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 kc44
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep opaque reddish brown with a nice tan head, but it goes away pretty soon. Bit of caramelly malt on the nose and not a whole lot else, definitely looking for more here. Must say that the beer is totally tasty and drinkable, but wanted a whole lot more complexity out of something like this. No alcohol burn, no roast, no toast, no smoke, just a big malty beer, a bit of hoppiness for balance but only noticible as keeping the malt from becoming cloying. It doesn't taste bad, it just isn't as flavorful as it might be. Good through the mouth, can kick it back easier than you might want to. All in all, a slightly above average beer. Nothing is bad or wrong about it so much as it just fails to stand out, especially for a style with some room to play with.

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Photo of Buster
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Snowrs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of station815
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Aexoonge
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Crimsontider22
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of thlewisvi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kinsman
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red with a whisky tan head on top. Malt sweet upfront on the nose with loads of caramel and toffee and hint of nuttiness in the background. Rounds out with a bit of toasted character and a light hint of alcohol.

Not as sweet on the palate as the nose would suggest, with a nice toasted malt character that keeps the sweeter caramel flavors in check. Not much of a hop flavor, just a hint of floralness. A little kick of alcohol finishes it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Overall, another tasty beer from GD. Nothing too crazy for a wee heavy but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a mini snifter.

Appearance: a amber brown color with a small tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smells: there is a roasted malt nose that blends with caramel and toffee.

Tastes: I pick up a sweetness, has a sort of dark fruit like a plum. I taste caramel malts with a nice roasted back that balances the fair hop note.

Mouthfeel: at just under 8% this brew has a mild burn and there is little to no lasting carbonation which was my least favorite characteristic.

Overall: I am a big fan of scotch ales and wee heavys but this wasn't my favorite by any means. I might have had high expectations but this wasn't what I expected, just not my favorite brew from Great Divide.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KnucklesObrien
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BCFrog
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored with a smaller head of creamy tan foam that leaves some very nice lacing.

Lots of malty sweetness with some smokey and earthy notes.

A very nice sweet malt complexity with sticky toffee, burnt sugars, vanilla bean and warm scotch like booze. Hints of smokey peat in there also.

Medium-full bodied with a sticky feel that finishes dry. Very soft and nearly creamy carbonation.

I think this is a very good beer for the style. Has nice depth of flavor and is easy to drink at the same time. I would have this one again for sure.

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Photo of bradcochran1234
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of seanmugs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/6/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some roasty notes and caramel aromas. Taste is of roasty/toasty malt up front with a mild burnt caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Scotch ale with a tasty malt presence in both smell and taste.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" beige head with an unusual extra hue I'd liken to malted chocolate milk. The body is a dark raw umber brown, almost coffee. It smells very rich and complex in the malt department, as well as reminiscence of breakfast cereal. The taste mirrors the smell and there's kind of a chalky cocoa texture which personally I loved. Average length finish but with chocolate malt satisfaction. Both I and the lady of the house thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,499 ratings.
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