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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,079 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | 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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TequilaTom

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

09-25-2013 18:21:15 | More by TequilaTom
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Rgalvin

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

12-12-2012 02:25:28 | More by Rgalvin
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DuffDaddy

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-16-2014 14:32:43 | More by DuffDaddy
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nsabo

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Still feel pretty clueless as to what a Wee Heavy is supposed to entail, as everyone I've tried seems radically different from the last (Founder's Dirty Bastard is excellent).
Fruity nose. Malty, but an oddly thin mouthfeel. I taste pears, caramel, tobacco, and a lingering sourness. At first this tasted like a Dubbel without the funky yeast, but the further I get into the beer, each sip finishes with a charcoaled wood taste that ruins everything that comes before it.
I dig Great Divide. Even when I've sipped on styles I don't like, I recognize that they've done an above average job. I love a malt bomb, but this is the only beer of theirs I don't like.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 05:59:01 | More by nsabo
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kojevergas

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've had this before and wasn't impressed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bland toasted malts, light toffee, caramel, must, and wood, actually. The wood was unexpected. Burnt fruit. A moderate strength aroma, but far from great for the style. Lacks subtlety. Where's the vanilla, heavy toasted malt, well executed caramel, and vibrant warmth I expect from a good wee heavy?

T: Toffee, middling caramel, and generic malts. A bit cardboard-esque as it progresses towards the boring finish. No yeast character. Buried generic stonefruit; perhaps a hint of raisin. Imbalanced and simply built. Lacks the good attributes of a good wee heavy; Backwoods Bastard or Old Chub this is not. No alcohol comes through. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness up front, but it thickens towards the back end to its detriment. Slightly overcarbonated. Dry right on the finish to ill effect. Unmotivated and untailored to its flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. A surprisingly forgettable offering from what may be Denver's best brewery. I wouldn't have it again. Hides its ABV nicely, but it doesn't bring much to the table as a wee heavy. I'll stick to Old Chub as my wee heavy of choice for Colorado. This doesn't cut it.

Lowish C

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 07:10:48 | More by kojevergas
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Franz4

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours dark brown, almost black, and nearly opaque but just a touch of light coming through the pint glass.

S- some smokiness and a touch of a chocolate roastiness in it. Smokiness seems to come from some peat.

T- Smokiness comes through in the taste as the dominant flavor, not much else is noticeable. I expected more malts flavors.

M- seems a little thin, almost no carbonation.

O- Well, this wasn't quite what I was expecting. I've enjoyed different smoke beers in the past, and this seems to be the dominant piece of this beer, but it just doesn't quite pull it off. If I'm looking for a scotch ale I'll go elsewhere, as this is just average.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:23:50 | More by Franz4
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jkdrummer

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man, do I really really REALLY miss McEwens now. Searching for a new Scotch Ale to fall in love with I've been trying them all. Old Chub from Dale's has been my go to so far. So this time I thought I'd try Claymore since it finally showed up here. Poured a nice caramel tawny golden brown, some head but not much. Tasted sweet and roasty, some bite but more of a malty mouthful. But after 10 min -- no head and flat. What a huge disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 23:27:56 | More by jkdrummer
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kc44

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep opaque reddish brown with a nice tan head, but it goes away pretty soon. Bit of caramelly malt on the nose and not a whole lot else, definitely looking for more here. Must say that the beer is totally tasty and drinkable, but wanted a whole lot more complexity out of something like this. No alcohol burn, no roast, no toast, no smoke, just a big malty beer, a bit of hoppiness for balance but only noticible as keeping the malt from becoming cloying. It doesn't taste bad, it just isn't as flavorful as it might be. Good through the mouth, can kick it back easier than you might want to. All in all, a slightly above average beer. Nothing is bad or wrong about it so much as it just fails to stand out, especially for a style with some room to play with.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 04:15:39 | More by kc44
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Skye1024

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-02-2012 03:19:47 | More by Skye1024
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IPAylor

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-04-2012 20:29:42 | More by IPAylor
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Travisnin

Idaho

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-14-2011 15:18:39 | More by Travisnin
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zonalax

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-29-2012 19:16:56 | More by zonalax
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1424IpA

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-31-2013 02:29:32 | More by 1424IpA
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.9%

10-25-2012 04:01:31 | More by EdelweissDad
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James_Bowers

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-28-2014 23:55:20 | More by James_Bowers
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-30-2013 04:50:04 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Jefe73

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-27-2011 13:43:24 | More by Jefe73
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AndersonGT

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-20-2014 03:04:00 | More by AndersonGT
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CraftFan5

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-30-2014 20:22:04 | More by CraftFan5
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-26-2011 17:07:11 | More by radioscooter
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-15-2014 17:55:11 | More by IAMTEAMPONY
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California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-03-2012 20:31:50 | More by BlackTuesday
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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-05-2013 20:10:17 | More by TubbyDullard
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-24-2014 01:30:32 | More by kvgomps
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Hubes

Alabama

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-31-2012 22:16:42 | More by Hubes
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.