Beer Review: Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale

by Phil on April 16, 2011

Great Divide opened its doors in 1994,  on the edge of Denver in a former Dairy plant. Today it is a widely revered, award winning brewery, producing over 20 different beers. Today we will enjoy a Claymore Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Here’s a snippet from their site, about the beer:

“Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch Ale is our tribute to the legendary “Wee Heavy” beers of Scotland. This malty, deep-ruby beauty features lots of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile, and a subtle warming character. Unlike its namesake, this beer only requires one hand, but it’ll still make you feel like nobility.  7.7% ABV”

Serving type – 12oz bottle, poured to an American Pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a DEEP Ruby red, almost looks brown in the glass. Big thick tan head, good lacing and nice retention.

Aroma – Malty, sweet, touch of vanilla, slight caramel, no noticeable hop presence.

Taste – Terrific caramel, roast and a touch sweet. Malty with a touch of booziness, hint of pine and a hop.

Mouthfeel – This is smooth with a light to medium body. Carbonation is low, with just enough to know it’s there.

Drinkability – This is a terrific beer! I really enjoyed Claymore, it is now my favorite Scotch Ale. It is filled with rich flavors and is on my list of “must have on hand at all times”. The only thing keeping me from enjoy 4 or 5 is the 7.7% ABV it’s artfully hiding.

On my scale of 1 to Awesome, this one gets a 9 !


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