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


on tap

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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"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 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 (66) - 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 (5728) - 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 (864) - 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 (30177) - 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 (1751) - 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 (10624) - , 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 (6402) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (9435) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear deep golden/cooper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain, caramel and floral. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is light, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beer4000 (5042) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2013
330 ml bottle. Good looking, clear amber body with a medium sized dense off-white head that unfortunately disappears very fast. Strong aroma of caramel malt and not much more. Flavor is smooth and soft caramel malt, light toast, some fruitiness and moderate bitterness. Medium body and caramel in aftertaste. OK for a few sips, but rather one dimensional and frankly pretty boring.

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