Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"Formidable Beast". What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally "blood red" in colour. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (39784) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, nutty, caramel, malt extract, light roasted. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, malt extract, burnt caramel - caramelized. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131012]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmongoose (1798) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2013
on draft poured a reddish brown mahogany color with little white head. malty aroma was what I could get from it and the taste was rather strange. mildly bitter and malty and that was about it...couldn’t discern anything else from it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tstamba (444) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours a clear reddish brown with white head, lot of lacing. A fruity nose, berries and plumbs. Firm malt backbone with dried fruit and sweet finish... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pretty average compared to the next level of quality brew, but compared to what’s usually available around here, you could do a lot worse. Fairly hoppy, plenty of flavor, though not quite "blood red" as advertised.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (2580) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2013
Brown 33cl btl from Isrenna Ica. Faint scents of rotten vegetables, when I opened it. Arome is actually roasted prunes, chestnuts, some malts I assume. The caramel-white head starts fluffy and leaves many fields inside my mug. Beautiful brown caramel amber body. Tastes caramellic malts, faint hops, some danish øllebrød (small-beer). Mouthfeel slippery, metallic a bit. Ends with crunched dark bread, low bitterness, and overall easy to drink for us who know øllebrød. This "premium bitter esb" is not far from a polotmawy actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
justin_mi (5) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2013 does not count
Bottle. White head that lingers for a bit. Beautiful brow-red color. Balanced taste. Not too bitter, not too sweet. A great fall beer without the pumpkin!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wadehutchison (3) - Milton, USA - OCT 25, 2013 does not count
On tap at the Bull Run tap house. Nicely balanced. Dark brown, pours with small bubbles, thin head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2013
Shared bottle. Til surstrømming... Fin bitter humlet smag. Rødgylden farve.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (7940) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Clear dark brown body. Alcohol dominated aroma with caramel and chestnuts. Mild malty flavor with little hops bitternes as well as some caramel and besides slightly sour. High carbonation. Short finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bradleysaurus (51) - - OCT 20, 2013
From a bottle, smokey porter/lager. Very disappointing. Would not drink again. Will stick to Newcastle original

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