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: 1,544 |  Reviews: 505
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of southeastmat
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown. A slight red hue, but real subtle. Barely any head on the pour which disappears quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S: It reminds me a bit of Coca-Cola. Thats not a byad thing. There is a familiar sweetness there that lets nostalgia creep into your head.

T: Tremendously surprised by how well it drinks. I was anticipating a thick heavy beer, but this is medium and one of the more refreshing Scotch Ales I've sampled.

M: Again, I was expecting thickness in the body but it was not there. I enjoy how this beer keeps you on your toes.

O: This had a brewed on label of May 3, 2012. So, it's about three months old. That could have affected carbonation. But, overall I enjoyed it. It's not the first Scotch Ale I'd reach for, but I'd have zero qualms drinking this daily. Would love to try this on tap. I think it would shine.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights abs a solid half inch cappuccino head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is sweet, with caramel, light molasses, soy, a touch of smoke, peat, and cola accompanying lightly roasted malt. There's a bit of booze evident, and chocolate emerges as it warms.

Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet, cola-like, finishing slightly nutty and a touch dry. Toasted malt, a hint of smoke, chocolate, and roasty notes add complexity. Booze is again evident.

Body is slightly syrupy, with light carbonation and slight alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, a bit sweet and lacking in complexity for a wee heavy. It's got a good malt profile, but the dark fruit flavors and peaty, smoke flavors are too subtle.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.14/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I’ve had a pretty solid success rate with Great Divide brews… until tonight.

Picked this one up in a bottle shop in Bakersfield early July, and cracked it open approximately two weeks later. Complete drainpour. Unfortunately, I did not notice until after the fact that this bottle was dated August 29, 2011. While I have known Scotch ales to have changed for the better with some time it seems this went downhill—or was infected. Either way, not cool.

This poured a thick dark roast caramel color with thin lacing. I thought it looked ok. It had a tart, sour aroma. Strongly off-putting. It’s not what I expected, I thought at first, as it lacked any sort of malty sweetness or an expected toasted caramel which I look forward to in my scotch ales. Flavor was more of the same—bad, off, and just wrong. As it warmed it developed what I can only describe as a “vomitty” flavor. Its hard to tell if its just old beer or a quality control issue. Unfortunately, drainpour.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,544 ratings