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RATINGS: 698   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 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 (12405) - 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 (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
The pour yields a really deep and dark mahogany brown body with glints of chestnut colored translucency at the outer reaches. A small, frothy, beige head settles in to a thin film with a pronounced, bubbly edge, while scattered micro-spots dot the glass. The nose shows pronounced dry cocoa malts and deeply roasted grains, with a decent scorched caramel and dark toffee component. Mild, earthen hops contribute hints of bitterness to the underlying sweet and toasty malts. Flavors show the same, with cocoa and scorched caramel leading the way. Roasted grain and traces of dark fruit come through, with lightly peppery hops kicking in on the finish. The flavor profile begs for some smoked peat, but it never really materializes, settling more on the earthy side of things. Medium bodied, the palate starts out creamy but quickly intensifies to a lively, fizzy finish. Good brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a hazy dark brown with reddish highlights and thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of earthiness, caramel, some hints of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and nuts. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, hazelnut, some hints of peat, smoke. Generally medium body with a pleasing malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2009
Tasted 4/28/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered, but with a deep ruby hue. Web and ring of cream colored head. Bready, earthy malt aromas. Rustic breads and toffee. Medium bodied with rather soft carbonation. Mild effervescence. Smooth body. Malt dominant. Mildly chalky and dry. Just enough dark fruity esters to notice, but not detract from the flavor. Sweet breads and malted candy. Just a kiss of bitter hops, but they remind me of TItan, so it’s a perfect accompaniment. Initial sweetness that’s just enough to make you notice, then the bitter and astringent aspect takes over. Finishes sticky and tingling. Quite well melded and rolling. As it goes from cold to warmer: sips to gulps: full to empty, it really shows it versatility on the palate. Solid drinking, but it makes you think as you taste. Fresh and good. No flaws or detriments. This stays with you. Hits all the good spots!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2009
Pours with a very deep, dark garnet color and a fairly small, beige, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace rings. Nose is bland with light smoky-peaty earthiness, light caramel and chocolate, and hints at roast. Flavor is better with more sweet caramel and rich chocolate, peat is evident with an earthy character, roast is still faint, some light hazelnut notes, and hints at brown sugar, molasses, and cocoa. Typical malt richness with some mild complexity, light bitterness, and subtle peat. Palate is good with medium to full body, velvety texture, borderline oily, and a nearly lively carbonation. The earthy peat and faint roast dry the finish out just a touch and give a moderately light bitterness with lingering caramel and hazelnut. From the start, this one did not impress me, but the subtle complexities in the flavor and the perfect warming but drinkable nature of the beer made for a nice brew. While not one of my favorite, nor traditional, Scotches, it was enjoyable. Certainly not GD’s best beer but still a decent beer from them. Great minds really do drink alike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
12oz bottle 4/26/09 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-Pours black with a small hed that dissipates into nothing. Aroma of coffee, caramel, sweetness, and bacon. Taste is of the same with a bit of alcohol on the back end. This medium bodied brew is not bad and quite tasty.

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