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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
On tap. Served an opaque dark brown color with a nice head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with bit of dark fruit and toffee. Taste of roasted malt, trace of dark fruit and malt sweetness. Subtle bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and silky feel. No trace of the 7.7% ABV. Very enjoyable beer that was spot on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (694) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Smells good...can smell a stronger alcohol, and taste too...heavier malty character with a very slight bitterness...gets sweeter as you drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (794) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Dark brown with an amber tint with a tan head. Caramel, toffee aroma with an earthy peaty smoky finish. Really dry malt start. Toffee flavors but without the sweetness. Finish is a faint smokiness. Very smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger cream shade. Itís retention is rather poor, sadly, but it does try to leave behind a little lacing. S: To the surprise of absolutely no one, this is loaded with tons of sweet caramel. Thatís what the style dictates, natch - what catches me off guard is the pleasant chocolaty smell I pick up. Itís also rather smoky, too, almost to rauchbier levels. This aroma is really intriguing. T: It hits hard with caramel right from the start. And that dark chocolate note from the nose? Itís here, if a little buried within the other notes. But I donít care. Smoky malts finish it off, with an occasional kiss of herbal hop bitterness coming through. The key here is thatís itís not oppressively sweet - just kind of sweet. Itís still a wee heavy though, so that means the caramel sweetness shouts at you while the other subtle notes sort of dance around behind it. M: This has good body, but could be a little creamier. Thereís a slight dry touch on the finish which goes a long way to giving it good drinkability. The carbonation is perhaps a bit sharp, but itís not overdone by any stretch. O: Iíve come to the realization I enjoy this style. A lot. And this satiates my enjoyment of said style quite well. Really good dessert beer, this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Valgreen (660) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle @ Maxi. Clear dark brown, very small off white head, almost no lacing . Aroma, malty, roasted notes , caramel , nuts, coffee, some alcohol. Taste, malty, roasted notes, caramel, dark chocolate, alcohol, molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a dark dark brown with a thin head of loose tan foam that fell fast to a thin ring. Left dots of soapy wet lace but not much lace really. There is a ruby hue if you look deeply into the beer but itís almost completely opaque. Nose is caramel, bread & toffee. Some dark fruits like fig and date and a light bit of raisin. It has a nice bit of earthy peat on the nose as well with a hint of smoke. Taste follows the nose. The caramel is rich and smooth and creamy, the toffee over that. The fruits are woven into the middle of the beer and thereís some earthy peat to contrast the sweetness. There is just a hint of smoke in the finish. The grains are firm and and the mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and a bit slick. A grain bitterness thatís light on the palate offers some dryness as this finishes.

Solid Wee Heavy from Great Divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2156) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2014
12oz bottle (bottled in Dec. of 2013) into wrong glassware - name of the beer reminds me of song lyrics by Ween from the album The Mollusk, "Get off my ass you wee bitty fuck / if I pull out the claymore youíre shit outta luck." Nose is toasty and floral if not weedy. Peat/smoke introduction with the first sip. Sweet like toffee. Weird metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdowney (1) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2014 does not count
The Claymore Ale is a new beer to me and the Great Divide a new Colorado brewery. I bought a single because of its ratebeer score of 94. The ale poured nicely with little to no head. What head there was looked creamy white and not caramel colored like many dark beers have. Perhaps this is due to this being a Scotch Ale and not a bock or stout, but I?m not certain. The beer itself was almost black in color and fairly opaque, but the viscosity didn?t seem as thick as something like a double bock or a stout beer like I?m used to.The aroma still smelled slightly off the bottle and wasn?t as pleasant as if have liked it to be with this high of a score.All that said, the taste is sublimely smooth! There is a rich woody and nutty flavor that doesn?t overwhelm the palette but enhances the smooth delightful taste. Not too heavy and not terribly light. As the proverbial little girl in the red hoodie said, "this one?s just right!".I will be buying more of this beer as well as trying some of the other offerings from the Great Divide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (517) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Poured deep purple with transparent edges. Complex with grass, oak, sweet caramel, green vegetables. The smokey scotch character really comes through on the back end. Interesting scotch ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjaco (27) - - JAN 19, 2014
My first taste in this style - excellent color, taste, and texture. Makes you long for some pub-pie.

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