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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: 38
Gots: 118 | 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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Ratings: 1,267 | Reviews: 441
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, bottled Jan 20th 2011. Taken from notes drank July 7th 2011.

Out of the bottle she pours a simple small one finger head of caramel light brown, slightly soupy but mostly kind of foamy head is present. A body of dark chestnut comes out and leaves a super dark brown body almost walnut black. Looks alright.

Bouquet is a nice sticky malt and toffee, mild chocolate sense, a nice husky grain quality. Quite nice here very impressed lots going on.

Taste is, big caramel, with a slight wet and sticky feeling. Pleasurable malty backbone, almost just wet enough to be refreshing. Very dry finish and a dried out tongue becomes apparent after a few sips. Hints of milk chocolate as well. Very balanced in taste for a Scotch Ale. Hint of carbonation and play but nothing jarring.

Overall this is a great Scotch Ale and I really enjoy this one. Great balanced drink in taste I must say.

Photo of impending
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tulip. Pours a dark cola, opaque in the glass. Nearly non existent head was fleeting, minor lacing.

Traditional scotch ale aroma but mild in all respects.

Taste too is traditional. Minor sweetness, dehydrated dark fruits. The peat is barely singed but fine none the less. Bitter is nearly non existent. Long lasting pleasant aftertaste. Light to medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 02-10-11. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a lacing ring. Some decent lacing left on the glass. Aromas of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, spices, and a bit of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in the background. Nice complex aromas here with great balance. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, molasses, and roasted flavor in the front; that leads to smokiness, a bit of dark fruits, and a bit of booziness in the back. A small amount of bitterness is noticed in the back on the finish as well. Notes of caramel, molasses, and roasted flavors linger for a short period after the finish. Surprisingly smooth and creamy body that drinks easily for the alcohol level. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Fairly strong alcohol warming after the finish, with very little noticed in the taste. Overall a great Wee Heavy ale, probably the best one I have had yet.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled on 13 May 2011.

A: Very dark, with a brief but tight head. Impenetrable to light and almost black. Scattered lacing.

S: Roasted malts. A bit sweet, but not very interesting. EDIT: Later bottles had a more much pronounced smokiness, almost exactly like dried barley malt.

T: Malty-sweet mainbody carries the taste to its more bitter conclusion, with a touch of coffee and hops leading into a lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Substantial and smooth. Pleasant. Lightly drying after a while.

O: Very drinkable and very tasty. Great Divide does it again. I enjoyed this wee heavy and would recommend it, even if it's not on the top of my To Have Again Soon list.

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

appearance - small head on a controlled pour, dark, almost opaque, amber edges for otherwise what looks like a brown caramel

smell - roasted malts, coffee

taste - taste is the same with coffee, some alcohol but barely noticeable

mouthfeel - very smooth, very drinkable, at almost 8 percent its a strong one for a 6 pack, i enjoyed it and could see myself getting some more of these

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured a deadly deep dark brown borderline black color into snifter. Only way I saw through this one was holding the snifter up to the direct light. Nice tan cream head 2 finger widths with an aggressive pour. Falls down pretty quickly.

Smells of sweet dark toasted flamed malts with caramel & alcohol clearly present in the nose. The alcohol reacts to give it a coolness even though I am drinking this at about 50 degrees.

Starts off caramelized mouthfeel with an almost toffee like component transitioning into a heavy malty sweetness midtaste. Aftertaste is a little burn to the back of the tongue and throat with the alcohol seemingly warming me. Not as full bodied as I was expecting, but definitely mixes well with the stlye. Medium body on this one & less alcohol end-bite than I had expected.

Bought this one in mixed 6pack 1/2 Claymore, 1/2 Colette for $12. Definitely worth a try. Great Divide never fails to put out solid brews!

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super night train cola brown coloring with more than a few dollops of cream of bubbles on top, some nice shoe laces down the glass :)

Cocoa, and malts hit the nose along with some light coffee

Wee forward, m-80 of malts, lightly salted soft movie pretzel. Not too deep yet quite tasty

Medium body, creamy and smooth. Floats on the tongue like a cloud and no real burn for almost 8% booze is kind of nice

Overall a semi mild scotch ale, with the right flavors, creamy and easy down. Not bad decently priced at 10 bones a sixer

Photo of techfed87
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reasonable-sized head. Color is a bit darker than what I would expect from a Wee Heavy. Smell is pretty malty.

First sip confirms the smell. This beer is probably one of the better examples of what I would expect from a Scotch Ale. Lots of malt up front, very drinkable, light aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate overall, which also leads to the overall quality of the beer.

A very nice scotch ale.

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

Rich malty ale with a touch of smoke.

Attractive dark amber in the tulip glass with a handsome head. Carbonation is quite pleasant and gives a good jolt in the mouth. Interesting mix of watery gulpability with a lot of sweet malt. Seems to steer a well balanced course through the checklist of flavors. Ends with a hint of bitterness.

One of my top favorite Scotch Ales for interest as well as drinkability.

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

Had on tap in Fall River, MA

poured into a pint glass.

the beer is reddish black, and the head is a one finger type deal that is dark white. The lacing is pretty nice to look at, and the head stays for a while.

the aroma is very malty and sweet, with some slight vanilla in there. And the smell of booze is also apparent.

the initial taste is all malts, and then mid way through, the malts turn to smoky dark fruits, and ends with a slight alcohol burn at the end (emphasis on slight).

This is a pretty good beer, and good for the style!

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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