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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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87
very good

1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 1,062 | Reviews: 417 | Display Reviews Only:
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-25-2013 04:47:12 | More by KiMiRaiK
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canawler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-09-2013 01:33:26 | More by canawler
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TimH


3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-19-2012 17:51:44 | More by TimH
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-21-2013 02:33:08 | More by RudnicsMEB
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Rockjocknroll

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-26-2014 06:02:43 | More by Rockjocknroll
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Rau71

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-04-2013 14:58:10 | More by Rau71
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

08-28-2013 22:45:12 | More by GraduatedCashew
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-03-2012 00:34:13 | More by rderedin
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ScottR

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-22-2012 19:26:00 | More by ScottR
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-06-2012 04:15:34 | More by tripledbrew
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ctrevino

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-09-2012 00:29:30 | More by ctrevino
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, same as the one pictured. Bottled on: APR 29 2010, printed on label.

A: Black with a mild reddish tint. Thin off-white head and minimal lacing.

S: Rasted malts all the way. Some caramel, coffee and booze.

T&M: Tastes better than the smell. Fairly sweet with a good bit caramel and coffee taste. Almost like a cross between a porter and a stout. Light to medium bodied.

Decent, but definitely not my style of beer. I guess it is good compared to it's description of style with the exception of the body. It ends fairly thin, almost watery.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 20:23:17 | More by cdizinno
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dogma46an2

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- was true to style nice copper hues malty rust in color .

S- Aroma was Beautiful nutty malty slight roast notes as well as smokey.

T- Nice Mlat notes petesmoke from the yeast didnt seem like they used presmoked malts. gentle Melanoidins.

M- This was spot on . subtile creamy mouth feel .with a clean finish .

O-This was a great true to style wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:40:56 | More by dogma46an2
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Brant

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll get to the point here -- I was pretty disappointed by this beer. It looked gorgeous in my glass, but that was really the high point. I won't be drinking this again.

A - A deep deep ruby red, like red velvet cake. Looked black in my dim kitchen light, but holding it up to the sunlight really brought out the beautiful ruby color of the beer. Almost no head. Maybe I poured it incorrectly (I'm admittedly a bit of a noob with the finer points of beer procedure), but whatever head was there fizzled out pretty fast. I would have given this a 5 on appearance if it had a nice head.

S - A scotchy, Fig Newtonish sort of smell. Clean and inviting.

T - The taste was kind of blah. Not particularly sweet or caramelly, but not bitter either. I don't know how to describe it other than I thought it tasted like heirloom oak furniture. Sort of musty, old, vintage. It had a lingering dusty aftertaste.

M - Honestly, this felt like week-old diet soda in my mouth. Kind of watery.

O - I didn't like it. It looked great sitting there in my glass, but the flavor seemed confused.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:27:31 | More by Brant
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown and slightly red. On this pour, I had absolutely no head.
S: Picked up on the malts and caramel right away. Roasty and perhaps a hint of syrup. Not too bad.
T: Very bold and complex. I get some sweetness which is quickly overtaken by some unexpected bitterness, which I assume is the hop profile coming through. I can taste the roasted malts as well.
M: Medium to thick bodied. It's definitely hearty and leaves a little bitter hang on the palate.
D: This was more first endevour into the wee heavy catagory, so perhaps I need to get used to it. It was a good beer, but I expected more malty sweetness rather than the bitterness I was left with.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 00:21:22 | More by Infamous7100
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date is 12/7/11.

Pours very dark red, nearly black, barely any light gets through, definitely dark for the style. Very small beige head forms on the pour quickly turning to a ring, retains decently as that.

Nose reminds me a little of cherry coke. Some cocoa and caramel there too, some toasty malts.

Taste is similar, definitely an overall cola feel with some milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, maybe some rye bread? Earthy hops hiding in the malts somewhere.

Decent mouthfeel overall, it's smooth and has a decent thickness, I do wish there was more carbonation, not quite lively enough.

A decent beer, but feels kinda bland, not really a good representation of a scotch ale either.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:21:51 | More by Chico1985
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DoubleJ

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's 12 ounces of scotch ale coming:

Cola brown colored with red hues resting along the edges of the glass. Its head is compact and white, dropping to a thin lace before saying goodbye. The nose features a good note of baker's chocolate and a little fume of peat smoke. Its major sin is an odd DMS note that roughens the nose.

Sweet tasting as expected, chocolate and peat piggyback much of the taste score, while a rough veggie hop flavor adds a major bump to the road. The medium body is thanks to the amount of malt this beer has, somewhat smooth. Alcohol is hidden well, which helps expedite things (such as they are).

Some would say adequate, I will say mediocre. It's rougher than I'd like. Forget the claymore to fix things here, a steamroller would be more appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:22:20 | More by DoubleJ
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off: Merry X-mas one and all!!! Cheers, slainte, prost, and all that rubbish....Second off: You put the "Scotch Ale" suffix on there, and you're gonna be compared to McEwan's...just sayin' is all...Ok, this is a highly carbonated ale. It immediately bursts into a cavalcade of soda-like bubbles. Pretty crazy. This quickly disappears, however, and you get a steady stream of very small bubbles. Not much head forms for all the bubbles ya see. Pours a dark mahogany and leaves little lacing. Heavy caramel malt aromas, as one might expect, battle with your nose. Some of the usual suspects arrive: Vanilla, caramel, and mayhaps some pineapple way back there. So far, par for the American course. Flavor is big and rich upfront, but quickly scatters into a slightly thin middle and ever thinner finish. The flavor profile is punctuated by some off bitter notes here and there, as though they tried to mimic barrel aging without the barrel. At 7.7%ABV, this wee heavy be a wee bit light, in my opinion. One would think, initially, that this is decently priced at $1.99/12oz. bottle but that makes this a $12 sixer. That's close to not acceptable. decent enough beer, but still leagues beneath the elite versions of the style.

What I like most: The initial malty burst of flavor.

What I like least: A lot of the rest.

Verdict: Not worth tracking down and a somewhat pedestrian effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:00:02 | More by SolomonGrundy
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured Claymore into a ice cold frosty pint glass.

A - The appearance looks like coca cola with no head at all.

S - Smells like a porter, coffee, bitter roasted malts.

T - The taste follows the nose. coffee, bitter roasted malts. It does have some smokiness in there mid palate. Different for a good scotch ale.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel, medium with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, I actually like the roasted smokiness of this but you know the rest.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:40:38 | More by fitrock2112
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Vierenner

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer lacking in many areas. Just sitting in my glass it looks boring and dull. No bubbles ... no life. Some beers lack carbonation in the glass and then liven up after entering the mouth ... not this one. Dead. It also seems watery and lacking any unique flavor punch. The label is cool.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:04:33 | More by Vierenner
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scarfield

Nebraska

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:38:20 | More by scarfield
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark amber with almost no visible head. No lacing present and no visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, sweetness, malts, and trace amounts of something I would liken to BBQ smoke.

T: Lots of flavor of roast malts and caramelized malts.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Little heavy in flavors/richness for drinking multiples but I will certainly be enjoying the rest of the 6-pack over the next couple of weeks. This would pair very nicely with game meats.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:33:41 | More by dbrauneis
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chumba526

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears brown black with a thin layer of brown foam that disappears very quickly.

Smells quite smoky, there is a caramel smell and a bit of a chocolate smell as well. I also smell a bit of coffee.

Tastes slightly sour there are notes of roasted malts, caramel, grassy hops. The finish is slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

The carbonation is a bit high in my opinion and this hurts the drinkability.

Overall a nice example of the Scottish ale it has nice balance and good flavors. However it is just about average it is not amazing. The high carbonation also is unappealing to me. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 00:23:54 | More by chumba526
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the 12 pack.

A- Finger thick white head with a pitch black liquid and somewhat thin-looking body.

S- Very lager-like, sweet, bready, heavy on the malt profile

T- Is this a scotch ale? I feel like I am drinking a Helles or other German lager. Heavy on the sweet, bready malts... There's a slight hint of vanilla, but not much else suggests a scotch ale, so I'm confused. I remember having this on draft at the Denver Airport and enjoying it, so I don't know what the hell happened here.

M- At least this part ain't so bad. Smooth and creamy, I'm not mad how this beer drinks. Just wondering where the scotch profile is.

I give it a three and a half with the caveat being that I need to revisit and figure out if this is the true representation or an anomaly.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:14:50 | More by ONovoMexicano
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abaer123

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-10-2014 16:42:45 | More by abaer123
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.