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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Photo of mscudder
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated Dec. 2011.

A - The darkest ruby-hued beer I have yet to see. A tan head with loads of small bubbles. Fair retention.

S - Big smoked malts, caramel sweetness, milk chocolate and cherries.

T - For the most part follows the nose pretty well. Loads of sweet malts and a combination of cherries and brown sugar. The minimal accent of alcohol makes this one a treat.

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable big brew with lots of smooth flavors.

O - I was disappointed with the other 3 brews in my Great Divide Brewers pack, but this one made up for it, I feel I have found a diamond in the rough. A fine Scotch ale and one I will return to.

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Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dubmax
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rogerthegill
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Swigit
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of muhler
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of meltroha
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of piconaut
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of estlinska
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of yamar68
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass:

Pours like the darkest Wee Heavy I've seen in quite some time. Black coffee brown, with a finger of light brown head, weak lacing.

Some obvious caramel, peat and hard water character. Even a touch of milk chocolate.

Nice. Not the overbearing toffee bomb that gets delivered from certain scotch style ales. Some nice caramel and toffee but plenty of support from some cocoa and dry bitter hops.

Typically the only scotch ales that I really enjoy are peated but this is a definite exception. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of valarking
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jcomp21
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of NeilTC
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MaltLover001
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of carteravebrew
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of JordanPP
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a snifter (bottled on Feb.28 2012)

A- Poured a very dark redddish brown color (can't see through it). Light khaki colored head that dissipated quickly that left no lace

S- Big aroma of smoked/peated malt, cherries, caramel sweetness

T- Lots of sweet maltiness, caramel, some light smoky peat character, and a little alcohol in the taste.

M- Medium to fuller bodied, reminds me of the mouthfeel of chocolate syrup. Low to medium carbonation, very smooth, and some alcohol warming

O- This is a nice scotch ale, not a personal favorite style of mine, but the aroma is great. Very drinkable for a scotch ale.

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark shade of brown. One finger head of creamy, light brown foam. Retention is good. Lacing is good in form, but quite slippery.

Nice, sweet malty nose. Hints of dark cherries floating in caramel toffee. A raft, made of brown sugar, floats by and the cherries climb aboard. On the raft, the cherries mingle with raisins, who say that they would offer them some bacon, but it is gone, with only a light hint of smoke remaining.

A big malty presence, as there should be. Not as overly sweet as the nose suggested it would be. Light hints of caramel and brown sugar mixed with some dark fruits. Unexpectedly, there is a definite note of coffee and some light chocolate hints. Quite surprising, to me, to find these here, but they work nicely. Light touch of smoke. Very mild hop kiss on the finish.

Good medium-full body. I would like it to be fuller, for my tastes, but it's not bad, by any means. Nice level of smooth creaminess.

Nicely drinkable, but not quite as good as I'd hoped. I'll revisit another bottle in the future and see how it goes.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hazy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,514 ratings.
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