.

Pours very dark red, nearly black, barely any light gets through, definitely dark for the style. Very small beige head forms on the pour quickly turning to a ring, retains decently as that.

Nose reminds me a little of cherry coke. Some cocoa and caramel there too, some toasty malts.

Taste is similar, definitely an overall cola feel with some milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, maybe some rye bread? Earthy hops hiding in the malts somewhere.

Decent mouthfeel overall, it's smooth and has a decent thickness, I do wish there was more carbonation, not quite lively enough.

A decent beer, but feels kinda bland, not really a good representation of a scotch ale either.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:21:51 | More by Chico1985
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-02-2012 02:48:42 | More by Chugs13
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown/black body, trace tan head,

S: roasted nut, caramel/toffee, malt

T: caramel, nut, malt, green veg/grassy roasted
finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: One of the FEW GD beers that I have
had that I was slightly disappointed.
Love this style, but missing the scotch/barrel
nose and flavor.

SOLID, NOT MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:09:42 | More by BeerLover99
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-01-2012 01:55:49 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love how completely dark this is, one of the blackest I've seen in the style. The head isn't amazing at any point, but I gotta give it really high marks for its ebony beauty.

Try as I might, I can't decipher much from the nose at all. Wee Heavy is the most aromatic of beer styles, but geez, gimme something I can use here. Just the tiniest hint of roast and tiniest hint of cola. But since there's nothing offensive about it, it's no big deal.

Plenty of flavor, that's for sure. More cola/root beer type things happening, also a porter-like roasty toastiness. Rather vinous too, big juicy Concord grape and other juicy dark berry fruits. Just a bit of an herbal tinge, giving a mild but important spice flair to the taste, and something that sticks around in the finish. Doesn't have that musty/peat sort of vibe as much as most exemplars of the style, yet somehow feels very much like a true enough Scotch/Wee Heavy.

Claymore is incredibly slick, wet, and super-slippery. The ample carbonation helps give it plenty of energy and keeps it from being too slippery-feeling. Interesting.

Clearly an American take on the style, but respectful enough of tradition. For a 7.7% darker ale, yeah, this is a very easy drinker...

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 23:34:17 | More by Metalmonk
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dcs1548

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-30-2012 02:02:29 | More by dcs1548
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zonalax

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-29-2012 19:16:56 | More by zonalax
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gkob

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2012 23:17:20 | More by gkob
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2012 17:21:36 | More by OldTime
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EmmetD

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-28-2012 05:26:01 | More by EmmetD
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noel2977

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque, thin head, minimal lacing. Cola-like.
S - coffee, malty, with a slight burnt maltiness to it
T - Caramel malts, a bit of hops, then some more maltiness, followed by a nice finish of coffee with slight hints of vanilla worked in. Not your typical Wee Heavy, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
M - matches the flavor palette and finish. Not over the top with carbonation, nor is it oily or coating.

Overall - a great brew, but not what I would typically expect in a wee heavy (i.e. no dark fruits or peat)

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:38:59 | More by noel2977
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-26-2012 12:55:49 | More by ninner00
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and hints of malty sweetness and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and goes down smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:50:27 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark amber with almost no visible head. No lacing present and no visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, sweetness, malts, and trace amounts of something I would liken to BBQ smoke.

T: Lots of flavor of roast malts and caramelized malts.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Little heavy in flavors/richness for drinking multiples but I will certainly be enjoying the rest of the 6-pack over the next couple of weeks. This would pair very nicely with game meats.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:33:41 | More by dbrauneis
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Rob315

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-23-2012 02:03:23 | More by Rob315
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goblue65

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-22-2012 22:54:49 | More by goblue65
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a thistle glass:

P: Pour is black slightly translucent in the light with a thin line of airy head around the edge once it quickly dissipated. A placid brew from the start.

S: Caramelized malts, dark breads with a funky tang I cant quite make out.

T/M: Nice medium bodied, lightly carbonated brew with robust bourbon flavor. Partners in this arsenal are sweet caramel, wood, and cherry alcohol. The finish is dry with a timid smoke and bean spouts.

O: This was my first wee heavy to ever try. It wont be my last because I'm curious to see what other recipes deliver in this style. I was somewhat bored with this particular brew however it was for sure a good drinkable beer. With the price of $10+ for a six pack I will look else where for a better example.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:39:34 | More by Hopswagger
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-21-2012 21:33:29 | More by poppyjohn
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep Deep Deep Deep Garnet color with brilliant clarity. 1/2 inch vanilla head. Burnt roasted malt character with some smoke. Some barnyard scents as well.

Thankfully the flavors aren't as burned as the nose makes it out to be. Roasted malt character with some caramel sweetness up front. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of soke and finishes with a nice warming and balancing alcohol presence. Flavors are blended together in some aspects but layer in a way from the front of the mouth to the back. Definitely a complex and flavorful brew. Smoke, caramel, deep roasted malts, and warming alcohol, quite delicious. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

Not as aggressively flavored as other scotch ales but the flavors are classic yet modern. Another goodie by Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:23:49 | More by jtierney89
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PeroxideCoffee

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-19-2012 14:49:41 | More by PeroxideCoffee
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8 for a big boy glass at The Indie, Somerville MA

Looks opaque black with brown edges like a glass of root beer but the Independent is dark enough it could be brown, purple or any shade of dark copper. Thick blanket of a head diminishes to a half circle skim by 2/3 glass.

Smells mildly roasty and mildly fruity and earthy like a smooth char barrel cabernet. Smells like a baltic porter actually.

Tastes like soda bread soaked in dark rum and Chambord. As it warms the fruit comes further and further forward and Claymore starts to taste like weird sangria. Mouthfeel is big, lightly carbonated and dead on.

No peat and not that malty milk ball-ish. Otherwise a pretty solid scotch ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 02:48:27 | More by donkeyrunner
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edwardkersh

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-17-2012 16:50:34 | More by edwardkersh
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-16-2012 07:51:28 | More by savagepm
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.