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RATINGS: 735   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2891) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Dark brown pour ruby hue ... off white head with some lacing ... aroma of sweet caramel malt .... taste of sweet caramel and a smokey/woody taste with a dry little earthy/smoke finish .... a solid scottish ale very drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Deep dark black/red beer with very thin head. Nice coffee and caramel/chocolate nose that carries over to a similar coffee and burnt sugar flavor on a thick grain body and slight ethanol flavor. Leaves only a slight lingering flavor which is surprising given the mouth feel. Very good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6678) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Draft @ Hulmeville. Dark pour not too much head. Notes include but are not limited to smoked, caramel malts, dark fruit esters and woody notes, slight alcohol warming as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1549) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle, poured a dark clear port color, faint malt aroma and a nice creamy head with little lacing. Plenty but not too much malt, very little hops still it finishes clean. What I liked especially was the full mouth and creamy taste like you would get in a milk stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Tap at Shallos. Dark black with slight ruby edge. Nose is slight coffee chocolate and apeasing. Flavor is surprisingly smooth, sweet bitter cofffee, and roasted choc malt on top of creamy scotch ale that blends in unison. I cannot complain with this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with a huge brown head that produced minimal lacing. The aroma was woody, smoky and roasty. The flavor was malty and woody with notes of smoke, nut, dry malts, port wine and raisins. The finish was long, malty, fruity and woody. Fairly full bodied. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3236) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Mmmm...delicious beer. Haven’t had a scotch ale in some time. Aroma was good. Sweet caramel malt, a hint of dark fruit and crayon (?). Pour was a beautiful dark amber with a one finger off white head. Taste was very malty and big. Strong sweet caramel malt with no hops to detract from the sweetness. No alcohol burn and good carbonation. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
(bottle from Weber St Liqour in Colorado Springs, sampled 2/12/10). Dark brown color with ruby hue. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Light malt aroma. Sweet caramel, light toasted malt flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish, with light alcohol. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Draft @ Monster B’s. Dark ruddy brown body with tan head. Very sweet beer with strong dark corn syrup and caramel notes. Without the sting of alcohol, this beer wouldn’t be bearable. Don’t drink more than one of these in one sitting. Too sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokencorner (4) - Minneapolis, USA - MAR 17, 2010 does not count
Dark color with at thick, yet dissipating head. Aroma is smoky, notes of peet, slight vegetable. Taste is slightly malty, smoky, with notes of peet, bready, some umami-like flavors. Somewhat residual aftertaste. Mostly peet and smoke aftertaste. Fine carbonation.

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