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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottled. Clear, deep-red copper with moderate off-white head. I can smell mildly spicy rye notes in the aroma. Body is a little on the weak side. Flavor isn’t bad, but somewhat one-dimensional. Something in the finish I don’t care much for although I honestly can’t place it. Not terrible, but I won’t be getting it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a clear amber brown with a big full antique lace head. Aroma is grain and spice. Taste is sweet caramel malt, a bit of molasses and biscuits. Mild hoppiness at the end. Good session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
35.5 cl bottle from Meny Kolsås. I had some expextations with this one but it was a bit dissapointing. Pours brown with a medium beige head.Aroma and taste is plain caramel and toffee. Where is the rye ? Medium to low bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2013
Sample from bottle at Vectura tasting. Brown colour. Some caramel and toffee in the aroma, not unpleasant. The flavour has also caramel and toffee, but also some moderately roasty notes. A moderate but sharpish and slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. Drinkable (if for free), but not something I’d spend money on.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Camons (10200) - 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 (6957) - 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 (3756) - 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 (586) - 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 (7313) - 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.

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