Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Claymore Scotch Ale

Today my eight year old got the nickname Brace Face. Can you guess why? If not, there are other blogs for you. So yeah, he's had this problem where he's pushing his tongue against the back of his two front teeth to the point of making them stick out and bending the bone that holds the teeth. Braces along with a little fence are the solution and will also help create room for all of his adult teeth.

During the two-hour procedure, I started reading Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione's book "Adventures in Entrepreneurship: Brewing Up A Business". I got about 15 pages into the book when a metal Dogfish Head bottle opener fell out. Oh, Big Mama, what a surprise! I'll be sure to break it in very soon, like now. Very interesting story so far with good entrepreneurial advice. I'm not much of a book reader, but this is my style book as I work for a small company that cherishes creativity above almost everything else. We'll see if I write a whole book review or not. That day is distant if so.

Tonight I'm drinking Claymore Scotch Ale brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. I first reviewed this one back on my wife's birthday in March. Simple yet nice label--I like the plaid green background. There is also a story about the Claymore sword, after which this beer is named. The front of the label calls this beer "Hardy, Wee heavy, and Noble" and supposedly this beer will make me feel like nobility. Bottled On: Jun 17 2010.

Rich chocolate and caramel aroma, sweet and delicious. Even a nutty smell in the background. Very creamy texture, my first impression. Rich, malty caramel with a bit of burnt coffee flavors are first in line, with toasted bread right behind that. Sweet but not too sweet. Some hops do provide a light bitter relief from such a rich beginning. Smoke and vanilla and chocolate also weave themselves in and out of this beer, and not just as background flavors. They have a few lines in the play! Solid carbonation is interestingly prickly and this beer has a great body. The 7.7% alcohol only accentuates the rich flavors, yet is completely masked. Wonderful chocolaty flavors are left behind on the palate. Excellent! I highly suggest you pick up this beer!

Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery ~ Sam Calagione

Royal Scottish Claymore Sword 56.5" w/Display Plaque

Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long Distance Mountain Bike Route


Hannah said...

I am SUCH a fan of Great Divide Brewing and I LOVE Scotch Ale. I most definitely will be picking this up. Thanks for the review!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Cool, Hannah. I agree. Great brewery and I loved this one enough to do a re-review. :)

Miguel Medina said...

I bought it yesterday, this weekend share your thoughts... Thanks for the review!

Beer Drinker Rob said...


I think you're going to love it. So rich and flavorful. Let me know what you think.

Miguel Medina said...

Im sure i will. Otherwise when i see your picture, im confuse a little for the black color, I tried others scotch ale and looks like brown color in a low level. Very interesting!. You have tasted any of drakes brewing? Im not found in your reviews, 1500 dryhopped is amazing!... Regards

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, it looks pretty dark right? All the pictures with that background are outside. And of course affected by the time of day and constant see-saw of blistering sunshine followed by eerie darkness and rain.

Never had a Drakes beer. Not available here in Miami.