Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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86
very good

1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 35
Gots: 90 | 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

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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger cream shade. It's retention is rather poor, sadly, but it does try to leave behind a little lacing.

S: To the surprise of absolutely no one, this is loaded with tons of sweet caramel. That's what the style dictates, natch - what catches me off guard is the pleasant chocolaty smell I pick up. It's also rather smoky, too, almost to rauchbier levels. This aroma is really intriguing.

T: It hits hard with caramel right from the start. And that dark chocolate note from the nose? It's here, if a little buried within the other notes. But I don't care. Smoky malts finish it off, with an occasional kiss of herbal hop bitterness coming through. The key here is that's it's not oppressively sweet - just kind of sweet. It's still a wee heavy though, so that means the caramel sweetness shouts at you while the other subtle notes sort of dance around behind it.

M: This has good body, but could be a little creamier. There's a slight dry touch on the finish which goes a long way to giving it good drinkability. The carbonation is perhaps a bit sharp, but it's not overdone by any stretch.

O: I've come to the realization I enjoy this style. A lot. And this satiates my enjoyment of said style quite well. Really good dessert beer, this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, deep brown with hints of amber around the edges of the body. Very small head forms and is gone quickly. Lacing is minimal because of the lack of a head. Fairly clear, but the dark color makes it hard to see through.

S- I get a lot of dark, almost stout-like, roasted malts here. A hint of chocolate and light coffee, as well as dark caramel sweetness. Rather sweet smelling and reminiscent of a porter.

T- Dead on like the scent, just with more prominent caramel malts. Slight hint of peat flavored malts. The slight chocolate and coffee flavors are there, just less prominent than in the scent. Sweetness is still present and lingers a little at the end of the drink.

M- Thick and creamy with a medium level of carbonation. The dark, heavy malts make it drink a little heavier than most Scotch ales or porters, but it still doesn't weigh you down much in the stomach.

Overall, this is a great value for a darker beer that is sold in six packs. Nice, full, dark flavors in a semi-drinkable weight for a beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of scvance
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown color with a touch of red and a small off white head. Smell is roasty, with biscuit like maltiness. There is a touch of caramel. Taste is caramel and roasted barley right up front. Fades to a very sweet finish with a noticeable alcohol note in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, moderately low carbonation. This beer is quite heavy. Overall this is a nice, heavy, malt forward beer. Definitely a good representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.