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: 1,506 |  Reviews: 497
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of matt062286
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of McNealc31
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always start Scotch Ales with a bit of apprehension that they're going to be too hopped. Thankfully, Great Divide has used restraint in the right way here. Smoked peat, toasted malt with just a hint of sweetness, but it's far from cloying. Chocolate, raisins, and some wood in the finish. Hops do add some bitterness but they are kept in check, just like they should be in this style.

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Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ChumleyX
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 40ontarget
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ryanw111182
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Chico1985
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date is 12/7/11.

Pours very dark red, nearly black, barely any light gets through, definitely dark for the style. Very small beige head forms on the pour quickly turning to a ring, retains decently as that.

Nose reminds me a little of cherry coke. Some cocoa and caramel there too, some toasty malts.

Taste is similar, definitely an overall cola feel with some milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, maybe some rye bread? Earthy hops hiding in the malts somewhere.

Decent mouthfeel overall, it's smooth and has a decent thickness, I do wish there was more carbonation, not quite lively enough.

A decent beer, but feels kinda bland, not really a good representation of a scotch ale either.

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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown/black body, trace tan head,

S: roasted nut, caramel/toffee, malt

T: caramel, nut, malt, green veg/grassy roasted

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: One of the FEW GD beers that I have
had that I was slightly disappointed.
Love this style, but missing the scotch/barrel
nose and flavor.


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Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love how completely dark this is, one of the blackest I've seen in the style. The head isn't amazing at any point, but I gotta give it really high marks for its ebony beauty.

Try as I might, I can't decipher much from the nose at all. Wee Heavy is the most aromatic of beer styles, but geez, gimme something I can use here. Just the tiniest hint of roast and tiniest hint of cola. But since there's nothing offensive about it, it's no big deal.

Plenty of flavor, that's for sure. More cola/root beer type things happening, also a porter-like roasty toastiness. Rather vinous too, big juicy Concord grape and other juicy dark berry fruits. Just a bit of an herbal tinge, giving a mild but important spice flair to the taste, and something that sticks around in the finish. Doesn't have that musty/peat sort of vibe as much as most exemplars of the style, yet somehow feels very much like a true enough Scotch/Wee Heavy.

Claymore is incredibly slick, wet, and super-slippery. The ample carbonation helps give it plenty of energy and keeps it from being too slippery-feeling. Interesting.

Clearly an American take on the style, but respectful enough of tradition. For a 7.7% darker ale, yeah, this is a very easy drinker...

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Photo of dcs1548
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of noel2977
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque, thin head, minimal lacing. Cola-like.
S - coffee, malty, with a slight burnt maltiness to it
T - Caramel malts, a bit of hops, then some more maltiness, followed by a nice finish of coffee with slight hints of vanilla worked in. Not your typical Wee Heavy, but nicely balanced nonetheless. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
M - matches the flavor palette and finish. Not over the top with carbonation, nor is it oily or coating.

Overall - a great brew, but not what I would typically expect in a wee heavy (i.e. no dark fruits or peat)

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and hints of malty sweetness and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and goes down smoothly.

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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark amber with almost no visible head. No lacing present and no visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, sweetness, malts, and trace amounts of something I would liken to BBQ smoke.

T: Lots of flavor of roast malts and caramelized malts.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Little heavy in flavors/richness for drinking multiples but I will certainly be enjoying the rest of the 6-pack over the next couple of weeks. This would pair very nicely with game meats.

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Photo of Rob315
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,506 ratings.
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