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Claymore Scotch Ale | 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:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Reviews:
485
Ratings:
1,465
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 485 | Ratings: 1,465
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +3.6%
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%
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 +19.2%
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 -9.3%
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 +10.4%
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 +9.8%
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 +10.4%
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 +6.2%
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 +6%
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 +2.1%
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 -3.4%
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 +4.7%
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 -15.5%
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 +20.5%
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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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown in color. Nearly black, but some molasses brown still remains around it's edges.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Reminds me of a porter or stout.

Taste: Caramel. Malts. Thick and sweet, with a hint of smoke in the finish. A very nice tasting beer. Some light molasses or burnt sugar in there as well. Again, it reminds me more of a porter than a scotch ale.

Feel: Full bodied. Sticky sweet. Enjoyable.

Overall: I'd probably rate it higher if the sweetness wasn't so overpowering. Rich, sweet, malts is really all you get here, and you get them pretty darned big for a beer of this style. That being said, it tastes great and I sure enjoyed it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown color from the tap into a standard pint, producing a pillow of head that laces the glass. Aroma is standard for the style, peaty, slightly charred malts and a nutty character with subtle sweetness. In the taste, more of the malty flavor, officially a "malt bomb" as these wonderful barley concoctions are known as in here in the states. A slight bitterness disappears quickly with a toasted nut aftertaste. Full bodied and generally smooth creamy feel. This beer is dense too. Overall Claymore is a solid beer, one I'd have again.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a lovely dark ruby-red, brown color with a thin, but creamy, tan head and lacing. The smell is a bready malt with hints of smoke, caramel, and molasses. The taste isn't as sweet as I anticipated but there is some subtle caramel and molasses along with the malt. It's also fairly dry and a little bitter at the finish. This ale is pleasantly carbonated and easy to drink. It's not very boozy at 7.7% ABV. Overall, this is a very good Scotch Ale. It's not the best I've had but it's still enjoyable and I would drink it again. I'd like to try it on draught.

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I disagree with some of the recent reviewers in some respects.
L: Dark Mahogany, no real head or lacing.
S: I don't find too much sweetness, very light smoke/peat, some toffee
T: I don't find the high sweetness that others complained of. This isn't a high sugar or alcohol Belgium quad. There is molasses and caramel, but it is restrained. The carbonation is low/moderate. The bottle mentions some food pairings. I had mine with spicy ramen. The richness of the ramen and the beer played well together.
F: Medium due to the alcohol level and low carbonation.
O: A good rich food beer. And I like the fact the beer is available in 12 oz. size instead of just bombers. I like AleSmith's Wee Heavy better, but this is a good beer for this style. If you like Scotch Ales, odds are you will feel this is a good solid example of the type, but it does not quite raise to greatness. But it is a good food beer and I'll keep some 12 oz'ers around.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 10/27/2015; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a deep chestnut hue; some noticeably bubbly carbonation at the top, but no head. No lacing.
Smell - sweet and sticky caramel and bready malts.
Taste - a cola-esque syrupy sweetness, with a touch of warming alcohol.
Feel - medium build; sweetness sticks on the tongue, with a nice bit of carbonation.
Overall - the sweetness is overpowering in this beer, in my opinion.

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Photo of Dravin
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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 JWU
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a very dark mahogany color, with a dissapointing soda like, fizzy head. No lacing.

S- A nice molasses, caramel, and a bit of peaty/light smoke. Hint of toffee.

T- Heavy on the molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. Hints of the peat. Sweet, with not much balancing bitterness.

M- Medium, pretty slick, and ample carbonation.

O- a good, but not great scotch ale/wee heavy. If they could dial back the sweetness and add some slight bitterness or enhance the peat/smoke character, it would be top notch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the Claymore Scotch Ale. The beer poured a deep almost opaque mahogany with then essentially non-existent head with no lacing. The scent has caramel and peat. The taste is malty rich with molasses like base and hints of earth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall its quite tasty.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany, virtually no head. Sharp coffee on the nose, with nutty toffee malt closely following. Rich malty flavor, warm caramel and biscuit. Body is pretty flat but still full and rich.
Love the dark body, just wish it could produce some kind of head. The nose was phenomenal but the flavor was a bit tired, simple flavor profile but still a great beer.

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Photo of car2052
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.
Beer has been aged 6 months.
A: Chocolate Brown, with dark red hues. Small 1/2 in. dark tan head.
S: Coffee, Brown bread, Cereal, Root beer.
T: A sweet, roasty malt character with some zing that leads to a nice coffee aftertaste.
M: Medium-full.
O: Get through the beginning sweetness to some nice flavor notes.

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