For a beer that’s tickling the soft underbelly of 8% ABV, this one wasn’t much of a challenge. Though it’s a darker beer, the “wee heavy” style doesn’t have quite the thickness of a stout, but the main difference is the viscosity. It just seems to have a relatively “thin” mouthfeel to it compared to its appearance, so you can tip it back in three and a half seconds without it spilling down the sides of your mouth. Pretty sure I could have downed another.
How Much: 6
I paid $9.99 for a six-pack at my local liquor store. Pretty standard price for craft beer in my area and this is a totally decent buy. I admittedly have a habit of overlooking Great Divide beers, but they really do make plenty of good ones. I’d probably prefer their Titan IPA to this one, but I’m not afraid to dabble in something a bit heavier from time to time.
This definitely isn’t a style that I frequently drink, but I was quite pleased with it. If I’m going to take a chance on a beer I’ve never had, I always prefer it to be high ABV, that way even if I don’t like it at least I get a buzz for my money. So yeah the 7.7% is probably what drew my toward it, but it didn’t taste boozy and like I said I got more than I expected out of it. Kind of reminded me of a dark, fruity stout combined with the slickness of a pilsner.
Claymore Scotch Ale is a year-round offering and Great Divide Brewing distributes to 27 States.
Overall Rating: 7.0
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