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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3341) - 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 (2670) - 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 (3156) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Sampled at the GD tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.26.09. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Super malty aroma with some roasty character, nuts and sweet caramel. Flavor is caramel up front, with a touch of hop in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Deep mahogany appearance with a large tan head that faded quickly but left good lacing. Caramel malt aroma, some roastiness, some dark fruit. Rich, malty, earthy taste, gently hopped, with toffee and nuts in the background. Medium bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
What follows is a conglomeration of three separate tastings: a 10 ounce goblet at the Brick Store Pub, a pint at a nearby Taco Mac, and a 12 ounce bottle (bottled on Feb. 17, 2009). Apparently, I just can’t get enough of GD Claymore. Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with some reddish tones when held aloft to the light. Smallish, ivory-colored head. Smell: Pleasant blend of roasted, toasted, and smoked malts. Distant background note of over-cooked plums. Taste: Sound dark malt base, a tad bit nutty and bready, with tastes of chocolate, dark caramel, and a tiny pinch of brown sugar. Medium-high sweetness throughout. Well-integrated smoke component replete with hints of earth and tobacco. Very slight fruitiness. Earthy bitterness, though fairly light. Touch of alcohol warmth on the drying, earthy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: A very competent and enjoyable scotch ale, IMHO. Recommended. I can fully envision myself snatching up a six-pack of the stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Deep brown body with a tin-gray tint. Oat malt character, smooth and medium bodied. Dry leather notes with big peat and light licorice. A doughy-bread component with some notes of bitter cocoa and some burnt caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Went on a Scotch Ale binge the other day and this one finished near the bottom. Pours a wamr shade of amber from the bottle with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of peat, caramel, and toasted malts. There’s a vegetable soup flavor that crops up as this slightly warms that bothers me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1311) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/17/09. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is peaty smoky malts, leather and tobacco and maybe some vegetables. Sweet toffee comes out as it warms. It’s unusual and odd and I’m not sure if I like it.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with earthy smoky bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a very good wee heavy. I find many to be too sweet. I like the balance of the sweet malts, smoke and bitterness in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that recedes quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Some spots of lacing are left behind on the glass. The aroma shows notes of caramel malts, peat, toffee and chocolate. Some smoke and dark fruit come through on the 2nd wave. The flavor follows with more chocolate and toffee malts up front followed by the dark fruit and smoked peat. Earthy hops add bitterness on the backend to balance things out. Medium bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation that leads to a smokey chocolate finish. Not the best in this style, but pretty tasty either way. Good beer from these guys.

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