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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ZacM612 (567) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Very dark burgundy with a thin head. Dark fruit aroma. Mild hops. Smooth, mellow, and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (3130) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours black with moderate head. Aromas of sweet dark malts. Flavors of dark sugar, raisins, and sweet roasted malts. Right on style, Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swesson (368) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2015
From a bottle. I guess I'm not a fan. I think there are much better examples of the style so that's why the poor rating for one of my favorite breweries. Pours out a dark red and makes a very foamy but fizzy head. Reminds me of Coca Cola but not in a good way. Smells like fish oil. Tastes like fish oil. Hope it's good for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Scotch Ales seem to have a reputation that precedes them. Itís rare you find a bad brew of the style, though thereís no guarantee that an assumedly traditional brew from a traditional brewery is going to be great. Thatís how I thought of Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale; which is a fine beer all around, though not a shining example of the style. I was hoping for greatness but settled for goodness.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a flared snifter. It was bottled on 8/24/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black, though actually an extremely dark violet/ruby shade. Pours to a tiny, beige, soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely.

Smell: Similar to a porter with dark malts and some roastiness. Rather mild considering how strong the beer is.

Taste: Iíve always associated Scotch Ales with complexity, though the last few I have reviewed have been rather simple. This beer is no exception. While the palette is sweet and tasty, it only has a few flavors going for it. Plenty of caramel or butterscotch notes up front with a touch of milk chocolate in the middle and dark fruit on the finish. Only mild bitterness to be found, though alcohol is fairly prominent as well. No smoky sensation, though thatís actually typical for the style. This beer is mostly just sweetness and not much else; which is fine by me because I have a sweet tooth. Drinkers that donít may find it cloying.

Drinkability: At 7.7% ABV, Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale is a big beer no doubt. Though it drinks like something much lighter. The mouthfeel is a bit flat and not quite as viscous as Iíd prefer. On the other hand it is extremely smooth going down and very comfortable with a remarkably clean aftertaste. Alcohol imparts mild warmth, but it complements the palette. A good liquid dessert.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosskyle (532) - - OCT 31, 2015
12oz bottle. Black color with an off white head. Sweet malt caramel coffee aroma. Medium heavy body. Malt smoke flavor. Good beer but is missing the scotch portion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_rookie (402) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Pours a dark brown or black color. Head just barely forms well after the pour. Head was beige. Some lacing left as you drink. Looks like a stout.

Aroma is pretty dark roasted malt. Dates, figs, maybe plum. A little coffee and caramel. No alcohol aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Itís very smooth. Thereís a lot of malt, and as lot of sweetness. It is a little watery, but the taste is delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and super drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Itís pretty carbonated.

Overall, this is super good. Totally worth trying. It is delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Doesnít seem to have a lot going for it. Not super malty, not super smokey, not too sweet or bitter... I mean you could say it is super balanced and easy to drink for 7.7%. Does get a nice tartness as it warms and you can get a touch of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robgibbens (431) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Nice deep color with ruby around the edges. Foam is quick to fade but leaves a nice residue. Not too strong peat and malt aroma. The taste is again peat and malt but but overpowering. Could be a bit more "peaty" for my tastes. Finished clean and smooth. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2015
On tap at Cafe Fiasco. Dark brown with creamy beige head. Caramel all the way, malty. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (424) - - JUL 8, 2015
Smoke aroma with plum and raisins and dark chocolate. Taste is burnt caramel, char, plum/raisin, dark chocolate initially. In the middle of the mouth to the finish scotch flavor ramps up. A nice warming sensation travels from the chest up to the back of your tongue.

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