Barrel Aged Claymore Scotch Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by waltonc on 09-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Rhynes2:
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of a few Great Divide Brews i picked up. Pours a dark brown color with very little head. No lacing down the sides. This is a malt centered beer and has the taste of some dark fruits, especially raisins but more so on the finish. Subtle hop bitterness. A slight alcohol taste is well balanced for the style. Overall this is an OK beer but not something ill be rushing back to the stores to pick up.

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Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beenjamin86
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of waltonc
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Divide Tap Room, where they were giving away free samples. Pours dark brown/red in color with creamy white head. Smell and taste were both dominated by the whiskey. I love whiskey barrel-aged beer, so this did not bother me. In fact, I thought it was great. But those who prefer a more balanced BA brew may be disappointed. Very malty, sweet, some caramel, smoke, and dark fruit notes. But they definitely take a back seat to that whiskey. Body is medium, sticky, and medium carbonated. I was pounding through the free tasters, so can't complain about drinkability, but the whiskey notes are so strong I'm not sure I'd want a growler of this, even if they'd sell me one (which they wouldn't. I asked.).

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A little disappointing considering I do like both Great Divide's stuff, AND Scotch Ales in general. From pour to taste, it comes off like a porter. There was barely any head, and the smell and taste are both like a porter. None of the usual peatiness and scotch complexities that I have had in other Scotch Ales AND Wee Heavies were there. Makes for a decent porter, but as a Scotch Wee Heavy....I have to go with "not so much"...

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Photo of emmasdad
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Digging through some old papers, I found these notes from last year. Similar to the regular version in appearance, although nosing this one shows a marked difference. Huge bourbon up front, finally settles into oak, smoke and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, again bourbon is the dominant character, fighting with the smoke before finally letting just a bit in at the end. All in all a very nice beer, if a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of murraymj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jmo2k1
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of KnucklesObrien
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Barrel Aged Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 10 ratings