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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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 (7341) - 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 (10970) - 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
Beer5000 (5939) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
honest_silu (68) - Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA - SEP 27, 2013
Oh New Castle, you are among my spl favourite beer brewing company with fine brown ale and send me nice glass for drinking and beer nucleation. I see this at store and it remind me of fall. Such a nice time of year when I visit USA and watch leaves change colour. Cousin Omar invite me to party where many beauty lady dress like prostitute and men wear other costume of zombie and other monster. I try this beer for festive bottle design reminding me of this party. New Castle, I am dissapoint. I try this in my glass you send for maximum nucleation flavour. It taste bitter at finish like the time I kiss girls neck after she spray perfume. I will forgive you and purchase my fav brown ale next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gunnar (7980) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle from Vaaland. Pours clear dark brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of musty caramel. Taste is the same, best i can come up with is a strange musty caramel note, moderate sweet all the way to the short finish. Nothing to remember here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luvystypotables (1688) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Smells like fruit and sour malt, dark amber colour. Slight coffee flavor with a sour taste of tart fruit. A malty slightly creamy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike5326 (1639) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Clear caramel color, medium off white head. Sour malt and chalk smell. Light body with a light cream texture, very mild sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VictorSA (182) - NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Dyp brun med lettfarvet skum. Aroma av kanel, rosin, tranebær og kaffe. Fin frisk syre, lett bitterhet og sødme. Middels fylde. (Havnabakken, 22.09.13)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1773) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
A nice bitterness with notes of fruit and caramel. Color is reddish brown with a white head.

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