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RATINGS: 779   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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3.4
LinusStick (3444) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Mmmm...delicious beer. Haven’t had a scotch ale in some time. Aroma was good. Sweet caramel malt, a hint of dark fruit and crayon (?). Pour was a beautiful dark amber with a one finger off white head. Taste was very malty and big. Strong sweet caramel malt with no hops to detract from the sweetness. No alcohol burn and good carbonation. Very nice beer.

3
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
(bottle from Weber St Liqour in Colorado Springs, sampled 2/12/10). Dark brown color with ruby hue. Medium tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Light malt aroma. Sweet caramel, light toasted malt flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish, with light alcohol. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

2.9
joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Draft @ Monster B’s. Dark ruddy brown body with tan head. Very sweet beer with strong dark corn syrup and caramel notes. Without the sting of alcohol, this beer wouldn’t be bearable. Don’t drink more than one of these in one sitting. Too sugary.

4.1
brokencorner (4) - Minneapolis, USA - MAR 17, 2010 does not count
Dark color with at thick, yet dissipating head. Aroma is smoky, notes of peet, slight vegetable. Taste is slightly malty, smoky, with notes of peet, bready, some umami-like flavors. Somewhat residual aftertaste. Mostly peet and smoke aftertaste. Fine carbonation.

3.6
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Dark brown pour white almost no head. Nice rich malty scent and taste. A beer both the wife and I like.!!!

3.6
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Pours a deep black with a thick tan head that quickly disapates. Taste of malt and a hint of scotch. Really balanced taste and more drinkable than most scotch ales. 12 oz bottle

3.5
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
12-oz bottle. Poured very dark, almost black with a small tan head. Aroma understated. Heavy malt profile with anise, pear, apple pie and dried dates in the nose. Texture thin. Taste is barley-wine-ish and pleasant. A little paper napkin on the finish. Drinkable. An excellent accompaniment to watching curling on the TV.

3.9
ganache (5848) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle for Pi-Day, 100th rating from Colorado. Dark malty nose, faint earth, but more like a rich brew of melanoidins and pseudo-caramelization products. Pours a dark russet with a jiggly, creamy tan/light brown head. Taste is dark and semi-sweet, leaning dry, with caramel, light roast (and occasionally burnt) notes, earthy with possibly imagined smoke in the far back and a rich, forward malt profile. Body is smooth and lightly crisp, alcohol is kept under control. Engaging and very flavorful, keeps a modicum of balance without losing its flair. Six-pack worthy, even; count me among its fans.

3.1
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2010
12 ounce bottle A dark brown pour tan head taste of smoke, caramel,real sweet, this beer is just pretty good nothing special

3.2
Aurelius (5289) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Aroma is roast, not sweet, and reminded me some of wet dog, especially from the bottle. Very dark, apparently clear, but I can’t (for example) see the light of the computer monitor through a tulip glass full of the stuff. Bad label. A lot sweeter and fruitier than it smelled - stewed fruits, not very bitter. A blunt sweetness at first, gets woody towards the end - Shut up, Beavis - and finally ends up with crisper acidity. Tingly herbal/tannic notes for an aftertaste. Not bad. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.


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