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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
nickd717 (4885) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
On tap at the brewery pre-GABF. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small but creamy tan head. Great aroma of rich caramel and toffee, chocolate, roast, and light peaty smoke. Flavor is classic for this style. Lots of caramel malt with toast, slight dark fruits and a little peat. Not too sweet. Medium-full bodied and fairly dry. One of the better beers from this trip to GD.

3.2
mcberko (18925) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours cola brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel malts, dried fruit (figs, dates) and some smokiness. Flavour of roasted malt, caramel and dried fruits, with a smoky finish. Thin, oily body - underwhelming.

3.3
Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
The aroma of light smoky malts. The color is dark but not too thick with a small head. The scotch ale flavor with resiny malts but the body is not as big as other typical scotch ales.

3.6
Brewbie (497) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12oz bottle. cola like look and pour, small full tan head. big malty caramen aroma. The taste follow, lots of caramel, sticky finish. Sweet but not overly so.

3.3
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours a thin, off-white head that persists minimally but to the last drop. Very dark clear liquor, dark like a porter. Aroma is faint but sweet and butterscotch to my nose. The medium body is sweet, malty and caramel with a well-disguised ABV (I was surprised to see that the ABV is 7.7). The short finish has a pleasant touch of smoke in it. Great Divide is relatively new to MD, and we’ve found their offerings to be impressive across the board (my personal favorite being their Hercules Imperial IPA--truly a thing of beauty, but I digress). Claymore is in many ways more of a big, malty American Oktoberfest beer (Scotch Ale style aside) than many that attempt to lay claim to that moniker. Good job GD Brewing!

3.7
Finhead (1814) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
A cola-like appearance of dark brown color, red highlights, and tan head. The nose is sugary sweet with strong caramel and subtle chocolate. The full body is sweet with a slick texture and a slightly warming finish.

3
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle. Deep brown color with some reddish hues with a minimal white head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, and a smokey hint. Taste is roasted and caramel malts, a little bit of sweetness.

3.6
Strykzone (7624) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2010
12 oz. bottle. A cola colored beer that is quite dark with red. A minimal tan head. An aroma of rich malt, chocolate, and smoke. Feel is smooth and thick, like a melted milkshake. Flavor is absolutely full of rich malt. Dark chocolate, anise, wood, soft cherries. Smooth and tasty. Nicely done!

4.1
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2010
A nice roasty flavor to it. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin white foam head. Has an aroma of roast, caramel, and brown sugar. Has a nice dry bitter taste with a nice roast flavor. English bitter bite on the back end with some sweet caramel notes through the finish. Tasty brew.

3.5
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours dark red-almost brown with off-white head. Aroma of smoke, caramel, soy sauce. Muted and subtle. Taste is malty sweet with some hops at the end. Subtle smoke-if that is possible. Medium to full bodied with oily and creamy texture. Finish is somewhat long. A pretty nice beer that leaves me wanting a little more depth. They can’t all be like Alesmith Wee Heavy, I guess....


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