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RATINGS: 682   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11980) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2009
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop clear cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, scotch, caramel, light raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some raisin/plum, smoke. Watery medium body, some stickiness, low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a deep amber brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, coffee, slightly ashy, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavor is roast, caramel, chocolate, roast, toffee, crystal malt, some brown sugar, bitter earthy hops, and a touch of alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o tupalev. Pours a very deep orange-ruby with a small diminishing frothy tan head. Sweet, malty aroma along with some light smoke, brown and some coffee. Flavour’s good, not great, with toasted caramel malt, brown sugar and a hint of smoke. Bitter finish. Syrupy mouthfeel, average bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4981) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Dark brown color with a umber color on the edges. Small lid of dark beige bubbles. Big malt and wet raw grain aromas. Dark caramel and fruit in the background. Sweet toasted malt flavors. Sweetness flows throughout the quaff and distracts. Linger is long and again after the sweetness wears off, some nice toasted malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UltraViolence (23) - USA - AUG 29, 2009
Just fine, but a little watered and the malt explosion just isn’t there. Cannot hold a candle to Oskar Blues’ Old Chub as far as a Scotch Ale is concerned. Needs some gentle tweaking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of Siciliano’s (Grand Rapids, MI). A beer I’ve been looking forward to for awhile. Pours a very dark brown with a bit of a dark red hue, moderate tannish head that leans a little towards brown, laces some, stays at a decent layer, near opaque pour aside from the edges. Aromas are a good dose of caramel, vanilla, and toffee that moves to a peaty sweetness, slight smokiness, a touch of chocolate. Very nice with very little bitterness. Initial is A bit of a malty sweetness, a touch bitter but largely sweeter, caramel and vanilla with some lesser chocolate, toffee and peaty malts with just faint smokiness, not really into the equation as much as a couple other. Some light coffee grounds, faint dark fruit pairs with the smoke further in. A fairly complex Scotch Ale, with a decent body (A bit light, perhaps) and a fairly potent warming booziness. Not bad at all. Cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4351) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
12oz bottle. Medium dark brown color. Some smoke, nice toasted grain. Flavor is nice toasted grain. Some sea air saltiness as well. Medium-light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy dark cola brown with a lacy beige head. A bit of smoke in the aroma, along with brown sugar and caramel. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Thankfully restrained smokiness in the taste, which lets a good measure of brown sugar, molasses, nuts and a touch of chocolate come through. Just a little pine on the exit to clean things up. I could drink a lot of this. Too bad it’s already out of season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Brownish black, with maybe a little bit of light showing around thedges, but otherwise completely opaque. Thin ring of foam. Smells smoky, peaty and a little bit coffee-esque. Nice touch of red wine, as well. Boozy at first, with raisin and prune, plus some earthy, peppery flavors. Kind of heavy, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6749) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small off white head. The aroma is toasted malt with a slight nutty character. Sweet caramel malts and hints of fruit are also present. The flavor is sweet caramel malt, but not too big. Midpalate it becomes more toasted bread with hints of caramel, nutty, and very slight smoke. Mouthfeel is on the mild side, but I did get some alcohol from time to time. I seem to expect the best and come away a wee bit disappointed with many of the Scotch ales I have tried recently.

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