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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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very good

462 Reviews
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Reviews: 462
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 50
Gots: 174 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 462 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark opaque in color, leaves a nice 2 finger tan head with nice lacing around the glass as you sip.

S- Maltiness with a slight hint of aged scotch, little hints of caramel

T- Same as the smell, little bit of booze at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied not to much carbonation

D-Great brew from great divide, would definitely like to have this one again. First time was at The Porter Bar in Atlanta,GA ON TAP!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 02-10-11. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a lacing ring. Some decent lacing left on the glass. Aromas of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, spices, and a bit of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in the background. Nice complex aromas here with great balance. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, molasses, and roasted flavor in the front; that leads to smokiness, a bit of dark fruits, and a bit of booziness in the back. A small amount of bitterness is noticed in the back on the finish as well. Notes of caramel, molasses, and roasted flavors linger for a short period after the finish. Surprisingly smooth and creamy body that drinks easily for the alcohol level. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Fairly strong alcohol warming after the finish, with very little noticed in the taste. Overall a great Wee Heavy ale, probably the best one I have had yet.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini pint glass, nice dark amber to brown color wIth tan head that dissipates and leaves a ring.

Smell is that mix of strong caramel malt and slight fruitiness and chocalate, distinctly a scotch ale.

Taste is powerful mix of caramel, chocolate and fruity malt flavors, slightly strong bitterness in the finish but right for the balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue for sweetness, balanced by the bitterness and carbonation.

Overall, a nicely done scotch type all that has sold malt and mild fruIt flavors that hide the strength.

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Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to xraided81 for sending this as an extra! bottled on jul 13 2010. pours out lookin like a cola, real dark with a slight fizzy head that diapppears quickly. smell and taste go hand in hand with this beer. both are heavy on the roasted malt some chocolate and a dark fruit sweetness to it. has a full body mouthfeel with a good balance between bitterness and carbonation to create a very good and mellow beer. this is only my second wee heavy and will definatly seek out more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is possibly my new favorite scotch ale! big and balanced with all the richness you'd expect. not sweet like some can be, super drinkable. caramel color throws me off a little, because this tastes a lot fuller and richer than it looks. a testament to visual and sensual deception, in a positive light. full bodied with a savory aftertaste of burnt sugars and tobacco possibly. sensational offering from great divide!

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Photo of al3
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - Pours a nice thick dark color. Respectable amount of fluffy foam on top
S (4.25) - Nice malty smell. A little hop, but not much (as it should be). A little alcohol smell too.
T (4.25) - Great flavors. Heavy on the malt, with a little booziness. Wonderful.
F (4) - Smooth and a little viscous. Nice alcohol afterburn.
O (4.25) - Never had this one, but like the Great Divide stuff. And this doesn't disappoint. Bold flavors, appropriate to style. Will buy again for sure!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle dated 2/17/09. Poured into a snifter. Minimal head and retention, deep mahogany body. Aroma includes coca cola, chocolate, coffee, port and brandy. Taste includes all of the above with a touch of leather and bacon. Very tasty and quite enjoyable. Aged very gracefully.

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Photo of twosheds
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a light tan head.

Smells very malty. Lots of caramel and chocolate with some dark bread and a little bit of booze.

Taste is very similar to smell. Very smooth and tasty.

Overall this is a really great scotch ale. Doesn't hit you over the head like some others I've had, but sometimes that's a good thing.

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass. Nice dark brown almost cola-like appearance. retained head throughout. Pick up malt but not any hops in the smell.
Real malty and nice sweetness. While ABV is relatively high (7.7%) did not really feel it was too hot. This was another of the offerings in the sampler 12 pack I got. All the beers are in the 6-8% alcohol range. 2 for 2 made > 4 ratings in my opinion(Rumble + Claymore Scotch Ale). And I never had Great Divide before I was given this 12 pack for Christmas.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my ommegang goblet.

A - Very deep brown with a finger of tan head. Red in color on the edges.

S - Toasty and malty. Baked breads and sweetness. a faint note of caramel.

T - Very nice. A balance of toast and caramel sweetness. A nice body that has minimal hop presence as the style should be. An oak like note towards the end.

M - Very good. Minimal carbonation gives a creaminess on the mouth. Not overly coating with a touch of dryness.

D - An excellent example of the style and not over the top. A great beer to enjoy on a cool fall or spring day.

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Photo of iSip
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale “Wee Heavy”: I have finished a long cycle of tasting IPA’s, which was great fun. Switching gears, I am now sampling darker fare, porters and stouts. The Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale is a great find. The body is black, and the tan head fades quickly. No matter, the aroma is wonderful. You cannot miss the roasted malt and wisps of smoke that linger above the glass. The Scotch Ale is very smooth on the palate with an even malt flavor throughout, and the long pleasing aftertaste make for a great sipping experience. Nothing bitter, acidic or unpleasant here. Highly recommended if you are in the mood for an easy going dark ale. Great Divide has a number of off the beaten path offerings that are really good, and the Claymore Scotch Ale is another.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" beige head with an unusual extra hue I'd liken to malted chocolate milk. The body is a dark raw umber brown, almost coffee. It smells very rich and complex in the malt department, as well as reminiscence of breakfast cereal. The taste mirrors the smell and there's kind of a chalky cocoa texture which personally I loved. Average length finish but with chocolate malt satisfaction. Both I and the lady of the house thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very dark brown almost black and verging on opaque. Reddish brown highlights are around the rim of the glass. Deep ruby when backlit. Small cap of brown foam quickly dissipates. Touch of lacing.

S - a very rich malt forward aroma. Chocolate and mocha notes great the nose first followed by a bold scent of full city roast coffee beans. Nutty aromas and a hint of burnt caramel round out the nose.

T - an interesting blend of sweet and roasty malt. Almost as if the flavors are layered on top of each other. Sort of what caramel coated espresso beans would taste like. A sort of peppery hop bitterenss balancing the rich malt flavors which carries throughout the tongue with a dry and fairly quick finish.

M - a creamy textured medium bodied with a surprising level of carbonation for lack of head.

O - while this beer may be entering stout catagory it is bold yet balanced with a brilliant nose and good flavors.

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Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-poured into pilsener glass with two fingers of chocolate colored head. body was dark, stout-like, with a lighter transparent tea-like appearance at the bottom of the glass

S-smells of chocolate and roasted malts. sweet toffeeness as well as a bit of rasberry in the nose. chocolate donuts?

T-full of dark breads and grain. very malty in and out. slight skin of a plum bit in there as well. there is a husk or hull vibe as well. must be from the dark grains? reminded me of a nice fat slice of pumpernickel.

M-thick and chewy. just lovely.

D-one more please!

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Photo of beer4colin
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pour is a deep dark opaque with a light head.

S - nice roast with the good roast with a good smokiness.

T - taste is what A Wee Heavy is all about. And Great Divide delivers a head shot with Claymore. This is a beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee, with a nice brown sugar finish. Alcohol is very understated but, by style, is definitely there, very nicely balanced.

D - I could easily see this as my Friday nighter. Then off to bed!

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Photo of car2052
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.
Beer has been aged 6 months.
A: Chocolate Brown, with dark red hues. Small 1/2 in. dark tan head.
S: Coffee, Brown bread, Cereal, Root beer.
T: A sweet, roasty malt character with some zing that leads to a nice coffee aftertaste.
M: Medium-full.
O: Get through the beginning sweetness to some nice flavor notes.

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Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finger's worth of rich brown color, full range of bubble sizes with poor retention, lacing fares just slightly better, The liquid is a very deep brown but does avoid blackness, fully opaque, you get some amber red to orange tint around the rims. The nose is not especially heavy but it sure is sweet, loaded with molasses, butterscotch, maple syrup, caramel, cola bean and milk chocolate, as well as plum, black cherry fruit, brings a hoppy greenness and peppery kick too, scone and oatmeal accents, firms up appreciably before evaporating in your nostrils. Full-bodied, more broad than deep, skips nimbly across the tongue, the carbonation has a fine tightness to it. Still packed with molasses, maple syrup, chocolate and toffee but not as dulcet as in the nose, the cherry, blackberry, apricot fruit ripe with a fresh feel. Oats, multi-grain bread flavors dry it out a touch, minimal greenness or real bitter bite, however, the hop presence is clear. Grill smoke, perhaps even meaty at times. Good contrast of elements, drinkability is very good for the beer category.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 12 oz. bottle from a thistle glass.
A: Bright dark chestnut under a 3” pillowy, finely bubbled foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Malt, spicy grains, kettle sugars.
T: Big rich malt flavors and kettle sugars support spicy, grainy malt flavors.
A very light hop touch.
F: Clean and smooth with a big body and below average carbonation.
O:A pleasant drinking wee heavy.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical Wee Heavy but sort of a hybrid stout/wee heavy. Lots of roasty notes and smoke. Not as much caramel or vanilla. Still very solid beer and enjoyable.

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Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 4/09.

pours deep dark red-brown, nearly opaque, with a small dense light brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. tons of malt. rich caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. multi-grain and rye bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light smoke. bit earthy and woody too. light alcohol. a bit fruity.

taste is good. a bit more smoke than in the aroma. still tons of malt. caramel and toffee. multi-grain bread and biscuit. lightly warming alcohol. a bit earthy and woody again. low bitterness level. hint of chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. slightly below medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. great depth and complexity. this is one tasty scotch ale!

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Photo of aubuc1
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with reddish tint when held to light. Small tan head. Not much lacing.

Very malty aroma. Nice roast quality, as well as some sweet caramel and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the background.

Rich flavor. Pretty much follows the nose, although the roast isn't as prominent, and there's some minor hop bitterness. Great balance. Dry finish.

Very smooth drinker. Body is on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Really good stuff, which is the norm from Great Divide.

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Photo of biophiliadude
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Black bubbling up to tan head. Layers of lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: waffles

T: Malty biscuit.

S: Smooth that turns into bubbly coffee.

D: Wee heavy Scotch Ales make cold winter nights more bearable. This is a great one. I can always do with more malt, but very satisfied and will have this again, usually look for 10+ abv. Recommend!

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler

Appearance - Pours a Black/Dark Brown color and really not much else. Pours a brownish 2 finger head

Smell - Has a very strong butterscotch and vanilla scent with some caramel and scotch. There are some hints of malts, but it's very minor. Kind of reminds me of Bailey's Irish.

Taste - True to it's word of "Scotch Ale", it tastes like scotch but in a good way.Rich and Strong toffee and butterscotch flavors with a chocolate aftertaste and some malt notes, but not like you'd find in a porter.

Mouthfeel - This is actually a very light bodied beer, despite it's darkness. And it also fairly smooth and easy to drink as well. Carbonation is also very minor which helps!

Overall - While it may look like your average stout/porter, there's an excellent beer waiting underneath that seemingly ordinary appearance. This is my first scotch ale I've ever had and I loved it; I would highly recommend checking this out!

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.