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RATINGS: 693   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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.

   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.

   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%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdrinker79 (1805) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2490) - 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

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2009
Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm (thanks to the guys from Ölfrämjandet who shared some beers with me). Ambery brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma is leather, toffee, caramel malts, plum and wood along with some fruityness as well. Flavour is quite much the same with the leathery notes being rather dominating. Yet very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4956) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured a super deep ruby red, almost brown, with an average size slightly fizzy beige head. Aroma ha lots of earthy malts, burnt toffee, peat and alcohol. The body is slightly thin with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is earth, chocolate, prune, plum, peat and stale toffee. Not bad at close to $11 a 6er this one is on the expensive side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Man aroma is like heated chocolate topping on icecream. Also some sweetener on the nose. Mahagany red body with beige head. Dry coco, roasted nuts sweet malts give is med/rich body texture. Smooth on the palate. Good brew.

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