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Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch ale is a tribute to the legendary "Wee Heavy" beers of Scotland. A malty, deep-ruby-hued ale, it features a generous amount of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile and a subtle warming character, at 7.7% alcohol by volume. Claymore will be available in six-packs and on draft through mid-April.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (597) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2014
malt, alcohol, scotch, a little bitter but fairly roasty and heavy. Malt, caramel, bread, a little earthy. Rich.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (266) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2014
Dark cola colour with small non-persistent beige head. Aroma is sweet dark malts, dark chocolate, light peat. Taste is quite similar to an imperial porter but with a very light peat - dark chocolate, dark fruits, light peated whisky. Quite sweet, medium bodied and sticky. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1245) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Rich deep brown. Nose is caramel malts, light smokiness. Malt driven with lightly burnt caramel/toffee, tingly, light smoke, dark wildflower honey. Really well done scotch ale. Don’t understand why this is in the summer line up. Awesome fall beer here...should bump Hibernation later into winter and push this back to fall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atlrizzob (179) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours a lot like a stout. Beige head. Sweet aroma with a bit of roastiness. Taste is sweet with flavors of caramel and a little bitterness. Talk about a hole in one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1347) - Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Dark brown with a lasting creamy beige head. Malty aroma. mild peat, dark roasted malt, caramel, bread. Minimal bitterness. Light dryness. Earthy. Medium body. Smooth. Rich. Creamy. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
liquidhedonism (185) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, woody, and slightly smokey and roasty, with hints of raisin. Taste/Palate: sweet; starts creamy, and finishes slightly crisp. I usually dislike Scotch ales, but this one has enough malty sweetness to offset the peated malt. Not half bad.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (151) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Poured from a 12. Aroma was boozy. Flavor is sweet with caramel, molasses and a great malty mouthfeel. Alcohol is masked very well. It has a slightly astringent, bitter aftertaste. Overall a great beer. I could drink too many of these!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (635) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Great taste and a perfect flavor combo. A very good product from Great Divide.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Near black garnet pour with a thin, creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a little lacing, while the beer itself coats the glass a surprising amount as well. Aroma is loaded with really deep caramel notes, toasted nuts, some toffee, doughy yeast, brown malt, roast, chocolate and some herbal and floral hops. Flavor is loaded with nutty, chocolate and roasty notes up front, then lots of dark caramel, some nice smoky notes, crispy waffle, musty wood, damp earthy notes, light clove and anise. An occasional odd sulfur note pops up, but never lasts long. Medium body, chewy to syrupy feel throughout, light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. Really damn tasty, if they had nailed the mouthfeel my score would be much higher.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AbbeyRoade (401) - Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Nice malty, caramely beer with minimal sweetness but low sourness. Not much alcohol noticeable which is nice too.


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