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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours dark brown red with a sort fo white head. Nose is lots of malt, maple, earth, some smoke, and molasses. Flavor is some roast, lots of malt, maple, brown sugar, molasses, and some booze. Malt throughout with noticeable booze and sugar with lingering malt and sugar. Interesting medium-bodied scotch ale. Good example of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1358) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a pretty dark ruby color, with a small disappearing head. Super malty aroma. A bit of molasses, maple syrup, candied nuts and some burnt caramel. No hops in the aroma, though they show up in the flavor - just barely enough to counter all this malty sweetness. An earthy peaty flavor shows up, as well. It’s a bit on the flat side, though I suppose that goes along with the style. Not bad, but I’d certainly rather have something with a greater hop contingent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2009
Deep brown body with some rich ruby highlights when held to light. There was also a dense medium khaki head. The aroma is strong roasted peanuts with caramel. There is also some sweet woody and light mossy notes. The taste is sweet and roasted with peanuts and caramel. A sweet bit of bubblegum comes through in the finish. Nice for the style, I am just not a fan of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Darker brown with a big sugary, peaty, malty aroma. Flavor has some nice roast, peat, and sweetness. Pretty good, though this one could have been awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2009
Rich, malty, sweet flavor. Aroma and appearance are also rich. Tastes great.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle. Short light brown head that slowly diminishes. Dark brown body. The aroma is slightly sulphuric with notes of caramel, bread, toasted malts and grapefruit. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. The fnish is moderately bitter and moderately sweet. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Light alcohol presence as well. The aroma was a disappointment, especially the off-smell. The flavor was just OK.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4280) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
The aroma is somewhat sweet with a bit of caramel but mostly earthy. It also has a bit of peat like smokiness, herbs, and fruit. The appearance is red-brown with a small head. The flavor is complex and like the aroma but tastes more like dirt than anything else. The palate is smooth. Overall this is not good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma is malts, peat, caramel, smoke and chocolate. Flavor is smoke, peat, caramel, malt, a little earthy, some chocolate. Decent scotch ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
12 0z bottle. nice color. deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights. short sandy looking head. pecan pie and toasty brown sugar are prominent on the nose, accompanied by sweet malts. solid smooth body is pretty clean for such a malt centric style. very roasty with lots of chocolatey notes. rich and sappy with a light licorice note on the finish. hops are modest, but do provide an adequate bitterness. a good example of the style.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pours dark brown ruby with very little head. Smells slightly sour with hints of carmel malt and roasted barley. Tastes more like a brown ale. Sweet and roasty, but not excellent. A decent beer, but great divide has done better.


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