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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rainnskittles (4) - Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2010 does not count
Having hiked my way across Scotland and spent my evenings in their pubs, I can attest to their local beers. This beer hit the mark and exceeded all of my expectations

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ajmkendrick (23) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Claymore Scotch Ale is a dark brown, almost black, beer with a lean tan head. It is aptly called a "Wee Heavy" because it verges on full bodied but it tapers off before it gets there. It has a mild malty and floral hops aroma. It has a creamy mouth feel and tastes of toasted grain and caramel coffee. It seems mildly hopped, but the hops could be heavier and just be masked by its malty sweetness. This is my first 5 star beer. The sweet and bitter is well balanced, the mouth feel is great, and it is heavy without being too filling. I love it! This is a must try beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1499) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
opaque dark brown, thin tan head, creamy full body, medium but soft carbonation.

aroma: lots of sweet dark malt; hints of chocolate, damp earth, leafy hops, and minerality.

taste: lots of roasted and chocolate malt, a touch of fresh bread, and a wee bit of sweet leafy hops. some subtle ash and alcohol notes emerge as it warms.

not cloying or syrupy, which is what turns me off to most beers in this style. alcohol is very subtle, but adds to the delicate balance and complexity. perfectly hopped, to give nice balance and drinkability, but subtle, to let the wonderful malts have all the glory. one could almost mistake this for a nice baltic porter. wow, this is really good -rich and sweet, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Dark copper color with thin brown head. Earthy/roasted coffee aroma. Smooth, creamy body. Sweet molasses malts, low carbonation. Nutty notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle from BlackHearts&Sparrows. Aromas of caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light sourness, long length.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (935) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Great taste and a perfect flavor combo. A very good product from Great Divide.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shanoknowsfood (91) - Hawaii, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle@The Butcher’s Block, Sarasota, FL. My very first Scotch Ale and all i can say is, WOW! That was a great brew. Smooth, sweet, and delicious. Hard to describe the flavor but it seems there’s very little to no hops. Leaves a nice after-taste on the palate. Not as complex as a Doppelbock or Porter, but still a nice brew overall. So easily drinkable. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle from Craft Ale House. Pours very deep brownish black with deep ruby edges through direct light. The head is 2-fingers of fluffy off-tan, with clingy and copious lacing. The nose is nice, a mix of roasty, toasty, smoky, peaty scotch malt, cacao, figs, and hops. Tastes rich, creamy, with hefty scotch malt, rauchy and earthy notes, cacao, hazelnuts, and a dry yet complex finish that throws a solid hop dose at you as well. This one is oputstanding, and another fine scotch (not scottish) ale. Bravo! If this one makes it big, I demand to be known as the discoverer of it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2013
This is true to the "Scottish" Style in that it is a rich slightly sweet and MALTY brew. Very Good brew to the style. Great Job Great Divide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1420) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Claymore is probably the most badass name a Scotch Ale could have. Great Divide’s consistently awesome bottle artwork doesn’t hurt either. When a brew looks this good (both inside and outside of the bottle) and has a cool title you definitely want it to be great. Luckily, Great Divide came through on that part. Claymore pours a dark brown color with some tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee but also a pronounced soy sauce characteristic. In short, it’s damn rich. I must say that the complex taste was delicious. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit give Claymore a refined sweetness. The smoky umami taste that reveals itself at the back of the mouth will have you dreaming of dark meat. Maybe next time, Claymore. Maybe next time.

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