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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Photo of C_Pel
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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%
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%
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%
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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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -5.7%
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 becktone
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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 finger...it 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 -5.5%
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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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A – Pours a deep, rich brown/copper. One-finger head of really loose foam is a mauve khaki, and dissipates quickly, leaving some pockets of lace on the surface against the glass with an island of micro-bubbles in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a dark mahogany and almost completely opaque, although what light gets through at the edge of the glass reveals the beer is not cloudy.

S – Roasted malts; deep, dark caramels, hints of milk chocolate. Grassy hops pop up with touches of alcohol, followed by notes of butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla as it warms in the glass.

T – Similar to the nose, caramels are more forward in the taste. Malts are beyond simply toasted, with a noticeable roast, like a light breakfast-blend coffee. Chocolate/toffee mixes with the roast in the back-end. There's a bit of earthy peat in there, too. Every so often, a dollop of rich butterscotch liquid will show up on the tongue. Earthy hops are present just enough to balance the sugars.

M – Just a touch of fizziness initially smooths out in the mouth. Body itself is surprisingly lighter than anticipated, given the color of the pour and the roast. Components are well-integrated. Short, dry finish focused on roast and hops.

O – This is the kind of Scotch ale you give a porter fan to make the bridge between the two styles. The roasted malts in this beer, for me, distract from their mission to transport caramel/butterscotch/toffee flavors, and the chocolate notes are simply out-of-place. That being said, it's a pretty interesting take on the style, and really pretty tasty. Forget what it's supposed to be and enjoy it for what it is: a robust porter dressing up as a Scotch ale.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 stortore
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a dark garnet, almost perfectly clear with a creamy tan head that rose two fingers. Good staying power with sheets of lacing.

An immediate smoked aroma fills my nose. A little too much smoke for a scotch ale. Some mild fruitiness and sweet caramel malts lay very low behind the smoke. Not a big fan of the nose.

The smoke hangs back a little bit in the flavor, but is still very present. An interesting addition to the flavor of a scotch ale. The rest of the flavor profile consists of burnt caramel, dark cherries and a touch of booze.

Medium to full bodied with a decent carbonation that makes it lighter than it probably really is. A tad creamy.

Once you get past the smoke, this guy drinks OK. This is not my favorite of the style and probably one I will not revisit in the near future.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8 for a big boy glass at The Indie, Somerville MA

Looks opaque black with brown edges like a glass of root beer but the Independent is dark enough it could be brown, purple or any shade of dark copper. Thick blanket of a head diminishes to a half circle skim by 2/3 glass.

Smells mildly roasty and mildly fruity and earthy like a smooth char barrel cabernet. Smells like a baltic porter actually.

Tastes like soda bread soaked in dark rum and Chambord. As it warms the fruit comes further and further forward and Claymore starts to taste like weird sangria. Mouthfeel is big, lightly carbonated and dead on.

No peat and not that malty milk ball-ish. Otherwise a pretty solid scotch ale.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Scotch Ale pours a very dark brown near black with a tan head that settles to only a collar of foam. Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt, but fairly one straightforward nose.

Taste is similar of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, but finishes with a more complex semi dry hint of toasted nuts. The mouthfeel is full with a greater level of carbonation than I had originally anticipated and could be dialed back in my opinion. Fairly drinkable given its alcohol content and an all around good beer. Comes short of the exceptional characteristics found in some of Great Divide's other brews.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark amber brown with about an inch of off white foam which shrinks really quick leaving very little lacing.

The smell has a big malt profile that brings a lot of sweetness to my nose. More whiffs in and there's some smokiness and nice roasted malt with a touch of some plum fruitiness? It's some kind of dark fruit, for sure.

The taste is big on caramel and roasted malt with a pronounced smoke character. I'm starting to notice a real earthy thing going on and that seems to be cutting into the sweet factor big time. Hey, I like a nice Scotch Ale with a lot of caramel malty goodness and this one is more of a earthy/smoky example of the style. Not my favourite interpretation but I'm not going to knock it too much as it *is* interesting.

The mouthfeel is really close to being full, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes smoky with a touch of sweetness.

Drinkability? The label on the (bottled on Feb 17 2009) bottle says it's 7.7%abv and I think they've done one heck of a job of hiding it but...I would not turn around and open another bottle. This style seems to be a real hit or miss with me and the Claymore falls somewhere in between. I say, try it and judge for yourself.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Appears black but really super dark red when held to light. About a 1/4 finger head that instantly goes away. Practically no lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Sweet chocolate. Light coffee. Light alcohol. Light dark fruits. Smells like a porter.

T: Roasted malts. Dark fruits. Light coffee. Again it reminds me of a porter with dark fruit added. Kind of like a candy flavor. Has a bite of alcohol aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Carmaly velvety.

O: Pretty drinkable. A tad sweet but overall pretty decent.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 17 Oct. 2016.
Served in a snifter. Poured very dark brown; clear but near opaque in the glass. Thin, weak head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: toffee and vanilla.
Flavor: a malt bomb with a trace of booziness.
Feel: smooth, full body; light carbonation

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Photo of cubbyZilla
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,531 ratings
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