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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 77 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. Label says Bottled on Nov 17 2011.

A- From a semi-heavy pour comes a full finger of off-white head that retains well above the beer's close-to-opaque black body. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Mild, roasted nose that's light and smells like fresh water.

T- How different. Light yet roasty malts step in first and then there's a solid bitter from the hops that's also a bit mild so it balances nicely. Bit of a sweet aftertaste and a char that lingers but, just like everything else, is quite subdued. Very drinkable for 7.7%

M- Surprisingly thin given the color. Medium carbonation and a crisp, refined texture.

O- Not what I was expecting considering this is only the second Scotch Ale I've liked at all (the other being Oskar Blues Old Chub). I should just learn to never question Great Divide.

Immortale25, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Caterwaul, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Huntbuc, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dowen44, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

campofapproval, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of nsabo
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Still feel pretty clueless as to what a Wee Heavy is supposed to entail, as everyone I've tried seems radically different from the last (Founder's Dirty Bastard is excellent).
Fruity nose. Malty, but an oddly thin mouthfeel. I taste pears, caramel, tobacco, and a lingering sourness. At first this tasted like a Dubbel without the funky yeast, but the further I get into the beer, each sip finishes with a charcoaled wood taste that ruins everything that comes before it.
I dig Great Divide. Even when I've sipped on styles I don't like, I recognize that they've done an above average job. I love a malt bomb, but this is the only beer of theirs I don't like.

nsabo, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of RDAdams
1.2/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My childbride offered to pick me up a six pack of whatever while she was out. So I asked her to stop at Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD and get me a six pack of Scotch Ale other than Belhaven.

The appearance is dark brown with red highlights.

The aroma is Strong Scotch Ale - Fruit, Malt, and Peat. But there's something else in here that I could not place until I read other reviews. It really is the smell of wet socks!

The taste would be better if you never tasted a Scotch Ale before. I've made a better Strong Scotch Ale than this and, like this one, I don't use hops. When you don't use hops, you need more to use more peat malt. It has a musty aftertaste that is consistent with the wet socks aroma.

The mouthfeel is thin for a Strong Scotch Ale.

At $14/six pack, I feel ripped off.

RDAdams, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a much darker color than I expected. the beer is a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing is good with a strong retention. The smell of the beer gives off some nice earthy amromas. The taste of the beer has a good caramel base with a light bitterness in the finish with some earthy peat notes in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the thinker side, it was very smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good. I would drink this one again.

Knapp85, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of iSip
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale “Wee Heavy”: I have finished a long cycle of tasting IPA’s, which was great fun. Switching gears, I am now sampling darker fare, porters and stouts. The Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale is a great find. The body is black, and the tan head fades quickly. No matter, the aroma is wonderful. You cannot miss the roasted malt and wisps of smoke that linger above the glass. The Scotch Ale is very smooth on the palate with an even malt flavor throughout, and the long pleasing aftertaste make for a great sipping experience. Nothing bitter, acidic or unpleasant here. Highly recommended if you are in the mood for an easy going dark ale. Great Divide has a number of off the beaten path offerings that are really good, and the Claymore Scotch Ale is another.

iSip, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jak, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Puterguru, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Rusty18, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

scott2269, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.