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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Bottled 8/1/12. Consumed 11/16/12.

A: Dark coppery-cranberry pour has a scant pecan tinted head providing a minimal lacing.

S: Nice aroma on the pour, in the vessel it loses some of its luster. Some smoky moss and caramel, but not as malty as one hopes for nor is to sweet. Lacks that malty backbone and strength, finishes out with some caramelized wood.

T: Nice malty flavor, good depth of character, making up for the lackluster nose. Gentle smoked caramel and peat moss with a nice sweetness along with a dry munich touch. Dark caramelized sugars help add sweetness with touch of burbon and bread. Alcohol is perfect and complimenatary, doesnt interfere or exceed its stay. well matched.

M: Nice malty depth and substance, some carbonation adds texture while the finish has a bump of burbon love. mmm.

O: Besides a weak nose, this provides a nice malty sweety flavor and mouthful per style that is surely worth a taste.

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Photo of lazarogamio
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ojimmy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Brant
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll get to the point here -- I was pretty disappointed by this beer. It looked gorgeous in my glass, but that was really the high point. I won't be drinking this again.

A - A deep deep ruby red, like red velvet cake. Looked black in my dim kitchen light, but holding it up to the sunlight really brought out the beautiful ruby color of the beer. Almost no head. Maybe I poured it incorrectly (I'm admittedly a bit of a noob with the finer points of beer procedure), but whatever head was there fizzled out pretty fast. I would have given this a 5 on appearance if it had a nice head.

S - A scotchy, Fig Newtonish sort of smell. Clean and inviting.

T - The taste was kind of blah. Not particularly sweet or caramelly, but not bitter either. I don't know how to describe it other than I thought it tasted like heirloom oak furniture. Sort of musty, old, vintage. It had a lingering dusty aftertaste.

M - Honestly, this felt like week-old diet soda in my mouth. Kind of watery.

O - I didn't like it. It looked great sitting there in my glass, but the flavor seemed confused.

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Photo of pengs68
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of simi46
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of JRBUSNA02
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of tswater
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tripledbrew
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of beerketeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BlackTuesday
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of snowmaggedon
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of EdelweissDad
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Caleb
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dogma46an2
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- was true to style nice copper hues malty rust in color .

S- Aroma was Beautiful nutty malty slight roast notes as well as smokey.

T- Nice Mlat notes petesmoke from the yeast didnt seem like they used presmoked malts. gentle Melanoidins.

M- This was spot on . subtile creamy mouth feel .with a clean finish .

O-This was a great true to style wee heavy.

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Photo of IsaacmanTX
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, even though this was quite to style, I was hoping for a bit sweeter scotch ale. The color is EXACTLY what I am looking for in a scotch, and the smell is spectacular. I am slightly let down with the taste. For the background of smoked plums and raisins, it begs to be a little sweeter.

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Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great smoked character in smell and taste which might not be expected in a wee heavy but was certainly appreciated. The carbonation might have been just a little high for my taste which is the only reason this beer did not receive a 5 for all categories. Will definitely be having this beer again in the future. Thanks again to the guys at Great Divide!

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Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SoberPhobic
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mhabas
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,514 ratings.
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