Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,505 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,505
Reviews:
497
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
232
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Danno48
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours an abyssmal dark brown and settles black in the glass. Tops off with about 1 finger of light-vanilla colored foam after an aggressive pour. A light, roasty-caramel-chocolate aroma is present initially, along with sublte notes of booziness and malt. Quite heavy weight, and very smooth and creamy - moreso than most porters I've had. Roasty caramel, malt, and sweet chocolate/cocoa on the taste. There's a slight hoppy bitterness middleways, but very faint. My bottle was only 2 months old, so I'm sure that would fade in time. Very smooth and silky on the finish, and leaves some malt ans caramel behind on the aftertaste. No taste of alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was nothing like Dirty Bastard, which is the only other Wee Heavy I've had to date. Whereas that one was quite boozy and syrupy, this beer was very robust, smokey, yet quite weak in comparison. Not that any of that is a bad thing, because I honestly enjoyed this one more than DB. I'm eager to try more from this brewery, as well as more beers of this style.

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Photo of habaceeba
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mineo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Actually quite good - much better than I expected. Here goes:

A: The only mediocre aspect of the beer. Pours black with a reddish hue - almost exactly like Coke.. Besides the body, the head also leaves something to be desired. The lacing is good, however.

S: Very fruity and sweet-smelling qualities. Lots of dark fruit in the scent. Also a notable sourdough yeast profile. Good.

T: Very good. Darkly-kilned malt imparts flavors resembling lots of sweet, dark fruit. There's definitely a substantial amount of caramel and toffee in the flavor profile, too. Bready, fruity yeast is also apparent.

F: Very sweet and thick. Great.

O: A very good beer by Great Divide. Would have again.

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Photo of chumba526
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears brown black with a thin layer of brown foam that disappears very quickly.

Smells quite smoky, there is a caramel smell and a bit of a chocolate smell as well. I also smell a bit of coffee.

Tastes slightly sour there are notes of roasted malts, caramel, grassy hops. The finish is slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

The carbonation is a bit high in my opinion and this hurts the drinkability.

Overall a nice example of the Scottish ale it has nice balance and good flavors. However it is just about average it is not amazing. The high carbonation also is unappealing to me. Worth trying though.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much the quintessential scotch ale. Bright, but rich with caramel, dark fruit, plum skin, vanilla and a touch of peat smoke. Coats the palate, but never approaches cloying. Relatively clean, dry finish. Killer beer.

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Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark opaque in color, leaves a nice 2 finger tan head with nice lacing around the glass as you sip.

S- Maltiness with a slight hint of aged scotch, little hints of caramel

T- Same as the smell, little bit of booze at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied not to much carbonation

D-Great brew from great divide, would definitely like to have this one again. First time was at The Porter Bar in Atlanta,GA ON TAP!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with reddish tint when held to light. Small tan head. Not much lacing.

Very malty aroma. Nice roast quality, as well as some sweet caramel and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the background.

Rich flavor. Pretty much follows the nose, although the roast isn't as prominent, and there's some minor hop bitterness. Great balance. Dry finish.

Very smooth drinker. Body is on the heavier side of medium. Very creamy. Really good stuff, which is the norm from Great Divide.

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Photo of kyle86
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jmathis
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drews240
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iKrystin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. My 1st Great Divide and I'm always up for scotch ale so I took a flyer on this six. Pours dark almost black in color with zero head into dimpled mug. Smells of alcohol, malt and a smokiness with a bit of peat as well as dull sweet bread. Full malt flavor in the front with the aforementioned peat like smokiness and mellows rather quickly without any real mix of sweet bread or dark fruit. I found this overall to be a bit underwhelming for the style, not very complex, rather average though I'm willing to give it a second try in the future.

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Flight317
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aklude
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ajtorres311
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,505 ratings.
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