tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Justen! Deep brown, highly opaque center with lighter edges; off-white, slightly beige head settles quick to a thin, swampy layer atop the beer. Aroma is muted, notes of polished mahogany, sweet & toasted malt, roasted cocoa powder undertones, & a touch of faint smoke. Taste has a mostly toasted malt backbone with big notes of wood, nuts, & a little musk with some mid-palate caramel, toffee, & faint buttery sweetness. Hops makes a larger appearance; weedy, earthy, musky, & a little ashy. Finish contains some timid charcoal & moderate smoke, edging towards peat-like. Warmth brings out some prunes, raisins, & apple skins. Overall, a nice combo of yeast, smoke, spice, malt, & hops when all is said & done.
neurbob (102) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with reddish tinge. Minimal head. Aroma is caramel, alcohol, faint smoke. Flavor is sweet burnt sugar, smoke, decent finish mixed with mild bitterness. Solid body.
tightslice (699) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is cheesy/funky caramel, butterscotch, raisins, prunes. Taste is creamy caramel, dark fruits and nice hoppiness on the backend. Very delicious.
Nonshaugen (262) - Fetsund, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl on tap. Dark, nice creamy head, nice aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit fizzy carbonation. Flavour is pleasant, some roastiness, pepper(?) and dark fruits.
ZacM612 (435) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark burgundy with a thin head. Dark fruit aroma. Mild hops. Smooth, mellow, and warming.
Gerbeer (2670) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with moderate head. Aromas of sweet dark malts. Flavors of dark sugar, raisins, and sweet roasted malts. Right on style, Enjoyable.
swesson (333) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle. I guess I'm not a fan. I think there are much better examples of the style so that's why the poor rating for one of my favorite breweries. Pours out a dark red and makes a very foamy but fizzy head. Reminds me of Coca Cola but not in a good way. Smells like fish oil. Tastes like fish oil. Hope it's good for me.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scotch Ales seem to have a reputation that precedes them. Itís rare you find a bad brew of the style, though thereís no guarantee that an assumedly traditional brew from a traditional brewery is going to be great. Thatís how I thought of Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale; which is a fine beer all around, though not a shining example of the style. I was hoping for greatness but settled for goodness.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a flared snifter. It was bottled on 8/24/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black, though actually an extremely dark violet/ruby shade. Pours to a tiny, beige, soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely.
Smell: Similar to a porter with dark malts and some roastiness. Rather mild considering how strong the beer is.
Taste: Iíve always associated Scotch Ales with complexity, though the last few I have reviewed have been rather simple. This beer is no exception. While the palette is sweet and tasty, it only has a few flavors going for it. Plenty of caramel or butterscotch notes up front with a touch of milk chocolate in the middle and dark fruit on the finish. Only mild bitterness to be found, though alcohol is fairly prominent as well. No smoky sensation, though thatís actually typical for the style. This beer is mostly just sweetness and not much else; which is fine by me because I have a sweet tooth. Drinkers that donít may find it cloying.
Drinkability: At 7.7% ABV, Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale is a big beer no doubt. Though it drinks like something much lighter. The mouthfeel is a bit flat and not quite as viscous as Iíd prefer. On the other hand it is extremely smooth going down and very comfortable with a remarkably clean aftertaste. Alcohol imparts mild warmth, but it complements the palette. A good liquid dessert.
rosskyle (311) - - OCT 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Black color with an off white head. Sweet malt caramel coffee aroma. Medium heavy body. Malt smoke flavor. Good beer but is missing the scotch portion.
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beer_rookie (261) - USA - OCT 10, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown or black color. Head just barely forms well after the pour. Head was beige. Some lacing left as you drink. Looks like a stout.
Aroma is pretty dark roasted malt. Dates, figs, maybe plum. A little coffee and caramel. No alcohol aroma.
Taste follows the nose. Itís very smooth. Thereís a lot of malt, and as lot of sweetness. It is a little watery, but the taste is delicious.
Mouthfeel is smooth and super drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Itís pretty carbonated.
Overall, this is super good. Totally worth trying. It is delicious.
reberiii (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesnít seem to have a lot going for it. Not super malty, not super smokey, not too sweet or bitter... I mean you could say it is super balanced and easy to drink for 7.7%. Does get a nice tartness as it warms and you can get a touch of malt.