Claymore | 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch Ale is our tribute to the legendary “Wee Heavy” beers of Scotland. This malty, deep-ruby beauty features lots of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile, and a subtle warming character. Unlike its namesake, this beer only requires one hand, but it’ll still make you feel like nobility.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,900
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
1,565
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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52
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244
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 512 | Ratings: 1,565
Reviews by Scott17Taylor:
Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with beige head that dissipated within the first couple minutes.
The aroma was caramel malts with a faint smokiness and a little bit of dark fruit.
The flavor was very sweet and caramelly with a pronounced toastiness and a light piney ness on the finish. The butteriness was lighter than in most scotch ales I've had, but was there.
The mouthfeel was coating and sticky.
Overall it's a solid beer, I'm a pretty big great divide fan and this beer is no exception. It's a very solid option in a style that is not my favorite.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woemad
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased by my brother at Gravity in Olympia, WA, by my brother and given to me as a Christmas gift. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on October 29, 2014.

A rough pour into a Sierra Nevada shaker pint glass yielded a half inch of bubbly tan foam on top of a dark brown beer that gave up a tiny bit of rubyish highlights when held up to light. Said head dropped to a foamy skiff after a couple of minutes.

The aroma is sweetly malty, with hints of toffee and booze.

Sweet, malty and boozy flavor, in that order. First up is a caramel and brown sugary sweetness, with a slightly more vague taste of toffee in the immediate background. There’s a mild (but definitely there) warming alcohol sensation way in the back.

Coating, sticky mouthfeel. Not a lot of carbonation, but not low to the point of stagnancy.

A pretty good, “wee heavy,” but not quite what would be needed to vault this to the level of Silver City’s Fat, my personal favorite of the style. Still, it’s a quality beer, much as I expect from Great Divide. Thanks, Bro!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Dravin
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 10/07/2015 into a Duvel tulip.

Look -- Poured a tight half finger of tan head that dissipated rapidly and not much lacing to speak of. The body of the beer was a deep dark brown with hints of ruby at the edges.

Smell -- Molasses, peat, hints of booze and sweetness.

Taste -- Booze, peat, molasses, with a mild bitterness. The sweetness in the nose doesn't come across on the tongue. Surprisingly savory compared to something like Old Chub.

Feel -- Moderate carbonation, it's there but doesn't really call attention to itself. The body is medium and suitable for the style. It finishes dry which is keeping with relative lack of sweetness in the taste.

Overall -- I prefer a more sweet scotch ale, something more in line with Old Chub. I'm not a fan of the dryness either. It's not a bad tasting beer but it's certainly not the scotch ale I'd reach for first . All in all I find it a fairly okay experience.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psdonnelly
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveGillespie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint, pours a nice brown with reddish highlights. Aroma is malt, raisin and toffee, flavors matches closely. It's a solid Scotch Ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer quite a few times, and just realized I never reviewed it.

A creamy 1 finger head rises and fades somewhat quickly, leaving a slight lacing on the sides. The beer is super dark molasses brown, almost black, with just the slightest hint of light coming through.

The nose is loaded with dark malts and syrupy aromas. Plenty of lots of various crystal malts, some light roasted barley, and hints of smoke. The smoke even adds just a touch of smoked meat. Some dark fruits, little raisin and fig, and hint of chocolate actually. Light toffee, a little bitterness, and hint of burnt coffee beans round off the aroma.

Taste is creamy and rich, lots of dark malts as well. Loaded with crystal malt, and lots of chocolate malt actually, a little roasted barley. A light creamy taste adds a chocolate milk flavor, and even some baker's chocolate and cocoa nibs. Light coffee and a touch of burnt coffee grinds. Some fruit as well, btu less than the nose, bringing plum mostly. It starts pretty sweet but dries a bit as it finishes. The chocolate lingers a bit but dies off mostly leaving the roast, coffee, toffee, and fruits.

The mouth is fairly thick and rich, a little creamy, with lower but decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK, a touch of warming booze, but typical for 7.7%, fairly rich and thick, touch of syrupy taste, and lots of dark malts.

This is a really tasty beer, but it borders on porter more than scotch ale. Lots of dark malts, especially chocolate, such a dark demeanor to the beer. I think I should get a bottle and age it to see how it goes.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has become a go-to beer for me - great for food pairings, particularly meat and artisinal cheese. Poured into a McChouffe chalice, as these truly reminds me of a belgian strong dark.

Pours a cloudy dark brown - chocolaty in complexion. Head is light tan and very small - pretty much a lining at he top of the glass. Nose is sweet, and definitely has a very light scotch nature to it - very enjoyable.

Very flavorful brew, stands up with the best strong dark ales. Slightly sweet, nice and malty and definitely has some subtle scotch and chocolate. Overall very full bodied and smooth, with no noticeable alcohol. Just a great overall drink, lots of subtle flavors that pairs great with some great food.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mcsauter82
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 soccerman7
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my ommegang goblet.

A - Very deep brown with a finger of tan head. Red in color on the edges.

S - Toasty and malty. Baked breads and sweetness. a faint note of caramel.

T - Very nice. A balance of toast and caramel sweetness. A nice body that has minimal hop presence as the style should be. An oak like note towards the end.

M - Very good. Minimal carbonation gives a creaminess on the mouth. Not overly coating with a touch of dryness.

D - An excellent example of the style and not over the top. A great beer to enjoy on a cool fall or spring day.

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Photo of cmillard
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color, thin tan head that fades rather quickly, minimal lacing

S: Very distinct malt smell initially, followed by a sweet molasses and caramel character

T: Slight chocolate and distinct malt taste initially, followed by a molasses taste that is none too overpowering and a distinct smokey taste

M: Decent carbonation, no too creamy, thick and bold

D: Easy to drink, however has a decently high ABV, sweetness can be a bit much at times, yet overall definitely recommended for people into scotch ales

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Iamstryker
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of V3XX069
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Had this one at the brewery. So damn good.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for trading me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and toffee malt with some dark fruit and peat character mixed in. Definitely smells like a Scotch ale.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of dark fruit, with the majority tasting like cherries and prunes. There is also a lot of toffee and caramel malt with a little bit of peat smoke and alcohol mixed in.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is very fizzy, but it is not resulting in any kind of head, only a thin ring around the outside of the glass. It is a very dark body with hazelnut highlights. It does not really look impressive, although that is not unusual for the scotch ales I have had.

Smell: The nose has hints of sweet caramel malts. There is also the characteristic peat giving a smokey and earthy scent. The warm and sweet scents the alcohol produces are really nice too. Good nose for a wee heavy.

Taste: It is always nice to have a beer where the taste reflects the nose. The peat is really noticeable and gives it a smokey and grassy flavor through the middle of the drink. The caramel malt is sweet and leads to a slightly bready taste. The finish gives way to the alcohol warmness. It fits well, and it tastes good.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and the burn in the finish is not enough to throw off the smooth drink.

Overall: This wee heavy packs a taste as big the size of it's namesake sword. The malts balance well with the peat and grassy hops. It is a good example for anyone looking to try a wee heavy that is worth it.

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Claymore from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,565 ratings