Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale
1,521 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bierman9
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle review from 14MAY16.... 12oz bottle, ($2.25). Color was a dark, near-opaque chestnut. Head was thin and creamy, beige in color, and left light lacing. Aroma had some lovely malts, with caramel and toffee, plus some brown bread. Body was medium-plus, and it was rather smooth.

Taste had some solid sweetness, with more caramel and brown bread. Also noted was a hint of peat, along with some molasses. Finish had some subtle florality. A solid brew. Prosit!

4.09/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Original on-tap review from 29JAN13. Had a 14oz tulip of this at Diciccos in Brewster recently, for $5.00.

Poured a deep, dark brown. Head was thin and bubbles sparse, though some light lacing was present. Nose was rather mild, with light sweetness and caramel evident. Good body, medium in feel and mostly smooth.

Flavor, too, had light sweetness. Had a solid malt base, caramel leading the way, with some subtle peatyness present. Hopping was floral and restrained. Improved with warming; decent, overall. Prosit!!

3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep brown color with shades of red and amber. One inch of tan head dissipates rather quickly. Only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Powdery cocoa, damp earth, bread crust. Smoky. Whiff of spicy alcohol. Slight oily and leafy hop scent.

T: Very sweet with impressions of caramel, cola, and molasses. Fruity tastes of sweet cherries and mixed berries. Bread crust. Kiss of smoke on the mid-palate. Earthy, oily, and spicy hops in the background. Smokiness builds a bit. Alcohol is actually fairly well hidden, and more subtle than the nose suggested. Finish of powdery cocoa and bakers chocolate.

M: Fairly hefty and thick in body. Slightly chewy. Carbonation has a mild bite.

O: A little bit more hoppy than the Scotch ales I've come across to date, but it works. Still well within the style, and a satisfying drink.

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've had this before and wasn't impressed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bland toasted malts, light toffee, caramel, must, and wood, actually. The wood was unexpected. Burnt fruit. A moderate strength aroma, but far from great for the style. Lacks subtlety. Where's the vanilla, heavy toasted malt, well executed caramel, and vibrant warmth I expect from a good wee heavy?

T: Toffee, middling caramel, and generic malts. A bit cardboard-esque as it progresses towards the boring finish. No yeast character. Buried generic stonefruit; perhaps a hint of raisin. Imbalanced and simply built. Lacks the good attributes of a good wee heavy; Backwoods Bastard or Old Chub this is not. No alcohol comes through. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness up front, but it thickens towards the back end to its detriment. Slightly overcarbonated. Dry right on the finish to ill effect. Unmotivated and untailored to its flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but pedestrian. A surprisingly forgettable offering from what may be Denver's best brewery. I wouldn't have it again. Hides its ABV nicely, but it doesn't bring much to the table as a wee heavy. I'll stick to Old Chub as my wee heavy of choice for Colorado. This doesn't cut it.

Lowish C

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Divide. Pours a fairly-deep brown. Nice and malty. Slight caramel and toffee. Nice sweetness.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Claymore Scotch ale pours, from the bottle, a deep mahogany color--think antique furniture--with a small tenacious ring of foam around the outside; a nice look brew, really. But it's the aroma where this thing gets interesting. Peat, roasted nuts, a slight hint of smoke, caramel and an unmistakeable sense of wood. The intricate layers of flavor continue onto the palate. Deeply roasted, but not black, caramel malt leads the away, along with the earthy tones of peat and mahogany. Sweetness develops and becomes more prominent as it warms. The beer is solid to the end where it signs off with a slight earthy bitterness. Just enough to balance it out, but not enough to betray the style. Nice brew.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color, appearing black and highly opaque in the center with only a little light shining through around the edges. Off-white, almost beige head settles down quick to a thin layer covering the top of the brew, not much lacing to be found. Aroma is hard to decipher at first - a lot of different things going on here, but they really start to become separable as the beer warms up a little bit. Polished mahogany, nutty, musky and earthy, herbal and weedy-type hops, deep, dark fruits, sweet toasted malt, and slight cocoa undertones. Vibrant and alive, very powerful aroma.

The taste delivers, as well. Full of a nice, roasty backbone - woody, nutty, musky on the malt side with touches of caramel and buttery sweetness here and there. Hops are more abundant than expected, but this is not a bad thing - weedy, earthy, musky, ashy, and a good balance to the malt. Some charcoal and slight smoke flavors last throughout the entirety of the beer and provide a nice mesh to the flavors taking place. Some fruit sweetness plays a smaller, but still important role; prunes, apples, raisins. Aftertaste includes a nice combo of yeast, smoke, spice, and herbal hop. Medium body, slick on the tongue, medium amount of carbonation.

This was the first non-Yeti brew I've had from Great Divide, and I was pretty impressed. Not my favorite Scotch Ale, but it's still damn good and I'd be happy to revisit this one anytime. A nice hop character along with subtle smokey hints and lots of malt flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,521 ratings
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