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RATINGS: 731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3970) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2010
Pour is an almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is nice. It smells dirty but in a good way. Lots of earthy malts with a bit of smokyness. Flavor is more of the same maybe a less on the smokyness but the earthy malts are still there. Leaves a little anise on the tounge after the swallow. This was very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gpekar (490) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
Poured a clear very dark brown, much like a cola, with nice red highlights. There was about a 1" foamy beige head that reduced to just a film rather quickly. You could hear the bubbles in the head popping as the head reduced. The aroma was very mild with hints of roated malts and a smokyness, There was some smokeyness in the flavor as well, with a roasted flavor that bult to a nice bitterness along the lines of an espresso. Towards the finish the bitterness subsided and the beer became slightly dry and mellowed to a smoother finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kptron (18) - Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2010
12oz bottle. Mild malty aroma. Pours darker brown, not much head. Tastes caramel-y sweet, a slow sipper. Could benefit from more carbonation. A good beer to start the evening with, or perhaps for desert.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
Almost black with nice off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt and caramel with not too much smokiness. Full bodied with a nice balance between smoke and roasted flavor. Very malty. A tad buttery but not too distracting. One of my favorite scotch ales.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle pours a deep dark redish brown. Murky and peaty. Hardly any head and just a ring of light tan lacing. Lovely aroma of dark malts and pitted fruit and a bit of sweet cinnamon spice. and ginger bread. A little grape jelly too. Flavor is all that and a little more roast than I expected. Almost porterish but w/o the astringent bite. Sweet and malty. A slight earthy. Some tanned leather as well and a hint of coffee. Not heavy, but soft and smooth. Lightly carbonated. it’s been a while since I has a Scotch Ale but this i think is one of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5579) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2010
Toast and bark nose. Garnet brown, clear, medium yellow head. Dark roasted lightly sweet malt, subtle hints of chocolate and sloe, chocolate and bark.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
Clear dark amber with good, creamy tan head / Soft nose of sour malt, bread, and dry hops / Medium body, just a touch of sweetness, creamy and somewhat chewy, with good balance and dry finish / Flavors of Coca Cola, burnt sugar, smoke, peat, and dry hops / Not overly sweet like some, with a lovely pale ale body and gentle peat notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3058) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2010
One of my favorite Scotch ales. Pours very dark brown, mahogany with a fluffy off white head. The aroma is quite earthy, grassy, with the malt lingering. The flavor is sweet with a lot of that earthiness. Very subtle smokiness. No trace of the alcohol. Finishes very dry and light. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Superior dark pour, with a head that is nearly white. Aromas are dusty barrel, some smoke, and a slight pungency of pine. Palate is a bit chewy, definitely long, with a nice and bright hop presence in the middle of the beer. Toast, coffee bean, caramel and resin. A fine scotch ale and another outside-the-box seasonal from Great Divide.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Poured a very deep brown/ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma: roasted & caramel malts, coca. Taste: lots of roasted malts, some caramel, smokey, coca beans, mild hops, all on top of a crisp alcohol background. Nice body, had some depth, good balance. Overall a very good beer.


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