Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,514
Reviews:
499
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
234
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bf7
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of netshark
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shade1951
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass, maybe not vigorously enough as there is no head and no lacing at all. It looks like flat cola. Fortunately, the smell and taste are better, as is the mouthfeel. Now that my palate seems to have grown weary of super-hopped *everything*, I am pleased that there is little hop bitterness here. The flavor is earthy - kind of dirty, but in a good way. Carbonation is moderate even though it looks flat sitting in the glass.

It's not my favorite, but it is solid.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a dark, near black to deep mahogany, though the edges show a little dark ruby. Cap of beige just sits there, rolling with the flow - almost looks like a nitro pour.

Nose is quite peaty, almost like a smoked beer. Smoked meat with the lightest roasted note behind it.

Thin feel with medium heft. The nose comes through in the beer. There's a nice little malty sweetness to this beer under the peat/smoke. An amber ale base sneaks through as it warms.

A tasty brew, malty and smokey. Could maybe use a hint, just a little, of extra bitterness.

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Photo of reaganrvltn
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seeker_11
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not to shabby. Had it in a flight and would definitely order a pint.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rljkeimig
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 911CROFT
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Scotch Ale was duck rabbit. And I loved it. Therefore it's my bar. Yes this is a top notch Scotch Ale, but I just didn't go Gaga over it like the duck rabbit. Look isn't red. This is much much darker. Smell is solid. Sweet cherry and a lot of cereal smell to me. Taste is great. No booziness at all great job hiding that. Alkali, bready and sweet bread. Feel is good. Great carbonation. Just enough. Overall I'd drink this again. It's a great beer. But if I saw Duckrabbit sitting side by side I'd choose that over The Claymore.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby tint. Has tall, 2 inch, tan, shortlived, head leaving a splotchy & wispy lacing. Aroma is musty roasted & burnt malt, cocoa, coffee grounds, toffee, vanilla & butterscotch. Taste is a Mecca of heavy roast, dark malt, molasses/caramel/toffee, yeast, roasted nuts, semi-sweet dark chocolate & faint coffee with a buttery, smokey & faintly scotch whiskey finish. Afrertaste is sweet but deeply roasted malts, roasted nuts & sulfury molasses. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, creamy, slick & a little peppery prickle.

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Photo of TonyTwins
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/24/2017. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, smoke, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/woody/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is a great scotch ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This was not as yeasty and more bitter/roasty than I would typically expect in the style; but it was still a very enjoyable offering and nice example of the style.

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Photo of BeerTest
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerMe8
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of psmith161
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of London08
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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