rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours a thin, off-white head that persists minimally but to the last drop. Very dark clear liquor, dark like a porter. Aroma is faint but sweet and butterscotch to my nose.
The medium body is sweet, malty and caramel with a well-disguised ABV (I was surprised to see that the ABV is 7.7). The short finish has a pleasant touch of smoke in it.
Great Divide is relatively new to MD, and we’ve found their offerings to be impressive across the board (my personal favorite being their Hercules Imperial IPA--truly a thing of beauty, but I digress).
Claymore is in many ways more of a big, malty American Oktoberfest beer (Scotch Ale style aside) than many that attempt to lay claim to that moniker. Good job GD Brewing! Finhead (1845) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
A cola-like appearance of dark brown color, red highlights, and tan head. The nose is sugary sweet with strong caramel and subtle chocolate. The full body is sweet with a slick texture and a slightly warming finish. jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle. Deep brown color with some reddish hues with a minimal white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, and a smokey hint. Taste is roasted and caramel malts, a little bit of sweetness. Strykzone (7796) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2010
12 oz. bottle. A cola colored beer that is quite dark with red. A minimal tan head. An aroma of rich malt, chocolate, and smoke. Feel is smooth and thick, like a melted milkshake. Flavor is absolutely full of rich malt. Dark chocolate, anise, wood, soft cherries. Smooth and tasty. Nicely done! 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 (2211) - 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 can’t all be like Alesmith Wee Heavy, I guess.... mixmasterob (1060) - 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. I’m drinking one tonight as a comparison / contrast of sorts to O’Dell’s 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 I’m 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. There’s 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. There’s 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 I’m 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; there’s 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 that’s probably a good description. It could benefit from a tad heavier malt profile, though it’s in no way a bad beer. Overall it’s a very enjoyable beer, one of the better examples of the style that I’ve found. holdenn (2127) - 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. It’s 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.