Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 495 | Ratings: 1,493
Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poor head retention to this purplish-brown brew.

The nose features sugar, brown sugar, toffee, and fruitbread. The palate follows, along with a slightly tart hint of plums. Not overly sweet; a classic Scotch ale taste.

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Photo of LAp
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown with a characteristic white head that quickly recedes. Great candy nose (rock candy and fruit) with a comparable palate. Mouthfeel is medium-to-medium-light. Not usually a huge fan of single scotch ales (wee heavies are another story), but this one manages to impress. The predilection of the nose and palate for a more hard candy note works well.

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

Thick and dark brown in color from a twelve ounce bottle. The head is light tan and the aroma is malty. Toasted notes and a bit of vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, and with faint background hops. Full and thick in body. Nice.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours dark brown with a smallish head. The aroma features chocolate, smoke, peat, brown sugar, and mild coffee. The flavor starts with chocolate and some cream, then a mellow smoke and semi-sweet peat, with touch of sourness at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full, with lacy carbonation. This beer has a certain richness, but also a certain dourness and moderation. The accent flavors of smoke and sour bread really serve to temper the chocolatey core of the beer.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much the quintessential scotch ale. Bright, but rich with caramel, dark fruit, plum skin, vanilla and a touch of peat smoke. Coats the palate, but never approaches cloying. Relatively clean, dry finish. Killer beer.

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Photo of akolb
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Subdued caramel and toffee aroma. Sweet and malty. Pours a deep brown with a minimalist head. Taste has big sweet malty flavors up front. Vanilla, caramel, toast, a little roast. Richness and spice.

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and some caramel. The taste is very close to the nose. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Savan
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This ale pour a deep purple hue with smoke on the the water... literally :)
To taste this epic ale is to know what ambrosia of the gods surely is... sweet and very complex malty goodness prevails... and a perfect mouth feel about it! LOVE this beer over all. could only be better if aromas were less subdued, but then no beer is perfect..... is it?

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

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark brown liquid; deep purple when held to the light.

Small white head; minimal lacing.

Smoke, cloves and banana in the malt-forward nose. Almost like a rauchbier!

Mouthfeel has heft but isn't overly viscous.

Smoke in front on the first sip; molasses and pickle juice follow. The pickle juice isn't overpowering, but slightly off-putting. Slight metallic after-taste. After a promising nose, this is just an OK beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is Rusty metal. Alkali. Salt water. Appearance: black, but not deep. Some lacing, but no head.Taste: plum, charcoal, leather. Pepper. Very Malty. Almost a hint of a whiskey burn at the end. Warming. This beer is growing on me.Feel: carbonation "looks" medium-low ,but the is some nice sizzle. As Don Ho would say, "tiny bubbles".Nice rally, Great Divide.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 17 Oct. 2016.
Served in a snifter. Poured very dark brown; clear but near opaque in the glass. Thin, weak head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: toffee and vanilla.
Flavor: a malt bomb with a trace of booziness.
Feel: smooth, full body; light carbonation

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

L-Deep brown with amber hues

S-Roasty malts, light peat

T-Roasty malts....peat...light caramel...

F-Big body to this. Slightly boozy impression which is fine for the style.

O-Nice quality wee heavy with good flavors and nice warming feel.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Toasted rye malt, spice, caramel, rich notes, maybe some peat. Smokey malt nose. Mahogany color, semi clear, tan lacy head. Medium body. A solid "Wee Heavy" scotch ale for the Fall.

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Photo of brewmasterapprentice
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with almost no head,has a sweet malty smell that compliments the deep smoky taste which lingers on the back of the palate. 7.7 alc content

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

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has mostly dark, toasted malts, some bitter chocolate, brown sugar and a light acidity. Taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, but mostly roasty and bitter on the finish. Body is on the lighter side and has medium carbonation. Overall it's ok but not special in any way.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great color - deep mahogany - but almost no head. Aroma is roast malt and a hint of peat smoke, though not as much as some other of the style. Flavor is straight delicious. Throughout the sip a steady stream of sweet bready malt coats the tongue without being cloying. While not high-abv there is just no awareness of any alcohol. I could drink way too many of these. Finish is balanced and clean. So good.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am beginning to really be a fan of scotch ales, although this is only my third instance of the style - it is now my favorite.

A unique reddish tint to highlight the almost black, stout-like appearance, the thin head dissolves quickly but leaves enough for some lacing. What mostly impressed me about this brew was its odor - chocolaty, coffee-roasty, a scent reminiscent to what you would find in a stout, and to top it all of the scotch is there but just barely, though just enough. I enjoyed the taste but wished it were just a bit more bolder, biting, and for that I gave it a lower score overall. Nonetheless, I was impressed and will look forward to finding if any other scotch ale can compare.

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Photo of mchegash
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark red, quite opaque but not totally. A small layer of light brown head.

S: Roasty malts, hints of peat and smoke, a little booze.

T: Roasty malts, dark fruits, a little sweetness, some peat and smokiness as well. Essentially tastes as it smells. If the peat and smoke were a little more pronounced the taste would be amazing.

F: Really great mouthfeel. Fairly full bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Clean and fresh, not sticky at all. Goes down easy.

O: This was a fantastic Scotch Ale. I haven't had too many but this might be my favorite.

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby red highlights with the help of a flashlight. One finger of five minute dense head. Good amount of lace.
Smell toffee caramel brown sugar or molasses.
Taste is sweet caramel toffee with just enough hop presence to knock down the sweetness some.
Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter sweet and lightly dry.
Overall a fine beer that would be even better in the winter. Bottled on date is Jan. 4, 2016. Which makes it a bit stale but still tasted fine.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque sepia, smells and tastes of caramel, burnt nuts, bark, smoke. That sounds terrible. But it was delicious. Medium mouthfeel. I'd like this even better in cooler weather.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog555 for this beer!

A - Dark brown, opaque pour with an even creamy, toffee colored layer on top.

S - Caramel and toffee roasted malt with some smokiness.

T - Taste follow the nose. Roasted coffee and caramel malt base with some earthiness, nutty, light smoke, and some mild pine bitterness on the tail end.

M - Heavy medium body with some stickiness on the lips.

O - This is a very solid beer. Not a style I would usually gravitate towards, but very solid nonetheless.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Claymore Scotch Ale pours darker than expected with a chocolate syrup like color and a small yet strong beige head of 1 finger.

Lots of roast malts on the nose, a nice smokey character, with some toffee and werthers butterscotch aromas. Slight coffee can be smelled as well.

Flavor is kind of saccharine and candy-like, with strong notes of scorched toffee, caramel malt, peat, malted milk balls. A bit of smoke and smoked meats can also be sampled faintly; as it warms more malt comes out but still tastes like bottled butterscotch. This beer is best drank ice cold as both the carbonation and the flavor diminish severely when warmed a few degrees.

Flavor is medium bodied all the way to the bank, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish, and a burn in the stomach.

Overall, Claymore is good, but it's nothing fabulous. I've had way worse Scotch ales - however I've had quite a few I think are better...Dirty Bastard, Old Chub, Kilt Lifter, CW Special Reserve, Empyrean Burning Skye... this one simply has too much sweet character to it without actually retaining any nice qualities of a scotch ale like smoke, malt, and peat. I'd have this again probably on tap, but I'm not gonna rush to buy a six pack.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass at near room temperature bottled March 1, 2016. Pours a very attractive mahogany with a 2 inch light tan head that leaves behind some sporadic lace.

Smell caramel, toffee, peat, smoke, biscuit, nutty, and getting a little bubblegum, still works for me, less smoke than most Wee Heavies.

Taste follows toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, and biscuit upfront with some smoke and peat in the balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was expecting, low carbonation, not dry, and very approachable.

Overall this is a very good Wee Heavy and I am far from a lover of this style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of March 01, 2016. Sampled on May 6, 2016.

Deep dark brown to jet black pour with a quick lasting head. Opaque.

The aroma has this sort of burnt malt and burnt leaves character with a low to no hop profile. But the malt s were not overly sweet like other Scotch Ales I have enjoyed.

About a medium body.

I look for super rich and sweet malts in my Scotch ales and these malts were more toasted and burnt. I had high hopes for this one and while it was not bad, it just didn't live up to my expectations in one of my top 5 favorite beer styles.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is a very dark brown with a hint of red. Finger width head quickly receded.

S: Smells like a mix of a scotch ale and a porter. See the taste.

T : Roasted caramelized malts, smoked peat, dark fruits, and molasses. The roasted quality is less apparent than the nose.

F : Medium bodied with medium carbonation. There is an alcoholic warmth.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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