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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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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Reviews: 458 | Hads: 1,348
Photo of Another6Pack
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark pour - almost as black as a porter. Big bubbled and light black one finger head that was thickest at the edge of the glass. Thin lacing that clings momentarily before running back down into the glass in sheets.

S: smoked malts dominate. To my nose, the smokiness runs just this side of a damp campfire. Not deterring, but noticeable.

T: A quick hit of spice at the start that is accentuated by the carbonation; smoky malt middle before a very, very dry, sweet finish.

M/D: average. Dry, abrasive mouthfeel and smokiness would keep me from having any more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of SamN
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Solid dark brown ale. Nearly impenetrable by light, at the edges are a mellow dark amber glowings. No real head to speak of, a thin dirty brown foam crown appears for a few moments before fading to cloud-like patches. Looks murky, dirty almost.

S- Large quantities of dark malt, but no roasty character. Instead, there is only thick caramel and bread like aromas, with just a touch of vegetably residue and musty hints. It's a hearty smell, very malty. Slight hops noticeable in the finish, rounding out an overall good smelling beer.

T- Loads of nutty, malty sweetness, a little smokey edge in there too. The mustiness creeps into the taste some, too, giving it a sort of cardboard flavor. Almost no discernible hops, just a metric ass load of heavy duty malt flavor. Yet despite it's big character, the flavor isn't as intense as I expected. The sweetness expected is less as well, probably balanced out by a well placed hoppy finish to take the edge off. Not as complex as I expected, but certainly not bad at all; I'm just not overwhelmed by the taste here like I was with the Belgica and Hades ales.

M- A little on the lighter side, bordering on a little watery. Quite a bit or carbonation, I feel it could benefit from a little less action on the palette. Becomes a little thicker and befitting of a malty ale as it warms and loses it's active carbonation.

D- Solidly average. I'm sure there are better examples of a Wee Heavy. This ismy first foray into the style, I can see the attraction, but this particular beer didn't quite take for me.

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Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark with little if any light showing through, even along the edges. I poured it when it was about 45 degrees, so there was very little head. Lacing kept throughout the glass though.

S: toasted grain, caramel, toffee, and some earthy tones

T: very earthy, but I can't detect the peat. Some butterscotch - it's a bit sweeter than I thought.

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated (again, could be the temperature, though I've had it before), and leaves an earthy finish. This is a smooth scotch ale.

O: I like scotch ales, and I like Great Divide. Somehow this one doesn't work out as well as I thought it would. Try Founders or Oskar Blues or Dark Horse for a better scotch ale.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a very small off-white head that disappears almost instantaneously. Scent is definitely malty with some caramel aromas and dark fruits. I also pick up a bit of toffee and roasted scents. Taste is initially roasted malt followed by toffee and caramel. Then I definitely get the biscuit flavor with a bit of roasted/bitter chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of alcohol at the end. I haven't had too many wee-heavy's but one that sticks out in my mind would be Founders Dirty Bastard...and that was SOOO much better...Other than that and Belhaven, I can't think of much to compare it to. Mouthfeel is sorta rich and somewhat creamy. Drinkability is fair, as it is a tasty beer, but maybe just not my favorite particular style as of right now.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled Jan 30, 2010. Pours very, very dark brown with a 1.5 finger beige head. Reduces to a ring with a few small islands, leaves very little lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, bordering on burnt, caramel, chocolate.

Flavor is dark roasted malts, again almost burnt, light chocolate, some caramel and coffee, some coffee-like bitterness. Not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty rich, low carbonation.

Could use a touch more carbonation, malts roasted just a tad too much. I put this somewhere between Old Chub (pretty good) and Dirty Bastard (excellent). I do prefer Claymore to the St. Bridgets it replaces.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan head that fell quickly over a dark brown with ruby highlighted beer. Strong malt with light peat and smoke in the nose. Light and pleasant. Some dark fruit in the nose as well. All of the nose continues cleanly in the taste with the fruit increasing a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, the beer is well done and perfectly adequate. However, it's not a stellar beer that's going to get me to pick up a six pack.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glas
Dark brown/red with half-inch tan head
Aroma-Malty, slight chocolate and caramel
Taste- Big malts with subtle smokiness and a hint of hops lingering in the background. Very smooth and to my taste a bit thin. I would like a bit more hop profile to round out the flavor a bit more.
Overall, not bad, but certainly some room for a little more body

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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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Photo of cooch69
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This Scotch ale pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a small head full of large loose bubbles. Your not seeing through this beer, but rather just a small bit of chestnuts on the edges when held up to light.

The nose is caramelly and mollassesy.

Taste is like a candied apple dipped in caramel. It is slightly bitter in the finish with a full mouthfeel almost getting syrupy.
A decent amount of smokiness, but still pretty mild.
It is a scotch ale worthy of a try, but I've had better.

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