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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1116) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark opaque amber with a letter of beige head. Taste of malts with hints of booze and caramel. Aroma of roasted malts and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (365) - Tasmania, - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber brown with just a thin tan head. Aroma is of caramel malt, dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla. Flavour is of caramel malts, chocolate, altogether reasonably sweet. Not the best scotch ale I’ve ever had, but far from the worst.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Caramel, burnt sugar nose, slight plum. Flavour is toast, roast, coffee, burnt sugar, molasses. Medium body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle. A- Bacon, coffee, brown sugar, malts, smokey, roasty. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, brown head. T- Bacon, coffee, soy sauce, smokey, caramel, cocoa, woody, robust. P- Full body, average texture, subtle carbonation, smooth finish. O- A full bodied and smooth and rich beer. A lot darker color than I was expecting. The aroma and taste was a lot like bacon and coffee. It reminded me of breakfast. Balanced well and a complexity to it, I’ve never had before. Not too much wrong with this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (479) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Claymore is probably the most badass name a Scotch Ale could have. Great Divide’s consistently awesome bottle artwork doesn’t hurt either. When a brew looks this good (both inside and outside of the bottle) and has a cool title you definitely want it to be great. Luckily, Great Divide came through on that part. Claymore pours a dark brown color with some tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee but also a pronounced soy sauce characteristic. In short, it’s damn rich. I must say that the complex taste was delicious. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit give Claymore a refined sweetness. The smoky umami taste that reveals itself at the back of the mouth will have you dreaming of dark meat. Maybe next time, Claymore. Maybe next time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sailracer (412) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Tap. Pours an oily black (clear but dark) with a reddish tinge when held up to the light. Strong malt and alcohol flavors. Good for sipping. Very good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (239) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle (12oz) Drank about 2 months after bottled date. Very little head. Quite dark with reddish tinge. Light to medium carbonation. Very malty and a little sweet (Carmel?). Overall very enjoyable. Will get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scipio (719) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours a mahogany in color with thin beige head. The aroma contains earthy malts and caramel on top, which are than complimented by raisin, smoke, and very faint chocolate. The taste is very malty. Lots of earthiness in here, with toffee, peat, and chocolate coming out much more. The aftertaste is strong but short, with those earthy malts and some chocolate. Medium in body, while being thicker in texture, with a more flat amount of carbonation. This one is alright. It isn’t my favorite style, so others may like this more than I do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Not a huge fan of the Scotch ales but I definitely enjoyed this offering quite a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Poured clear ruby red with a small, thin bone-colored head. Peaty malt aroma with a touch of yeast. Medium body, a bit watery, with a light astringency in the finish. Flavor of caramel malt with an earthy peat note.

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