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%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear dark brown but turns to black in the glass. Almost no head to speak of, the head that was there was off tan. Very slight alcohol legs.

S- Some roasted malt. There is a nice dark fruit character. Caramel and rum. A clean smelling and crisp beer.

T- A roasty start to this beer. Almost a slight smokeyness. Comes in strong with a ton of caramel and rum soaked dark fruits. There is a ton of plum and fig in this beer. A slight breaddyness but there is a lot of caramel flavors to this one. Back of the mouth is slightly roasty, there is almost a BBQ quality to it.

M- Drinks fairly easy for a scotch ale. It has a good amount of mouthfeel. A lot of interesting flavors to keep you interested. A good sweet finish.

O- This is a damn good Scotch ale. Its pretty easy drinking for the style and doesn't lose out on feel or taste. I quite enjoyed this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Enjoyed on tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Poured dark ruby red with a half inch of tan foam. Caramel and roasted malt dominates the nose. Taste is toasted toffee malt, dark fruits, subtle chocolate, light caramel sweetness. Medium body, mildly carbonated, slightly warming. Overall I found this to be a tasty scotch ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, ruby brown when pouring, one finger head.

S-Peat, malt, earthy notes along with wood and smoke.

T-Some peat very malty, earthy, caramel notes. Not much bitterness though.

M-Light to medium bodied, tad on the watery side.

O-No coffee or chocolate notes, could have used more smoke/peat as well. Another minus was the lack of bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

App: Dark brown, a couple shades away from black. creamy beige-ish head. Slight lacing.

Nose: Smoke, Caramel, slight chocolate?

Taste: Caramel lingers, tasting a bit of chocolate as well. Smokiness carries into the taste. Alcohol kick to it too.

Mouth: Light carbonation, dry finish. Warming sensation after it goes down.

Overall: Not my favorite from these brewers (Disappointing after tasting what immediately became my favorite beer about a year ago, Titan IPA), but not a bad beer. It's well balanced but in general isn't super exciting in my opinion. Unfortunately I did not have any of the food they suggested I pair it with, but I still enjoyed it alongside my cajun fudge brownie.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark body with no visibility. Roasted malts, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla all on the nose. Taste follows closely behind except the roasted ingredients really stand out. The malts add a nice sweet/bittery balance to even things out. Warm and inviting. Full bodied, oily finish.

A must have. Reminds me of an Russian Imperial Stout. Very well built by a respected company.

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

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. 2010 vintage, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color,
with one inch of medium tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, and toasted malts. Nice and malty; pretty much what I was looking for.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sweey dark fruits, fruity malts, toasted malts, toffee, roasted malts, and some light chocolate. Pretty nice, was kind of surprised by the sweet dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth, and no alcohol is detectable. Very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice scotch ale. Nose was what I was expecting while the taste had some nice sweet dark fruit to it. Very easy to drink; not sure how much 2 years did to this but I liked it. Would have it again.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,550 ratings