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

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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wischylini (232) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brnandersen (3204) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6251) - 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)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25647) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oelbas (270) - 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

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
sunevdj (3909) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theis (15096) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rasmus40 (17041) - 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

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (16377) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chrisv10 (14818) - 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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