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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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IndianaRed (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle pours a deep dark redish brown. Murky and peaty. Hardly any head and just a ring of light tan lacing. Lovely aroma of dark malts and pitted fruit and a bit of sweet cinnamon spice. and ginger bread. A little grape jelly too. Flavor is all that and a little more roast than I expected. Almost porterish but w/o the astringent bite. Sweet and malty. A slight earthy. Some tanned leather as well and a hint of coffee. Not heavy, but soft and smooth. Lightly carbonated. it’s been a while since I has a Scotch Ale but this i think is one of my favorites.

3.8
obguthr (6657) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2010
Toast and bark nose. Garnet brown, clear, medium yellow head. Dark roasted lightly sweet malt, subtle hints of chocolate and sloe, chocolate and bark.

4.1
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
Clear dark amber with good, creamy tan head / Soft nose of sour malt, bread, and dry hops / Medium body, just a touch of sweetness, creamy and somewhat chewy, with good balance and dry finish / Flavors of Coca Cola, burnt sugar, smoke, peat, and dry hops / Not overly sweet like some, with a lovely pale ale body and gentle peat notes.

3.8
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2010
One of my favorite Scotch ales. Pours very dark brown, mahogany with a fluffy off white head. The aroma is quite earthy, grassy, with the malt lingering. The flavor is sweet with a lot of that earthiness. Very subtle smokiness. No trace of the alcohol. Finishes very dry and light. Nice.

3.7
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Superior dark pour, with a head that is nearly white. Aromas are dusty barrel, some smoke, and a slight pungency of pine. Palate is a bit chewy, definitely long, with a nice and bright hop presence in the middle of the beer. Toast, coffee bean, caramel and resin. A fine scotch ale and another outside-the-box seasonal from Great Divide.

3.9
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Poured a very deep brown/ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma: roasted & caramel malts, coca. Taste: lots of roasted malts, some caramel, smokey, coca beans, mild hops, all on top of a crisp alcohol background. Nice body, had some depth, good balance. Overall a very good beer.

3.4
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
Great Divide Brewing Company--Claymore Scotch Ale--Hardy--Wee Heavy--Noble--2009 12 oz. Bottle. (7.70% ABV--20 IBU’s.? (3.5 / 5.0) No sediment. Thin lace light tan head. Clear dark bronze black color. Roasted mild hop rich malty mild peat front. Rich mild sweet creamy roasted malty dark fruit burnt Scottish malt body. Dry light hop lingering Scottish bourbon peat hot end. Sampled 4/9/2010. 6-Pack $10.99.

3.7
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 8, 2010
Aroma and flavor are very malty....toffee, caramel, dark bread to name a few. Hops are very subdued in this one, although Scotch ales are not known for hops. Alcohol is warming and not overpowering. Overall pretty tasty.

3.5
Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottled Feb 22 2010. Dark brown, mahogany highlights, 1 finger beige head. Aroma is rather roasty, hints of smoke, caramel toffee, but roast dominates. Flavor much the same, roasted grain, light sweetness in the finish. Rather thin, falls apart a little on the palate. Well attenuated, clean for a bigger beer. Other than the body this is a pretty solid beer.

3.5
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into shaker (I’m not going to buy a thistle glass for a style I’m not going to drink that much). Pours a ruddy brown color with a finger of off-white head. Caramelly and grainy aroma, flavor is the same. Medium bodied. Nothing great, but not bad.


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