It had been such a long time since I went to the fridge to get anything other than a Southern Tier beer to review that I was not really sure what I would find in there this week. Of course it probably should have been no surprise to find a few beers in there from some of my favorite breweries. Though I try to keep a good variety around, there are certain breweries that have a tendency to end up coming home with me on a more regular basis. GDBC is one of those breweries.
To bring an end to this week . . .
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, CO)
Name: Claymore Scotch Ale
Style: Strong Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV: 7.70% (website)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pint glass.
Aroma: Deep, rich malty aroma that has a sweetness to it that is darker than caramel and also a bit of earthiness underneath. – 8/12
Appearance: Dark brown with reddish tones that you can see when held to light. Slight faint brown head that holds pretty well and dissipates slowly leaving a light trail with some legs. Appears opaque, but is see through clear when held to light. – 3/3
Flavor: Rich, slight roasted maltiness up front that fades into a somewhat smoky earthiness after that. Some light bitterness present from middle through to the finish. It finishes somewhat dry, in a nice way. – 16/20
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Pretty smooth overall with some sharpness coming through at the finish (at least somewhat from the carbonation). – 3/5
Overall Impressions: I really enjoy the smoky earthiness in the flavor as it builds nicely and becomes more smooth as I drink it. The flavor is not overly complex or deep (just an observation). Good cold, but slightly better when slightly warmed. Not something I would keep drinking all night (probably two at a sitting would be enough). – 7/10
Overall: Very Good – 37/50