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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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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style that I had been avoiding but not any more. Now that I am into these, I am liking the opportunities for new brew adventures. This one is a great adventure.

It's malty and hoppy and very roasty. It is a very robust but not nearly as bitter taste (as others of the style). It is unique and very drinkable. This goes high on my wee-heavy list and is one I want to repeat.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle has the perfect label IMO. It has a small description of the beer and its' intentions, a bottled on date of 4-29-2010 and even suggested food pairings. This doesn't affect the beer's rating, but it's worth noting. Served in a tulip.

A - Very dark mahogany with ruby edges when held up to the light. Minimal head fades quickly to a single ring.

S - Sweet malty goodness. Some roasted barley, chocolate, some sherry and black fig as well. Almost porter like.

T - Very clean malt profile. Caramel and chocolate sweetness meld with a pleasant roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol is noted in the crisp finish but is in no way hot. Very pleasant malt bomb.

M - Medium to big bodied, with good to low carbonation. Very clean finish and inviting.

D - I would almost never say high for a 7+% brew, but this one is pretty damn drinkable. Malty but not overly sweet or tiring on the palate. Another fine offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of patreely12
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - almost black with a ruby hue in the light. about one finger of tan head, which dissolves to a creamy film at the top. darker than most scotch ales I've had. very similar to the appearance of a stout.

S - roasted malts. smells of coffee with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. faint hint of caramel too. underlying presence of the alcohol.

T/M - the first thing I think of when I drink this is "stout". the body and everything is very similar. alcohol and roasted malts on the front. though the alcohol is the first thing I taste it's neither strong or off-putting. the coffee with bittersweet chocolate is the most prominent flavor on the back end and leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. body is on the fuller side. great flavor, kind of a mix between a scotch ale and a stout.

D - particularly drinkable despite the heaviness and ABV.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the Brick Store. Body is a dark chestnut hue with a small tan head. Some patchy lacing.

Aroma is a bit muted. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts, red apples, and smoke. The smoke emerges more as it warms.

Solid medium body has a light medium carbonation and creamy texture.

Taste features toffee notes, a hint of pipe tobacco, and a really nice element of peated malt smokiness. The smokiness here really takes centerstage as the beer warms. Undertones of chocolate are subtle but add a nice hint of roastiness.

One of the better American brewed Scotch ales. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gmann
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with amber highlights. The head is bit small but is very dense; settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of a rich brown bread, pumpernickle, with some peat and damp rotting wood, light tobacco, and burnt caramel sweetness. Very nice.

The taste is of brown sugar, honey, burnt caramel, peat and wet wood. It is a bit sweet but has some good earthiness to it.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not cloying, slick or sticky.

A very good scotch ale, borders on being too sweet but it holds the line. Nice showcase of woodsy flavors. I am disappointed that they don't distribute this beer to NY

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up as part of a mixed six as I am a fan of the wee heavy. Excellent color that is dark and rich, but not a lot of head. Good scotch smell but not real strong. Taste is very good, very clean and easy to drink for a wee heavy, which isn't all good. Also a little thin. Overall a very tasty scotch ale but not the top of wee heavy. Not sure the cost but it would have to be priced well to get again.

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Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Pours an abyssmal dark brown and settles black in the glass. Tops off with about 1 finger of light-vanilla colored foam after an aggressive pour. A light, roasty-caramel-chocolate aroma is present initially, along with sublte notes of booziness and malt. Quite heavy weight, and very smooth and creamy - moreso than most porters I've had. Roasty caramel, malt, and sweet chocolate/cocoa on the taste. There's a slight hoppy bitterness middleways, but very faint. My bottle was only 2 months old, so I'm sure that would fade in time. Very smooth and silky on the finish, and leaves some malt ans caramel behind on the aftertaste. No taste of alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was nothing like Dirty Bastard, which is the only other Wee Heavy I've had to date. Whereas that one was quite boozy and syrupy, this beer was very robust, smokey, yet quite weak in comparison. Not that any of that is a bad thing, because I honestly enjoyed this one more than DB. I'm eager to try more from this brewery, as well as more beers of this style.

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Photo of kristiekatk
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours totally opaque, like a black jelly bean, with a tinge of ruby around the edge. The nose is full of umami/savory components, plus a barrage of coffee, cocoa powder, and rich malts.

The taste is much the same as the nose; cocoa, dark caramel, and a subtle, roasted grain. The sweet malts really bring out the rich and concentrated fruit character, as well as some very light brandy notes, but overall, the alcohol is relatively non-existent. A light herbalness makes for a drying and earthy finish.

It’s malty and smooth, without being overly sweet. Sometimes scotch ales can be a little over-the-top, but this is an extremely drinkable, yet big beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. This really quite a nice Scotch Ale. Pours very dark brown with some reddish/brown highlights. Little head. Smells complex- nutty, slightly smokey, and treacly, but still fairly dry. Tastes a little like kombuchi- toasted brown rice, treacle, nutty, and with an interesting Scotch whisky note that floats in and out. Very interesting. Smooth and round in the mouth, this is overall a tiny bit challenging to drink easily with its smoky overtones, but still delicious.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark amber color with very little head or head retention. You're almost able to pour the beer straight into a glass without worrying about over flow. Head dissipates quickly with only a rim of white head remaining. No lacing is left behind.

S- Heavy carmel with hints of licorice. Light appearance on my nose with remaining hints of wood(?) and cherry(?).

T- Very carmel and slightly vanilla/coffee. Holds it's shape during consumption nicely. Very well rounded and robust, an easy drinker.

M- Very little carbonation, just enough to hold the beer together. Carbonation is not overbearing and ages very well.

D- One of my favorite beers with consistent drink-ability. Once you set it down a few minutes later your mouth will be calling. A good beer for after work or late afternoon on a weekend. I would not recommend this beer for sporting events.

Each year when this beer is released it's always one of my few go-to beers. Consistent and hold body nicely with a year +/- in the celler...


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Photo of RazorbackGT
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good scotch ale for the price. Nice flavors including a good deal of smokiness. Dark horse brewing Scotty karate is definitely the best of this style though.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany, opaque, with a short ring of off-white bubbles. Some lacing at first, but dissipates halfway down the glass. Rich caramel and smoke aroma. Some chocolate and toffee, but always with a nice lingering smoke. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a long finish. Hearty malt profile. More smoke, kind of peaty, but matched with the caramel malt. Bit of a hop bitterness towards the back. Again, toffee and cocoa flavors come out as the beer warms. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. Label says Bottled on Nov 17 2011.

A- From a semi-heavy pour comes a full finger of off-white head that retains well above the beer's close-to-opaque black body. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Mild, roasted nose that's light and smells like fresh water.

T- How different. Light yet roasty malts step in first and then there's a solid bitter from the hops that's also a bit mild so it balances nicely. Bit of a sweet aftertaste and a char that lingers but, just like everything else, is quite subdued. Very drinkable for 7.7%

M- Surprisingly thin given the color. Medium carbonation and a crisp, refined texture.

O- Not what I was expecting considering this is only the second Scotch Ale I've liked at all (the other being Oskar Blues Old Chub). I should just learn to never question Great Divide.

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Photo of billnet
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark walnut color with a little head that doesn't last long. Burnt caramel and malt aromas with flavors of burnt caramel malt, hops and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. It's full-bodied with a rich smoothness.

Great Divide does it again. I really like this Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has become a go-to beer for me - great for food pairings, particularly meat and artisinal cheese. Poured into a McChouffe chalice, as these truly reminds me of a belgian strong dark.

Pours a cloudy dark brown - chocolaty in complexion. Head is light tan and very small - pretty much a lining at he top of the glass. Nose is sweet, and definitely has a very light scotch nature to it - very enjoyable.

Very flavorful brew, stands up with the best strong dark ales. Slightly sweet, nice and malty and definitely has some subtle scotch and chocolate. Overall very full bodied and smooth, with no noticeable alcohol. Just a great overall drink, lots of subtle flavors that pairs great with some great food.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark opaque in color, leaves a nice 2 finger tan head with nice lacing around the glass as you sip.

S- Maltiness with a slight hint of aged scotch, little hints of caramel

T- Same as the smell, little bit of booze at the tail end.

M- Medium bodied not to much carbonation

D-Great brew from great divide, would definitely like to have this one again. First time was at The Porter Bar in Atlanta,GA ON TAP!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 02-10-11. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a lacing ring. Some decent lacing left on the glass. Aromas of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, spices, and a bit of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in the background. Nice complex aromas here with great balance. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, molasses, and roasted flavor in the front; that leads to smokiness, a bit of dark fruits, and a bit of booziness in the back. A small amount of bitterness is noticed in the back on the finish as well. Notes of caramel, molasses, and roasted flavors linger for a short period after the finish. Surprisingly smooth and creamy body that drinks easily for the alcohol level. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Fairly strong alcohol warming after the finish, with very little noticed in the taste. Overall a great Wee Heavy ale, probably the best one I have had yet.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini pint glass, nice dark amber to brown color wIth tan head that dissipates and leaves a ring.

Smell is that mix of strong caramel malt and slight fruitiness and chocalate, distinctly a scotch ale.

Taste is powerful mix of caramel, chocolate and fruity malt flavors, slightly strong bitterness in the finish but right for the balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue for sweetness, balanced by the bitterness and carbonation.

Overall, a nicely done scotch type all that has sold malt and mild fruIt flavors that hide the strength.

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Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to xraided81 for sending this as an extra! bottled on jul 13 2010. pours out lookin like a cola, real dark with a slight fizzy head that diapppears quickly. smell and taste go hand in hand with this beer. both are heavy on the roasted malt some chocolate and a dark fruit sweetness to it. has a full body mouthfeel with a good balance between bitterness and carbonation to create a very good and mellow beer. this is only my second wee heavy and will definatly seek out more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is possibly my new favorite scotch ale! big and balanced with all the richness you'd expect. not sweet like some can be, super drinkable. caramel color throws me off a little, because this tastes a lot fuller and richer than it looks. a testament to visual and sensual deception, in a positive light. full bodied with a savory aftertaste of burnt sugars and tobacco possibly. sensational offering from great divide!

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Photo of al3
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, clear when held to the light. No real retention or lacing.

S - Roasted malt, slight sweet/smokey aroma

T&M - Roasted malt with molasses, and some dark fruit. Medium feel with a DRY finish.

D - Yeah, it's got it..

Overall, another great one from Great Divide, probably not my favorite, but still a beer worth seeking out and I would do so again.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - Pours a nice thick dark color. Respectable amount of fluffy foam on top
S (4.25) - Nice malty smell. A little hop, but not much (as it should be). A little alcohol smell too.
T (4.25) - Great flavors. Heavy on the malt, with a little booziness. Wonderful.
F (4) - Smooth and a little viscous. Nice alcohol afterburn.
O (4.25) - Never had this one, but like the Great Divide stuff. And this doesn't disappoint. Bold flavors, appropriate to style. Will buy again for sure!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle dated 2/17/09. Poured into a snifter. Minimal head and retention, deep mahogany body. Aroma includes coca cola, chocolate, coffee, port and brandy. Taste includes all of the above with a touch of leather and bacon. Very tasty and quite enjoyable. Aged very gracefully.

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Photo of twosheds
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a light tan head.

Smells very malty. Lots of caramel and chocolate with some dark bread and a little bit of booze.

Taste is very similar to smell. Very smooth and tasty.

Overall this is a really great scotch ale. Doesn't hit you over the head like some others I've had, but sometimes that's a good thing.

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass. Nice dark brown almost cola-like appearance. retained head throughout. Pick up malt but not any hops in the smell.
Real malty and nice sweetness. While ABV is relatively high (7.7%) did not really feel it was too hot. This was another of the offerings in the sampler 12 pack I got. All the beers are in the 6-8% alcohol range. 2 for 2 made > 4 ratings in my opinion(Rumble + Claymore Scotch Ale). And I never had Great Divide before I was given this 12 pack for Christmas.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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