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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of goblue65
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hopswagger
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.

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jtierney89
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.

Photo of PeroxideCoffee
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

Photo of edwardkersh
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Dinkleton
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Thunderchief
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Scout11
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Jordanbryan10
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MarshallMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Blargimus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a dark, chocolatey brown beer that shows maroon flecks with light. It holds a half finger head of gray and tan bubbles which recedes on the quicker side. This leaves clumps of bubbles about the top, and spotty lacing on our glasses. Carbonation is medium, and no sediment is noted. The aroma is full of deep and roasty malts. Accompanying these are a backdrop of caramel and sugar sweets, alcohol, and cooling vanilla with spice of black pepper and nutmeg. The yeast is apparent, giving a steely quality. With warmth comes a chemically, hairspray aroma, but this is not unpleasant. As we sip, the mouth is hit with white sugar sweetness with a flash of coiny bitterness. These are attributed to the malts, which also give off a quick flash of smoke at the start. The flavor peaks through the middle with sweet bitterness, like a malty, chocolate tootsie pop. There is also an herbal, tea-like quality which cuts the sugars and mixes nicely, adding depth. We end with more smoke, almost to the point of being burnt and peaty. Flavors of chocolate, chalky malts, and residual sugars also make a final stand. The aftertaste breathes of hollow booze and charred, roasty, and caramel malts. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The feel is actually a bit thin at times, and is less potent that we would have liked. The mouth is left wet and very slightly coated, but with no eventual drying. The slurp is okay, and the froth is minimal. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The sugars and malts were warm and inviting, while the smokiness added a whole other dimension to the aromatic profile. That said, we wish that the flavors came through more strongly, as they do in the nose. Additionally, it would have been nice to have a thicker, less watery brew. In the end the beer represents the style, and is a nice effort comparatively.

Photo of stpaulsipper07
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of kwa357
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.