AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1490) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Ales seem to have a reputation that precedes them. It’s rare you find a
bad brew of the style, though there’s no guarantee that an assumedly
traditional brew from a traditional brewery is going to be great. That’s
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: I’ve 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 that’s 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 don’t
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 I’d 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.