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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 35
Gots: 52 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A- Deep red mixed with brown. The highlights are a rich garnet. The head is fluffy but small dispute a semi rough pour. The lacing is minimal.

S- The smell is the weakest part of this beer. It smells strange. There are grassy hops and lots of grain. It smells like a bowl of grits or cocoa wheats.

T- Coffee is pretty strong. There is more heavy, damp grains and chocolate powder.

M- Thicker side of medium, dry with low carbonation.

D- I think this is an easy Wee Heavy. Its much more approachable and palatable than many others of this style. That doesnt mean its among the best...

05-21-2010 06:00:31 | More by MbpBugeye
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al3

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

A - Dark brown, clear when held to the light. No real retention or lacing.

S - Roasted malt, slight sweet/smokey aroma

T&M - Roasted malt with molasses, and some dark fruit. Medium feel with a DRY finish.

D - Yeah, it's got it..

Overall, another great one from Great Divide, probably not my favorite, but still a beer worth seeking out and I would do so again.

05-15-2010 00:14:36 | More by al3
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Clear dark brown; almost black in low light. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a quarter inch skim. Laced in broken rings.

S: Sweet toasted malts; coffee and roasted nuts. Alcohol. No hops character.

T: Big toasted malts with a rather sweet overall character. Warming alcohol blends with burnt toast and caramel.

M: Medium to full body. Moderately low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Drinkable, though I don't know how much after the first one. Rich and malty a bit of abv...but it tastes so good.

05-14-2010 22:02:49 | More by Haybeerman
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arizcards

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Picked up a couple of singles from the Scottsdale AJ's in late February for $2.19 each. Beer was bottled on 3-3-09.

Beer poured a dark brown with a small tan head that dissapated quickly. Nose has hints of smoked peat and carmalized malts. Taste is big on carmalized smoked malts, slightly sweet but not cloying, finish is slightly dry with light hop action. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and fairly smooth. Overall the abv is well hidden and it drinks easy. I wanted to try this brew when it came out in '09 but could not find until i visited my old beer guy JonPol's store. Glad i had the opportunity and i would try again!

05-01-2010 23:28:07 | More by arizcards
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Modest starting head that goes to a single layer of minute bubbles. Little lace Dark brown color where some light shines through. Porter-like without the head.

Some alcohol to the nose. Appropriately malty, but not sweet.

Less sweet than most Scotch Ales. In fact, I'd describe this as a unhopped porter. Neutral body and carbonation. Easy-to-drink, but overall uninteresting.

05-01-2010 18:33:47 | More by smcolw
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. This pours a dark brown, only a bright light shows through it. This looks much more like a porter than a scotch ale to me. With a vigorous pour only a half inch head forms and it dissipated quickly.

Smell is nice, though again, not so Scotch ale like. I get some chocolate roastiness, along with a slight bit of bourbon-like booziness. Not much caramel sweetness which is the usual hallmark of a Wee Heavy. It smells good, just not what I expected.

Roast and malt are at the forefront here with a nice balance of hop bitterness at the end. Sort of surprised there isn't more sweetness in here. It's really a pretty dry beer. A taste of alcohol in the finish, too. Mostly this doesn't taste like a 7+% abv beer; it's pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected for the style, but pretty easy to drink. I like this beer, but I wish they would have called it something else. By giving it the Scotch Ale label they are setting up expectations they can't meet. Heck, I'd rate this beer higher if they called it something nondescript like a Dark Ale. However, expectations are a big part of the taste experience.

04-30-2010 02:04:08 | More by mklinger
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Very dark in color-almost porter looking. Might be a tad dark for the style but stll a good lookin' brew. Extremely malty aroma-hints of caramel and a very mild roasted quality to it. Whisper of smoke. Very malty flavor upfront. Has a great caramel/toffee like quality. Slight hop bite. Body is right there with the flavor and the style. Dangerously drinkable-a great wee heavy. Certainly not balls to the wall on the alcohol scale like some. Well balanced and very, very enjoyable.

04-30-2010 00:34:18 | More by lackenhauser
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

pours very very dark brown, nearly black. Small head that dissipates quickly. looks a lot like a porter or something in the glass.

smells kind of similar to Yeti. i get bitter chocolate malts, some smokiness. pretty nice smell.

There is some smokey, dark chocolate malts in there, slight bitterness which seems to come more from the toasted malts than hops. I'm also getting like a hint of licorice or something.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and it feels lighter than I'd expect. light carbonation. This beer kind of reminds me of fresh coconut milk in the mouth, it has some milky/creaminess to it.

it says 7.7% but surprisingly didn't hit me that hard. it's a fairly good beer that you could easily have a couple of.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer.

04-29-2010 03:02:00 | More by wolfinthemirror
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark cherry brown. Starts with a finger of tan head that quickly recedes to a small floe of tan in the midst of a dark mahogany sea. While this beer is dark brown, I see glints of red from the light above.

Smells of barley, straw, slight caramel, and a burnt peat smell. Very earthy, almost a little sulfur.

Smooth tasting, sweet tempered by a little sour. Caramel and toffee swirl with malted barley. The aftertaste is a bit earthy but not nearly so much as it's smell. As I let it warm, more of the woody undertones come out. Though not bitter, my mouth is left a little dry.

Quaffable, for sure, but these are sippin beers. Will have another next week!

04-25-2010 02:29:15 | More by TheHoppiest
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Thiestru

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; in some lights you would mistake it for black, but it is really a very, very deep reddish brown. Two-finger creamy head at first, which eventually recedes, but not much lacing.

Smell: Sweet, dark malts and alcohol. No hops discernible.

Taste: Overwhelmingly malty, and in a rather sweet way. Not like a lambic, but more like an oatmeal stout, without actually tasting like an oatmeal stout. I think I taste a little alcohol too. I probably would have gone nuts for this three years ago, when all I wanted was malt, all the time. Although now I notice something somehow fructal underneath all that malt. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy! Yeah, this is good.

Drinkability: Now then! How many of these could I drink? I have five left, just cooling in the 'fridge, but do I plan on going for another after this? You know, I think I actually could, and savor a second one; but I don't think I would normally want to. Now, if I were in a malt mood....

Great Divide has never failed me in any of their beers I've tried, and I'm happy to say that they didn't disappoint me this time, either. This stands proudly alongside such delicious brews as Hercules Double IPA and Yeti Imperial Stout.

04-23-2010 23:25:40 | More by Thiestru
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travduke

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance: Deep color, nearly back. Decent head and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt dominates. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Just as the nose predicted with a slight, minor alcohol bite. This is really tasty.

Feel/Drink: Nice thick mouthfeel. Really nice. Drinkablity is right on, I enjoyed 4 out of the 6 already.

04-20-2010 02:35:10 | More by travduke
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

says bottled on Feb 22, 2010

A - deep garnet/mahogany color - after intial pour, minimal head, but nice lacing

S - sweet malt, whiskey, caramel

T - sweetness, then a little spice, warming finish

M - thin to medium body, medium carbonation

D - very tasty, easy to drink, wish I had a few more

04-16-2010 03:50:38 | More by jmdrpi
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Thur123

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer pours a dark nearly opaque black color with a bit of red and a head that never swells above a finger and fades quickly. The smell is deep rich malts, caramel and smoke with a roasted coffee smell as well. Maybe a light creaminess involved. No hops in the smell.

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The malt is smooth and heavy with a sugary flavor that soon gives way to the smoky malt flavor. The sweet flavor in the beer is really well balanced with smokiness and a slightly bitter hop edge in the after taste. In the end the overall taste is good, but I doubt it's the best. But since I'm new to this style mostly I have to say I want more. And that this is good. Mouth feel is heavy rich and smooth.

04-13-2010 22:20:02 | More by Thur123
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottled on date of March 24, 2010. Served in a large snifter.

Pours mahogany with an off-white, loose, creamy head indicative of a well made ale with lower levels of carbonation.

Claymore is malt-driven, as expected, with dark caramelized sugars, mild roast, toffee, toasty nuttiness, and musky tobacco notes all present. Spicy alcohol warms considerably and is quite noticeable on the nose.

An excellent interpretation of the style and it doesn't taste like a fireplace, as do many poorly interpreted American versions. Also the appropriate lower level of carbonation really gives it a soft, inviting mouthfeel. Nothing drives me nuts more than American breweries that brew a non-American style and then fail to nail the carbonation level. Cheers to Great Divide for emulating a classic style perfectly.

04-13-2010 20:53:35 | More by bump8628
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours black, topped with a good two fingers of airy brown foam. Aromas of dark malt, molasses and burnt sugar, with a just a hint of peat smoke and cream. On the palate, the peat smoke is immediately noticeable from the first sip, dominating all else up front. As the beer warms a bit, I get some coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. A very nicely balanced beer, and a fine example of the style.

04-07-2010 07:34:42 | More by emmasdad
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany; almost opaque at first glance until held to the light, much darker than most representations of the style. A tiny quarter inch of beige foam disappears quickly, leaving behind no trace of itself on the sides of the glass.

Burnt toffee and some smokiness in the nose, not much else. Rather one-dimensional.

Thick and chewy in mouthfeel, with a full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet caramel and, as with the nose, burnt toffee up front, middling with a big dose of smoky, peaty malt flavor, showing just a hint of chocolate and a mildly herbal hop character with a mild-to-moderate bitterness; finishes semi-sweet and semi-smoky, a touch dry with a lingering bit of caramelly sweetness. Virtually begs for more.

Drinkability is fine for the style; alcohol content is, understandably, hindering in that area. A nice interpretation of the style, though a bit more nose would bump its allure a bit. A gorgeous dark beauty that's meant to be savored but which begs to be quaffed. Quite nice.

04-06-2010 04:21:26 | More by superdedooperboy
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

A: claymore is mahogany in color with a head of cream. No lacing is noticeable, and retention is as poor as expected from this style.

S: bouquet is faint, but notes of smoke, bananas, and butter make it through nicely.

T: smokey upfront with a hefty dose of walnuts. Banana and butter are also present at low levels, and don't interfere with the beer's overall character.

M: medium to full in body with little in the way of carbonation. The mouthfeel complements the brew perfectly.

D: a great example of one of my favorite styles. I normally don't like much butter or banana in my wee heavies, but this brew keeps it in the background. being one of the handful of good scotch ales in America, I highly recommend grabbing one.

04-06-2010 01:43:47 | More by Avagadro
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erosier

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

L: Pours a nice red-brown-black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down. I really enjoyed how this one looked.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, huge notes of caramelized malts, hints of dark fruits and a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, dark fruit flavors mixed with hints of chocolate and nuts, and a slight amount of hops at the end.
M: Very well balanced, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, relaxing, and slightly warming.
D: Very drinkable, the flavors were excellent and blended really well together for a very very good beer.

03-27-2010 12:58:26 | More by erosier
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Appears a deep cola brown in the body with a light khaki tan head forming thick, carbonation seems a bit lively, but it does last a good while dwindling down nice and slow. Scattered speckled lacing left behind on the sides of my chalice. Aromatics come with sweet caramel and plum and raisin notes, earthy and herbal hops with a touch of peated smoked malt. Even a bit of dark powdered cocoa edges come off with some toasted nuttiness, maybe it's the yeast and malt playing together. Flavors build upon each other nicely, deep with malt character plums, dark fruits with caramel and a bit of booze. Mild smoked malt and with dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops in the finish just enough to balance it out. Booze is there but doesn't overburden the experience. Mouthfeel is easy going medium bodied sturdy but not overdone in carbonation, not off flavors left behind. Drinkability is decent a good beer to go with some rustic wild game, a nice bison steak and this beer could befriend one another. Drink on it's on but I'd only be good for a max of 2-3 12 ounce portions.

03-17-2010 19:49:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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Pahn

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle into a standard wine glass.

Appearance: Moderately aggressive pour yields a 1/3 inch off-white head that disappears immediately leaving no lacing. Pours a dark, not quite opaque ruby red. Leaves okay lacing that doesn't last long.

Smell: Smell is a little faint. Nutty, roasted malt, some smoke, and a small pine note. Develops a pleasant smell reminiscent of Oreo cookies as it warms. Would score higher if I didn't have to try so hard to get the smell to come to me.

Taste: Starts with a strong nutty flavor, with some chocolate and subtle caramel. Alcohol heat comes out right away, though it's not overbearing. The carbonation is too much for my liking, but it compliments the deep roasted character of the taste. The burnt, toasted flavor mixes well with the mild but constantly present alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with carbonation of almost soda-like proportions. Borders on sticky. I was very put off by the feel at first, but it does work decently well with the strong malty flavor.

Drinkability: Not bad. The alcohol presence is fine for the style, but the feel doesn't call me back and the flavor could have a little more depth.

Claymore is a good but by no means great Scotch ale. The roasted malt flavor is spot on and the heat is nice, but the feel is only so-so, and the weak aroma doesn't help anything. Really only good if you're in the mood for the style and can't find a superior instantiation of it in the store or on the menu.

03-16-2010 00:51:48 | More by Pahn
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chickenflea

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured very dark, almost black with a small tan head.

Aroma understated. Heavy malt profile with anise, pear, apple pie and dried dates in the nose.

Texture thin.

Taste is barley-wine-ish and pleasant. A little paper napkin on the finish.

Drinkable. An excellent accompaniment to watching curling on the TV.

03-15-2010 22:58:05 | More by chickenflea
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga. Poured into a DFH shaped Pint.
Appearance: Handsome dark brown with a substantial tan head, some lacing.
smell: malty, dark chocolate, earthy. Very nice
taste: as the nose advertises. Maybe not as promising.
Nice creamy mouthfeel.

03-02-2010 00:59:06 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance
Nearly black with just faint ruby highlights visible

Smell
Unique and pleasing aroma of smoky and sweet malts and just a hint of berry

Taste & Body
Taste follows nose closely and delivers a full spectrum of flavor. Great mix of smoke, bread, berries, and bitterness. Reminds me quite a bit of Hibernation Ale; I'm guessing this was dry-hopped like it. Body is medium-full with a low-to-medium level of carbonation. Finishes dry and light, with a slight hop bitterness and berry flavor lingering.

Overall
I'm surprised by how unique and quaffable this is. My only experience with Scotch ales has been that they are syrupy and cloying. This is not the case, though it's still on the heftier end of beers. I questioned this being a year-round beer and the porter being discontinued, but I think this substitute is bold enough and unique enough to make it worthy. Really impressed with this beer by Great Divide.

02-28-2010 23:58:03 | More by JEdmund
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled on January 29, 2010

Claymore pours an unexpectedly deep ruby brown in the pint glass with a creamy light brown head which leaves some nice looking oily lacing.

The aroma has a nice fresh dark roasted malt scent with a touch of floral hops and caramel.

The flavor is very nicely balanced between dark roasted malts and the taste of sweet caramel. It has coffee notes also as well as mild dark chocolate. There are some dark fruit notes, perhaps raisins, a little date and figs. Very nice, it actually seems rather porterish to me. Bitterness is low but sweetness is not over the top and the alcohol is all but invisible.

Mouthfeel is medium and very creamy with nice carbonation, it is soft and rather luscious as well and very smooth.

Claymore is an interesting beer, I like it very much. The porter like character was unexpected but very appreciated. I will definitely be buying this beer on a regular basis. Great Divide seldom dissapoints!

02-26-2010 01:40:17 | More by BlackBearForge
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AlFromBayShore

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Clear and dark brown in color. I cannot remember the head because I started drinking this 10 minutes before writing this review but what remains is a thin ring that hugs the edge of the glass which encircles this dark brown ale. Could barely pick up an aroma, had to let it warm. Like other beers with big malty profiles, this had that characteristic sugary and sticky caramel aroma. After swirling it around in my chalice, I'm gathering some slight raisin or fig mixed with subtle smoke and booze. Up front is a roasty malt character with subtle hints of dark chocolate, maple syrup, and honey. The texture is almost medium bodied with mild carbonation that feels slightly creamy. I could gulp this but when I sip this with a bit of air, the creaminess is more pronounced and I like this method of drinking.

Let this ale warm so as to maximize the flavour.

02-24-2010 00:59:37 | More by AlFromBayShore
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.