Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
BA SCORE
3.85/5
1,522 Ratings
Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,673
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
1,522
pDev:
11.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
235
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,522 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of WillisTalkinBout
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am beginning to really be a fan of scotch ales, although this is only my third instance of the style - it is now my favorite.

A unique reddish tint to highlight the almost black, stout-like appearance, the thin head dissolves quickly but leaves enough for some lacing. What mostly impressed me about this brew was its odor - chocolaty, coffee-roasty, a scent reminiscent to what you would find in a stout, and to top it all of the scotch is there but just barely, though just enough. I enjoyed the taste but wished it were just a bit more bolder, biting, and for that I gave it a lower score overall. Nonetheless, I was impressed and will look forward to finding if any other scotch ale can compare.

 705 characters

Photo of Avatar113
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JamFuel
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBright
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mchegash
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark red, quite opaque but not totally. A small layer of light brown head.

S: Roasty malts, hints of peat and smoke, a little booze.

T: Roasty malts, dark fruits, a little sweetness, some peat and smokiness as well. Essentially tastes as it smells. If the peat and smoke were a little more pronounced the taste would be amazing.

F: Really great mouthfeel. Fairly full bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Clean and fresh, not sticky at all. Goes down easy.

O: This was a fantastic Scotch Ale. I haven't had too many but this might be my favorite.

 561 characters

Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby red highlights with the help of a flashlight. One finger of five minute dense head. Good amount of lace.
Smell toffee caramel brown sugar or molasses.
Taste is sweet caramel toffee with just enough hop presence to knock down the sweetness some.
Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter sweet and lightly dry.
Overall a fine beer that would be even better in the winter. Bottled on date is Jan. 4, 2016. Which makes it a bit stale but still tasted fine.

 493 characters

Photo of jaketaz
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duster1354
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of whatname
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KLHBB
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque sepia, smells and tastes of caramel, burnt nuts, bark, smoke. That sounds terrible. But it was delicious. Medium mouthfeel. I'd like this even better in cooler weather.

 194 characters

Photo of Tavo2311
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,522 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.