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Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
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3.85/5
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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
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

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,135
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
1,526
pDev:
11.43%
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Ratings: 1,526 |  Reviews: 503
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/6/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some roasty notes and caramel aromas. Taste is of roasty/toasty malt up front with a mild burnt caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Scotch ale with a tasty malt presence in both smell and taste.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is possibly my new favorite scotch ale! big and balanced with all the richness you'd expect. not sweet like some can be, super drinkable. caramel color throws me off a little, because this tastes a lot fuller and richer than it looks. a testament to visual and sensual deception, in a positive light. full bodied with a savory aftertaste of burnt sugars and tobacco possibly. sensational offering from great divide!

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a much darker color than I expected. the beer is a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing is good with a strong retention. The smell of the beer gives off some nice earthy amromas. The taste of the beer has a good caramel base with a light bitterness in the finish with some earthy peat notes in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the thinker side, it was very smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and hints of malty sweetness and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and goes down smoothly.

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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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2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've had this before and wasn't impressed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bland toasted malts, light toffee, caramel, must, and wood, actually. The wood was unexpected. Burnt fruit. A moderate strength aroma, but far from great for the style. Lacks subtlety. Where's the vanilla, heavy toasted malt, well executed caramel, and vibrant warmth I expect from a good wee heavy?

T: Toffee, middling caramel, and generic malts. A bit cardboard-esque as it progresses towards the boring finish. No yeast character. Buried generic stonefruit; perhaps a hint of raisin. Imbalanced and simply built. Lacks the good attributes of a good wee heavy; Backwoods Bastard or Old Chub this is not. No alcohol comes through. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness up front, but it thickens towards the back end to its detriment. Slightly overcarbonated. Dry right on the finish to ill effect. Unmotivated and untailored to its flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. A surprisingly forgettable offering from what may be Denver's best brewery. I wouldn't have it again. Hides its ABV nicely, but it doesn't bring much to the table as a wee heavy. I'll stick to Old Chub as my wee heavy of choice for Colorado. This doesn't cut it.

Lowish C

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprising dark chestnut brown color with respectable head that scores some success with the lace

Smell: Lots of roasty malt, with caramel and peaty undertones

Taste: Burnt caramel, up front, with a developing brown bread character that adds a bit of peaty earthiness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel is subsumed by the smoky, peaty character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather odd beer, but tastes quite good - the flavors here produce a rather dry wee heavy, if that makes any sense at all

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep mahogany color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a nice touch of toffee. Taste is very well balanced by caramel and toffee malt with just the right amount of sweetness. Body has a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I prefer my scotch ale with more peat malt.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of pillowy foam. It left a little sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled mossy and earthy. There were some bready malts present, too.

T - Good caramel and chocolate maltiness with an earthy, grassy hop presence. It had a slightly boozy taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - Nice scotch ale. Great Divide does another great job with yet another style.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Claymore pours an almost black body beneath a creamy head of tan foam. When held to the light you can see clear, dark mahogany brown highlights.

The aroma is malty and gently sweetish with notes of caramel and chocolate, and a subtle hint of roasted grains. Occasional notes of light fruit waft by, but hops are not to be found.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body and creamy smooth, as it should be, adding to the perception of the maltiness.

The flavor is rich, as might be expected, but not overdone. It's malty with lots of dark caramel and soft notes of bittersweet chocolate. Some minor roastiness is present, and along with the moderate hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol, it finishes drying and balanced.

The Scotch ale/wee heavy style is one that's easily overdone, tipping either towards too much malt or too much alcohol. And even just within the maltiness, it can lean too much towards caramel or too much towards roastiness - but there's none of that here. It's very focused. And that's what the style is really about. It's a big beer, and it's rich, but it's also very focused which keeps it drinkable. Great Divide is kind of known for that in all of their beers, but it's particularly welcome here. Very nicely done, and I'd have to say, quite possibly the most authentic American-brewed version of the style (although a little more yeast character wouldn't hurt). Superb!

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,526 ratings
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