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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a cross between a scotch ale and a porter. A little light on the head and lacing. Not much retention to speak of.

The aroma is full of peat and a little bit of spicy hops. A bit of caramel comes through as well.

The flavor is again somewhat like a porter/scotch ale combo. It has a malt profile that's somewhat like a porter, but it has far more caramel malt to it. What you'd expect to be at the top, the scotch ale characteristics, are actually rather foundational and sort of move out of the way of everything else. Ultimately, it comes across as pretty sweet and pretty bitter, and yet I didn't find it balanced. I just thought that it stuck out a bit too much for me to enjoy.

The body was medium/thin with a medium weight. The finish is moderately dry and sticky.

Overall, it's cool that they did something new in the Scotch ale style, but I'm just not feeling it. It didn't really bring the richness of flavor that I was expecting even though it wasn't lacking flavor by any means.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. My 1st Great Divide and I'm always up for scotch ale so I took a flyer on this six. Pours dark almost black in color with zero head into dimpled mug. Smells of alcohol, malt and a smokiness with a bit of peat as well as dull sweet bread. Full malt flavor in the front with the aforementioned peat like smokiness and mellows rather quickly without any real mix of sweet bread or dark fruit. I found this overall to be a bit underwhelming for the style, not very complex, rather average though I'm willing to give it a second try in the future.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of HopNelius
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle and into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark brown with two finger head, medium carbonation and some lacing.
Smell-notes of dark malt, coffee
Taste-notes of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate and fruit, caramel, butterscotch.
Overall-not a bad scotch ale in the least, very drinkable, complex and not too much of a bite, not the best scotch ale I have ever had, but damn good, I have yet to be let down by Great Divide.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured into a footed stange (or whatever those glasses are called), a dark, muddy, rusty brown, somewhat translucent when held up to the light. A small off-white head that dissipated within a minute or two. Aroma of sweet malts, roasty, dark fruits and caramel; not too pronounced. Taste of rich caramel malts, roasted grains and nuts, brown sugar, hints of earth and figs. Very smooth and highly drinkable, and I don't just say that because it was my third drink of the night. I really loved the mouthfeel on this one. Very nice overall, and I could honestly probably sip on this all night.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,530 ratings
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