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%
"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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Camons (7771) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, light chocolate notes, spice, bread. Medium body, soft carbonation. 110913

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (5726) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2013

Appearance: Clear nutty brown color with a nice off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Caramel malty and some roasted malt.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and a fair bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Rich malty, mild hoppy, roasted malt and mild toffee.
Overall impression: Unusual premium bitter. But tasty!
Personal stats: Bottle from Varnaveien Mineralvann in Moss, Norway

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enjoyit (3610) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2013
Reddish brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of sweet malt, rye, toffee and caramel. A flavor of rye, barley, burnt toffee and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheDog (577) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber colour with offwhite short head. Aroma a bit dry and roasted coffee with syrup. Taste of toast bread, moderate sweet and moderate bitter. I wished it had more bite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
onceblind (5721) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Color is clear dark amber with a thin rocky light beige head. Aroma is like dried and roasted cranberries and blueberries, tinged with cheap generic light lager. Flavor is that of toast, bad lager yeast, and wildberries. Semisweet bready berry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle. Clear red/amber color. Mild unique aroma. Different flavor; not overly enjoyable. Smooth on palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen1 (3641) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2013
Flaske fra Ica Støperigaten: innbydende farge og skum, men hvorfor gir aromaen meg assosiasjoner til svart te? Ganske god smak med overraskende lang ettersmak, men allikevel en ubestemmelig helhet. Hadde den ikke vært såpass tørr hadde den minnet meg om norske butikkjuleøl.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
andyhwcinc (1665) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Enjoyed at Uni in Chicago, IL while celebrating a birthday and watching friends humiliate their very intoxicated cousin. This is bad stuff, it's not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
visionthing (3682) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
33cl bottle from ICA Storo. Pours clear copper coloured with a small, off-white head. Malty and caramelly aroma with som lightly hoppy notes and hints of toast. Sweet and malty with a mild, but decent enough bitterness. Nothing to write home about, but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vighals (2055) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Gylden brun klar med beigeorange høyt skum. Kornete lukt litt malt, litt søtsmak hint av karamell. Lite bitter, medium kullsyre

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