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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 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottled on Date March 2009; Sampled April 2009
A full pour produces a thick, creamy, three-finger, amber tinged, almost brownish, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color with some dark brown hues. It shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich toasty malt character to it, a touch of roast even, with lots of concentrated dark fruitiness (raisin, prune and bright berry aromatics), a caramelized malt sugar note as well as a touch of brown sugar. I don’t get any sense of any hop aromatics in the nose. The aroma is definitely big and malty (exactly what you want from this style of beer); it is sweet up front but finishes with a drying, solid toasted malt character.

The beer has a full malty mouthfeel to it with a definite chewy, caramelized sweetness, but it is not nearly as sweet as the rich body might have suggested. This is fairly well carbonated for the style, but it could be a touch less, though it is still light by American standards. Sweet, complex malt notes accentuate a rich fruit character that has me tasting notes of raisins, light cherry, berries and, in combination with a touch of warming alcohol, even some brandy like flavors. There is a light herbal hop character here as well as a touch of light bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is also boosted just a bit by a slight toasted / roasted grain note.

This beer has a really nice richness to it; malty and thick without being overly sweet. The rich concentrated fruit really adds to this beer and the touch of hops adds just enough balance to the over all profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2009
12 oz. bottle poured in a snifter. Black coffee in color, with a big rootbeer head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Stout-like, without the chocolate, with an aroma dominated by sweet malt and a hint of pit fruit. Medium body and an soft but oily texture and finish. Tastes of bitter, charred coffee and prunes, with a slight hop bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (874) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a deep reddish-brown with an off-white ring. Rich aroma, of wood, malt, and sugar. Taste of wood, malt, grass, and chocolate-caramel. Lingering sharpness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, nutty), light hop (dry grass), average yeast (earth, broth) with notes of figs, brown sugar, and wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle Ours a deep brown with a tan head. The head is creamy and lasting. The head is producing nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel, malts, and nuts. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is on the lines of a light stout. Has good blending. Hints of a slight metalic taste. Has a medium body. A solid finish with a good aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Thanks to Markwise for this one! Transparent brown pour with a thin tan head and minimal lace. Aroma is all peat. Caramel malts, roast, nuts and a slightly metallic finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a 1/4 finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark malt and dark esters and stewed veggies. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, and biscuit malt and esters. Medium body. I was expecting some smoked peat, but could detect any. Overall, a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of peat, caramel, earth, and raisins. Flavor of caramel malt, peat, roasted malt, and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
6 pack at Total Beverage in Westminster. Very deep dark brown, small foamy head. Dry dark malt, some chocolate, maybe some alcohol in aroma. Taste: smooth dark malt, sweet, roasty almost, but opened up in finish with some hops, more sweetness and alcohol. Interesting how it changes from first sip to finish. Terrific Scotch ale, add some smoke and it may be perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma of grains, dark roasts, and dark fruits. flavor was dark fruits, alcohol, and some bitterness. light body. not bad overall.

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