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: 1,549 |  Reviews: 507
Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from a $13.99 (ouch) six-pack, bought at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on 3-03-09 according to the lower right portion of the label. (Nice to get this type of info, I wish other quality minded breweries did the same for their customers)

Pours molasses brown loose and lazy darker mocha latte head, leaving tons of fine wispy spots of lacing.

Great loads of sweet maple malts in the nose.

Tasty, smooth, malty, notes of caramel, more maple, with some earthy smoke swirling around. Memorable and lingering finish.

Enjoyable full throttle sessioner. Would work nicely in a marinade. Solid offering from GD

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Goebel in Wichita

Pours mahogany with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt & brown sugar

T: Breadyness, toasty malt & a gentle touch of herbal hops & brown sugar up front. Hints of dark fruit, dryness & more brown sugar as this warms. I'm not getting any real smokeyness , this makes me think IMP Brown or old ale. Half point deduction for straying off style...Finishes dry with more figs & brown sugar, plus booze

MF: Chewy enough, with tight carbonation

Drinks alright, off style too dry for my liking, had much higher hopes for this great brewery. Hopefully the espresso yeti will make up for it

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great dark copper color, the darkest Scotch ale I've ever had; good initial head and some nice lacing. Nice deep scent, mostly malty sweet with a hint of peat. Good deep flavor, thick and malty, a nice hit of peat (although not as much as I would've liked), and just enough hops to round it out. Goes down great for a 7.7% beer.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Claymore pours an attractive chestnut brown color. Burgundy highlights are apparent when held to light. Its head is foamy, tan in color, and reaches two fingers deep. It dissipated slowly and left sticky traces of lace in its wake.

A little more muscle would improve the nose. But, it's far from bad. Roasted and caramel malts are the strongest scents. Smells a little sweet. Dark fruit (mostly plum) emerges and complements the malts well. There's very interesting smoked and peat aromas that add a ton of character to the nose. It's subtle, but extremely effective. A little yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is very well masked. I'm not picking up any. I wish I knew what the abv is.

Roasted and caramel malts are easily the strongest flavors. It's on the sweet side, but doesn't taste sugary. Dark fruit is very apparent. Tastes like plum mostly and has a slight tangy flavor. It's secondary, but has a really nice flavor. There's some light yeasty notes. There is some smoke and peat that really provide quality depth and character. They work immensely well with the other flavors. No alcohol is noted. Finishes a little smoky and tangy. With each passing sip, I'm liking Claymore more and more. It's extremely well rounded and has a really nice flavor.

Claymore has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is relative low and doesn't interfere. It's not exactly silky, but it has a nice feel. Drinkability is very good. I'm liking the flavor a lot. It's goes down smooth and easy. I'm unsure of the abv, but it doesn't present itself as intimidating in any way.

Great Divide did a really nice job with Claymore. It's a nice Scotch Ale. It's well rounded and doesn't have any material flaws. The smoke and peat flavors really make this beer. They refine and sharpen this beer a lot. Come to think of it, they're just what Bell's Christmas Ale needed. The comparison naturally comes to mind. Sorry, but there it is. This one's better. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, but with a beautifull ruby hue when held to the light. A one inch head of tight biege fell to a partial skim coat on the surface, and traces of smeared lacework remained.

Aromatics are meaty, robust, and smokey. Roasted barley, caramel, and rich malt with hints of chocolate and peat.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Creamy and lush with a hint of crispness.

Lush malt, caramel, and smoke-filled barley start the palate. Bitterness offsets the residuals and so does plenty of robustness.

Finishes with lingering caramel, peat, and chocolate.

This is a really nice Wee Heavy. Just a tad of the sweet malt that lingers and plenty of peaty smokeyness, and very robust. Great balance.

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Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Claymore is a blackish dark brown with a small and tight, off-white head that leaves some foamy lace.

Smell is sweeter malt, vinous.

Taste is sweet, fruity, prunes and raisins. Pretty clean though, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth.

Drinkability isn't too bad. I'd don't like my Scotch ale's so fruity, but it's well made.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It is always cool to see Great Divide coming out with new products. Bottle says this beer is a ruby color, though it looks a lot darker to me, almost black as far as I can tell. Not much heading, pretty much a simple white lacing, maybe it was too cold. From the nose I can smell coffee, smoke, some musty earth, and a slight hint of vanilla. Taste is of toffee, shortbread, caramel, vanilla, cream, lingering hints of smoke. Body is nice and creamy, which is just how I like this style. Alcohol is not readily apparent. Although this is a great example of the style, one or two is enough for me. Great Divide came through with this beer. I always imagine this style with hearty holiday meals. I might have to get another bottle for Easter Sunday. Cheers

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a very deep, dark brown/nearly black color with a huge fluffy head. Some red highlights. A nice looking pour.

S - Malt aromas, hint of caramel, a little bit of a smoky smell. Not a very strong scent however - there are different things to check out, but weak.

T - Caramel, malts, and hint of coffee. Slight hint of alcohol - 7.7% ABV. Hint of hops in the finish. Very good.

M - Heavy body, low carbonation. Very smooth however - never too thick.

D - Very well-balanced and very drinkable.

A solid brew - maybe not the best Scotch Ale, but certainly very strong.

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Photo of kels
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 6 at The Party Source tonight and made this one the first to try. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice deep brown with coppery red highlights. A 1 1/2 finger cream colored head fades to a bubbly ring, leaving behind slight sticky lacing. Beer is not clear in the least, but doesn't look thick either.

Smell: Really nice chewy malt aroma pairs with a slight charred, smoky scent. A light metallic tone comes through and competes unpleasantly with the others.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really nice, classic Scotch ale flavors come through in pleasant balance. There's a pretty forward hop presence, which adds a nice dimension to the chewy, syrupy malts. The smokiness from the smell is lightly apparent in the taste of the peat, and there's an earthiness it lends in the finish that strangely enough reminds me of fresh pumpkin pulp or squash. Not really a typical ingredient in a Scotch ale, so I can only assume it's coming from the other earthy flavors. Feel is actually nicely effervescent, and I think that helps mask the alcohol, which is only notable in the finish, pretty well. A sticky, sweet aftertaste and feel linger.

Drinkability: Moderate. It is a nice tasting representation of the Scotch ale, and it goes down well thanks to the carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty pint glass to produce a 1-1/2" head of light tan tight foam. This hung around quite a while and left a decent bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The color is a nice ruby when held to light.

The nose was everything you'd expect from a wee heavy.... caramel, smokey, just a touch fruity.

Taste: Pretty darn good.... very pronounced and robust. some caramel.... and a smokey flavor. Maybe just a hint of dark chocolate.

MF: a little light.... not as much body as I would like.... appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: For me... my reference Wee Heavy is Dirty Bastard by Founders. This is not quite as drinkable as that. I like it... but I'd have to do a side by side to pick out the nuances.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a slightly thick consistency. Not much head, but some OK lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, caramel and even - it seemed to me - a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of caramel, strong malts, and a little coffee. Not as complex as one might like (or expect from Great Divide).

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a decent, easy to drink beer, though I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites. Still, not a bad effort.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Town, KY.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate toasted sweet malt flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.

Wee scotch ale.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice ruddy, ruby in the glass. Just a bit of a head with a slightly hard pour. Not much lacing or apparent carbonation.
Smells pretty sweet, nice malt backbone with just a bit of hop presence.
Taste is not as sweet as many Scotch ales but very nice. A good bit of roasty caramel and slight charcoal. Just a bit of hops in the finish but the malts take over.
Slightly weak in the mouth, just a bit thin. A really nice sipper.

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

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with about a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some caramel and cocoa. Also some hop aroma comes through as it warms. Nice rich body and mouthfeel. More malt in the flavor. More cocoa and a good amount of smokiness. The smoke lingers in the finish along with some hops. Much more hop bitterness than a true Scottish version. An Americanized version for sure, but very solid.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown, with copper highlights, light tan head with large bubbles and good lacing.

Smell- Slightly dry aroma, malty, and nutty. Sweet, with virtually zero hop-presence.

Taste- Sweet, with dark fruit, and freshly baked bread. A little dryer than expected, with a definite nuttiness, and a slight dry grain on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full body, has a sort of sticky, syrupy texture, and good carbonation.

Drinkability- A well balanced scotch-ale, just what I'm looking for in a beer to buy (and drink) in bulk.

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Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles on March 3rd 2009, 7.7% ABV. Pours a surprisingly dark brown color with mahogany highlights around the edges, small light tan head that faded after a minute or two and left some average lacing in the glass. Dark fruits and caramel make up the bulk of the nose, with a little bit of roastiness and cola coming through on the tail end. Flavor is full of caramel and light chocolate, some roasted malts, sweet, but not cloyingly so, light bitterness on the finish, tastes more like a porter to me. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy medium-full, light carbonation. A nice brew, but not really what I look for in a Wee Heavy. I could have done for a little more sweetness and a little less roasted malt. Nice sipper though.

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Photo of Jasel
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer.

Appearance - Dark amber with a short lasting 2 finger head. Tracings line the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell - Weak coffee.

Taste - Very smooth malty, caramel, and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth again, none to very little fizz.

Drinkability - Keep these coming please.

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Photo of WilliamD
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Mahogany with very thin head that dissolves quickly.
This one smells nice- smokey and peaty, with some meaty tones laced with malts.
Tastes very nice- little bit of smokiness and malt, followed by some faint leather tones. Perhaps some very faint peatiness as well.
Great mouthfeel. Very, very smooth. Perfect level of carbonation- just a slight tingle.
7.7% ABV? Could have fooled me. This one is so tasty, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I want more. Another one that would be perfect in front of a campfire.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my ommegang goblet.

A - Very deep brown with a finger of tan head. Red in color on the edges.

S - Toasty and malty. Baked breads and sweetness. a faint note of caramel.

T - Very nice. A balance of toast and caramel sweetness. A nice body that has minimal hop presence as the style should be. An oak like note towards the end.

M - Very good. Minimal carbonation gives a creaminess on the mouth. Not overly coating with a touch of dryness.

D - An excellent example of the style and not over the top. A great beer to enjoy on a cool fall or spring day.

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Photo of damienblack
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. The person who said it kind of looks like coke wasn't too far off. Light tan head that starts off tall but quickly boils down. Smells like smokey dark malts, bit of spices and yeast. Something else in there that goes with the smokey flavor, like tobacco maybe.

Big malt flavor tempered by a smokey peatyness. The smokiness and tobaccoey flavor imparts a bitterness that helps offset the sweetness from the malt. Very porter-ish, in that it has a bit of a toffeeness with the sweetness as well. As it warms, the bitterness receeds a bit, and the late sweetness kicks up a notch. Mouthfeel is decent, slick but not creamy, medium-heavy body. Drinkability moves up as it warms, at first, the bitterness overwhelms it, but by the end it is right where it should be. Definitely an interesting beer, worthy of another look.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep cola brown with a half inch head that quickly disappears.

S: Soft sweet malts with a touch of leather.

T: Slightly sweet malt, mild hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied good carbonation.

D: Not too bad at all. Not the first bottle I would grab, but i wouldn't be upset if I had to drink some!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What follows is a conglomeration of three separate tastings: a 10 ounce goblet at the Brick Store Pub, a pint at a nearby Taco Mac, and a 12 ounce bottle (bottled on Feb. 17, 2009). Apparently, I just can't get enough of GD Claymore.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with some reddish tones when held aloft to the light. Smallish, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Pleasant blend of roasted, toasted, and smoked malts. Distant background note of over-cooked plums.

Taste: Sound dark malt base, a tad bit nutty and bready, with tastes of chocolate, dark caramel, and a tiny pinch of brown sugar. Medium-high sweetness throughout. Well-integrated smoke component replete with hints of earth and tobacco. Very slight fruitiness. Earthy bitterness, though fairly light. Touch of alcohol warmth on the drying, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very competent and enjoyable scotch ale, IMHO. Recommended. I can fully envision myself snatching up a six-pack of the stuff.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/17/09. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is peaty smoky malts, leather and tobacco and maybe some vegetables. Sweet toffee comes out as it warms. It's unusual and odd and I'm not sure if I like it.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with earthy smoky bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a very good wee heavy. I find many to be too sweet. I like the balance of the sweet malts, smoke and bitterness in this one.

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Photo of spointon
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This one poured a shockingly dark, cola-brown color with a 3/4" dark tan head. The head quickly settled to a thin cap and left only a few spots of lace.

S= Smelled like heavy sweet malts, with bits of caramel, toffee, molasses, and treacle. I also noted a faint bit of smoke.

T= This beer improved from ok to pretty damn good just by letting it warm up 10 degrees from fridge temp. The flavor profile was of course all malty sweetness, with the roasted peat/grain adding just enough bitterness to offset the toffee sweetness. Just a mild pop of alcohol as the finish dried out a bit.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level that never really lifts this beer above a creamy slick feel.

D= This one grew on me as I progressed through the glass. Its appearance is way too dark (almost to an off-putting level) but the aroma and flavor make up for that. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark garnet/purple/brown shade that is transparent only at its highlights with thick, khaki head that looks like it came from a thick stout.

S - Burnt brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt.

T - Very "portery" if that makes any sense. Earthy, toasted malts, molasses.

M - Creamy, lots of carbonation.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,549 ratings