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RATINGS: 776   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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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (2413) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Dark amber coloring, more caramelized then most scotch ales (which I guess its why its a wee heavy). Good beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (3352) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2017
355ml bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter and sweet. Malts, caramel, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar. OK brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/24/2017. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, smoke, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/woody/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is a great scotch ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This was not as yeasty and more bitter/roasty than I would typically expect in the style; but it was still a very enjoyable offering and nice example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5730) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Bottled. The aroma has caramel malts, bit soap. Clear, brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is is moderate sweet, has little bitterness and caramel malt dominate. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23983) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2017
Bottle. Clear deep amber color, tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel. Taste has caramel, toffee, toast. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (2022) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2017
How: bottle Appearance: deep redish/ brown, small off-white head. Aroma: brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel, plums. Palate : medium body, average to low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christos (5550) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2017
(Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 7.7% Mahogany brown colour on the body, small and thick tan head on top, average retention. Aroma has caramel, rye, dark and red fruits. Taste also of rye and caramel, toasted malts and some dark fruits. Medium body, good carbonation. Good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (569) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Tastes of brown sugar, a little dried fruit, some chocolate notes, caramel. Not too sweet. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12279) - Troms, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
355ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Hamar.. Deep dark ruby body. Low, off-white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma of brown malts and raisin. Flavours of brittle caramel, dark dough and dreid fruits. Drying, malt-fruity finish. Fine bodied. Like it. (Shared with Johnny, Leif, Gunnbjrg and Dag Erik, Ottestad 05.03.2017).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (2668) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 1, 2017
Bottle. Reddish in colour, creamy head. Lots of melanoidins, dried fruits, nice maltiness and caramel notes too. Medium body, smooth. Finish is quite dry and medium bitter. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
simontomlinson (289) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Minimal beige head immediately left flotsam on a dark brown still body. Rich aroma of dark fruits, demerara, & some dark spirits. Thick, almost chewy texture. Leaves a clean prickly feel on the back. To the fore this is sweet, syrup, brown sugar, slightly malty, dark fruits & hints of malt. This gradually changes over the tongue to tangy back with apricot, grape & an almost barrel aged aft.


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