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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6042) - Utah, USA - JAN 7, 2010
12oz bottle
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a small creamy light tan head
Aroma: Toasted malts, toffee, caramel
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, bittering at the finish
A good drinkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep mahogany color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a nice touch of toffee. Taste is very well balanced by caramel and toffee malt with just the right amount of sweetness. Body has a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I prefer my scotch ale with more peat malt.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Rich and full. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is bready and malty while the taste allows a good amount of hops to come through. I do not appreciate the amount of alcohol though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a rich/foamy tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is cocoa/peat, medium/dark malt, some earthy hops. Taste is wood, cocoa/peat, medium/dark malt, some earthy/spice hops. Medium/full body. Thanks to bitterbill for trade with jwc215 & me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Clear mahogany with a quickly dissipating thin tan head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, malt, fruit and some light peat and a touch of smoke. Taste of peat malts, licorice/anise, roasted malt and light chocolate. Finished mildly dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a dark brown hue with a mostly dissipating tan head. Nose is subtle but rich malts, caramel and peat mostly. Flavor has more malt presence than expected, nice tones of caramel, grain, peat, toffee, slight grassy and floral/earthy hops for balance, light alcohol warming in the sweet malty finish. Medium body, average carbonation, slick texture. A malty scottish ale that lingers between the schilling and wee heavy styles, good balance and extremely quaffable even at 7.7%

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brenn79 (1725) - Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2009
12 oz. bottle- Pours almost black with a thin head, aroma is of malt, the flavor is the same, malty and somewhat similar to a porter. A little unimpressed with this one, probably the worst Great Divide brew i’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
12oz bottled on FEB 17 2009--thank you markwise for the bottle! Clear deep deep ruby with a one finger creamy beige taupe head, fair retention. Sweet caramel (bordering toffee) and toasty malts up front with some light raisins and spicy alcohol behind. Flavor tones back the caramel/toffee sweetness a bit, giving the toasty malts and alcohol room to shine, as well as dry this out. Letting this warm up a bit allows for a bit of leather. Like I said, dry finish with a little roast, bitterness peaking at a 2. Medium-full smooth body with light carbonation. Definitely one of the better Scotch/Scottish ales in recent memory--some smoke/peat would’ve made me even happier.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is malty caramel and dark fruit. Nice scotch ale. Brewed Mar 3, 2009. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a dark brown color with a nice medium head. Aroma is of chocolate, some oak and slight fruit. Taste is nice and smoky with tons of oak and chocolate. This is tasty!


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