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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pkbites (739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Something had to be #600 for me, and this is it. Aroma is of bakery and bourbon. Beautifu dark red w/beige head. Foam lasts a good long time with some light lacing on the glass. Flavor is a bit unusual. Bready but flat. Overall this is one of the best reds out there. Bottle at my sisters house.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Senka (951) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2013
33cl bottle. Easy and simple bitter. If it was not for its texture - smooth and velvety - it would be just bitter and not premium *(thou premium bitter should have some extra ABV). Good for a Halloween party, but only for that. Mixed feelings with this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ERB92 (558) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2013
Not much aroma her, the little aroma i find is of caramel, hay and some roasted grains. The appearance is not blood red as read on the bottle (luckily) but more of an amber colour. very clear with a white small head. The taste is sweet from the malts and some bitterness from what i think is some sort off roasted malt and hint off hops. light body with a nice carbonation, a bit on the fizzy side. Overall an easy drinkable ale, not to exciting but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevoj (3032) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Exceedingly average beer, faint aroma and taste, a little bit of roast malt and hops bite that fades fast. Not much to write home about here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borup (8554) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle from Netto. Dark amber Colourbox with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, caramel, roasted malt and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hens (722) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2013
0.33L bottle. Musty, caramel aroma. Sour toffee, apple juice, raw plum, gentle caramel hops, over carbonated. Medium bitter end. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma caramel malt, slightly toasty. Light body. Generic malt flavor. Dry finish. Inoffensive but dull.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
olsvammel (4457) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2013
Sample at SBWF 2013. Fruity smell with some light malts and caramel. Similar taste. Nice try, but boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wischylini (195) - Grimstad, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a crystal clear amber with a slightly red hue, and a minimal offwhite head that fades quickly. The dominant aromas are red fruits and berries, and there’s a toffee-like aroma to it as well, while the finish gives way to more bitter aromas like cocoa powder and coffee. The rye also contributes to a spicy finish. The taste is fairly sweet, with a bitter-dry finish, but the finish is unfortunately quite short. The mouthfeel is creamy without feeling heavy, probably because of the carbonation. Overall this is a decent macro ale, and I’ll definitely have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brnandersen (2618) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
355 ml. bottle. Clear, amber colour with a golden tint. Big, bubbly off-white head, that fades to a fat cap. Sweet aroma with caramel and bread malts, toasted. A spicy, smoked note - the rye malts. Taste is light bitter. Light to medium body, soft carbonation. Finishes dry and lightly bitter with herbal hops. I like the smoked, herbal dryness from the rye in this one. Otherwise rather ordinary Bitter.

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