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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1663) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2013
I have to say that it didnít appear particularly blood red, however, I do appreciate the use of rye. The aroma was mellow and somewhat subdued (due mainly to the serving temperature) but with a signature ESB hopping. This was manifest in a slightly sweet body with good creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a novelty to find on tap in New Zealand, but Iíll take it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - APR 5, 2013
12oz bottle from The Grapevine
Appearance: Clear red/brown with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Bready, toffee and nuts
Taste: Toasted malts, toffee and bitter
A decent bitter

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2013
12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into pint glass. Aroma: Yeast. Wonder Bread. Paper. Not appealing. Appearance: The bottle says "Blood Red Ale". However, the ale is beer-bottle brown with a very very light tan, thin head. Taste: Stale, sour bread. Slight metallic twinge. The bottle mentions sweet berry fruit and rye malt. I guess that sourness and bread-y-ness comes from the rye, but Iím not getting any fruit at all, and especially not berries. Palate: Thin and fizzy. Overall: Reading the description on the six pack and on the bottles, I was expecting so much more. This was a huge let down. Not very good, and the descriptions on the packaging is deceiving.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philinchains (1) - - MAR 18, 2013 does not count
Great aroma dark orange/brown color creamy head. Taste starts sweet and fruity finishes with a nice bitter bite.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Dark copper pour with a small creamy beige head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, fig. Flavor is malty, somewhat peaty, with red fruit and grass. Meh. [1136]

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Old malt aroma. Clear dark orange color with a large airy white head. Sweet beginning with a bitter malt finish. Light palate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burg326 (3704) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
12 ounce bottle poured a brownish color qith aromas of bread, toast, malt, and light fruit. Flavors are the same, ok overall.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2013
THOUGHTS: Very malty. I didnít love the flavors, but it was a wonderful study of malt. Sharp hops then took a bite to balance the malt, but the hops were more distracting than complimentary to the wonderful malty start. It might make a great session beer for someone ó just not me. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a crystal clear, dark reddish, amber that was nearly cola or birch beer like. It also had an average, off-white head. The aroma had heavy dark bread, toasted and nutty malts, caramel, milk chocolate, rye and candy; light herbal hops; cola; hints of licorice; and a little undetermined fruitiness. The initial flavor was great and moderately sweet, and bitter; while the finish was just OK and moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was caramel, rye, dark bread, toasty and nutty malts, slight milk chocolate, candy, herbal hops, metallic hops, more metallic hops, slight citrus hops and cola. The medium body was sort of creamy, but a little sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a metallic and dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Light bread aroma. Clear Copper color with slight sudsy white head. Bready, toasted flavor...generally unimpressive.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scooterbub (831) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a thine tan head that fades. Taste is of roasted malts, caramel, rye and some fruit. Similar aroma. Lighter body with a mostly clean finish. Not bad, I like it better cool, than cold.


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