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RATINGS: 670   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Color is a near solid ruby with mellow carbonation and a thin but tight head that has a slight tan look to it. Aroma of roasted malt and wet hay. Taste roasted and dry. Starting with a bold medium body with a rich creamy feel. Finish jumps out with a big roasted malt sweetness and a hint of dried fruit. After taste is a continuation of the sweet and roasted flavors with the roasted giving a dry feel in the end. Overall I think its unbalanced and a little too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
pours with a dense large sized head and a dark brown hue. aroma is of dark sugars and malts and loads of caramel. taste highlights more roasted malt with a small bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thejon375 (410) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Shared with Steve. Good scotch ale. Pours a deep amber color with thin white head. Had great malty caramel flavors with that little bitter sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a thin offwhite head, reducing to a film rapidly. The nose is sweet with malt, some caramelization, and a bit of fruit. Maybe a suggestion of sulfur? Creamy full body with average carbonation. Sweet rich malt, creamy. Tons of caramel, some toast. A bit fruity. Tons of residual sugar here. The finish just has a touch of alcohol and is mostly fruity astringency. Some acidity, which I think of as odd for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Sample at Brew Kettle: This beer pours a dark amber color with a thin light tan head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, honey and dark fruits. Medium-bodied with flavors of dark malt, caramel and fruit. The finish is sweet and malty with an earthy and slightly alcohol-tinged aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep brown beer. Aroma is sweet and very caramelly. There is a bright note of butterscotch on the nose as well. A touch of molasses, dark malts and treacle. There is a kiss of plummy character and even a little bit of cocoa. It’s quite smooth and pretty easy to put back. Very malty and chewy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap at Publick House. Pours brown with small head. Aroma is roasted yet sweet upfront, later revealing more nutty notes. Flavor is soothingly malty, along with earthy and nutty notes. Remains creamy but surprisingly light on the palate, perhaps a perception aided by light hopping for balance? Overall, a good drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
August maroon-amber with a ruby underpinning topped by cloudy, faded head. Beautiful color, but a rather flat looking body. Wafts of deep malt, wood barrell, and caramel greet the nose. Pitch perfect for a Scotch ale. A touch of alcohol wiggles through. Flavor is a meld of caramel malt, and, unexpectedly, roast barley, lending some coffee grain to the body. Nutty caramel finish with a touch of dry wood and stickiness. One of the better scotch ales I have enjoyed for a while, and you would never guess it packs such a wallop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2728) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours thin pale head of poor duration over a dark (SRM 25) clear reddish brown body.....nose is mild coffee, mild molasses, mild caramel.....taste is primarily sweet malts, with caramel, molasses and coffee predominating, mild smokiness drifted through, finishes with mild hop bitterness....mouth fell is medium, carbonation low. There are some "chemically" flavors that do not quite fit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Deep dark brown with a tall, creamy tan head that cascades downward. Rich caramel malt aroma. Roast malts and caramel and molasses make up the flavor profile.

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