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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle thanks to aplusbreaks. Pours a dark brown/ruby color with a medium tan head. The aroma is rich fruity malts and a slight aroma I have described as musty. The flavor is simple and easygoing; loads of fruity malts, some caramel, dry and musty in the finish. A nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12oz - Perfect Pour. Dense brown, thick tan creamy head. Soft smoke and caramel nose with undertones of chocolate and cherry molasses. Toffee smoke flavors balance on a bakerís chocolate end note. A faint touch of hops rounds this out well. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying peaty finish. Nicely done and worth picking up here and there....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
This beer pours a dark ruby color with a small tan head. The aroma was not very distinquishing but there are hints of chocolate. The flavor had a caramel sweetness with a solid malt taste. Overall it is a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 20, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks SpringsLicker! - Pours a dk brown with a quickly dissipating tan head...aroma is not terribly appealing, I get burnt wet peat moss, dark chocolate malt...flavour is a whole differnet animal, malty, doughy, smokey and swampily tasty...finishes with a subtle choco creaminess, alcohol burn is nil, very well intergrated...fun treat!...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12-oz., cracked at Uber. Thanks, Nugget! Pours a deep grainy mahogany-ish dark brown. Nice thick creamy tan head. Looks like a classic wee heavy. Very subdued brown bread, caramel, and super-faint cocoa powder notes on the nose. I mean, the whole nose is vacant until itís warmed up for five or ten minutes, and it didnít even start out that cold. I can understand wanting to make a scotch with a more restrained nose than a lot of the big names in the style, but this is probably too far the other way. Nice creamy body, plenty of woft and woolly carb. Solid 3-seasons cold day body on the beer. Flavors are more of the same profile from the aromatics, equally restrained: brown bread, molasses, caramel, tiny hints of cocoa. The scots are not known for their timidity, and scotch ales are not known for their timidity. This one needs a good breeze to get its kilt in the air and get it feisty. Not sure Iíd trade all the calories and liver points to drink this very often, even though itís perfectly fine and unflawed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle from aplusbreaks. Thanks Austin!

Pours a deep mahogany with reddish highlights and a nice off-white head. Aroma is sewage earth tempered by a sweetness that most likely comes from a smoky chocolate source. Flavor is licorice peat with hints of earth and a bitter smoky chocolate aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel. Not bad, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle, pours a chocolate brown body with dark red hues at the corners. Nice tall tight tan head that left very little lacing on the glass. Notes of licorice, peat and toffee dominate with a roasty earthy aftertaste. The body felt heavy on the tongue with little alcohol presence until it warmed up significantly. Pallate was smoother cold and had a grassy sour note emerge as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2009
12oz bottle at Uber. Pours a very dark deep brown, almost black. Head is off white and thin. Nose is slightly sweet and vegetal with earthy hints of moist dirt/soil. Doesnít really jump out at me. Body is a bit on the thin side and carbonation is mellow. This one just doesnít taste all that great to me. Not enough sweet chewy maltiness or smokey peaty notes. Has a bit of a metallic/sour ítwangí to it. Very middle of the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate malts, toffee, slight alcohol, slightly burn caramel, slight peat, and some slight dark fruits. Poured dark brown/ruby/cherry wood in color with a small, tan head, that lasted throughout as a thin film. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of caramel, light smoke, light peat, brown sugar, light malts, slight nuts, and a hint of salt. Medium body. Slick, slightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, caramel, light smoke, and light peat finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2009
16z oz draft pours medium brown with a fluffy white head. Caramel and chocolate aromas. Slightly sweet with a bit of smoke, alot of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Medium body that goes down very easily. Not bad.

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