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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 14/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2009
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with about a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some caramel and cocoa. Also some hop aroma comes through as it warms. Nice rich body and mouthfeel. More malt in the flavor. More cocoa and a good amount of smokiness. The smoke lingers in the finish along with some hops. Much more hop bitterness than a true Scottish version. Good American take on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2777) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Eghh, right away I am wondering what the hell did GD do, its way too hoppy for the beer. Aroma is bitter, leafy hops, which is not something I want from a Scotch Ale and its not it works well, its just a waste at an attempt at a Scotch Ale. Eh, the flavor goes the same route. There is a nice lightly chocolate-y, soil and earthy like maltiness hidden beneath all that.
12oz bottle, bottled March 3, 2008, Gordon’s thistle glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1652) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color with a 1/2" tan head and spotty lace. Aroma is malt & caramel. Palate is a tad thinner than I expected, but substantial enough to know your drinking a beer. Flavor is initially sweet with a burst of caramel, then malts and earth. Pretty good scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4487) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
12 oz bottlle. Good bready aroma. Nice foamy dark pour. Muscular alky and roasties initially on the taste buds. Continues bitter thru the session. Strong yet repulsively interesting. Creamy carbonation. Lingering burned wood finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2009
Nice Scotch Ale.. Malty, caramel, sweet. It has a little hoppy finish. Not sure if I would drink it all the time..but Id try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2009
Opaque sepia-red with a creamy beige head. Nose is very earthy, smokey, nutty, and some minor malt. Not very sweet compared to the general style. The flavor is similarly unsweet but has some nice nuance in smoke, nut, and caramel malt. A little thin, the smoke and earth follow through into the finish. Nice example, unique somewhere between a smoked and malty scotch ale, and rather easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7370) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2009
Pours deep mahogany with tan head. It has a full hardy aroma to start with rich sweet malts, prunes, figs and some earthiness. The taste is much the same with an initial pulse of sweetness quickly becoming malty and then prune and fig like. As midway approaches notes of earthiness and mild peat surface and help usher the flavor to the finish. It leaves malty sweetness, a bit of dark fruitiness and mild earthiness into the after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2009
On tap at the Brew Kettle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is slight roast with caramel notes. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is really malty, caramel notes abound, and finishes sweet. More like a wee heavy lite. Just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle consumed out of the super cool Thistle Glass that bitbucket sold to me. I call my Thistle Glass my Thizzle Glass in a reference to a song by Mac Dre called the Thizzle Dance. I am probably the only person that finds this amusing. The nose of my Thizzle Glass produces an aroma that is rich in roasted malts with hints of caramel and a touch of dark fruit. The beer pours a dark brown with light red hues and a thin beige head. The flavor has hints of roast, caramel, a little dark fruit and earthy notes. A touch of dryness on the finish, but mostly some sweetness remained from the malt heavy-ness of this brew. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 07, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby edges, wispy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, deep caramel sweetness, touch of fruityness, well balanced earthyness

Date: March 15, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: ticker tasting
Aroma: aroma is much drier with a big earthy peat character, nutty chocolate
Flavor: flavor is also a bit drier but still retains most of the caramel sweetness, also picking up chocolate in the flavor

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

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