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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Photo of JayS2629
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark cola. Black with brown hues. Nice tan creamy head which recedes quickly but leaves nice creamy rings of lace.

S- Roasted malts, smoke, wood tones, nutty notes, hints of chocolate. Sweet malt forward, earthy tones.

T- Roasted malts with a quick follow up of oak, smoke, clean wood tones, and a hint of booze. Bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Touch of hops. Malt forward. Reserved but robust. Quite complex. Biscuits, heavy molasis, and toffee with a dose of cofee and scotch.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, slight boozy bite in the finish.

D- Very nice balanced beer. A little on the thick side and boozy aftertaste. Nice for a sipper.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoky, musty aroma; lots of roasted grain and caramel notes. Deep brown body color topped with a one-finger thick head. Medium sweetness tempered with a smooth hop bitterness. Smooth, semi-dry body; soft, medium feel.

A rich, malty beer with just the right touch of hop bitterness and alcohol presence. Easy enough drinking for a big beer, even with the fairly high ABV. Yes, it's noticeable, yet the malt and hops do an excellent job of keeping things balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with red hues when held to light. Head is one finger of beige color. Head fades quickly and lacing is minimal. Honestly if I didn't pour it and it was handed to me I could mistake it for a coke.

S: Dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, fig, raisin, dark fruits, some smoked wood, and a slight earthiness.

T: Dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, smoked wood, nuts, and some earthy hops hiding in the background.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slick and smooth with a slight creaminess.

O: An enjoyable scotch ale but nothing spectacular. The pour was depressing but it tasted great and the mouth feel makes it incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It is always cool to see Great Divide coming out with new products. Bottle says this beer is a ruby color, though it looks a lot darker to me, almost black as far as I can tell. Not much heading, pretty much a simple white lacing, maybe it was too cold. From the nose I can smell coffee, smoke, some musty earth, and a slight hint of vanilla. Taste is of toffee, shortbread, caramel, vanilla, cream, lingering hints of smoke. Body is nice and creamy, which is just how I like this style. Alcohol is not readily apparent. Although this is a great example of the style, one or two is enough for me. Great Divide came through with this beer. I always imagine this style with hearty holiday meals. I might have to get another bottle for Easter Sunday. Cheers

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Photo of Mitchster
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.39 for a 12oz bottle @ Merchants. 7.70% ABV per the website. No ingredients listed. Bottled on Aug 10 2010.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a soapy sudsy tan head with good retention and very good lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is nice, with toasty malts, a hint of smoked malt, perhaps some roasted barley, black walnut, toast, and chalk. The mouthfeel is a little prickly, lightly acidic, and medium bodied. The taste opens with some herbal hop notes, followed by a whiff of smoke, some caramel and prunes in the middle, then some woodsy medium bitterness with smoke and brown sugar lingering in the aftertaste. The hops are a bit much for this style of beer. This reminds me a bit of Sam Adams Scotch Ale.

A decent Scotch Ale, but doesn't quite compare to Dirty Bastard, #1 on BA for Scotch Ale at the moment, and my go-to Scotch Ale. (Although I would love to try their Sappy Slappy Bastard, which sounds even better!)

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Photo of garten
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Comes out a very dark maple-syrup like caramel color, leaving a beige-tanhead of about a finger or so in measurement. Minimal lacing. Looks fairly 'creamy' in the glass, similar to a stout.

Smell: Even as it is being poured, the sweetness and malty notes hit the nose right away. It is pleasant, not overpowering or unsavory. Smells a bit like coffee or toasted grains. Otherwise, no other scents come to mind.

Taste: A very robust toasty flavor, reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, that sits quite well on the palette. The aftertaste doesn't linger very much, although it isn't particularly notable. It's actually quite pleasant. Bittersweet would be the best way to describe it, although it is in every positive meaning of the term. Not bad at all, really.

Mouthfeel: Moderately-heavy. Not watery. Some carbonation, but not very much. Either the beer is flat or just doesn't have much carbonation to begin with. Very smooth.

Overall: A fine Wee Heavy by one of the many local breweries here, it lives up to its style and certainly to its reputation! I could see myself savoring one or two with a hearty meal or even on its own on more leisurely days. Compared to others in this style, it's not particularly a stand-out, but it can certainly hold its own and should be one to try out if you like a balanced, yet fairly robust beer.

Notes: Poured into a US-style pint glass. BOD (bottled on date) - 09 April 2014. Served chilled.

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Photo of becktone
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 3-27-09

Eye: This beer is an extremely dark red. Because it is such a dark shade, it actually appears to be dark brown or even black. Its such a dark red that it is really hard to tell if the beer is clear, most of time you just end up seeing your reflection in the glass. But at the right angle you can see that the beer is a deep garnet and is perfectly clear. The head is creamy and has nice formation and retention, at about 3/4 of a doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon. Lacing is composed of rings where the beer sits in the glass betweet sips, when the level of the beer drops to for the next ring after a drink, a sheet of lace connects them.

Nose: Sweet malt and some smokiness is present yet reclusive. Can't really get much more that that to be honest. Some hints of caramel, some fruitiness...hard to tell. The aroma is weak overall, some more potentency would be nice.

Tongue: Malt sweetness and some smokey flavors come through as well. Huge malt flavor here, sweetness from caramel malts, perhaps some caramunich or caravienna in here. Slight graininess in the background as well. All in all a nicely crafted beer, nothing huge about it that would keep drawing me back, then again I'd have to horizontally compare it to others of the same style to understand this beers placement in the bigger picture. Just a pleasant malty beer, hard not to like this one.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy body with just enough carbonation to give it life. I've had other Great Divide beers that were poor, but in this one I can find no fault. Its a nice beer. This is one that I'll not be opposed to drinking again, though I'd like to explore the style further before I come back. Nothing outstanding or mind shattering about his brew, it is as it should be.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark brown-red color with a half inch off-white head. It sinks to a skim and leaves minimal lacing behind.

Aroma has some cocoa, slight smokiness, and just a general "just fermented" beer smell that is not good.

Taste is much better than the smell. Some rich caramel malts up front, mild smokiness in the middle, and a bit of a roasty edge towards the back. A fair amount of spiciness comes in the back end too, and a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, pretty chewy but it's smooth, and fairly easy to drink.

The smell was just not good on this one, but it redeemed itself by tasting good. I won't rush out for more, but it's one of the only Scotch ales around here.

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong pour releases a two and a half finger rocky tan head that has nice retention. Body is the deepest of browns showing ruby tones on the edges when held to light. Nose is slightly smokey at first then comes through with sweet malts and dark fruit notes including ripe wine grapes. First sip shows a hint of smoke quickly yielding to a very sweet palate full of silky fruit. This fruit feel is a mix of sweet grape juice, raisins, plum and some backround spice. Overall this is quite sweet with a smokey balance but it is almost to sweet. It is a bit scattered on the mouthfeel. Drinkability is solid.

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Photo of stompilator
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brown, small, fluffy head.

S - Caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of booze.

T - Grainy, crunchy malt notes. Underlying roast character throughout. Malty sweetness fades in gradually, hinting at sweet, smoky meat.

M - Medium body, Mild carbonation.

O - Pretty solid example of a scotch. Nothing crazy or super complex, but overall very tasty.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep cola brown with a half finger of khaki head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Caramel and light notes of cocoa.

Taste - Hits with deep caramel character and light mocha notes around the edges. Hints of earth? Hmmm.... not much else. Finishes much the way it begins.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Certainly not the most complex Scotch out there, but if you're looking for a caramel bomb, this one'll do you no wrong.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red with a whisky tan head on top. Malt sweet upfront on the nose with loads of caramel and toffee and hint of nuttiness in the background. Rounds out with a bit of toasted character and a light hint of alcohol.

Not as sweet on the palate as the nose would suggest, with a nice toasted malt character that keeps the sweeter caramel flavors in check. Not much of a hop flavor, just a hint of floralness. A little kick of alcohol finishes it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Overall, another tasty beer from GD. Nothing too crazy for a wee heavy but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of gestyr
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown that has red notes when held to the light. The head is thin and dissipates rapidly

S: Malt, caramel, slight smoky aroma, hint of a minty aroma.

T: Sweet, malty, caramel, slight molassas, toffee with a touch of alcohol aftertaste.

M: thin with a bit of a late alcohol burn

D: Overall, very drinkable. I would drink this again.

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Photo of impending
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tulip. Pours a dark cola, opaque in the glass. Nearly non existent head was fleeting, minor lacing.

Traditional scotch ale aroma but mild in all respects.

Taste too is traditional. Minor sweetness, dehydrated dark fruits. The peat is barely singed but fine none the less. Bitter is nearly non existent. Long lasting pleasant aftertaste. Light to medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of shand
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Claymore pours out a red-tinged brown color with a small head. The aroma is muted, what I can detect is some maltiness. The taste brings through a robust, slightly prickly maltiness, with a bit of smokiness on the finish. It's pretty relaxed for a scotch ale, but it's tasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. This beer hides the ABV very well. Overall, it's a tasty scotch ale. I like the style with more aggression personally, but this is still a well-composed beer.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color, almost opaque in this lighting with a small slightly off white head.

Aroma is toasty, almost smoky, toffee and caramel. Roasted with no hop aroma or off flavors.

Beer is sweet and thick. Notes of roasted coffee, toast, some toffee. No hop flavor and a sweet but not cloying finish.

Full bodied with a robustness.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Good for this rainy cold night. But it lacks the depth and complexity of a world class beer.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Great Divide promo at Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured a cloudy reddish-brown into a pint glass, with two fingers of beige head, and excellent lacing. Smelled very bready, toasty, and yeasty, with only a tiny hint of molasses. The flavor didn't reveal much else either, with an overwhelming bready/biscuity essence, and a dry finish. This beer could certainly benefit from a little more flavor balance. From the smell and appearance, I expected the body to be thicker, but I was surprised to find it medium, smooth, and mildly carbonated. I wouldn't attempt to session this unless the flavor balance is tweaked a little, but the body feel does help this beer's drinkability.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep eggplant, nearly black colour with tan head

smell - burnt caramel, burnt firewood

taste - smoky,toasted caramel, molasses, hint of cherries

mouthfeel - smoky, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter finish, medium carbonation, medium bodied beverage

drinkability - decent beverage for the style, maybe wouldn't have more than one in a sitting, this is a sipper for sure

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Photo of C3likesbeer
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

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

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Sweet and malty with some caramel. Hops really in the background.

M: medium heft with some carbonation and a long finish.

O: Nice Scotch Ale.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours near black in color with a finger of head. Smell is bread right out of the toaster with some caramel drizzled on top. Taste is slightly ashy, which is unfortunate. A bit sweet with lots of bread and caramel malt qualities. Medium bodied. This one isn't too bad, but the ashiness detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served from a bottle into my stella artois glass.

Looks dark black and brownish at first with no head after an aggressive pour. No lacing watsoever. When held up to the light you can see a faint red and maroon glow shine through, my favorite part of the whole experience thus far.

Smells like burnt coffee grinds, some sweet malt.

Taste is some of the same. Sweet and malty with some dark coffee grinds, slighty bitterness, and a bit of alcohol burn during a deep sip.

Medium to heavy body for the style.

Overall this is pretty good. Definitely not my favorite of this style, which i generally love, but still worth a single bottle purchase for a try.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Toasted rye malt, spice, caramel, rich notes, maybe some peat. Smokey malt nose. Mahogany color, semi clear, tan lacy head. Medium body. A solid "Wee Heavy" scotch ale for the Fall.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany red-brown and a very thin layer of caramel tinged foam.

Roasty, slight notes of smoke, biscuit and cereal like malt sweetness, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

Pours beautifully, smells great, but flavor is where this falls off a bit. Bready/biscuity malt backbone, slight caramel, very subtle vanilla note, and roasted/smoky.

Medium-bodied, light carbonation, sweet, very subtle alcohol, but just unfortunately thin for my taste.

Overall, this looks and smells like a winner, but the subdued flavors and thin mouthfeel definitely degraded my overall thought on this. Still good, but it's no Dirty Bastard.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and dark brown in color. I cannot remember the head because I started drinking this 10 minutes before writing this review but what remains is a thin ring that hugs the edge of the glass which encircles this dark brown ale. Could barely pick up an aroma, had to let it warm. Like other beers with big malty profiles, this had that characteristic sugary and sticky caramel aroma. After swirling it around in my chalice, I'm gathering some slight raisin or fig mixed with subtle smoke and booze. Up front is a roasty malt character with subtle hints of dark chocolate, maple syrup, and honey. The texture is almost medium bodied with mild carbonation that feels slightly creamy. I could gulp this but when I sip this with a bit of air, the creaminess is more pronounced and I like this method of drinking.

Let this ale warm so as to maximize the flavour.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a lot of caramel and chocolate malts with just a touch of smoke and hops.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with a lot of malt with a touch of roastiness and unsweetened chocolate. In the finish, there is some smoke and finally the alcohol kicks in.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- Claymore Scotch Ale is a pretty tasty brew that is definitely worth a shot. Another solid beer from Great Divide. Recommended.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,480 ratings.
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