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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 39
Gots: 119 | 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

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Ratings: 1,267 | Reviews: 441
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2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"Meh" to put it into modern terms. This beer is lacking in many respects.

While Great Divide makes some awesome stuff, this beer is a real disappointment. A Wee Heavy is supposed to have some serious mouthfeel from the caramelized wort, but this feels so thin. On top of that, its too sweet, even for a Wee Heavy. It pours a nice color, but has no life when in the glass. Its not supposed to have much carbonation, but some would be nice...

I really dont have much more to say on this one...At $10/6-pack its a weak offering among alot of fantastic beers in this style.

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4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler

Appearance - Pours a Black/Dark Brown color and really not much else. Pours a brownish 2 finger head

Smell - Has a very strong butterscotch and vanilla scent with some caramel and scotch. There are some hints of malts, but it's very minor. Kind of reminds me of Bailey's Irish.

Taste - True to it's word of "Scotch Ale", it tastes like scotch but in a good way.Rich and Strong toffee and butterscotch flavors with a chocolate aftertaste and some malt notes, but not like you'd find in a porter.

Mouthfeel - This is actually a very light bodied beer, despite it's darkness. And it also fairly smooth and easy to drink as well. Carbonation is also very minor which helps!

Overall - While it may look like your average stout/porter, there's an excellent beer waiting underneath that seemingly ordinary appearance. This is my first scotch ale I've ever had and I loved it; I would highly recommend checking this out!

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer lacking in many areas. Just sitting in my glass it looks boring and dull. No bubbles ... no life. Some beers lack carbonation in the glass and then liven up after entering the mouth ... not this one. Dead. It also seems watery and lacking any unique flavor punch. The label is cool.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "Bottled on: FEB 22 2010" stamped on the bottom right corner of the label. Label also boast a kilt- wearing-Scot wielding a sword and has suggested food pairings: Post roast w/ roasted vegetables, seared lamb shank with white beans, and bread pudding.

Poured much darker than I expected. Dark brown with a light brown head that stood about a half of an inch tall. Beautiful dark red cherry & mahogany hues when held up to light. Moderate head retention.

Nice malty-sweet aroma filled with suggestions of butterscotch, molasses, and vanilla bean.

Taste starts off with a sweet yet slightly charred chewy malt flavor. Just a hint of bitterness in there as well, but when it hits the tip of the tongue it stays there allowing for the malt to spread over the remainder of the palate. A second wave of malt flavors come at you towards the back end, making for a smooth and full bodied finish.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a carbonaton level that comes in on the low side.

An above average Scotch Ale without a doubt.

Morey's Bottom Line: I found this to be rather unique and more flavorful that others within it's style. This one is a year and a half old and tasting really nice.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed with/for breakfast, a perfect brew for such an occasion. The beer pours a very deep mahogany hue, bordering on coffee-black, and is capped with a smattering of sudsy off-white froth. The flavor and aroma are lightly sweet, and plenty roasty, offering breakfast-y notes including maple, toast, chicory, and even a hint of smokiness to approximate bacon. Refreshing and fuller of body, without a trace of alcohol discernible. I am digging the hell out of this beer. Thanks to Brown for bringing it over before work.

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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a three-finger tan head. Moderate lacing in my tulip glass.

S: Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and a hint of coffee.

T: An elephant dancing at the ballet. This hits you over the head with all the malt you could ever want. There are some decent dark fruit flavors and a dark cherry overtone, but the result is more like sucrettes than a real dark cherry.

M: Full-bodied, but with decent carbonation. Little alcohol burn.

O: I still prefer the finesse from the Scottish originals. This strikes me more as overkill of a good thing.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to xraided81 for sending this as an extra! bottled on jul 13 2010. pours out lookin like a cola, real dark with a slight fizzy head that diapppears quickly. smell and taste go hand in hand with this beer. both are heavy on the roasted malt some chocolate and a dark fruit sweetness to it. has a full body mouthfeel with a good balance between bitterness and carbonation to create a very good and mellow beer. this is only my second wee heavy and will definatly seek out more.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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