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RATINGS: 789   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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3.8
Jow (4091) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
On tap at brewery. Pours a reddish brown mahogany. Tastes of caramel malt, chocolate, plums, smoke, and some peat. Since I am a big fan of Islay Single Malt me and peat get along fabulous. Honestly this brewery was soo fun to visit.

3.6
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Poured a slightly hazy mahogany color with a super short white head and spotty lace. The aroma was roasted malt and a touch of peat. The flavor was caramel malt, smoke, peat and some not out of place alcohol. Relatively thin body for what it is. Pretty drinkable.

4.9
SanfordBrewer (1610) - 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.

3.4
jb (3414) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Dark and reddish. Nose of peat, dark fruit. Palate is smoky, heavy on the malt and satisfying. Velvety, but cuts with hops to prevent going too sweet. A nice example of the style.

3.5
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle: Dark brown with a nice head, nose of ripe plum and raisin, sweet chewy roast and light licorice. The flavor has a nice body and chewy malty mouthfeel, clean and smooth finish. Malty roast and some tangy smoke in the tail. Good.

3.4
portableparty (2384) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle. Pour is black with a tan head with a nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and malty. Taste is more the same with coco and malt with some earthy flavors as well. Palate is creamy slick and dry. Easy drinking scotch ale.

3.5
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at the brewery on September 16, 2010. Semi-translucent, thin appearance, but very dark with an almost Coke-like hue and some bubbles floating near its surface. Fine off-white head. Aroma is mossy and Scottish, but light and tasty... not nauseatingly so. On the tongue it feels light with a little syrup floating around in there. Really just a light and very smooth Scotch ale that’s easy to drink... which is great because this is a nice, sessionable Scotch ale and it’d be a shame to have to work your stomach through this beer. malty, moss-like finish.

3.8
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Poured dark brown, dark caramel malts, dark fruits, smoke, little chocolate.

2.6
MaBeer1972 (2165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2010
I thought this was going to be better than it is. Dark, murky color, not quite black. Aroma and flavors of burnt rubber. Some smoky sweetness too. Not overly heavy, but not overly enjoyable either. Finish is very muddy lingering molasses. Too bad.

3.3
GTAEgeek (2425) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black with a very thin brown head. The aroma is musty and sweet, with notes of toffee, caramel, smoke, and dark fruits. The flavor is well balanced between the strong malt sweetness and the noticable but secondary hop profile. The palate is heavy and flat. Overall, a good example of the style, and very tasty.


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