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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2009
(Bottle, Olier Twist, Stockholm, 3 July 2009) Dark brown colour with ruby hints. Brief, beige head. Malty nose with dark fruit, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Malty taste with notes of toffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and some hints of coffee. Bittersweet finish. Medium body, fairly sweet. Well balanced and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2662) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Darkly sweet and roasty aroma, mildly fruity and nutty with notes of red grape, date, toasted dark bread, cocoa, tobacco and a hint of background esters. Deep, dark brown in color, opaque, with a fairly slight, fading tan head. Flavor is dominated by strong, dark malts, with the underlying, insistent sweetness tempered by the drier, roasty component, along with suggestions of caramel, raisin, licorice, milky chocolate and hints of woody, earthy, gently bitter hop towards the finish. Alcohol is just on the verge of making itself known. Semi-dry mouthfeel, fairly low in effervescence with a medium-full body. Overall, fairly tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours a clear ruby brown with off white head. Not much to the nose but a hint of licorice and some caramel. Rich caramel maltiness followed by barley and toasted malt. Overall i was a little disappointed in this one, i was expecting more flavor than it offered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Ruby red/mahogany pour with a thin cream-colored head. Not much aroma on the on the surface, but a hint of licorice shines through. Flavor of malt, rye, sweet caramel, and a slightly hoppy bite at the end. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of stickiness that is surprising considering the thin clear appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle from douglas88. Thanks man! Pours a very dark ruby brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma of very rich roasted caramel. Near full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is caramel, leather, and a touch of dirt. Finishes lightly sweet with very mild hop. Less sticky than some, but fits the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
12 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a clear ruby brown body with a small fizzy off-white head that ran to a thin ring. Heavy sweet malt, thick and hearty, on the nose with a bit of alcohol, some tobacco, and lots of caramel. Rich caramel maltiness up front but also a good bit of husky graininess and toasted malt, especially on the finish. Nice mouth coating finish. Overall, pretty decent, but didn’t have the complexity of something like AleSmith Wee Heavy, or even Skullsplitter. This could benefit greatly from a touch of peated malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4194) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Creamy and malty. Bit of roast to the flavor. Some sweetness. Trace of vanilla. Nice all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2309) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Poured a deeper brown color with reddish edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, earthy, smoke, and peat. Tastes of roast, peat, smoke, caramel, brown sugary sweetness, and earthy. Medium sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
poursa dark brown with a small tan head. notes of sweet malts, caramel, molasses. not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 Bottle. Dark red color with an thick beige head that sticks around. Moderate aroma of sweet malts. Flavor is a nice mix of caramel and malts. Actually finishes with a slightly dry hoppy bitterness. Pretty good.

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