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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

1,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 47 | 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: 1,067 | Reviews: 418 | Display Reviews Only:
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-28-2013 01:32:24 | More by sixerofelixir
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atr2605

New York

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a deep red amber, almost a coca cola color with a tan head thats fades a bit quick for my liking
S-sweet malt and roasted peat aroma comes through nicely, slight green earthiness lingering in the background
T-lots of caramel sweetness, and a bit of spiciness from the smoked malt. More sweetness coming through in the finish with a delicate vanilla flavor
M-medium bodied and a bit slick
O-Appearance lacked slightly but still pretty solid beer. Wouldn't mind having it again on occasion

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:22:05 | More by atr2605
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sparx1100

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-22-2013 05:55:02 | More by sparx1100
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bribo

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-21-2013 21:34:40 | More by bribo
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-19-2013 20:56:29 | More by pquijal
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ZachHodgson

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-19-2013 03:49:04 | More by ZachHodgson
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Nunya

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-18-2013 00:36:05 | More by Nunya
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A – Pours a deep, rich brown/copper. One-finger head of really loose foam is a mauve khaki, and dissipates quickly, leaving some pockets of lace on the surface against the glass with an island of micro-bubbles in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a dark mahogany and almost completely opaque, although what light gets through at the edge of the glass reveals the beer is not cloudy.

S – Roasted malts; deep, dark caramels, hints of milk chocolate. Grassy hops pop up with touches of alcohol, followed by notes of butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla as it warms in the glass.

T – Similar to the nose, caramels are more forward in the taste. Malts are beyond simply toasted, with a noticeable roast, like a light breakfast-blend coffee. Chocolate/toffee mixes with the roast in the back-end. There's a bit of earthy peat in there, too. Every so often, a dollop of rich butterscotch liquid will show up on the tongue. Earthy hops are present just enough to balance the sugars.

M – Just a touch of fizziness initially smooths out in the mouth. Body itself is surprisingly lighter than anticipated, given the color of the pour and the roast. Components are well-integrated. Short, dry finish focused on roast and hops.

O – This is the kind of Scotch ale you give a porter fan to make the bridge between the two styles. The roasted malts in this beer, for me, distract from their mission to transport caramel/butterscotch/toffee flavors, and the chocolate notes are simply out-of-place. That being said, it's a pretty interesting take on the style, and really pretty tasty. Forget what it's supposed to be and enjoy it for what it is: a robust porter dressing up as a Scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:12:24 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Haywire

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-16-2013 18:56:29 | More by Haywire
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Metatron6

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-15-2013 19:49:24 | More by Metatron6
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thomscottson

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-13-2013 01:49:38 | More by thomscottson
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

The beer is a dark mahogany, almost black really. A cream colored head comes down to a film with heavy sheets of lacing.

The aroma is boozy up front followed by buttery toffee and malts.

The taste is much like the aroma. A nice buttery biscuit and toffee taste begins. Great malty oak body. Slight alcoholic finish.

Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall a good sipper. Slightly more booziness than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:10:38 | More by JuicesFlowing
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shep8821

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-09-2013 07:29:07 | More by shep8821
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-08-2013 23:21:27 | More by salthemonster
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mzeld

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-06-2013 03:08:01 | More by mzeld
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C3likesbeer

California

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown almost black. Very thin light head. color with shades of red and amber. One inch of tan head dissipates rather quickly. Only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Sweet and malty with some caramel. Hops really in the background.

M: medium heft with some carbonation and a long finish.

O: Nice Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:05:00 | More by C3likesbeer
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bkrbdan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-05-2013 18:13:56 | More by bkrbdan
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ryanpj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-05-2013 04:03:22 | More by ryanpj
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-04-2013 03:53:26 | More by HoistinBrews
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-31-2013 21:02:02 | More by MammothTarantula
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2013 22:48:37 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 14oz tulip of this at Diciccos in Brewster recently, for $5.00.

Poured a deep, dark brown. Head was thin and bubbles sparse, though some light lacing was present. Nose was rather mild, with light sweetness and caramel evident. Good body, medium in feel and mostly smooth.

Flavor, too, had light sweetness. Had a solid malt base, caramel leading the way, with some subtle peatyness present. Hopping was floral and restrained. Improved with warming; decent, overall. Prosit!!

3.9/5 rDev +0.8%look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1557

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 21:46:12 | More by Bierman9
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DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2013 04:15:24 | More by DmanGTR
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-26-2013 16:39:28 | More by DrunkinYogi
Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.