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 ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What follows is a conglomeration of three separate tastings: a 10 ounce goblet at the Brick Store Pub, a pint at a nearby Taco Mac, and a 12 ounce bottle (bottled on Feb. 17, 2009). Apparently, I just can't get enough of GD Claymore.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with some reddish tones when held aloft to the light. Smallish, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Pleasant blend of roasted, toasted, and smoked malts. Distant background note of over-cooked plums.

Taste: Sound dark malt base, a tad bit nutty and bready, with tastes of chocolate, dark caramel, and a tiny pinch of brown sugar. Medium-high sweetness throughout. Well-integrated smoke component replete with hints of earth and tobacco. Very slight fruitiness. Earthy bitterness, though fairly light. Touch of alcohol warmth on the drying, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very competent and enjoyable scotch ale, IMHO. Recommended. I can fully envision myself snatching up a six-pack of the stuff.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's for $2 at Abe's. This is a bit different for the usual, heavy sweet caramel and smoke wee heavy I get. This is a dry, extremely bready, like dark multigrain loaf crust. There are notes of cocoa and toast with an underlying caramel malt profile. Despite the 7.7%, this beer was fairly drinkable and I'd go back it. Check this beer out if you're looking for something a little different with the style.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown--nearly black--with a very thin film of a head; lacing is okay

S: Lots of hay, alfalfa, and other grains--some burnt and roasted grains; a bit musty; but all in all a nice malty smelling beer

T: Beautiful malt profile; lots of roasted and burnt qualities on the malts; subtle medicinal quality; so smooth

F: Very creamy with a nice mouth coating

D: This is a damn good beer with such a nice malt profile; one of my favorites of the style

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I only gave it a 4 in appearance because the head disappears quickly. It pours nice and black and looks like a stout. It does smell delicious though with thick malts and caramel and maybe some spicyness from the hops. The taste is even better with an extremely smooth thick sweet malt taste that reminds me of caramel that is roasted some. As you drink the beer more and more you get the earthy hop on the back of the tongue and I'm happy its there even though its subtle and comes in the taste real quick.

It reminds me of a less hoppier Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale that isn't dry. Actually that's how I can explain this beer the best. Even though I like Dogfish Head's IBA better because it has more of that earthy hop that tastes real delicious with the scotch ale caramel creaminess this beer still has all those qualities too and its delicious. This is a quiet sleeper of Great Divide. It's a beer that shoudl definitely get some more attention because its great one.

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Photo of Sonofcur
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, not great. Definitely would put the Traquir ahead of this. More of a fruity scotch ale. Not a strong alcohol after taste like the Dirty Bastard from Founders.

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Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark dark brown with a small ring of tan head around the top edge

S-smells sweet and malty and a bit of an alcohol bite

T-sweet and malty like the smell, and something that tastes sort of like pine towards the end

M-fully body, medium carbonation with a dry finish

D-very full bodied but still very drinkable. The aftertaste throws me a bit since I can't really pinpoint what it is, but overall is a pretty good beer for the style

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Photo of sevopie
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with ruby highlights, with a moderate light-brown head.

Smell - The first smell that jumps out at me is a food item that I cannot place. If I figure it out, I will edit. Past that, it has smoke, caramel, chocolate, and a slight bit of alcohol on the nose.

Taste - This one is almost porter-like in its delivery. Roasted malts bordering on charred are prominent, with hints of caramel and a slight earthiness. Slight alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with a moderate (see: perfect) amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I love the way this one blends together, and Great Divide just has a way of making their beers ultimately drinkable. Only negative points here are the noticeable alcohol on the tongue and the nose. Overall, this is another great one from Great Divide.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga. Poured into a DFH shaped Pint.
Appearance: Handsome dark brown with a substantial tan head, some lacing.
smell: malty, dark chocolate, earthy. Very nice
taste: as the nose advertises. Maybe not as promising.
Nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Scorazza
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

App: Dark brown, a couple shades away from black. creamy beige-ish head. Slight lacing.

Nose: Smoke, Caramel, slight chocolate?

Taste: Caramel lingers, tasting a bit of chocolate as well. Smokiness carries into the taste. Alcohol kick to it too.

Mouth: Light carbonation, dry finish. Warming sensation after it goes down.

Overall: Not my favorite from these brewers (Disappointing after tasting what immediately became my favorite beer about a year ago, Titan IPA), but not a bad beer. It's well balanced but in general isn't super exciting in my opinion. Unfortunately I did not have any of the food they suggested I pair it with, but I still enjoyed it alongside my cajun fudge brownie.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites styles, so I'm really glad to see this one on the shelf.

Has a dark brown core with amber edges and a fairly dense dark tan head that wisps away quickly. A few dots and chunks of lay stick randomly.

Aromatically complex with big malts notices initially, followed by a hint of dark berries, toffee and a very faint hop woodiness. A graininess is noticed on the tongue at first. Then some sweet caramel malts come into play with a little spice, some black licorice and a distant dark chocolate. An almost unnoticed hop bitterness makes an appearance at the very end.

Thick and creamy, but not quite chewy, just as it should be. Smooth going down with a little grainy sharpness in spots. A faint alcohol heat is noted. There is very little carbonation extant.

A medium to full bodied heavy hitter. Yum.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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