Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,498
Reviews:
496
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
232
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Photo of zak333
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of s35keith
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GaryLikesAle
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of travelguy
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of intensify
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of pagriley
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, deep brown with hints of amber around the edges of the body. Very small head forms and is gone quickly. Lacing is minimal because of the lack of a head. Fairly clear, but the dark color makes it hard to see through.

S- I get a lot of dark, almost stout-like, roasted malts here. A hint of chocolate and light coffee, as well as dark caramel sweetness. Rather sweet smelling and reminiscent of a porter.

T- Dead on like the scent, just with more prominent caramel malts. Slight hint of peat flavored malts. The slight chocolate and coffee flavors are there, just less prominent than in the scent. Sweetness is still present and lingers a little at the end of the drink.

M- Thick and creamy with a medium level of carbonation. The dark, heavy malts make it drink a little heavier than most Scotch ales or porters, but it still doesn't weigh you down much in the stomach.

Overall, this is a great value for a darker beer that is sold in six packs. Nice, full, dark flavors in a semi-drinkable weight for a beer.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark shade of brown. One finger head of creamy, light brown foam. Retention is good. Lacing is good in form, but quite slippery.

Nice, sweet malty nose. Hints of dark cherries floating in caramel toffee. A raft, made of brown sugar, floats by and the cherries climb aboard. On the raft, the cherries mingle with raisins, who say that they would offer them some bacon, but it is gone, with only a light hint of smoke remaining.

A big malty presence, as there should be. Not as overly sweet as the nose suggested it would be. Light hints of caramel and brown sugar mixed with some dark fruits. Unexpectedly, there is a definite note of coffee and some light chocolate hints. Quite surprising, to me, to find these here, but they work nicely. Light touch of smoke. Very mild hop kiss on the finish.

Good medium-full body. I would like it to be fuller, for my tastes, but it's not bad, by any means. Nice level of smooth creaminess.

Nicely drinkable, but not quite as good as I'd hoped. I'll revisit another bottle in the future and see how it goes.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,498 ratings.
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