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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen1 (4805) - 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 (1845) - 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 (4776) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - 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 (3152) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Gold/amber pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma of caramel malt and earthy hops. Flat metallic medium malt with a light medium bitter. Light medium body and fizzy. an ok beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2013
It poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was dry and grainy with a hint of roasted coffee and English hops. The taste was dry toasted malt up front with some husky graininess. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
esp0r (2729) - NORWAY - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle from Jacobs enjoyed at somewhere near Bislet
Deep copper, white head. Smells of grain, biscuit, honey, quite boring. Moderate sweet, bread. Moderate bitter finish, earthy hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle direct on Labor Day. interesting bitter, but ultimately not a keeper. Strong on the parts its supposed to be strong on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkbcr (159) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Modest head, malty aroma and brown color. Chocolate malt taste and finish. An average ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Malty, sweet. Actually tasted some alcohol in the background. Smooth mouthfeel but the taste was a bit harsh.

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