Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
479
Ratings:
1,444
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
Wants:
49
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216
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Reviews: 479 | Ratings: 1,444
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.
competent
cheers
jd

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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 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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Gainesville House of Beer. Pours very dark reddish brown with little head. Smells like chlorine and slight scotch to me, but my nose may be wrecked from gaving an Oak Aged Yeti right before. Nice sweet toffee and a bit of scotch, some light peat. Good mouthfeel, slick but not too heavy--perhaps even on the light side for the style. Solid scotch ale that is pretty mellow in flavor and mouthfeel and could be enjoyed in larger quantities than others in the style. Otherwise, somewhat unexciting.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Jan 26 2012. Reviewed live.

A- Virtually no head, loosely packed bubbles that leave little lacing. What bubbles are there make a light brown color. Mahogany color, nice clarity.

S- Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, steamed veggies? Caramel malts and very quiet on the hop end of things. Warm and malty.

T- Lovely caramel flavor with thick body of flavor. Some sweetness, but very warm. Some bourbon booziness and toffee notes as well.

M- Thicker body with a wet, sticky finish. Nice carbonation in the feel.

O- Not fantastic, but definitely good qualities to this beer. Warm, caramel malts are tasty. It might be my glassware, but the appearance was very disappointing.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a balloon tulip.

Pours nearly black with a thin, quickly fading head. Nearly no light comes through, with only deep brown/red highlights showing up. Nose is sweet & smokey. Borderlines on burnt malts. Taste is realitively straightforward. More sweetness coated in a thin layer of smoke. No alcohol shows through. I like a little more heat in my Scotch ale. Mouth is thin, but well carbonated. Drinkability is decent.

Overall a solid, if forgettable, Scotch Ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a thin, fizzy layer of soft brown head that fades quickly

S - coffee, caramel, charcoal, faint roasted malt

T - caramel, roasted malt, coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit warm, well carbonated

This is a bit different than I would expect from the style. It's darker and has more roasted malt character than I would expect. Missing is the peat and butterscotch notes as well as the dark amber body. Not a bad beer, but it doesn't fit the style.

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Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a part of a mixed sixpack and was disappointed with many of the beers that came in it. The Scotch Ale, however, was somewhat of an exception. It was pretty much everything you would expect or want from a scotch ale. Good malty/spicy aroma, great flavor, nice light head to contrast the dark caramel colored beer. A must try for Scotch Ale lovers.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of Jun 17 2010. Pours a deep dark brown with very little head. Some lacing. Beer smells somewhat earthy with roasted malts. Tastes alot like it smells. Earthy, boozey and roasted malts. Not too much going on here. It's an alright beer but nothing really stands out one way or the other. I'm a big fan of Great Divide and I can think of a bunch of their beers I'd grab before I picked up this one again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a slightly thick consistency. Not much head, but some OK lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, caramel and even - it seemed to me - a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of caramel, strong malts, and a little coffee. Not as complex as one might like (or expect from Great Divide).

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a decent, easy to drink beer, though I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites. Still, not a bad effort.

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Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Claymore is a blackish dark brown with a small and tight, off-white head that leaves some foamy lace.

Smell is sweeter malt, vinous.

Taste is sweet, fruity, prunes and raisins. Pretty clean though, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth.

Drinkability isn't too bad. I'd don't like my Scotch ale's so fruity, but it's well made.

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Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew has a deep brown - almost black color, with some ruby red shining through.

Brew has a big roasted malt smell, caramel, nuts and a coffee type smell.

The brew tastes of roasted malts, sweet caramel some spicy mouthfeel/aftertaste. This one is almost like a winter warmer to me.

The brew is tasty but not what I was expecting or hoping for. It is almost a bit like a winter warmer - which is what I wasnt looking for. Decent brew. More of a sipper then an all nighter.

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Photo of JBIII
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More malt sweetness than expected. However, I would consider it one of the better Scotch Ales.

At 7.7% ABV, it's worth trying if you are looking for a higher gravity maltier beer with hints of roast.

I definitely expected the roasted malt properties of this beer to better balance out the malt sweetness, but it was not the case.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.
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