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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 77 | 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 Halcyondays
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a mild off-white head. Solid retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Hint of green hop and earth.

T: Malt flavour is pretty nice and it's not overhopped which is good to see. Strong caramel, but really not complex at all, it's just that one flavour with a hint of smoke.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, creamy.

D: Nice enough beer, not paying $12 for a sixer that's for sure, nowhere close to Traquair.

Halcyondays, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of scarfield
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on Date of July 12 2010 7.7%ABV

Pours very dark- stoutish from the bottle, a bit of red shows through when held to a light. No head to speak of, just a faint tan rim around the glass.

Smell is "earthy" almost a mossy scent. Very malty.

Big malty taste. Nothing tricky about this beer. A bit of burnt/carmelized sugar, and a bit of a stale-smoky aftertaste.

Hides the ABV well, but there is nothing remarkable about this beer.

scarfield, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

Pours a deep, deep brown that really almost looks stout-like as it collects in the glass. Completely opaque in the middle with ruby edges. A foamy half inch off-white head resolves into a minute cap, leaving a lot of lacing. Quite a nice looking brew. Smell is full of grains and malts with a distinct roasted quality to them. There's also a faint smokiness to it as well, with a litle bit of booziness. Interesting!

More malty sweetness to kick things off, along with some caramel nuances. There's also some chocolate in there as well, which I wasn't expecting. It mingles very nicely with the sweet character to create a nice balance of flavor. Alcohol is detectable towards the end, but there is very little heat to accompany it. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and creamy. Not very much carbonation gives this a clean, crisp finish.

Drinkability is really very good, with a complex, yet pleasing taste and an exceptional mouthfeel. Definitely the best wee heavy I've tried thus far and yet another excellent brew from the guys at Great Divide.

r0nyn, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of cmillard
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color, thin tan head that fades rather quickly, minimal lacing

S: Very distinct malt smell initially, followed by a sweet molasses and caramel character

T: Slight chocolate and distinct malt taste initially, followed by a molasses taste that is none too overpowering and a distinct smokey taste

M: Decent carbonation, no too creamy, thick and bold

D: Easy to drink, however has a decently high ABV, sweetness can be a bit much at times, yet overall definitely recommended for people into scotch ales

cmillard, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a balloon tulip.

Pours nearly black with a thin, quickly fading head. Nearly no light comes through, with only deep brown/red highlights showing up. Nose is sweet & smokey. Borderlines on burnt malts. Taste is realitively straightforward. More sweetness coated in a thin layer of smoke. No alcohol shows through. I like a little more heat in my Scotch ale. Mouth is thin, but well carbonated. Drinkability is decent.

Overall a solid, if forgettable, Scotch Ale.

mondegreen, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a deep mahogany brown with a tinge of amber,a toasted almond colored 1/2 finger head atop.Aromas have a slight smokiness along with some earth,juicy dark fruits come alive more as the beer warms.A big shot of dark fruit and caramel malt hits the palate from the onset,a sweet alcohol warming note comes in as the beer warms as well.A pretty solid Scottish ale with the peat-like smokiness and hefty fruitiness,pretty good.

oberon, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with some rich amber hues. Provides a small off white foam head that dissipates. There is some very spotty small amounts of lacing.

S: Big malt character up front. Dark fruit, caramel, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: This beer has a full malty character, lots of caramel and dark fruit. It is sweet but not overly sweet. There is some chocolate undertones as well.

M: Leaves a sweet creamy mouth feel. Sufficient carbonation.

D: This is a great Scotch Ale, despite a higher ABV it is easy to drink. Not overly sweet. Highly recommended.

IronCitySteve, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprising dark chestnut brown color with respectable head that scores some success with the lace

Smell: Lots of roasty malt, with caramel and peaty undertones

Taste: Burnt caramel, up front, with a developing brown bread character that adds a bit of peaty earthiness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel is subsumed by the smoky, peaty character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather odd beer, but tastes quite good - the flavors here produce a rather dry wee heavy, if that makes any sense at all

brentk56, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kellyst
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opague dark brown with tinges of red around the edges. The head is a rocky light brown which subsides with time. Aroma is caramel and malt with no hint of hops. A very slight fruitiness is also present. Carbonation is fairly low and appropirate for such a big beer. Taste is fairly dry, with lots of caramel and a hint of dark fruit. For a fairly big beer, the alcohol is very well hidden. A very worthy beer, but not the most impressive wee heavy that I've tasted.

kellyst, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, with some ruby chestnut edges. Thin tan head.

Nice earthy malt aroma. Some roasty character as well. Taste is caramel sweet with an interesting woody/earthy character that almost comes through as mildly sour. Not at all unpleasant. Hop bitterness in the finish, but it is subtle. Overall effect is a nice earthy sweet malty ale.

Bigger bodied, with a smooth thick feel. A nice warmer-upper.

ZimZamZoom, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer quite a few times, and just realized I never reviewed it.

A creamy 1 finger head rises and fades somewhat quickly, leaving a slight lacing on the sides. The beer is super dark molasses brown, almost black, with just the slightest hint of light coming through.

The nose is loaded with dark malts and syrupy aromas. Plenty of lots of various crystal malts, some light roasted barley, and hints of smoke. The smoke even adds just a touch of smoked meat. Some dark fruits, little raisin and fig, and hint of chocolate actually. Light toffee, a little bitterness, and hint of burnt coffee beans round off the aroma.

Taste is creamy and rich, lots of dark malts as well. Loaded with crystal malt, and lots of chocolate malt actually, a little roasted barley. A light creamy taste adds a chocolate milk flavor, and even some baker's chocolate and cocoa nibs. Light coffee and a touch of burnt coffee grinds. Some fruit as well, btu less than the nose, bringing plum mostly. It starts pretty sweet but dries a bit as it finishes. The chocolate lingers a bit but dies off mostly leaving the roast, coffee, toffee, and fruits.

The mouth is fairly thick and rich, a little creamy, with lower but decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, a touch of warming booze, but typical for 7.7%, fairly rich and thick, touch of syrupy taste, and lots of dark malts.

This is a really tasty beer, but it borders on porter more than scotch ale. Lots of dark malts, especially chocolate, such a dark demeanor to the beer. I think I should get a bottle and age it to see how it goes.

jlindros, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, small white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass

S- Sheri, malts

T- Caramel/chocolate malts, roasted

M- Full bodied and good carbonation, it finishes clean

D- Sweet malts are VERY inviting and makes this easy to keep drinking

aepb1, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark, almost burnt brown color that produces a small yet creamy off white head. Almost looks like a stout at this point. The aroma is very malty and has that sweet caramel and toffee like quality. Very rich and enticing. The flavor profile is very nice and has a good Scottish style maltiness to it. There is a distinct spicy texture and flavor to it. Very viscous and perfectly carbonated for my liking this time of year. Overall this is a home run and really a great buy.

Augustiner719, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of tronester
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown with ruby red highlights. Almost black in color. Small tan head that fades fast. Smell is primarily of molasses, and fresh soil. Taste is rich toffee up front, with a bit of rye bread in the middle, and a buttery, leafy finish. Quite sweet. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, low carbonation. Very good drinkability. Very little detectable alcohol, this is a smooth sipper that I would certainly get again.

tronester, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Schemy
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A: Dark brown with light tan head.

S: Malty sweet smell. Hints of roasted barley.

T: Good taste, semi sweet. Malted barley taste. Hints of chocolate.

M: Good feel. little remanance.

D: Definate drinkability. Not heavy alchohol taste.

Schemy, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep nut brown with thin brown head with little retention and no lacing. Peaty and sweet chocolate balance of aromas. Milk chocolate up front witha sweet caramel and lightly peaty finish. Alcohol is well blended and gives a light warming sensation. Very smooth silky and creamy texture with a nice mouthcoating and a little stickiness on the lips.

I'm a sucker for a sweet beer and this one has it in spades. I do normally like my scotch ales a bit more peaty but this is good, too. An absolutely fantastic mouthfeel. It has a creaminess just short of a glass of milk and very enjoyable for this type of beer

Bfarr, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle has the perfect label IMO. It has a small description of the beer and its' intentions, a bottled on date of 4-29-2010 and even suggested food pairings. This doesn't affect the beer's rating, but it's worth noting. Served in a tulip.

A - Very dark mahogany with ruby edges when held up to the light. Minimal head fades quickly to a single ring.

S - Sweet malty goodness. Some roasted barley, chocolate, some sherry and black fig as well. Almost porter like.

T - Very clean malt profile. Caramel and chocolate sweetness meld with a pleasant roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol is noted in the crisp finish but is in no way hot. Very pleasant malt bomb.

M - Medium to big bodied, with good to low carbonation. Very clean finish and inviting.

D - I would almost never say high for a 7+% brew, but this one is pretty damn drinkable. Malty but not overly sweet or tiring on the palate. Another fine offering from Great Divide.

ectomorph, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights with a minimal tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving just a pin stripe and no lacing.

S: A strong toasted caramel malt backbone with faint hops. A very sweet aroma that's a little peaty.

T: A great roasted chocolate malt flavor with soft hops that are mildly bitter and hints of coffee. Kind of earthy notes. This beer taste a little sweet & full with a medium to dry finish. Very smooth.

M: Decent carbonation with a medium body. Very light and smooth on the palate.

D: Really enjoyed this beer and if it was offered to me I wouldn't turn it down. However, I don't see myself searching for this one again. Nothing too amazing.

BrewCrew2010, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/24/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of chocolate, vanilla and caramel, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but is right where it should be for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice sipper beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of bfree
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark, finger width of foam that dissipated quickly leaving tracings on the edge of the glass

S: I smell coffee with a smokey character

T: coffee and smokey, milk chocolate aftertaste

M: thin body with mild carbonation

D: Delicious beer, seems to be smokier than the few "wee heavies" I have had before and also more of a milky character. Not too filling for such a rich tasting beer

bfree, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a 6-pack (bottled Jun 17, 2010), poured into a pint glass.

When I first came to Denver from Brooklyn, people would rave and rave about Brooklyn brewery. Brooklyn brewery is so ubiquitous in new york that I had never really thought to cherish it much. Having been away from Brooklyn a long while now, i miss my beloved black chocolate stout, and the barman at Brooklyn Bowl warning anyone brave enough to order it that it was 10% ABV ... oooh! I feel like when I leave Denver, I'll feel the same way about Great Divide, and yes that was a lot of talk about Brooklyn Brewery in a review of a Great Divide beer, but the point is that here in Denver, we take Great Divide's tastiness for granted.

A: Very dark.

S: Sweet with a smokey underbelly.

T: Peaty, smokey, earthy and nutty.

F: Smoooth. Like lace, only actually smooth.

D: w00t, but not spectacular (note the taking for grantedness)

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated June 17, 2010

Pours a clear dark brown with a nice light tan head.

Smell is an earthy, wheat bread, and some light caramel.

Taste is a tobaccoish, light roast, and some light hop to keep it dry. Slight twinge of alcohol, but not hot. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Highly drinkable beer.

A top for the style.

aubuc1, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This batch was bottled 6/17/10, so we're still pretty fresh.

Appearance: dark, caramelly amber-brown. When held up to the light, a bright red color is apparent. Head is a thin finger of creamy tan foam without much retention. I like the color quite a lot.

Smell: rather light, somewhat caramelly malt aroma. Smells a bit like a porter but without the roast. It's OK.

Taste: sweet caramelly malt body. It's not bad, and pretty smooth, but there's a healthy dose of biscuity flavor here of which I'm not a fan. Other Scotch ales I've had aren't nearly as biscuity, and personally I don't think it works well with the style. Still, it's not too terribly bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. I'd like a little more body than this, but overall it's not bad.

Drinkability: this is a middlin' Scotch ale. Far from my favorite, it's still a drinkable malty treat when you're in the mood for such.

flagmantho, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of pillowy foam. It left a little sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled mossy and earthy. There were some bready malts present, too.

T - Good caramel and chocolate maltiness with an earthy, grassy hop presence. It had a slightly boozy taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Nice scotch ale. Great Divide does another great job with yet another style.

zeff80, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always wanted to do a side by side tasting of a beer!

One bottled "Feb 22 2010" another bottled "July 13 2010"

A - Both poured a nice black color with an amber tint. Obviously the July 13th has more carbonation and the Feb one has none being 7 months old. Mild lacing on both.

S - The smell of the July has more predominant coffee but both have more of a malty sweetness smell and very mild booze.

T - Well the Feb is real smooth with mild coffee, very mild scotch and ABV burn and a nice malty finish.

The July with more carbonation has a more balanced coffee body, even milder in scotch and ABV burn and a nice bitter finish.

Very interesting

M - Heavy on the Feb. and medium on the July weird.

D - I don't know if I got a lighter batch in one, heavier in another or if this beer gets boozier with age but I defiantly like it fresh since it has more of a coffee tone that covers the ABV. Will try it and find it again with hopefully less than 2 months age.

DrDemento456, Sep 15, 2010
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.