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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2009
Earthy coffee and peat aroma, clean and inviting. Dark ruby brown, small tan head. Smooth, yet a lot of earth character. Intense, though gentle smoke. It’s a lot of beer, but not all at once. I love that smoke, it will keep me coming back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a a nice red color wtih a good tan head. Good balance of hops and malt on the nose. Wtih a touch of smoke. Flavor follows suit and is well balanced, and damn tasty. Good mix of malt and hops. Good mouthfeel. Solid effort.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours deep brown with reddish edges. Finger and a half beige head tha quickly settles. Aroma is malt, caramel, and earthy hops. Flavor is caramely malt, earthy hops, with a semi-sweet finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2827) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle courtesy Ian. Deep reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Peat smoke and sweet caramel malt aroma. Smooth malt taste with nice touches of peat, chocolate and toffee. Finishes with a little smoke and bitterness. Tasty.

3.6
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2830) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1691) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4570) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3726) - 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.


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