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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 37
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of Vierenner
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of awhipker
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RandyJ
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Morey
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

Photo of speter
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.

Photo of match1112
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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini pint glass, nice dark amber to brown color wIth tan head that dissipates and leaves a ring.

Smell is that mix of strong caramel malt and slight fruitiness and chocalate, distinctly a scotch ale.

Taste is powerful mix of caramel, chocolate and fruity malt flavors, slightly strong bitterness in the finish but right for the balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue for sweetness, balanced by the bitterness and carbonation.

Overall, a nicely done scotch type all that has sold malt and mild fruIt flavors that hide the strength.

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hie with a 2-finger tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a small wispy lace.

S: Roasted malts aroma with a chocolaty background.

T: Similar to the smell this brew has a great roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate. Very smooth and silky.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow! Great wee heavy brew. 1st time with this style and I really enjoyed it. This brewery never dissapoints.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for trading me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and toffee malt with some dark fruit and peat character mixed in. Definitely smells like a Scotch ale.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of dark fruit, with the majority tasting like cherries and prunes. There is also a lot of toffee and caramel malt with a little bit of peat smoke and alcohol mixed in.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was part of a Great Divide Variety 12pk.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a opaque deep brownish/black color. A half-finger head on the initial pour. The head fades to little to no trace. A decent amount of lace left on the side of the glass.

S - A very malty aroma. Hints of chocolate.

T - A beer that is very malt dominated. It has an "earthy" taste...hard to describe. As it warms up a chocolate taste comes through. Lots of burnt malts is the overwhelming taste. The alcohol is not overpowering but is noticeable.

M - A thinnish consistency. A bitter aftertaste.

O - I usually enjoy the brews from Great Divide but this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe this is a good example of the style but it wasn't to my liking.


Photo of evanackerman
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep ruby, almost porter-like in appearance, head was minimal and dissipated quickly, not sure if my glass was the problem, although I keep them very clean.

Aroma is outstanding, best part of this one. deep coffee, chocolate covered fruit. a malt masterpiece.

Taste, rich but dry malt flavors with a touch of smoke, absolutely delicious.

medium viscosity with minimal carbonation

Overall, a case study in the virtues of malt, in a world ly dominated by hop monsters this beer reminds us of the importance of the subtleties of malted grain. Delicious, buy it!

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark but getting a little light through. Thin head, not much retention.

S: smokey and caramel aroma.

T: smokey with a sweet fruity finish. Very unique. Also, I have only had a few scotch ales so I have little experience in this genre. malt and some chocolate notes round out the taste.

M: oily. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: very smooth and drinkable.

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

Pours a dark walnut color with a little head that doesn't last long. Burnt caramel and malt aromas with flavors of burnt caramel malt, hops and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. It's full-bodied with a rich smoothness.

Great Divide does it again. I really like this Scotch Ale.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is possibly my new favorite scotch ale! big and balanced with all the richness you'd expect. not sweet like some can be, super drinkable. caramel color throws me off a little, because this tastes a lot fuller and richer than it looks. a testament to visual and sensual deception, in a positive light. full bodied with a savory aftertaste of burnt sugars and tobacco possibly. sensational offering from great divide!

Photo of Elimination
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am never a fan of anything scotch ale...Why? Because of that bitch named peated malt. I accidentally used it in a home brew once,in a very large portion, and it has haunted me ever since.

But peated malt in here, is very played out, subtle, but yet showing you yes this is to style. What were the scotch thinking when they made this style anyways...*In typical scottish voice*...."ahey what say we throw a top soil in a fire, and kiln some malts over it and...ehh throw it in a beer??"

But, I digress...

It pours a fairly black with no visibility through the glass

Smell of faint charcoal, coffee, dirt, a bit of earthy charactered hops, and some burning wood, and some bakers chocolate

Taste is very subtle but rounded of that burnt dirt taste that peated malt has, some coffee grounds, sweeter chocolate-almost easter cheap chocolate like, and a bit of spice...old pepper really, the sharp notes are gone, but its still trying to tell you what it once was

It is 'medium thickness' I have had heavier wee heavys...Yes that made sense, but I have also had lighter ones.

Its a pretty good beer, much closer to style than some that are in my area for being a famous 'scotch ale'...This is not a dark hearty thick stout, but its not a bitch beer...Drink it, play a round of golf on a Scottish isle, and shut the fuck up.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is very fizzy, but it is not resulting in any kind of head, only a thin ring around the outside of the glass. It is a very dark body with hazelnut highlights. It does not really look impressive, although that is not unusual for the scotch ales I have had.

Smell: The nose has hints of sweet caramel malts. There is also the characteristic peat giving a smokey and earthy scent. The warm and sweet scents the alcohol produces are really nice too. Good nose for a wee heavy.

Taste: It is always nice to have a beer where the taste reflects the nose. The peat is really noticeable and gives it a smokey and grassy flavor through the middle of the drink. The caramel malt is sweet and leads to a slightly bready taste. The finish gives way to the alcohol warmness. It fits well, and it tastes good.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and the burn in the finish is not enough to throw off the smooth drink.

Overall: This wee heavy packs a taste as big the size of it's namesake sword. The malts balance well with the peat and grassy hops. It is a good example for anyone looking to try a wee heavy that is worth it.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a light brown head and lace.

S - Some woody and smokey notes as well as hints of licorice and chocolate.

T - The taste matches the nose with its wood/oak and smoked/roasted flavor. In addition, dark chocolate definitely comes through. It has a nice taste all the way through the sip. The finish is soft and there is no lingering bitterness.

M - Medium boded with light carbonation.

O - Although I am not too familiar with the style, this is a tasty brew and would enjoy drinking this any time. For the abv, this is immensely drinkable.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan head that fell quickly over a dark brown with ruby highlighted beer. Strong malt with light peat and smoke in the nose. Light and pleasant. Some dark fruit in the nose as well. All of the nose continues cleanly in the taste with the fruit increasing a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, the beer is well done and perfectly adequate. However, it's not a stellar beer that's going to get me to pick up a six pack.

Photo of Coplains
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours dark with a couple finger breadths of foam that sticks to the glass. Smells malty and sweet. Very bold tasting robust malted beer. Very clean mouthfeel. A good change of pace. I have enjoyed all the offerings from GDBC. Would buy again.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with some black. 1/4 inch light white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Malts, carmal, scotch, hops, Brown sugar and dark fruits.

Taste - Scotch and malts are the man flavor. Carmal and dark fruits like grape and plum are the backbone. Warm, hops are mixed in along with some booze warmth. I get some cherry flavor at the end also.

Mouthfeel - Nice and thick, leaves a syrup coating all over mouth, works over tounge with the scotch whiskey and covers palette with malts, sugars and hops.

Overall - Nice and tasty and bold. Not as smooth and balanced as other wee's, this one is more booze up front and sweetness later. Good beer, enjoyable for sure.

Photo of doughanson78
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Appears black but really super dark red when held to light. About a 1/4 finger head that instantly goes away. Practically no lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Sweet chocolate. Light coffee. Light alcohol. Light dark fruits. Smells like a porter.

T: Roasted malts. Dark fruits. Light coffee. Again it reminds me of a porter with dark fruit added. Kind of like a candy flavor. Has a bite of alcohol aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Carmaly velvety.

O: Pretty drinkable. A tad sweet but overall pretty decent.

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