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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours a clear dark amber with a medium white head. Aroma has slightly boozy grass and earthiness. Flavor follows suit...boozy but not hot...stringent, earthy almost woody..underlying very faint caramel. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a dry boozy/woody finish. pretty much awful.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hansen (8435) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
Amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, medium duratoin. Malty aorma, old hazel-nuts. Flavor is sweet too, more old nuts. Moderate sweet flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zita (6135) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
light malty aroma,golden, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
11-OCT-2013, bottle @home, from Netto. Nice clear amber with tan head that resides quickly leaving a few laces. Bready aroma with fruit, rye bread, caramel, and bitterness. Taste the same. Quite dry. thin bodied, medium carbonation, short bitter finish. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2013
(bottle 10/10-2013) medium beige head, clear brown color, medium co2, fit body, some sweetness light bitter aftertaste, light caramel aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
storskurk (125) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2013
Sur lagerduft og karamel. Rustrød. Karamel, let ristet, engelsk bitter, ingen humle, let bitterhed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2013
From the label description I was expecting an American-style red ale, but this is definitely an ESB. Not a bad one, and surprisingly flavorful given the low ABV, but I can't say that the rye malt reveals itself other than in color, nor do I pick up any of the fruit notes the label intimates. Overall, though, it's nice. B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
firefly765 (195) - - OCT 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle or is a nice clear ruby red minimal tan colored head. Not much aroma to speak of A little malt. Nice mouth feel with a slight sour taste. Not a bad drinking beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
20107589 (730) - randers, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
roasted malt, and som caramel aromas. appear dark brown with a very small head. a soft bitter taste. a thin mouthfeel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle. Clear red in color with a huge tan head. Aroma of malt and some caramel. Malty and caramelly flavor with a bit of nuttiness before a light finish.

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