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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 458
Hads: 1,348
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 48
Gots: 162 | 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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Reviews: 458 | Hads: 1,348
Photo of Murrhey
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Jan 26 2012. Reviewed live.

A- Virtually no head, loosely packed bubbles that leave little lacing. What bubbles are there make a light brown color. Mahogany color, nice clarity.

S- Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, steamed veggies? Caramel malts and very quiet on the hop end of things. Warm and malty.

T- Lovely caramel flavor with thick body of flavor. Some sweetness, but very warm. Some bourbon booziness and toffee notes as well.

M- Thicker body with a wet, sticky finish. Nice carbonation in the feel.

O- Not fantastic, but definitely good qualities to this beer. Warm, caramel malts are tasty. It might be my glassware, but the appearance was very disappointing.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a thin, fizzy layer of soft brown head that fades quickly

S - coffee, caramel, charcoal, faint roasted malt

T - caramel, roasted malt, coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit warm, well carbonated

This is a bit different than I would expect from the style. It's darker and has more roasted malt character than I would expect. Missing is the peat and butterscotch notes as well as the dark amber body. Not a bad beer, but it doesn't fit the style.

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Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a part of a mixed sixpack and was disappointed with many of the beers that came in it. The Scotch Ale, however, was somewhat of an exception. It was pretty much everything you would expect or want from a scotch ale. Good malty/spicy aroma, great flavor, nice light head to contrast the dark caramel colored beer. A must try for Scotch Ale lovers.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of Jun 17 2010. Pours a deep dark brown with very little head. Some lacing. Beer smells somewhat earthy with roasted malts. Tastes alot like it smells. Earthy, boozey and roasted malts. Not too much going on here. It's an alright beer but nothing really stands out one way or the other. I'm a big fan of Great Divide and I can think of a bunch of their beers I'd grab before I picked up this one again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a slightly thick consistency. Not much head, but some OK lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, caramel and even - it seemed to me - a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of caramel, strong malts, and a little coffee. Not as complex as one might like (or expect from Great Divide).

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a decent, easy to drink beer, though I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites. Still, not a bad effort.

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Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Claymore is a blackish dark brown with a small and tight, off-white head that leaves some foamy lace.

Smell is sweeter malt, vinous.

Taste is sweet, fruity, prunes and raisins. Pretty clean though, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth.

Drinkability isn't too bad. I'd don't like my Scotch ale's so fruity, but it's well made.

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Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew has a deep brown - almost black color, with some ruby red shining through.

Brew has a big roasted malt smell, caramel, nuts and a coffee type smell.

The brew tastes of roasted malts, sweet caramel some spicy mouthfeel/aftertaste. This one is almost like a winter warmer to me.

The brew is tasty but not what I was expecting or hoping for. It is almost a bit like a winter warmer - which is what I wasnt looking for. Decent brew. More of a sipper then an all nighter.

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Photo of JBIII
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More malt sweetness than expected. However, I would consider it one of the better Scotch Ales.

At 7.7% ABV, it's worth trying if you are looking for a higher gravity maltier beer with hints of roast.

I definitely expected the roasted malt properties of this beer to better balance out the malt sweetness, but it was not the case.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown with a one-finger, tan, frothy head that lasted a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Dark fruit, plums, molasses. A little bit of chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Kind of a mild flavor. Subtle notes of chocolate are all I really detect. Nothing like the smell really.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of dry.

O: I wasn't impressed. The head was nothing much to speak of, there could have been more dark fruit and caramel malt flavor, and the feel could have been a bit more smooth and a bit more warm going down.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour rounded up a taupe half-inch of dense suds. Deep maroon brown color with very little clarity to boast. Lacing is rather low-performance.

Milky and nutty aromas with dry caramel brittle and herbal hopping. Light chocolate and toned-down coffee notes featured. Subtle hints of savory breadiness and browned apple.

Lightly warming feel with an alcohol note behind layers of nut brittle, burnt sugars, herbal bitterness, phenols, mocha, caramel, earthiness, leather, and dried fruit. Malt-heavy and whispering with booze. Hops are overcast by the prominent grain flavors, however, they're not thickened with sweetness or bolstered by much meatiness. Disappointing is the lack of a good, sturdy carbonation. Body is flaccid and wet without it. Questionable intensity steers me away from calling this a Wee Heavy, but it makes for a tasty strong Scottish Ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeremiah5_0
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a deep copper color. S: like a brown ale. T: roasty malt F: thin for a scotch ale. A lighter scotch ale. Very drinkable. To me it tasted like a stronger brown ale. Was an enjoyable beer, but I prefer something a little stronger in a scotch ale. Probably will not buy again.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Wee Heavy" - over 6% ABV. Let's see if it's really a "heavy" beer...

A - 4 - Nice dark brown/black beer with a nice tan head that sticks and leaves nice lacing.
S - 3.75 - toffee, cinnamon, coffee, nutmeg, sweet smell, no real scotch or peaty smell, nice smooth smell
T - 3.25 - Some very light peaty tones, grass, wheat, nutmeg. It has a background taste similar to a light American lager.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouth feel. Alc is covered. Aftertaste is really light bready, toasty beer.
O - 3.5 - The thing that really brings this down is the lack of complexity in the taste.

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Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, slightly red in the light. No resulting head formulation.

Aromas of traditional malts and caramel right away. Roasty and biscuity. No hop detection; in smell at least.

Tastes are fairly bold and complex. I get some sweetness which is quickly overtaken by some unexpected peat malt (maybe I am imigining it), def some roasted malts.

Medium to thick bodied. It's definitely complex and thick and really needed to be warmer to enjoy all the flavors

This was just good beer, nothing crazy or over the top in either a poor or great way, but overall I'm glad I sampled it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours just like a bourbon and cola with a one finger head that quickly dissapates to a wispy swirl and a rim of lacing,the smell is ripe dark plums,sweet caramel,candied figs and sweet malts,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation which suits and has tastes of ripe dark fruits,a touch of smokey peat,a hit of boozy heat,a nice reserved touch of hops and finished with a bittersweet malty finish and overall yeah it's nice and warming for a cold night like tonight but I def prefer Old Chub cheers.

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Thistle Glass]

The pour was a very dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film with a small collar and fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted caramel malt, a very mild resin hop and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of molasses, toffee, chocolate and some dark fruit (prunes and figs).

The taste was malty and sweet with a hint of molasses and mild chocolate presence at first, and then progressed with a little toffee sweetness, a touch of dark fruit and a mild bitter finish. The flavor was short lived and steadily faded at a moderate pace from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a hair below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a pretty much flat carbonation.

Overall a nice sweet and robust brew, with a great feel and an awesome drinkability...


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Photo of tmoneyba
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate toasted sweet malt flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.

Wee scotch ale.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a dark, chocolatey brown beer that shows maroon flecks with light. It holds a half finger head of gray and tan bubbles which recedes on the quicker side. This leaves clumps of bubbles about the top, and spotty lacing on our glasses. Carbonation is medium, and no sediment is noted. The aroma is full of deep and roasty malts. Accompanying these are a backdrop of caramel and sugar sweets, alcohol, and cooling vanilla with spice of black pepper and nutmeg. The yeast is apparent, giving a steely quality. With warmth comes a chemically, hairspray aroma, but this is not unpleasant. As we sip, the mouth is hit with white sugar sweetness with a flash of coiny bitterness. These are attributed to the malts, which also give off a quick flash of smoke at the start. The flavor peaks through the middle with sweet bitterness, like a malty, chocolate tootsie pop. There is also an herbal, tea-like quality which cuts the sugars and mixes nicely, adding depth. We end with more smoke, almost to the point of being burnt and peaty. Flavors of chocolate, chalky malts, and residual sugars also make a final stand. The aftertaste breathes of hollow booze and charred, roasty, and caramel malts. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The feel is actually a bit thin at times, and is less potent that we would have liked. The mouth is left wet and very slightly coated, but with no eventual drying. The slurp is okay, and the froth is minimal. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The sugars and malts were warm and inviting, while the smokiness added a whole other dimension to the aromatic profile. That said, we wish that the flavors came through more strongly, as they do in the nose. Additionally, it would have been nice to have a thicker, less watery brew. In the end the beer represents the style, and is a nice effort comparatively.

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Photo of BBP
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a cross between a scotch ale and a porter. A little light on the head and lacing. Not much retention to speak of.

The aroma is full of peat and a little bit of spicy hops. A bit of caramel comes through as well.

The flavor is again somewhat like a porter/scotch ale combo. It has a malt profile that's somewhat like a porter, but it has far more caramel malt to it. What you'd expect to be at the top, the scotch ale characteristics, are actually rather foundational and sort of move out of the way of everything else. Ultimately, it comes across as pretty sweet and pretty bitter, and yet I didn't find it balanced. I just thought that it stuck out a bit too much for me to enjoy.

The body was medium/thin with a medium weight. The finish is moderately dry and sticky.

Overall, it's cool that they did something new in the Scotch ale style, but I'm just not feeling it. It didn't really bring the richness of flavor that I was expecting even though it wasn't lacking flavor by any means.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is certainly not bad by any means, but still a bit disappointing.. The super dark appearance was fairly impressive, but the flavor and aroma have little more to offer than roasty malt (and not even in a really good way, as you can find with some doppelbocks, etc).. Mouthfeel is full-bodied but not chewy.. I suggest drinking it cold, as I had one that was approaching room temp and it became quite unpleasant. Not too much complexity in the flavor, but, again, its not bad. I dont know if I'd go out of my way to buy it again, but it certainly is decent and if you're nuts about scotch ales its worth trying.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.