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RATINGS: 732   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Cola brown hue with a small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of heavy sweet caramelized malts, a brief hint of smoke, walnuts, pepper and leathery earthy esters, and a touch of anise. The taste starts malty sweet but never cloying due to a nice hit of spicy and fruity undertones. Smoked nuts and liquorice notes as well. Not getting an actual peat nor sea salt characteristics however. The mouth feel is soft yet somewhat aggressive around the edges, just a hint of booze. It is to be noted that as this warms I do start detecting some butterscotch showing up and a tad off putting. But overall a solid brew I would try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2906) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
Thanks to Blankboy, shared with HogTownHarry and I. Appearance: Dark copper/brown with a small off white head. Aroma: Malt and caramel, some nuts, pepper, bread, quite toasty. Flavour: Malt, coffee, nutty, some marzipan with a slightly alcoholic and toasty finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle (12oz). Shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Deep clear ruby, average off-white head. Earthy, sweet aroma, plenty of dry herbal bitterness. Oily, roast caramel, hint of leather and peat - pungent. Slick, average body, mild carbonation, a little alcohol emerges in the finish - almost a bit harsh. Interesting take.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2009
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a dark brown colour with a low dense off-white foam. Malty aroma of cocoa, cream, vanilla, nuts and fudge. Nearly-full-bodied with malty clean notes of fudge, cream, dates, vanilla and sweet red berries. Malty finish of of nuts, cocoa, fudge and peat. Quite powerful and flavorful one but lacking depth and soul.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Deep almost opaque brown color. Mossy, heavy malty sweet, nutty flavor. Somewhat complex. Smooth, medium bodied Scotch Ale.,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2653) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle. Heavy malt aroams of dark bread and toasted, moderate herbs for the hops, light earth for the yeast with hints of charcoal and cola. Head starts frothy and thins to wispy, white in color with a little lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, watery, with a soft to lively carbonation. A nice malt dominant Scotch Ale. Not my favorite style, but this is a pretty good example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1362) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose of roast, chocolate and wet malt. Flavor has hints of smoke, vanilla, chocolate and toasted malt. Medium body with nice balance of malt to hops. Very clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23336) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Very dark brown, small head. Chocolate and butter up front. Sweet and full bodied, clean mouthfeel. Very malty with caramel and raspberries. Buttery and mildly warming. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9552) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2009
355 ml bottle at OT, Stockholm, on June 6, 2009
Clear deep dark red color, small tan head. Malty, smoke, licorice, wood, acidic scent. Mlaty, smoke, licorice taste. Fresh licorice aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Bottled Feb 2009

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7981) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2009
my bottle says bottled Feb 16 2005, but has the new line of labels on it, weird??
everything starts to go once you hit the big 1-0 ...
.. Pours a darkest of the browns, fantastic lacing, great head too
... ya, this old timer tends to ramble on
... light roasty toasty aroma, print name oooh... the abv is quite well done too
..we have have our occasional accidents..
.. . pretty well made, mild yet assertive, light light smoke, some tar and black satan with his fly open flavours .. .
..overall: fun to drink!

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