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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
1,464
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
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224
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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 1,464
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. 2010 vintage, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color,
with one inch of medium tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, and toasted malts. Nice and malty; pretty much what I was looking for.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweey dark fruits, fruity malts, toasted malts, toffee, roasted malts, and some light chocolate. Pretty nice, was kind of surprised by the sweet dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth, and no alcohol is detectable. Very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice scotch ale. Nose was what I was expecting while the taste had some nice sweet dark fruit to it. Very easy to drink; not sure how much 2 years did to this but I liked it. Would have it again.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep cola brown in the body with a light khaki tan head forming thick, carbonation seems a bit lively, but it does last a good while dwindling down nice and slow. Scattered speckled lacing left behind on the sides of my chalice. Aromatics come with sweet caramel and plum and raisin notes, earthy and herbal hops with a touch of peated smoked malt. Even a bit of dark powdered cocoa edges come off with some toasted nuttiness, maybe it's the yeast and malt playing together. Flavors build upon each other nicely, deep with malt character plums, dark fruits with caramel and a bit of booze. Mild smoked malt and with dark chocolate, herbal earthy hops in the finish just enough to balance it out. Booze is there but doesn't overburden the experience. Mouthfeel is easy going medium bodied sturdy but not overdone in carbonation, not off flavors left behind. Drinkability is decent a good beer to go with some rustic wild game, a nice bison steak and this beer could befriend one another. Drink on it's on but I'd only be good for a max of 2-3 12 ounce portions.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

Pours dark brown with dark ruby highlights on the edges. A thin head becomes a lasting large patch, leaving some vanishing lacing.

The smell is of some chocolate and toffee with a hint of peat, some dark fruit and earthy notes and a hint of Scotch.

The taste is sweet upfront - licorice, toffee, some milk chocolate. It is balanced by earthy tones and a touch of peat smoke/roast. A touch of Scotch whiskey is in the dry finish.

It is medium bodied, smooth with mild to medium carbontion.

Leaves a nice malty aftertaste that is not too sweet. Nicely done - an enjoyable Wee Heavy!

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a thin, fizzy layer of soft brown head that fades quickly

S - coffee, caramel, charcoal, faint roasted malt

T - caramel, roasted malt, coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit warm, well carbonated

This is a bit different than I would expect from the style. It's darker and has more roasted malt character than I would expect. Missing is the peat and butterscotch notes as well as the dark amber body. Not a bad beer, but it doesn't fit the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, bottled Jan 20th 2011. Taken from notes drank July 7th 2011.

Out of the bottle she pours a simple small one finger head of caramel light brown, slightly soupy but mostly kind of foamy head is present. A body of dark chestnut comes out and leaves a super dark brown body almost walnut black. Looks alright.

Bouquet is a nice sticky malt and toffee, mild chocolate sense, a nice husky grain quality. Quite nice here very impressed lots going on.

Taste is, big caramel, with a slight wet and sticky feeling. Pleasurable malty backbone, almost just wet enough to be refreshing. Very dry finish and a dried out tongue becomes apparent after a few sips. Hints of milk chocolate as well. Very balanced in taste for a Scotch Ale. Hint of carbonation and play but nothing jarring.

Overall this is a great Scotch Ale and I really enjoy this one. Great balanced drink in taste I must say.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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 Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from a $13.99 (ouch) six-pack, bought at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on 3-03-09 according to the lower right portion of the label. (Nice to get this type of info, I wish other quality minded breweries did the same for their customers)

Pours molasses brown loose and lazy darker mocha latte head, leaving tons of fine wispy spots of lacing.

Great loads of sweet maple malts in the nose.

Tasty, smooth, malty, notes of caramel, more maple, with some earthy smoke swirling around. Memorable and lingering finish.

Enjoyable full throttle sessioner. Would work nicely in a marinade. Solid offering from GD

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: caramel, toffee, and molasses were noticeable on the first whiff with some roasty character but had grainy and mild herbal notes.

T: the taste had more toffee and caramel flavors with a hint of coffee, molasses, and brown sugar. The various grains did come through but were very mild.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, herbal, slighty roasty, and creamy finish.

D: the brew was pretty drinkable but was just an average wee heavy.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, slight alcohol, hops, slight chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight chocolate, hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and mouth feel.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown in colour with 1/2 a finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Some bitterness up front (hops?) with a significant amount of sweet toffee, caramel and brown sugar.

T - Some nice toffee and caramel notes with a nice but not overwhelming sweetness. This is a really enjoyable beer but the flavour profile is somewhat weak for the style; I would love this one to pack a little more punch.

M 0 Light body, lightly carbonated. A little too watery.

D - An enjoyable beer but it could be better. It tasted like it was so close to being great but just fell a little bit short.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's for $2 at Abe's. This is a bit different for the usual, heavy sweet caramel and smoke wee heavy I get. This is a dry, extremely bready, like dark multigrain loaf crust. There are notes of cocoa and toast with an underlying caramel malt profile. Despite the 7.7%, this beer was fairly drinkable and I'd go back it. Check this beer out if you're looking for something a little different with the style.

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

To my surprise I saw this sitting on the shelf at Mondo Vino. A new GD brew? Sweet.

a bright mahogany and amber color, tends to be black. The head could have used some body to it and retention, otherwise it looked great.
Sweet smell. Candied caramel and apple. Malt slight roasted. Followed through in the taste as well. Sweet, but not overly. Good balance. A nice crisp finish, but not dry. I haven't had many wee's but this one is darn good, even though it's not my style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really malty scent that boasts of crystal, peated, and roasted malts. It's sweet with a light smokey aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a rich, malty flavor that borders on sweet, but finishes with a slightly dry, peated edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer. It has excellent malt character and a smooth finish.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's 12 ounces of scotch ale coming:

Cola brown colored with red hues resting along the edges of the glass. Its head is compact and white, dropping to a thin lace before saying goodbye. The nose features a good note of baker's chocolate and a little fume of peat smoke. Its major sin is an odd DMS note that roughens the nose.

Sweet tasting as expected, chocolate and peat piggyback much of the taste score, while a rough veggie hop flavor adds a major bump to the road. The medium body is thanks to the amount of malt this beer has, somewhat smooth. Alcohol is hidden well, which helps expedite things (such as they are).

Some would say adequate, I will say mediocre. It's rougher than I'd like. Forget the claymore to fix things here, a steamroller would be more appropriate.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark red brown. Very little head, no lacing. Malty aroma. Malt, some roasted malt with a faint caramel. Malty middle and finish with little hops and a hint of smoked peat. A somewhat drier finish than I expected. Nicely done, but I lean towards Hibernation for a malt bomb.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for trading me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and toffee malt with some dark fruit and peat character mixed in. Definitely smells like a Scotch ale.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of dark fruit, with the majority tasting like cherries and prunes. There is also a lot of toffee and caramel malt with a little bit of peat smoke and alcohol mixed in.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop, spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from GD.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into a standard pint glass. Interested in trying this new brew from GD.

A- Claymore Scotch Ale is a dark brown color with some thickness coming out of the bottle. A steady pour yielded no more than 1/2 an inch of semi tight off white foam that left minimal lace. Looks rather thick once it's all condensed in the glass.

S- Typical of a scotch ale this is heavy on the caramel and roasted malt scents rising up. Also getting some light coffee and some peat. Smells rich and very sweet with hops there but not powerful. Some bready scents plus some dark fruits. Not the best scent, but it will do.

T- Surprisingly, the first thing I pick up on is dark fruits which are noticable and have a dark plum taste. Right up there with the fruit is caramel and peat with just a underlining of smoke. Roasted malts and just a touch of bittering hops. Overall this one is on the sweet side.

M- You can't really taste the alcohol, that's well hidden, but there is a sharp burn on the tounge coming from this, which is odd as this is quite low in alc. Claymore almost reaches a full bodied brew but it is not quite there. Some carbonation is felt. Not sure if it gets better as it warms, more of the same.

D- This was a good one to go to for a try at something new, but it did not quite hit the mark for me. I guess scotch ales taste the same to me and leave me wanting more variety. Perhaps some short term aging in the cellar can mute that alcohol sting that was present and meld the flavors better.

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

Bottled on Date March 2009; Sampled April 2009
A full pour produces a thick, creamy, three-finger, amber tinged, almost brownish, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color with some dark brown hues. It shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich toasty malt character to it, a touch of roast even, with lots of concentrated dark fruitiness (raisin, prune and bright berry aromatics), a caramelized malt sugar note as well as a touch of brown sugar. I don't get any sense of any hop aromatics in the nose. The aroma is definitely big and malty (exactly what you want from this style of beer); it is sweet up front but finishes with a drying, solid toasted malt character.

The beer has a full malty mouthfeel to it with a definite chewy, caramelized sweetness, but it is not nearly as sweet as the rich body might have suggested. This is fairly well carbonated for the style, but it could be a touch less, though it is still light by American standards. Sweet, complex malt notes accentuate a rich fruit character that has me tasting notes of raisins, light cherry, berries and, in combination with a touch of warming alcohol, even some brandy like flavors. There is a light herbal hop character here as well as a touch of light bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is also boosted just a bit by a slight toasted / roasted grain note.

This beer has a really nice richness to it; malty and thick without being overly sweet. The rich concentrated fruit really adds to this beer and the touch of hops adds just enough balance to the over all profile.

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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 biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stygian brown Scotch Ale, which bleeds a sooty, red-violet tone at off angles, instantly conjures cold winds, peaty foothills and crumbling castles to mind. The last time my imagination was similarly enchanted was in reading Macbeth. It's entrancing but I can't help but note its flatness: even the outlining ring is inconspicuous; considering the higher a.b.v, however, that's not the end of the world.

Claymore Scotch Ale may not be as intense as a Highland whiskey but I'd argue that it's every bit as complex. Yeast esters and full-on, unbridled maltiness combine for a heavily anchored base of bruised dark fruits upon which are piled interchanging notes of exotic spices, singed wood, smoked pork, roast barley, molasses and peat. The lack of alcoholic intensity notwithstanding, I'd be very curious to learn how it pairs against actual scotches.

When the aroma is good, more of the same is never a bad thing. Once again, a stiff backdrop of dried, singed, smoked and then spiced wood supports an earthy, peaty, sweet cast of flavours that range from bruised plum to licorice-y herbs to a combination of honey, brown sugar and molasses that would likely make a divine bath for a pork roast.

The sweetness, however, is perfectly restrained. The dryness, peatiness and smokiness (and distant, heavily subdued spiciness) all rotate around one another like the eternally revolving giant blocks of the cosmos. While it has a level of complexity normally proscribed to the rock glass, it can easily, joyfully be drank by the pint. If any alcohol is present, it is only adding to the beer's already impressive nuances and hinders quaffability little.

Great Divide's Claymore Scotch Ale is, to borrow a term from Mary Hirsch, a rubber sword: it makes a point without drawing blood. That point is that American brewers have left no stone unturned and are by now brewing all styles of beer as well (or, in many cases, better) than the brewers of the styles' originating countries themselves.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a mild off-white head. Solid retention, no lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Hint of green hop and earth.

T: Malt flavour is pretty nice and it's not overhopped which is good to see. Strong caramel, but really not complex at all, it's just that one flavour with a hint of smoke.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, creamy.

D: Nice enough beer, not paying $12 for a sixer that's for sure, nowhere close to Traquair.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,464 ratings.
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