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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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Ratings: 1,531 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown with a one-finger, tan, frothy head that lasted a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Dark fruit, plums, molasses. A little bit of chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Kind of a mild flavor. Subtle notes of chocolate are all I really detect. Nothing like the smell really.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of dry.

O: I wasn't impressed. The head was nothing much to speak of, there could have been more dark fruit and caramel malt flavor, and the feel could have been a bit more smooth and a bit more warm going down.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Natural510
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.
Pours a dark, brown-black; completely opaque with ruby highlights. Leaves a light tan head with excellent lacing.
Scent of deep caramel malt, slightly roasted, with cocoa and brown sugar.
Flavor contains elements of cinnamon, dark cocoa and caramel. Sweet, toasted malt with a lightly dry bite. Alcohol heats the palate as it is ingested. Apples & honey in the finish.
Maximum body to the style. Goes down creamy and smooth. Dry yeast, snappy hop finish.
One of the best Scotch Ales I've had; excellently malty and complex with a multitude of flavors to be enjoyed. I'm looking forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color, almost opaque in this lighting with a small slightly off white head.

Aroma is toasty, almost smoky, toffee and caramel. Roasted with no hop aroma or off flavors.

Beer is sweet and thick. Notes of roasted coffee, toast, some toffee. No hop flavor and a sweet but not cloying finish.

Full bodied with a robustness.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Good for this rainy cold night. But it lacks the depth and complexity of a world class beer.

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Photo of SamN
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Solid dark brown ale. Nearly impenetrable by light, at the edges are a mellow dark amber glowings. No real head to speak of, a thin dirty brown foam crown appears for a few moments before fading to cloud-like patches. Looks murky, dirty almost.

S- Large quantities of dark malt, but no roasty character. Instead, there is only thick caramel and bread like aromas, with just a touch of vegetably residue and musty hints. It's a hearty smell, very malty. Slight hops noticeable in the finish, rounding out an overall good smelling beer.

T- Loads of nutty, malty sweetness, a little smokey edge in there too. The mustiness creeps into the taste some, too, giving it a sort of cardboard flavor. Almost no discernible hops, just a metric ass load of heavy duty malt flavor. Yet despite it's big character, the flavor isn't as intense as I expected. The sweetness expected is less as well, probably balanced out by a well placed hoppy finish to take the edge off. Not as complex as I expected, but certainly not bad at all; I'm just not overwhelmed by the taste here like I was with the Belgica and Hades ales.

M- A little on the lighter side, bordering on a little watery. Quite a bit or carbonation, I feel it could benefit from a little less action on the palette. Becomes a little thicker and befitting of a malty ale as it warms and loses it's active carbonation.

D- Solidly average. I'm sure there are better examples of a Wee Heavy. This ismy first foray into the style, I can see the attraction, but this particular beer didn't quite take for me.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark saturated reds with crimson and ruby colors. I poured strongly and was given a thin golden-brown fizzy cap, nothing too spectacular. A random spraying of foam pebbles scattered about the glass. This beer is light on lace and absorbed in deep dark colors

S: heavy "n" sweet toasted malts with caramel and soft tea-like floral smells

T: husky malt profile with a delicate smokiness, earth notes, and spiciness. Sweetness is caramel apple-like with brown sugar edges. Subtle hops keep things clean and provide a watery floral essence that cuts through the sweetness.
I often find that "Wee Heavy" beers are huge in malts and sometimes cloyingly sweet, but this one is different. It is not overly sweet, has some hops, and holds a good malty profile. Has a soft warming feel after a bit that is reminiscently peat-like

M: tight feel and just shy of creamy. Body is a good medium and drinks very well

D: nice flavorful beer and has a good even flavor. A good take on this style of beer

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Photo of drews240
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanforthPewter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of stompilator
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brown, small, fluffy head.

S - Caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of booze.

T - Grainy, crunchy malt notes. Underlying roast character throughout. Malty sweetness fades in gradually, hinting at sweet, smoky meat.

M - Medium body, Mild carbonation.

O - Pretty solid example of a scotch. Nothing crazy or super complex, but overall very tasty.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Screper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of schimschim
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a chalice yields three-finger fading head over a nearly-opaque dark mahogany body. Lots of lacing.

Smell is good and rich, dark fruits, sour mash, leather, light cherry tobacco smoke. Lovely aroma -- hope it tastes this good!

Taste does not disappoint, and follows the aroma to a "T." The smokiness is not pronounced, but certainly present and pervasive, though subtle.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for something a bit more palate-coating.

Good drinkability for a Wee Heavy. I could handle two or three of these, although the 7.7% might sneak up on me -- it's entirely hidden in the taste.

Good beer, and one I will certainly look for again as the weather turns this fall.

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Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of habaceeba
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of leantom
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Mineo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,531 ratings
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