Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
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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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Ratings: 1,518 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of kels
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 6 at The Party Source tonight and made this one the first to try. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice deep brown with coppery red highlights. A 1 1/2 finger cream colored head fades to a bubbly ring, leaving behind slight sticky lacing. Beer is not clear in the least, but doesn't look thick either.

Smell: Really nice chewy malt aroma pairs with a slight charred, smoky scent. A light metallic tone comes through and competes unpleasantly with the others.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really nice, classic Scotch ale flavors come through in pleasant balance. There's a pretty forward hop presence, which adds a nice dimension to the chewy, syrupy malts. The smokiness from the smell is lightly apparent in the taste of the peat, and there's an earthiness it lends in the finish that strangely enough reminds me of fresh pumpkin pulp or squash. Not really a typical ingredient in a Scotch ale, so I can only assume it's coming from the other earthy flavors. Feel is actually nicely effervescent, and I think that helps mask the alcohol, which is only notable in the finish, pretty well. A sticky, sweet aftertaste and feel linger.

Drinkability: Moderate. It is a nice tasting representation of the Scotch ale, and it goes down well thanks to the carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of condorsim
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

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

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

Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black with ruby highlights. A low light brown head rises minimally and sinks quickly.

Aroma of dark malt, a tad roasty, a tad sweet. Plus some fig and cocoa, hint of smoke.

Flavor is rich, tending a bit toward sweet, some hints of smoke and leather, plus cocoa and prune. Low to moderate bitterness, not too much hop coming through. Marshmallow and toffee lingers. Lots of flavors, pretty complex.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy upfront, but finishes tingly. Tasty and drinkable, good drinkability.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Claymore is one of the darkest Scotch ales I've ever seen, about as close to black as the style gets. Some red-brown highlights do show in the light. The head is soft and compact, maybe half a finger tall, and leaves lacing spottily behind.
The malt holds a nice, firm foundation. Some light caramel and toffee notes give way to breads, while a sort of nuttiness resides underneath from start to finish. There's just a light kiss of dark cocoa. Dark fruits also rest on the tongue all the way through. At about the middle, a note of peat begins to gently build up a bit of a smoky note that adds a nice flavor without an acridity. A very light, not-quite-herbal hops bitterness complements the roast and other elements of the malt very well.
The body is about full but not heavy, rich enough but not chewy, per se. It balances crispness with smoothness and is semi-dry for the duration.

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Photo of amattocks2
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mardolin
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. A small beige head forms, and leaves light lace behind.
S: Dark fruits of plums and raisins. Toasted malt with some sweet toffee.
T: Toasted malt and sweet toffee up front and center. Dark fruits that follow the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. I can have several without a problem.

This is a very good Wee Heavy. Something I really enjoyed, and would recommend.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light, smallish creamy tan head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smells of molasses and burnt sugars, caramel, smoke. Very malty, very nice aroma. Taste is molasses burnt sugars and toffee up front with a touch of alcohol mid way followed by some raisins and a bit of spice in the finish. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, syrupy full body, medium carbonation. Nice Wee heavy, a little dark, a bit sweet, but very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, but next to no head and what's there disappears in a hurry
S: Toffee, toasted walnuts, dark toasted malts.
T: Rich, toffee, roasted malt, sweet, a bit of cream, a bit of hops.
M: Medium to full bodied, creamy.
O: Enjoyable to drink and well made, it would be even better with a fuller head.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark brown with a tan head. The smell is mostly malt with maybe a little dark fruit. The taste is all malt in a wonderful way. Caramel and coffee are present, maybe some dried fruit. Prunes or raisins, perhaps. The mouthfeel is not as thick as you'd expect, with some nice warming from the alcohol. This is a great version of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with faint earthy red tones. Nice dark cream 2-finger head, but little retention. Not much in the way of lace, either, but so it goes for the style.

Notes of a classic scotch ale fill the nose with peat and dark earth. This one has a cocoa, roast malt character on top of that, though. Alcohol comes through more than most, too.

Very rich taste with lots of roast malt and lots of peat. Cocoa definitely there. Dark cream texture, velvety with a slight hint of astringent fizz.

Easy enough to drink, but very filling.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles from the Scottsdale AJ's in late February for $2.19 each. Beer was bottled on 3-3-09.

Beer poured a dark brown with a small tan head that dissapated quickly. Nose has hints of smoked peat and carmalized malts. Taste is big on carmalized smoked malts, slightly sweet but not cloying, finish is slightly dry with light hop action. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and fairly smooth. Overall the abv is well hidden and it drinks easy. I wanted to try this brew when it came out in '09 but could not find until i visited my old beer guy JonPol's store. Glad i had the opportunity and i would try again!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark brown; almost black in low light. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a quarter inch skim. Laced in broken rings.

S: Sweet toasted malts; coffee and roasted nuts. Alcohol. No hops character.

T: Big toasted malts with a rather sweet overall character. Warming alcohol blends with burnt toast and caramel.

M: Medium to full body. Moderately low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Drinkable, though I don't know how much after the first one. Rich and malty a bit of abv...but it tastes so good.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About one finger of head. Color was black with caramel and tints of brown. Minimal lacing on the top that dissipated in under three of four minutes. No film at all on the sides.

Lots of butterscotch, caramel and toffee in the initial smell. That was backed by a strong whiff of coffee and dark chocolate. This is my first scotch ale, but I am digging the smell.

First taste was coffee and smoky charcoal. I don’t smoke, but there seemed to be a hint of cigarette butts in there. Still got the butterscotch, caramel and toffee, but it was overwhelmed by the initial tastes.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Below average-average carbonation. Long, smooth feel that had warmth coming through my body.

Not a bad beer for my first-ever scotch. Overall it was decent. I may come back to this after a few others to compare.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark but getting a little light through. Thin head, not much retention.

S: smokey and caramel aroma.

T: smokey with a sweet fruity finish. Very unique. Also, I have only had a few scotch ales so I have little experience in this genre. malt and some chocolate notes round out the taste.

M: oily. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, glowing mahogany pour. A thin layer of lace.

S - Earthy scents, wood, dust, musk. Malty sweetness, dry farm scents.

T - Full flavored with an earthy malty base. Dry and funky wood, barn yard notes, earthy bread. Sweet malty profile, some dry hop hints. A bit of caramel and dark sugar in the backend.

M - Slick and soft. Warming and semi dry finish.

O - Well balanced malty brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown hea on an opaque, black body. Weak retention and minor lace.

S - A light, roasted malt aroma with some caramel and a little bit of fruity yeast.

T - Sweet malt with a light roasted flavor up front. Dark fruit in the middle, notes of plum and raisin. Finishes with caramel and a hint of smoke balanced by light, lingering malt bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - While this beer is fairly thick and sweet, it is balanced and the finish is dry enough to keep it drinkable. A decent example of the style, though there isn't that much going on and the roast character may be a bit stronger than expected.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: June 21, 2015...Occasion: Father’s Day at The Draught House...Vessel: Dogfish Head oversized pint...Appearance: dark mahogany body, dense and imposing as a claymore might be in battle! Head retention seems absent, but the beer was poured by another on draft, so tough to comment on this...Aroma: subtle berry, darkened nuts, and then a malty roundhouse to the nose... Palate: Forceful, round and balanced, with a strong, lasting finish...Taste: plays like a porter, with soda and treacle pairing with a burning malt to produce a clean yet textured experience; nutty and dry at the finish...Overall: enough hops to build at the teeth, smooth and powerful for a 7.7% ABV...a very drinkable Scottish ale, with enough malt to spare...

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a very deep, dark brown/nearly black color with a huge fluffy head. Some red highlights. A nice looking pour.

S - Malt aromas, hint of caramel, a little bit of a smoky smell. Not a very strong scent however - there are different things to check out, but weak.

T - Caramel, malts, and hint of coffee. Slight hint of alcohol - 7.7% ABV. Hint of hops in the finish. Very good.

M - Heavy body, low carbonation. Very smooth however - never too thick.

D - Very well-balanced and very drinkable.

A solid brew - maybe not the best Scotch Ale, but certainly very strong.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Looks black but has red edges when held up to the light. Sports a 1 finger head for about 20 seconds - then it is gone.

S: All very subtle. Hints of chocolate, coffee, toffee, bread and malts. Maybe slight fruits. Nothing very pronounced.

T: A very mellow coffee flavor with late sweetness. No hint of heat or alcohol at all.

M: Very nice mouth feel. Not too heavy and not too carbonated.

O: This is a really well balanced beer. I wish the nose offered a bit more - but the melding of flavors makes up for it. There is no bitterness and no off tastes to ruin the palate. This is so smooth that it is almost sessionable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, picked up at Sicilianos in Grand Rapids.

Pours a relatively clear garnet, really dark ruby red, almost approaching brown, thick tan head forms, settles to a medium ring around the glass, good retention, some lace chunks stick to the glass. Smell is nice, very malty and caramelized, bready, biscuity malt, lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates and figs, light chocolate and roast, nutty, very nice and malty, lightly smokey. Taste is nice, caramelized and smokey, raisins, figs, brown sugar, chocolate, biscuit, quite fruity, some roast, a touch of alcohol, real nice finish on it, sweet but not overly so, really nice smokey character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable but could had a bigger mouthfeel.

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

12oz bottle, from the King Soopers across from my hotel in Glendale during GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, very dark russet brown colour, with pervasive cola highlights, and one finger of frothy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse ribcage lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of mildly roasted, pithy, and slightly bitter caramel malt, a fleshy, oily nuttiness, a bit of smoky dry chocolate, and singed leafy hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a touch of treacle - all gently roughed up by an invasive, but still laid back gritty smokiness - with some pleasant bittersweet cocoa and rolled tobacco notes, and an obviously peaty, torched leaf, low-key hoppiness.

The bubbles are soft and frothy at the outset, and do little to dispel that notion thereafter, the body a strapping medium-heavy weight, and fairly smooth, what with all those cinders floating about. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, as the caramel, chocolate, and heretofore unmentioned generic fruitiness maintain a stranglehold, even in the face of the lingering vegetal smokiness.

A tasty example of what Scotland has traditionally had to offer the beer world - big malts, peat, smoke, and alcohol. This offering displays all of these in spades, except, gratifyingly, the latter - the north of 15-proof booze nowhere near the radar scope. Maybe not a repeat choice for an evening's goings on, but nice as a steeling force against the increasingly inevitable winter.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 1,518 ratings
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