Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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86
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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 43
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,304 | Reviews: 455
Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark dark brown with a thin head of loose tan foam that fell fast to a thin ring. Left dots of soapy wet lace but not much lace really. There is a ruby hue if you look deeply into the beer but it's almost completely opaque. Nose is caramel, bread & toffee. Some dark fruits like fig and date and a light bit of raisin. It has a nice bit of earthy peat on the nose as well with a hint of smoke. Taste follows the nose. The caramel is rich and smooth and creamy, the toffee over that. The fruits are woven into the middle of the beer and there's some earthy peat to contrast the sweetness. There is just a hint of smoke in the finish. The grains are firm and and the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and a bit slick. A grain bitterness that's light on the palate offers some dryness as this finishes.

Solid Wee Heavy from Great Divide.

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

Bottled 11/12/13. My first wee heavy

Fairly aggressive pour yields barely 1\2 finger head. Clear and very deep dark copper, dark reddish bronze color.

Smells of smooth and mellow toffee and light caramel. Almost like slightly burnt kettle corn popcorn

Taste is light caramel, and a bit of lightly roasted malts, toffee, molasses. A bit of alcohol but just barely. Strange but with he carbonation level and sweetness, it almost like a coke or Pepsi.

Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy body with moderate carbonation. Heavy and sticky in back of the throat. Body is bigger than some stouts I've had.

Didn't know what I was getting in this i picked up in a mix a six. Its a nice mellow and sweet beer. Was more viscous than I thought it would be but turns out to be pretty good. The alcohol is hidden well and its tasty. Couldn't see having more than two of these in a sitting though, but nice to cap off a long cold weekend on a Sunday night.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, dark brown with a tan, one finger width head. The head dissipates to an outer ring around the edge of the beer.

Aroma - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a slight bit of chocolate.

Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation on the tongue. Goes down very smooth. It is full bodied and thick. Some bitterness and stickiness.

Overall - Another solid brew from Great Divide and a nice full bodied Scottish Ale.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown into translucent black with brown amber edges; slim and flimsy dirty white cap

S: deep, earthy, dark brown malty; hints of sweeter fruit underneath, like fig

T: chewy dark brown grains and subtle dark chewy fruit sugars; earthy and ripe; needs to warm; different beer ~ room temp.

M: smooth and slick; medium weight, but slippery

O: at first wasn't warming to it; as it warmed I found it to be a nice example of the style, without any particularly unusual stylings. Malt-forward and lip-smacking good.

Photo of AaronTheBearded
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark, ruby red. Almost looks like a cola. Can't see much through it, but not completely opaque. I got absolutely no head on this one, and very minimal lacing. Might be different on tap, though.

S - Picked up loads of dark fruits and malt. A little bit of a hop presence, but not much. Smelled quite lovely, really.

T - Follows the nose quite well. Starts out with a bit of hops, finishes very sweet, yet bitter, with a bunch of dark fruits - pomegranate, cherry.

M - Not much carbonation with this one. Felt very smooth, but picked up a little bite from the alcohol. Pleasant.

O - A nice, dark brew for a cold day. Not my favorite Great Divide beer, but it definitely stands out as unique. Give it a try!

Photo of MrBoz21
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured opaque with ruby hue. Thick tan head settled into thin cap. Lace rings cling as glass empties.

Aroma: Roasty caramel and vanilla. Fig and banana esters. Slight spice.

Taste: Burnt toast with caramel. Mild peat and roast astringency. Fig notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderately dry and thin. Slight warmth on tongue

Overall: Mild, balanced and drinkable betrays the style and ABV. I like it! Usually find Scotch ales to be too strong with peat malt. Very smooth. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my fifth Great Divide beer reviewed. Had this poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. One of the better offerings of its kind that I've had, if not the best. Strong boozy flavor with a dark fruit aftertaste, and a bit of malty smokiness as one would hope. Not of ton, and a relatively thin mouthfeel, but I didn't mind here. Pick it up on a cold night or when you just want to get pretty loaded.

Photo of LI_PO12
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

appearance- Dark reddish/Brown, clear, offwhite head

Aroma- Smokey, deep malts, some dark fruit figs, nutty and toffee notes present but not as strong as id like

flavor- Deep malts , smoke dies off a bit and more fruits, and toffee to come to play, sweet but not overbearing, a touch of warming alcohol

Mouthfeel- A bit to thin, but otherwise ok. good carbonation

Overall- I enjoyed it. I got 6 pack and feel good about that, but probably wont get more. Its solid, and worth a try for wee heavy fans.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Doesn't pour up much head at all and has just about that much retention. The head is a slightly darker than medium beige while the body is pretty dark for a scotch ale. Very dark maroon brown with hints of chocolate and it shows glimmers of crimson and garnet when held up to the light.

Nose- When I first opened the bottle, I got a bit of a cheesy smell followed by messy caramel. The bottle shows some caramel mix with popcorn and some buttery notes. The glass, at the moment, shows almost nothing. Swirling doesn't help out much.

Taste- Starts off with light caramel that builds and show hints of cinnamon and raisin. More raisin than cinnamon but still a lot more spice than I expect out of a Scotch ale. Also not as malty as I expected. A little vinous as the raisin hints at red grapes. It seems like age might have played a factor in this beer. It's less than 3 months old and should be fine but it seems a little thin as far a the flavor profile goes. Some hints of citrus (orange and lemon) and the finish has a little bit of wood to it (pine, resin, and oak). It's pretty well rounded but I would like a little more presence from a Scotch ale unless it has sublimity and complexity of a Traquair. Still, an above average to good beer but a little bit of disappointment from Great Divide. Closer to above average though.

Mouthfeel- A little below medium bodied (which is too thin for the style) with too much carbonation. A little too much zing as well.

Drinkability- The drinkability is fine as it doesn't really have any flaws but it doesn't entice me anyway either. Reasonable price for craft beer but I think it would only go for this if it were fresher. And in it that case to see if freshness is a factor.

Overall- Above average. Worth a try but if you've had a fair amount of Great Divide's beers, it might be the letdown it was for me. A little odd for the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from the King Soopers across from my hotel in Glendale during GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, very dark russet brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and one finger of frothy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse ribcage lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, pithy, and slightly bitter caramel malt, a fleshy, oily nuttiness, a bit of smoky dry chocolate, and singed leafy hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a touch of treacle - all gently roughed up by an invasive, but still laid back gritty smokiness - with some pleasant bittersweet cocoa and rolled tobacco notes, and an obviously peaty, torched leaf, low-key hoppiness.

The bubbles are soft and frothy at the outset, and do little to dispel that notion thereafter, the body a strapping medium-heavy weight, and fairly smooth, what with all those cinders floating about. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, as the caramel, chocolate, and heretofore unmentioned generic fruitiness maintain a stranglehold, even in the face of the lingering vegetal smokiness.

A tasty example of what Scotland has traditionally had to offer the beer world - big malts, peat, smoke, and alcohol. This offering displays all of these in spades, except, gratifyingly, the latter - the north of 15-proof booze nowhere near the radar scope. Maybe not a repeat choice for an evening's goings on, but nice as a steeling force against the increasingly inevitable winter.

Photo of fitrock2112
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of scvance
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoky, musty aroma; lots of roasted grain and caramel notes. Deep brown body color topped with a one-finger thick head. Medium sweetness tempered with a smooth hop bitterness. Smooth, semi-dry body; soft, medium feel.

A rich, malty beer with just the right touch of hop bitterness and alcohol presence. Easy enough drinking for a big beer, even with the fairly high ABV. Yes, it's noticeable, yet the malt and hops do an excellent job of keeping things balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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

Pours very dark brown (opaque basically) color with 2 finger creamy off tan head that had a ton of bubbles in it, and faded slowly leaving good foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, lightly roasted grains, biscuit, brown sugar, and earthy and musky notes like yeast or an old basement; no trace of hops and basically a malty, caramel sweetness in the nose.

Tastes of caramel, sweet malt, butterscotch, biscuit, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, wheat bread, mild piney hops, toasted grains, brown sugar, peat moss, herbs, and light spices and a little yeast; a definite sweetness that is malty but somehow seems to hide the ABV.

Mouthfeel is smooth but yet smoky, with low carbonation, a medium chewy body and a sweet bitter aftertaste that trails off like a cross between rum and a very bready thick beer.

Overall this was typical of a Wee Heavy, with a lot of malt, caramel and roasted notes. This was earthy, sweet and full of malty caramel flavors – not something I’d go for if I wanted to relax or session, but it’s still a pretty good beer and accomplishment for this style of beer.

Photo of lighthabit
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle
deep molasses brown, light shows it's clear
moderate head, dies to bit around rim
light sporadic lacing, i'd like a bit more here
smell faint sweet molasses, leather
faint fig/molasses, tobacco, leather, hint of mild smoke, finishes a bit dry, bit of anise?
just the right thickness for me
one i'd purchase again, would make for pleasant late night sipping near a cozy fireplace

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled on Feb/15/2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with some ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A big bready toasted malt driven aroma with lots of caramel and nutty hints. Toasted barley malts with big hints of caramel and toffee. Hints of biscuit, toast, roast chocolate, coffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Also some hints of butterscotch, peat, and a rye like spice. Lots of earthy scents with some grassy hops lingering around. A pretty good rich and bready malt aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a big bready malt forward taste with lots of toasty caramel notes. Bready toasted barley malts with a big taste of caramel and toffee along with notes of toasted bread, biscuit, grains, nuts, yeast, butterscotch, and some roasty notes of chocolate and coffee. Spices notes of rye along with some peat. Solid earthy hop presence with notes of grass. Very toasty and malt forward. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat chewy and spicy.

Overall: A very solid Scotch ale. Good toasty malt taste with some nice undertones of spice and hops.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, glowing mahogany pour. A thin layer of lace.

S - Earthy scents, wood, dust, musk. Malty sweetness, dry farm scents.

T - Full flavored with an earthy malty base. Dry and funky wood, barn yard notes, earthy bread. Sweet malty profile, some dry hop hints. A bit of caramel and dark sugar in the backend.

M - Slick and soft. Warming and semi dry finish.

O - Well balanced malty brew.

Photo of delta490
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Cellared for about a year. Had a wee little amount of head and left a wee little bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet and has notes of cocoa and some boozy esters. Taste is similar with some additional notes of coffee and tofee. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a slight oil slickness. A nice Scotch ale.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Claymore Scotch Ale opens to a massively malty, yeasty nose, the beer smelling immediately of potent rising wheat bread dough, tinged with touches of fruit and peat. The fruit esters are divided nicely between dark and light, the former bringing berry and light peach, and the latter adding fig and date. There’s also a heavy thread of wildflower honey, as well as vanilla, brown sugar, and a dollop of molasses, which combine with the breads to suggest light sprinkles of homemade chocolate chip cookies. However, the yeasty bread dough smell underlies everything, adding a bakery aroma and mixing with biscuit and toast crust to form a wonderfully earthy undertone, combined with a healthy dose of smoky peat to form a nicely balanced and finely nuanced bouquet that lacks only an extra bit of oomph to firmly separate it from the field.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of yeasty rising wheat dough that mixes instantly with smoky peat, biscuit, toast crust, and floury whole wheat baguette to form a distinctive, full-mouthed bread base. Sugars enter next, bringing the berry and, here, light orange fruit esters on the light side, and the fig and date from the dark side. The wildflower honey is still present, as are the vanilla and brown sugar, but the molasses is turned down a little, though still detectable. The medium-strength 7.7% ABV adds touches of bourbon vapors, though the beer was not barrel-aged, adding a pleasantly woody overtone that mixes well with the smoky peats. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, heavy on yeasty rising bread dough and smoky peat, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice Scotch Ale, offering a rounded, nuanced, potent series of flavors, and the smoky peats are excellently integrated into the breads and darker fruits. Worth trying.

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

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Dark but when held up to the light you can still see through it, head was about one and a half finger width and thick but dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dark caramel and roasted nuts.

Taste: coffee, nuts and caramel.

Mouth feel: very smooth and silky. Great malt aroma with caramel and dark roasted tones.

Overall: Really like scotch ales and this is no exception. The only thing that would make this better is if it had smoked peat.

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.