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RATINGS: 668   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle, pours clean hazelnut with creamy taupe head, very nice smoky, meaty, peaty aroma, sweet and smoky, a fair amount of cola in there, finishes just a bit tacky. I wish the flavor lived up to the aroma, wanted a bigger meatier profile


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1314) - Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Dark brown with a lasting creamy beige head. Malty aroma. mild peat, dark roasted malt, caramel, bread. Minimal bitterness. Light dryness. Earthy. Medium body. Smooth. Rich. Creamy. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
liquidhedonism (128) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, woody, and slightly smokey and roasty, with hints of raisin. Taste/Palate: sweet; starts creamy, and finishes slightly crisp. I usually dislike Scotch ales, but this one has enough malty sweetness to offset the peated malt. Not half bad.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (104) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Poured from a 12. Aroma was boozy. Flavor is sweet with caramel, molasses and a great malty mouthfeel. Alcohol is masked very well. It has a slightly astringent, bitter aftertaste. Overall a great beer. I could drink too many of these!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (621) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2000) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Near black garnet pour with a thin, creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a little lacing, while the beer itself coats the glass a surprising amount as well. Aroma is loaded with really deep caramel notes, toasted nuts, some toffee, doughy yeast, brown malt, roast, chocolate and some herbal and floral hops. Flavor is loaded with nutty, chocolate and roasty notes up front, then lots of dark caramel, some nice smoky notes, crispy waffle, musty wood, damp earthy notes, light clove and anise. An occasional odd sulfur note pops up, but never lasts long. Medium body, chewy to syrupy feel throughout, light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. Really damn tasty, if they had nailed the mouthfeel my score would be much higher.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AbbeyRoade (384) - Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Nice malty, caramely beer with minimal sweetness but low sourness. Not much alcohol noticeable which is nice too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1123) - Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Dark brown opaque, light head, slight lace. Malty aroma with a bit of spice kick to it. Smooth, malty toffee with a hint of cherry smoke finishes with a clean light bitter kind of herbal/citrus but too clean to tell and sweet malt in the forefront, leaves you with sweet malt on the tongue. Not a style I enjoy often but decent for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (164) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep ruby, almost brown. Small tan head which quickly fades. Nose is caramel and dark malt. Taste is sweet at first, with a creamy mouth feel and a slightly alcoholic finish. A very fine wee heavy, a perfect exemplar of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JpTree (7) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
Tasted at taproom. Nice brown color but a little dark for a scotch ale. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Nice caramel malty sweetness. A little bit of a syrupy finish. Solid scotch ale! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"pretty much just short of standout in every catergory, but better than the norm in each as well. a solid interpretation. almost black with a ruby tinge and off white thin head. sweet malt, peet, chocolate, and a touch of hops in the nose. solid body. goes down smooth. if i were to nitpick, just a touch high on the carbonation, but i swirl as i go, so not an issue half way through a pint. textbook scotch ale flavor. nice and warming. 3/11 - surprisingly, even better in the bottle. up a tenth."


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