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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wischylini (265) - 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 (3352) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6381) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. Does indeed pour like blood ... red and muddy, thin top. Interesting character ... definitely woody, nutty and fall-based. Drinks with a edgy bit of bark, a definite hazelnut consistency. Better than I expected, and interestingly Brittanic. Good stuff, maybe a bit on the thin side. (#5289, 10/13/2013)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26209) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle at Theis & Mette. Clear orange-red coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and hops with notes of bread. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and bread with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oelbas (272) - DENMARK - OCT 13, 2013
Duft af modne bær. Maltdomineret tør smag med en let bitterhed og noter fra den ristede malt. En ok ale men lidt anonym ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
sunevdj (3967) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle at Theis’. Pours a clear medium brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with a light dryness. Aromas of burnt caramel and some cocoa. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry, slightly burnt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle at home - thanks to Sune. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Cocoa, sweetness, dry cocoa powder, light bitterness, roasted, light berries, burned caramel, rather sweet aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rasmus40 (17832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and a little fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 121013

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (17001) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, herbs, malt and hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chrisv10 (15525) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle, 4.5%. Clear dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted and a little butter. Flavour is malt, caramel, medium sweet, little toffee and watery.

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