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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 36
Gots: 71 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Dec 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

nickaa45, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of blackjack000
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: A pretty, dark brown. It has a silky look as it pours. A modest amount of lacy head sits on top. In the glass, the beer is an impenetrable black with hints of its brown at the edges.

Smell: Thick caramel immediately comes off. A woodsy smoked scent follows. A light scent of alcohol comes afterwards, adding spiciness. A touch of clove sits in the back. The smells come together in a really full and bodied way. The heft of the smell makes me expect a meal rather than something that can be contained in a glass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A sweet caramel that comes across without being overly sweet. The taste is spiced up with the alcohol content. There is a muted sour aftertaste. I'm usually impartial to that flavor, but it melds very well with the caramel. It has a very well rounded taste overall. No taste crowds out another--it is all complementary.

blackjack000, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of kenn
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle to stout glass. deep dark brown in color. very light tan head about one finger which didnt last very long. very little lacing. sweet roasted malty scent & little hop character. mouth feel was pleasant & a little sweet with some bitterness in the end. I enjoyed this beer & could drink a few more.

kenn, May 28, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black, or at least extremely dark ruby. Contrasting off white head is classy.

Nose is delightful with peatsmoke, a suggestion of bacon, and smoked malts.

Palate offers a masculine roasty malt flavor with some of the peat from the nose mixing in, and a robust toffee/caramel middle that leads to a toffee-like finish.

Medium bodied and dangerously drinkable for the alcohol. Exceptional beer.

yemenmocha, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours good with a fizzie yet somewhat sticky tan cranium. The body is dark ruby red in color and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is figgy and perhaps raison as well. The metallic hops give it a copper kind of smell like a roll of pennies.

The taste is rich with caramel, cola, fig, vanilla, and an herbal finish. Oh there is a peaty smokiness to this as well.

Feels very full in body, moderately carbonated, a tad creamy, and barely warm in the end. This is about the best Scotch Ale I've had as of yet.

TheSarge, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of ClassicBrad
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with a tan head that slowly falls to a ring of lacing with an opaque film of head through the center.

Smells like burnt dark chocolate. The malt takes over the nose in this beer, which is very appropriate for the style.

WOW! There is a lot of taste in this beer. It almost tastes like a dark chocolate covered yellow cake donut. Delicious!!

Mouthfeel is there and has ample, soft carbonation.

For 7.7%, this beer is more than drinkable enough.

ClassicBrad, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Jasel
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer.

Appearance - Dark amber with a short lasting 2 finger head. Tracings line the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell - Weak coffee.

Taste - Very smooth malty, caramel, and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth again, none to very little fizz.

Drinkability - Keep these coming please.

Jasel, Apr 02, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This may be my favorite Beer period, but I say that after every new beer I try?
Very dark almost stout color for a scottish ale.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an icy pint stout glass. Thick cream colored head that hung around awhile. The flavors were rich and sweet like toffee or caramel at first then became full and warm by the end of the glass.
Just a delicious beer!

Rumplemintz, Dec 15, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +18%
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!

evanackerman, Oct 09, 2011
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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.