Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Ranking:
#17,001
Reviews:
509
Ratings:
1,558
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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Photo of jkblr
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned 8/30/18 (2 months ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7.7% ABV. The beer pours bright dark brown with copper highlights. The head is light brown in color and recedes to a cap and thin ring. The aroma is somewhat earthy with a toasted malt & cocoa note. The taste is a little smokey with some of the cocoa mixed in with tobacco and leather. It is neither sweet nor bitter and finishes almost tangy like a porter but with a gentle earthy, smoke flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This is a great beer and good representation of the style.

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Photo of LiquidEgo
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nass
2.31/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Since I am a fan of what the Great Divide Yeti lineup has to offer I expected some more from this beer. Mainly, what I got from this beer was some big dark fruit notes which is one of my pet peeves when it comes to beer. This taste like fruit cake in a beer which apparently I don't really like, not to mention I am not the biggest fan of red wine either. Cheers! C-

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eafowler7
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmackster
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mtimmerman84
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours black red with a very small off white head. Smells of fruitiness with berry tones dominating. Tastes of darker grain with very slight fruitiness. Beer is full bodied yet easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark brown-black with a creamy medium khaki brown head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, some stone fruit, roasted malt and notes of smoked wood and ash with hints of smoked meat. Very inviting aroma.

T: Caramel, earthy malt, roasted malt, smoke, and ash, with notes of jerky and smoked meat. Very malty, I don't get a lot of hops, some light notes of tart cherry and stone fruit.

F: Heavier body, a little bit of cola like carbonation, wish it was slightly creamier but still nice.

O: I hadn't had this beer in a long time and recently picked up a six-pack and I had forgotten how much I loved this beer.

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brianstrong2
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D1noB
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A toasty, malty smoothness then the smoke takes over and lingers.

Taste rating in words: it's the storm that rolls in at dusk and lights the sky back up with the roaring Thunder.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamarcusMarinovich
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely on the darker side of the Wee Heavy spectrum, Claymore pours the deepest of browns, almost black. A thin, creamy, foamy tan head persists and laces the glass moderately.

Sweet and toasted bread, burnt caramel, and the faintest suggestion of smoke meander all around. It smells very rich.

The smoke is indeed subtle, but very welcomed. It cuts through the caramel sweetness, and compliments the roasted nuttiness, allowing for each element to compliment each other wonderfully. An earthy and mildly spicy hop contribution rounds it out in the end.

Fittingly, the body is full, rich, and smooth. It has a stickiness to it, but it's not overbearing. The mild carbonation is just right, and though it has sweet elements, overall this seems well balanced due to the roasted and smokey characters.

Claymore Scotch Ale is a very nice American interpretation of a standard Wee Heavy. It's one I've come to enjoy year after year, and will continue to do so. Yet another well made to style offering from Great Divide. Slainte!

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Photo of Lonewolfwmv
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,558 ratings