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Claymore Scotch Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Claymore Scotch AleClaymore Scotch Ale

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462 Reviews
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Reviews: 462
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 174 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-22-2009

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Reviews: 462 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of cyrock1
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt Brwon to black with a tan head.

Smell: Haevy burnt toffee and coffee aromas.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy with lively carbonation and a hint of hop beitterness on the end.

Drinkability: Excellent ballance of toasty malt flavors and sweet malt makes it go down super smooth and linger delightfully on the tongue.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like it came out of a bottle of malt syrup, and had some bubbles injected. Smells as malty as you'd expect from the visual, with a bit more yeast on the nose than I would have guessed. Tastes like someone accidentally fermented my morning cup of coffee, instead of grains.

This is one tasty, heavily roasted ale. Maybe a tad acidic, but very smooth, quite drinkable, and a nice, toasty flavor.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light 1-finger head with a slightly aggressive pour that quickly fades, but leaves a slight foam ring. This beer is a very dark brownish red color that still lets a bit of light through. There is a minute amount of lacing.

Smell: The aroma that comes off is very rich caramel and chocolate. There is no real evidence of hops or any floral notes.

Feel: This is a very full bodied and rich beer. There are some bubbles that latch onto the tongue, but not fizz. There is a nice slippery/oily feel, but it is not overly thick or syrupy.

Taste: At first there is a tart punch and a slight hop bite, but then it leads quickly into rich sweet chocolate and caramel flavors. The caramelly sweetness fades and smoke and nutty wood flavors are brought in at the end.

Overall: This is a great Scotch Ale that is full of flavor. It’s a bit low on carbonation, but still has a decent mouthfeel. There is a nice balance between caramel / chocolate flavors and the higher ABV (7.7% not that noticeable).

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Photo of mlockman
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The darkest scotch ale I've ever seen. Drank semi-chilled, definitely drinks like somewhat like a porter, though not totally. If all Scotch Ales drank like this, I would be extremely hard-pressed a new favorite style; and while it is porter-like, if all porters drank like this, I would say I love porters. Very, very good.

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Photo of erosier
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice red-brown-black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down. I really enjoyed how this one looked.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, huge notes of caramelized malts, hints of dark fruits and a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, dark fruit flavors mixed with hints of chocolate and nuts, and a slight amount of hops at the end.
M: Very well balanced, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, relaxing, and slightly warming.
D: Very drinkable, the flavors were excellent and blended really well together for a very very good beer.

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Photo of delta490
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Cellared for about a year. Had a wee little amount of head and left a wee little bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet and has notes of cocoa and some boozy esters. Taste is similar with some additional notes of coffee and tofee. Mouthfeel is smooth with just a slight oil slickness. A nice Scotch ale.

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Photo of Natural510
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.
Pours a dark, brown-black; completely opaque with ruby highlights. Leaves a light tan head with excellent lacing.
Scent of deep caramel malt, slightly roasted, with cocoa and brown sugar.
Flavor contains elements of cinnamon, dark cocoa and caramel. Sweet, toasted malt with a lightly dry bite. Alcohol heats the palate as it is ingested. Apples & honey in the finish.
Maximum body to the style. Goes down creamy and smooth. Dry yeast, snappy hop finish.
One of the best Scotch Ales I've had; excellently malty and complex with a multitude of flavors to be enjoyed. I'm looking forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of mscudder
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated Dec. 2011.

A - The darkest ruby-hued beer I have yet to see. A tan head with loads of small bubbles. Fair retention.

S - Big smoked malts, caramel sweetness, milk chocolate and cherries.

T - For the most part follows the nose pretty well. Loads of sweet malts and a combination of cherries and brown sugar. The minimal accent of alcohol makes this one a treat.

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable big brew with lots of smooth flavors.

O - I was disappointed with the other 3 brews in my Great Divide Brewers pack, but this one made up for it, I feel I have found a diamond in the rough. A fine Scotch ale and one I will return to.

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Photo of WilliamD
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Mahogany with very thin head that dissolves quickly.
This one smells nice- smokey and peaty, with some meaty tones laced with malts.
Tastes very nice- little bit of smokiness and malt, followed by some faint leather tones. Perhaps some very faint peatiness as well.
Great mouthfeel. Very, very smooth. Perfect level of carbonation- just a slight tingle.
7.7% ABV? Could have fooled me. This one is so tasty, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I want more. Another one that would be perfect in front of a campfire.

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Photo of papaloukas
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. Nikodemos and I really enjoyed it a lot. Nice and dark, just how we like 'em. An amazing aftertaste that lasts longer than any beer I've ever tried. Some cocoa and coffee flavors but a bit musky and earthy too. Lacing also hung on the walls of the glass for a long time. Impressive!

This is the 2nd or 3rd wee heavy Scotch Ale I've tried and really liked it. Right up there with Orkney's Skullsplitter!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/17/09.

Pours into a pint glass with very dark brown color and red highlights around the edges. Creamy tan head is thick but wanes quickly to just a film.

Aroma is somewhat sweet with a bit of fruit and nut smell to it. Roasted malts come through as well. Nothing to powerful but pleasant overall.

Flavor is sweet and toasty with a minimal amount of bitterness. Somehow it doesn't come across as too sweet despite the apparent lack of hops. There is a nutty carmel flavor with a slightly funky fruit thing going on. All very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good with gentle carbonation on a full bodied beer. Drinkability is excellent as the alcohol is very well hidden.

I always looked to Old Chub for a good Scottish Ale but this beer has just changed my preference.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled on Feb/15/2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber with some ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A big bready toasted malt driven aroma with lots of caramel and nutty hints. Toasted barley malts with big hints of caramel and toffee. Hints of biscuit, toast, roast chocolate, coffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Also some hints of butterscotch, peat, and a rye like spice. Lots of earthy scents with some grassy hops lingering around. A pretty good rich and bready malt aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a big bready malt forward taste with lots of toasty caramel notes. Bready toasted barley malts with a big taste of caramel and toffee along with notes of toasted bread, biscuit, grains, nuts, yeast, butterscotch, and some roasty notes of chocolate and coffee. Spices notes of rye along with some peat. Solid earthy hop presence with notes of grass. Very toasty and malt forward. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat chewy and spicy.

Overall: A very solid Scotch ale. Good toasty malt taste with some nice undertones of spice and hops.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated February, but it doesn't say what year. (Let's assume the current one.) Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown - almost black, but not quite - with a thin head that doesn't stick around long. Choccolate, coffee, caramel, raisins, and just a hint of hops bitterness in the finish. Very, very smooth - little carbonation, really easy to drink. Thick and chewey. Alcohol is well-hidden. My new favorite for the style.

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Photo of travduke
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep color, nearly back. Decent head and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt dominates. Chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Just as the nose predicted with a slight, minor alcohol bite. This is really tasty.

Feel/Drink: Nice thick mouthfeel. Really nice. Drinkablity is right on, I enjoyed 4 out of the 6 already.

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Photo of otersen73
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark maple syrup in color with a three finger creamy off-white head that retreated quickly. The beer is clear, free of sediment and begs to be consumed.

Smell - nutty and aromatic with fruit in the background. Some yeastiness is present in the background as well. Caramel malt aroma pokes through (very fragrant).

Taste - nuttiness comes through but is not overpowering. Smoky flavor is also present with fruity notes that seem to add sweetness. Leans harder on the malty side but pretty well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel - very well carbonated. Not tough on the palate, but rather smooth for a scotch ale.

Drinkability - would definitely have another, although the alcohol could sneak up and grab you by the shorties if you're not careful.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, slight alcohol, hops, slight chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight chocolate, hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and mouth feel.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, but with a beautifull ruby hue when held to the light. A one inch head of tight biege fell to a partial skim coat on the surface, and traces of smeared lacework remained.

Aromatics are meaty, robust, and smokey. Roasted barley, caramel, and rich malt with hints of chocolate and peat.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Creamy and lush with a hint of crispness.

Lush malt, caramel, and smoke-filled barley start the palate. Bitterness offsets the residuals and so does plenty of robustness.

Finishes with lingering caramel, peat, and chocolate.

This is a really nice Wee Heavy. Just a tad of the sweet malt that lingers and plenty of peaty smokeyness, and very robust. Great balance.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always wanted to do a side by side tasting of a beer!

One bottled "Feb 22 2010" another bottled "July 13 2010"

A - Both poured a nice black color with an amber tint. Obviously the July 13th has more carbonation and the Feb one has none being 7 months old. Mild lacing on both.

S - The smell of the July has more predominant coffee but both have more of a malty sweetness smell and very mild booze.

T - Well the Feb is real smooth with mild coffee, very mild scotch and ABV burn and a nice malty finish.

The July with more carbonation has a more balanced coffee body, even milder in scotch and ABV burn and a nice bitter finish.

Very interesting

M - Heavy on the Feb. and medium on the July weird.

D - I don't know if I got a lighter batch in one, heavier in another or if this beer gets boozier with age but I defiantly like it fresh since it has more of a coffee tone that covers the ABV. Will try it and find it again with hopefully less than 2 months age.

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Photo of tmm313
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown with a ruby tinge. Poured a nice 1 finger head with good lacing.

S- Raisin and caramel mainly. Chocolate and scotch as accents.

T- Caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, fig, scotch, and a touch of earthy hop. Fair amount of spice in the finish. Very nicely balanced.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Not much aftertaste. Lightly creamy.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The balance is what I'll remember most. No flavor stood above the others and all worked together very well.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a good amount of earthy smokiness. Not as much sweet malt as I've come to expect from this style, but for me it's welcome.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are followed by robust smokiness with hints of chocolate coming in right before the mildly bitter ending. There's an underlying sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could have a few of these.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as it's not one of my favorite styles, though with Great Divide on the label I should have been expecting it. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Claymore pours an attractive chestnut brown color. Burgundy highlights are apparent when held to light. Its head is foamy, tan in color, and reaches two fingers deep. It dissipated slowly and left sticky traces of lace in its wake.

A little more muscle would improve the nose. But, it's far from bad. Roasted and caramel malts are the strongest scents. Smells a little sweet. Dark fruit (mostly plum) emerges and complements the malts well. There's very interesting smoked and peat aromas that add a ton of character to the nose. It's subtle, but extremely effective. A little yeast is noted on the tail. Alcohol is very well masked. I'm not picking up any. I wish I knew what the abv is.

Roasted and caramel malts are easily the strongest flavors. It's on the sweet side, but doesn't taste sugary. Dark fruit is very apparent. Tastes like plum mostly and has a slight tangy flavor. It's secondary, but has a really nice flavor. There's some light yeasty notes. There is some smoke and peat that really provide quality depth and character. They work immensely well with the other flavors. No alcohol is noted. Finishes a little smoky and tangy. With each passing sip, I'm liking Claymore more and more. It's extremely well rounded and has a really nice flavor.

Claymore has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is relative low and doesn't interfere. It's not exactly silky, but it has a nice feel. Drinkability is very good. I'm liking the flavor a lot. It's goes down smooth and easy. I'm unsure of the abv, but it doesn't present itself as intimidating in any way.

Great Divide did a really nice job with Claymore. It's a nice Scotch Ale. It's well rounded and doesn't have any material flaws. The smoke and peat flavors really make this beer. They refine and sharpen this beer a lot. Come to think of it, they're just what Bell's Christmas Ale needed. The comparison naturally comes to mind. Sorry, but there it is. This one's better. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep Deep Deep Deep Garnet color with brilliant clarity. 1/2 inch vanilla head. Burnt roasted malt character with some smoke. Some barnyard scents as well.

Thankfully the flavors aren't as burned as the nose makes it out to be. Roasted malt character with some caramel sweetness up front. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of soke and finishes with a nice warming and balancing alcohol presence. Flavors are blended together in some aspects but layer in a way from the front of the mouth to the back. Definitely a complex and flavorful brew. Smoke, caramel, deep roasted malts, and warming alcohol, quite delicious. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

Not as aggressively flavored as other scotch ales but the flavors are classic yet modern. Another goodie by Great Divide.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark dark brown almost black looks like a porter almost, good head

S- Smells of coffee and dark chocolate with some good crystal malt as well. Delicious after a nice long day I am getting excited.

T- Sweet yet not overpowering, a great clean after taste as well, the taste doesn't linger to long which is good with this high malt and low hops profile. The more I drink it the more I really really like it, man I wish these were easier to find in the NW.

M- Good with a heavy body.

D- These are very drinkable. There is a very good toffee or coffee taste that makes you come back and wish for more. It gets better throughout the pint which makes for a good beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, topped with a good two fingers of airy brown foam. Aromas of dark malt, molasses and burnt sugar, with a just a hint of peat smoke and cream. On the palate, the peat smoke is immediately noticeable from the first sip, dominating all else up front. As the beer warms a bit, I get some coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. A very nicely balanced beer, and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color-almost porter looking. Might be a tad dark for the style but stll a good lookin' brew. Extremely malty aroma-hints of caramel and a very mild roasted quality to it. Whisper of smoke. Very malty flavor upfront. Has a great caramel/toffee like quality. Slight hop bite. Body is right there with the flavor and the style. Dangerously drinkable-a great wee heavy. Certainly not balls to the wall on the alcohol scale like some. Well balanced and very, very enjoyable.

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Claymore Scotch Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.