Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2010
A nice roasty flavor to it. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin white foam head. Has an aroma of roast, caramel, and brown sugar. Has a nice dry bitter taste with a nice roast flavor. English bitter bite on the back end with some sweet caramel notes through the finish. Tasty brew. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours dark red-almost brown with off-white head. Aroma of smoke, caramel, soy sauce. Muted and subtle. Taste is malty sweet with some hops at the end. Subtle smoke-if that is possible. Medium to full bodied with oily and creamy texture. Finish is somewhat long. A pretty nice beer that leaves me wanting a little more depth. They canít all be like Alesmith Wee Heavy, I guess.... mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle, very dark brown pour, almost black. No distinct head although did leave a collar of white lace. Aroma was of dark roasted malts, quite smoky, not much sweetness. Flavors yielded a very nice caramel malt presence, more smoke and a touch of malty sweetness in the finish. Big full mouthfeel, well carbonated. This was a decent scotch ale but if given the choice, I would lean towards DIrty Bastard or Old Chub... VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Great Divide is yet another in a long line of Colorado microbreweries that I find readily accessible. I picked up a six pack of Claymore on a whim, finding it in a ramshackle liquor store tucked away in a corner, like a present waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas Day. Iím drinking one tonight as a comparison / contrast of sorts to OíDellís 90 Shilling, which I had earlier this evening. The differences between them are clear, especially at the outset.
12 ounce bottle poured into my imperial pint glass. One of these days Iím going to hunt down a proper tulip glass. Bottled on May 10, 2010. Claymore calls itself a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, with a very nice tartan pattern on the label. The beer itself pours black, almost porter like in color and consistency. Thereís dark ruby brown hints of color along the sides of the glass. The bottle says Scotch Ale but this thing looks like a Porter or Stout. Smallish off-white head with some very noticible retention on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is noticably smokey, with robust notes of roasted malt reaching up and tickling the nostrils. Thereís a nice earthy subtext just below the roasted notes. Hints of bittersweet chocolate lie buried in the background. Espresso is a good description of what Iím getting. This beer really looks and feels, at least at first glance, like a stout.
Relatively light mouthfeel, with moderate to high levels of carbonation. Definetally lighter than I was expecting given the intoxicating smell. The roasted flavor continues to the first taste; thereís some mild smoke but nothing obtrusive. It gets sweeter the more you drink it, as the roasted notes take a backseat to mild bittersweet chocolate. Finish is interesting, the beer seems to gravitate towards the sides of your mouth. There is some moderate alcohol warmth is present in the finish of the beer. This is a beer that seems to be crying for a bigger malt body than it has.
Claymore Scotch Ale calls itself a Wee Heavy, and thatís probably a good description. It could benefit from a tad heavier malt profile, though itís in no way a bad beer. Overall itís a very enjoyable beer, one of the better examples of the style that Iíve found. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a light creamy head. Peat and earthy aromas with a touch of smoke. The flavors start off sweet and earthy. Some anise and peat that become thin and dry. Itís earthy and simple but really drinkable. One of the few beers I got a second pour of. Decent.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Pours a dark chocolate color with big solid dark cream colored head that is slow to subside. Aroma is smoky, chocolate, molasses and slightly earthy. Taste follows suite, with caramel sweetness and a lingering bitterness. Despite the full bodied character the beer is smooth to drink and leaves a very nice aftertaste. mufasa (11) - USA - AUG 5, 2010
This is a very solid beer. Aromas are leathery with a little bit of wet rotting wood and molasses. Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Has flavors of peat, grass, caramel and a little smokiness. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2010
more of a porter or a black lager than a scotch ale. at least thats how it seemed to me. not as heavy as it looks. nicely balanced though. nearbeer (5372) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2010
12 oz. Bottled on Apr 23, 2010. Nearly opaque chocolate with ruby highlights and a lasting quarter inch of foam. Nose is earthy, dark chocolate and charred wood. Front tastes of soured molasses, oak, and malted milk balls slowly turn to a finish of caramel-chocolate liqueur, smoky char and prickly, tingly green herbs. Medium-heavy body is mostly smooth, sweetish, but balanced well by the char and acidity. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2010
Very good beer, just a bit too multifaceted. Not sure the hops and roasted flavors work well here together, but regardless the beer is tasty and unique.