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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: 1,526 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of mdfb79
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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Photo of SirRuss
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A ruby-hued, thickly dark brown body foretells a sweet treat ahead. The head is equally informative as it's ephemeral presence confesses gentle carbonation, and the absence of lacing offers further validation for those not already convinced.

S - Sweet scents of butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate icing lend some serious substance to a complex aroma, which also exhibits a touch of bourbon, and a subtle spicy overtone of chilli dust and white pepper.

T - Sugar-speckled caramel introduces the profile from the forepalate, which smoothly transitions into the mid almost immediately. Chocolate notes take control as light hops lend a welcome bitterness and create the first sign of depth. Entwined butterscotch imparts the luxurious impression of cracked Brandini Toffee, and hints of dark stone fruit are unmistakably reminiscent of old world fruit cake. Whisky notes, detached from the sweetness, instill independence to the finish, and ripples of dark malts and hops gradually roll into the distance as it leaves its final impression. Yet despite demonstrating complexity, the depth of the overall profile is somewhat lacking. By failing to fill all these vital corners, this brew falls disappointingly short of the score that I wish I could give it in this category.

M&D - Wonderfully smooth, and pleasingly unusual. It achieves originality from a transitional characteristic, which sees a light but lively carbonation on the fore palate gradually fade away until nothing is left but a silky smooth swallow. Its stickiness should also be mentioned, but it does not exceed expectations for the style, and is more decadent than disputatious.

O - Despite blunted edges, this Claymore is definitely forged from a complex composite that creates an intimidating impression, and is definitely worth wielding again.

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Photo of bfree
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark, finger width of foam that dissipated quickly leaving tracings on the edge of the glass

S: I smell coffee with a smokey character

T: coffee and smokey, milk chocolate aftertaste

M: thin body with mild carbonation

D: Delicious beer, seems to be smokier than the few "wee heavies" I have had before and also more of a milky character. Not too filling for such a rich tasting beer

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Photo of seangibbs60
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 jp32
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown in color. Nearly black, but some molasses brown still remains around it's edges.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Reminds me of a porter or stout.

Taste: Caramel. Malts. Thick and sweet, with a hint of smoke in the finish. A very nice tasting beer. Some light molasses or burnt sugar in there as well. Again, it reminds me more of a porter than a scotch ale.

Feel: Full bodied. Sticky sweet. Enjoyable.

Overall: I'd probably rate it higher if the sweetness wasn't so overpowering. Rich, sweet, malts is really all you get here, and you get them pretty darned big for a beer of this style. That being said, it tastes great and I sure enjoyed it.

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Photo of Adam_Lifts
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, dark brown with a tan, one finger width head. The head dissipates to an outer ring around the edge of the beer.

Aroma - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and a slight bit of chocolate.

Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation on the tongue. Goes down very smooth. It is full bodied and thick. Some bitterness and stickiness.

Overall - Another solid brew from Great Divide and a nice full bodied Scottish Ale.

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Photo of zak333
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of s35keith
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass at near room temperature bottled March 1, 2016. Pours a very attractive mahogany with a 2 inch light tan head that leaves behind some sporadic lace.

Smell caramel, toffee, peat, smoke, biscuit, nutty, and getting a little bubblegum, still works for me, less smoke than most Wee Heavies.

Taste follows toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, and biscuit upfront with some smoke and peat in the balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was expecting, low carbonation, not dry, and very approachable.

Overall this is a very good Wee Heavy and I am far from a lover of this style.

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Photo of mill3859
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

12oz bottle poured a deadly deep dark brown borderline black color into snifter. Only way I saw through this one was holding the snifter up to the direct light. Nice tan cream head 2 finger widths with an aggressive pour. Falls down pretty quickly.

Smells of sweet dark toasted flamed malts with caramel & alcohol clearly present in the nose. The alcohol reacts to give it a coolness even though I am drinking this at about 50 degrees.

Starts off caramelized mouthfeel with an almost toffee like component transitioning into a heavy malty sweetness midtaste. Aftertaste is a little burn to the back of the tongue and throat with the alcohol seemingly warming me. Not as full bodied as I was expecting, but definitely mixes well with the stlye. Medium body on this one & less alcohol end-bite than I had expected.

Bought this one in mixed 6pack 1/2 Claymore, 1/2 Colette for $12. Definitely worth a try. Great Divide never fails to put out solid brews!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown into translucent black with brown amber edges; slim and flimsy dirty white cap

S: deep, earthy, dark brown malty; hints of sweeter fruit underneath, like fig

T: chewy dark brown grains and subtle dark chewy fruit sugars; earthy and ripe; needs to warm; different beer ~ room temp.

M: smooth and slick; medium weight, but slippery

O: at first wasn't warming to it; as it warmed I found it to be a nice example of the style, without any particularly unusual stylings. Malt-forward and lip-smacking good.

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

Claymore. was the 3rd of the Great Divide line up last night.

This beer pours a beautiful red/amber tone.. nice light amber head and moderate lacing.

Smells great. Spicy hop notes come to the forefront

Taste was a nice bold spice flavor, very heavy yet smooth.

Mouthfeel was nice, lightly carbonated tingle.

Very drinkable scotch ale. i could see enjoying this beer alongside a nice steak and potatos dish for sure.

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Photo of EdC_Beer_Moose
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Poured into a footed stange (or whatever those glasses are called), a dark, muddy, rusty brown, somewhat translucent when held up to the light. A small off-white head that dissipated within a minute or two. Aroma of sweet malts, roasty, dark fruits and caramel; not too pronounced. Taste of rich caramel malts, roasted grains and nuts, brown sugar, hints of earth and figs. Very smooth and highly drinkable, and I don't just say that because it was my third drink of the night. I really loved the mouthfeel on this one. Very nice overall, and I could honestly probably sip on this all night.

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Photo of maz
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GaryLikesAle
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a very dark brown almost black with a coca cola color when held to the light. A beautiful two finger head that's thick and creamy on the sides and bigger soapy bubbles are in the middle.
S= quite pungent carmel malts with a little chocolate malt. I almost smell hints of hops and a minimal amount of smoke.
T= sweetness up front which mellows out quickly to a refreshing caramelly taste and is then taken over by a sear smooth finish with a little smoke or pepper? A little warming alcohol too
M= very light carbonation and coating but the flavor doesn't stick around long in the glass.
D= great. A very nice scotch ale. Ill be looking for it again. Super easy to drink and enjoy.

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

Poured Deep mahogany color that appears black until held up to the light - with 1 finger very light tan head - that quickly settled.

Smell is of roasted malts and caramel malts. Also you can smell that this one has some alcohol punch to it.

Taste is sweet caramel and roasted malts again. But im not getting any hot alcohol bite like i expected to...I will have to see how that holds up till the end of the glass. The more I drink this the more I like it actually - its sweet but not too much - definitely not cloying - but it takes me right up to the edge of being to sweet but ultimately pulls back the range before it gets there

Moutfeel is on the high end of medium - but is a very full bodied beer.

Overall I really like this beer, for some reason I have had a negative association with Scotch Ales, [im pretty sure its the word "Scotch" that just turned me off - because of the drink by the same name - and not that I dislike scotch - but because of the thought of having hot alcohol flavor in my beer - totally stupid - i know]so I have always steered away from them - glad I didn't totally give up on them!

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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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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,526 ratings
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