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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle dated 2/17/09. Poured into a snifter. Minimal head and retention, deep mahogany body. Aroma includes coca cola, chocolate, coffee, port and brandy. Taste includes all of the above with a touch of leather and bacon. Very tasty and quite enjoyable. Aged very gracefully.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jondeelee
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Claymore Scotch Ale opens to a massively malty, yeasty nose, the beer smelling immediately of potent rising wheat bread dough, tinged with touches of fruit and peat. The fruit esters are divided nicely between dark and light, the former bringing berry and light peach, and the latter adding fig and date. There’s also a heavy thread of wildflower honey, as well as vanilla, brown sugar, and a dollop of molasses, which combine with the breads to suggest light sprinkles of homemade chocolate chip cookies. However, the yeasty bread dough smell underlies everything, adding a bakery aroma and mixing with biscuit and toast crust to form a wonderfully earthy undertone, combined with a healthy dose of smoky peat to form a nicely balanced and finely nuanced bouquet that lacks only an extra bit of oomph to firmly separate it from the field.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of yeasty rising wheat dough that mixes instantly with smoky peat, biscuit, toast crust, and floury whole wheat baguette to form a distinctive, full-mouthed bread base. Sugars enter next, bringing the berry and, here, light orange fruit esters on the light side, and the fig and date from the dark side. The wildflower honey is still present, as are the vanilla and brown sugar, but the molasses is turned down a little, though still detectable. The medium-strength 7.7% ABV adds touches of bourbon vapors, though the beer was not barrel-aged, adding a pleasantly woody overtone that mixes well with the smoky peats. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, heavy on yeasty rising bread dough and smoky peat, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice Scotch Ale, offering a rounded, nuanced, potent series of flavors, and the smoky peats are excellently integrated into the breads and darker fruits. Worth trying.

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

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Dark but when held up to the light you can still see through it, head was about one and a half finger width and thick but dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dark caramel and roasted nuts.

Taste: coffee, nuts and caramel.

Mouth feel: very smooth and silky. Great malt aroma with caramel and dark roasted tones.

Overall: Really like scotch ales and this is no exception. The only thing that would make this better is if it had smoked peat.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: JAN 18 2013
Tasted On: MAR 24 2013

A – Pours a deep, dark mahogany color, with a light fluffy tan colored head that recedes. Lacing left behind is patchy, but clingy and nice.

S – Strangely hop forward, but then leads to a nice heavy malt foundation, with chocolates, coffee and some smoke.

T – Caramel sweetness, balanced by a dark roasted bitterness. Dark chocolates, and a nice nuttiness.

M – Filling and satisfying, has a nice lingering aftertaste and the overall balance is nice. Errs on the heavy side of things, but not too much so.

O – Nice for the style, the malt profile is spot on, and not overdone. The added hop character in this particular brew brings about a very nice balance not found in some others.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served from a bottle into my stella artois glass.

Looks dark black and brownish at first with no head after an aggressive pour. No lacing watsoever. When held up to the light you can see a faint red and maroon glow shine through, my favorite part of the whole experience thus far.

Smells like burnt coffee grinds, some sweet malt.

Taste is some of the same. Sweet and malty with some dark coffee grinds, slighty bitterness, and a bit of alcohol burn during a deep sip.

Medium to heavy body for the style.

Overall this is pretty good. Definitely not my favorite of this style, which i generally love, but still worth a single bottle purchase for a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,501 ratings.
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