Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Looks black but has red edges when held up to the light. Sports a 1 finger head for about 20 seconds - then it is gone.
S: All very subtle. Hints of chocolate, coffee, toffee, bread and malts. Maybe slight fruits. Nothing very pronounced.
T: A very mellow coffee flavor with late sweetness. No hint of heat or alcohol at all.
M: Very nice mouth feel. Not too heavy and not too carbonated.
O: This is a really well balanced beer. I wish the nose offered a bit more - but the melding of flavors makes up for it. There is no bitterness and no off tastes to ruin the palate. This is so smooth that it is almost sessionable.
05-30-2014 02:09:28 | More by fscottkey
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-07-2014 20:21:50 | More by Brenden
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
05-03-2014 19:05:37 | More by tmm313
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.