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


on tap


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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   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 12/20
MiP (15304) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle, 4.5%. Fruity aroma. Clear dark amber colour. Small tan head. The flavour starts off roasted, and then turns more fruity. OK bitterness. A little grass and bread in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (7313) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2013
Big beige head. Clear deep dark red body with light carbonation. Earthy dusty roasty aroma with fruity notes. Sweetish dusty earthy perfumy taste with roasty notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish roasty perfumy candy aftertaste with bitter wooden strawy notes. Long, sharp bitter finish lingers. It’s not bad, but a bit dense and harsh. (0.33l bottle, from Meny Strømmen.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (44143) - 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 (2229) - 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 (748) - 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 (3835) - 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 (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2013
Shared bottle. Til surstrømming... Fin bitter humlet smag. Rødgylden farve.

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