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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PapaVillum (703) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 35,5 cl, flaske, 4,5 %, købt i Netto på Roskildevej i Valby, 7. oktober 2013. Mahogni-farvet klar Brown Ale med flot tæt offwhite skumtop på 2 1/2 cm. Skummet minimeres til ca. 1/2 cm efter et par minutter. Underlig ubestemmelig aroma, dog noter af brændt malt og noget syrligt. Smagsbilledet indledes lettere surt og syrligt, og går over i tør bitterhed. Smagsindtrykket er noget vandet. Tør kort eftersmag. En let Brown Ale, som umiddelbart bliver lidt kedelig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glorydaze (35) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
More amber than red ("blood red"...really?). Smooth sweet caramel malts. Modest bitterness with hints of rye. Nothing lingering about the finish. Not bad but nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OysterMonkey (14) - - OCT 6, 2013
Reddish brown color. Head dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. What flavor there is is mostly malt, very little hop balance to the sweetish biscuity taste. Thin, dry mouthfeel, almost need a glass of water with it. Mediocre. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AVLarsen (69) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Nice taste - bitter and fruity. Colour is not as blood red as claimed but nice. Full head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gyllenbock (6201) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
Sample at SBWF 2013. Hazy dark copper with a small head. Thin and boring. Malt, caramel and some biscuits. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle. Amber with small off white head. Aroma of caramel. Light body with caramel notes and malt sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (30965) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2013
Bottled. A red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and red berries. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, bread, and red berries, leading to a dry finish. The body is light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atom (1878) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle (from Dad’s beer drawer) pours a clear copper/brown with a medium white head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel malt, with faint hints of rye. Taste similar to aroma with some medicinal rye bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (11246) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with white head. Nose and taste of malt, skunk and barley/grain. Lighter medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (6709) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, coffee, hay and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and nutty with some fruitiness, hay and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

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