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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,252 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
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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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of corzocl
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of beerdhabelly
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ScottR
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of elNopalero
2.14/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Greeneagle
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mscudder
4.37/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dubmax
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rogerthegill
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Swigit
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of muhler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of yamar68
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.