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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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Photo of shoegueuze
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gervaise
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of YouSkeete
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby red, practically black in appearance. Short tan head with really nice lacing. Oatmeal, rye bread, watery scotch, dark chocolate and hints of coffee beans and caramel malt. Smooth, rich milk chocolate and roasted oats on the initial sip. Flattened oak and roasted coffee beans with a nutty, rich mouthfeel. Dry, lightly scotched aftertaste.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 6/30/14. Dark amber pour (looks like a porter) with normal head, lacing and retention. Weak nose of mostly caramel coupled with hints of roast, dark fruit and coffee/toffee. Almost full bodied with a nice almost creamy texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice and well balanced, but lacks the intensity and complexity of the world class Wee Heavies such as Traquair and Thirsty Dog's Wulver. It begins as the nose, mostly caramel with hints of dark fruit, roast and coffee/toffee. As the sweetness fades in the middle, hops and associated mild bitterness are noted. The finish leaves you with a touch of smoke and a very light alcohol burn.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very underrated style and one of my favorite styles of beer. Pours a beautiful dark red color, huge off white foamy head to it. Get a bit of caramel in the nose and a hint of booziness. Taste is just magically smooth.. great body and mouthfeel to this beer. Nice roastiness flavor to it, a bit hot on alcohol on the swallow (which I don't really mind) although some people may find it a negative thing. Incredibly well balanced and fairly drinkable for a higher ABV beer... I've liked everything I've tried from this brewery especially this one.. give it a try.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Feral_Fantom
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateMac13
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattkoon
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells of creamy chocolate- I have to say the look of this beer is fierce. It pours near black with almost no head. It looks like a beast. The taste however is shockingly smooth. The taste is very creamy, smooth and has a rich sweetness. I was very surprised. I have really started to like the beers from great divide.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Bottled on date of May 05 2014, so around two months prior to opening it.

Pours a fine but a little thin: a deep dark brown tending to orange at the very edges. Head is fine but quite minimal, leaving only a thin skein of lace over the top and thin streaks as it goes down. Carbonation is fine however, and reveals that there is certainly some weight to the brew.

Nose is really extremely minerally initially. I get rock salt, a little seaweed and crushed bracken, with only a very moderated sweetness underneath it. In time, and as it warms up a little, there's a meatier malt character that comes through, perhaps with a touch of roast as well. It's certainly interesting.

Taste is very nice indeed. Here there's a crisp sweetness through the centre, which allows those mineral notes to provide a prickle around the edges of the palate while not overwhelming it. It slips towards the back, with a good wallop of warming heat that matches with a slight upkick in the dark malt character. Finish is long, with more mineral tones locked with a slick sweetness long after the beer is gone.

Feel is also very interesting. It's still relatively light for what it is, but the booze and the prickle give it a liveliness around the edges.

Overall, yep: very solid stuff, and unusual to boot. I like it when a beer manages to be both interesting and tasty—and I think it's fair to say I trust a brewery like Great Divide to pull it off.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled on 13 May 2011.

A: Very dark, with a brief but tight head. Impenetrable to light and almost black. Scattered lacing.

S: Roasted malts. A bit sweet, but not very interesting. EDIT: Later bottles had a more much pronounced smokiness, almost exactly like dried barley malt.

T: Malty-sweet mainbody carries the taste to its more bitter conclusion, with a touch of coffee and hops leading into a lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Substantial and smooth. Pleasant. Lightly drying after a while.

O: Very drinkable and very tasty. Great Divide does it again. I enjoyed this wee heavy and would recommend it, even if it's not on the top of my To Have Again Soon list.

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Photo of scotorum
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on May 14, 2014. Five months old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby when seen through light. Inch tall tan head receded quickly to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Dark caramel.

t: Creamy caramel malt accompanied by a considerable hop bite. Bitterness cloys the left and right insides of the mouth. Sweet to bitter finish.

m: Medium and exceptionally silky. Rather low carbonation.

o: A tasty Scotch ale with flavor and punch. Only drawback is the weak carbonation.

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Photo of paulish
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Avatar113
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Upon pouring this beer I found it to be much darker than I expected. It had a deep red-ish brown color that I could hardly see through. The head was a good two fingers and caramel tint. Ales are the most diverse beer in terms of tastes, colors, lightness and darkness, etc. and the Claymore Scotch Ale proves that. It is dark and flavorful to easily be confused with a porter.

There is perhaps a slight liquorish-ish (yeah, that's a word now) flavor at the very beginning but very soon comes a delightful sweetness of molasses or caramel. Finally there is a finish of dark malts with a bit of nuttiness.

She's a dandy.

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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 begforme4484
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in no way shape or form what I was expecting out of this beer. Can't live solely on expectations.. so.. here we go

Beer pours dark. A very dark, borderline-black, brown color. I thin head with minimal lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts. Smells like overcooked expresso. Bitter smells of coffee and sweet of caramel. I'm a fan of the smell.

Tastes heavy. It's almost reminiscent of a porter. Toffee and caramel up front. Some dark fruitiness following and finishing with a somewhat bitter coffee bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not much for carbonation.

A bit heavy on the malt side to be extremely drinkable for me.

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

Photo of Mistofminn
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 3, 2009.

Poured into a Tulip glass. Pours a clear but murky brown color. Appears nearly black, but when held into the light it has deep ruby hues. Light tan half finger head produced that shrinks to a small ring. Slow, laboring carbonation. Small sheets of lace coat the outside of the glass.

The aroma is caramel malts, with a nice toasted character. Toasty and roasty, mmm. Very smokey as well. I'm not getting any hops but then again this bottle is over 5 months old so it's not unreasonable for them to have dropped off a bit. Mostly smokey and roasted malts, with a nice caramel base.

The taste is very light, and if served at a cold temperature you might not taste anything. Very lightly roasted and smoked malts, the caramel is almost non-existent in the taste. As it warms, chocolate comes out in force and nearly takes this one over completely. Definitely drink this one warmer rather than colder, you'll miss out if you don't.

Mouthfeel is light body, smooth with a little bite from the carbonation. No lingering bitter aftertaste in this one. Drinkability is great, however. I could drink these all night.

I am honestly impressed with this one. Granted, it's not a fresh bottle and I would like to try one, but I think this tastes better than a fresh bottle would. I like that the bitterness has dropped off and the smokey malts shine through. A good offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a rich, creamy brew this was. Pours a blackish color, not deep amber, like a true wee heavy. Full bodied with a smokey taste. However, looked and smelled and tasted more like a smoked porter than a "wee heavy".. Wasn't "peaty" enough in my mind, to be a wee heavy. Very tasty, somewhat sweet, but elegant!! Roasty malts with a touch of hops and a smoked porter flavor. This is one hell of an interesting beer.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass at around 44 degrees this beer has a very dark look for a scottish style ale. The tan froth on top quickly reduces to a few whisps of head. The color of this beer is extremely dark brown to a near black.

The aroma is heavy malt, peat, and stale bread.

The flavors are sweet malt, smooth rich velvety grain and a touch of tannin bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy but delicious. This is probably the strongest aspect of this beer.

Drinkability is high because of the clean finish and sweet flavor. This beer is certainly quaffable but I would prefer to enjoy it after dinner by the window on a stormy night with some soft music playing. Great beer!

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Photo of mbratt93
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,512 ratings.
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