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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5487) - 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 (3192) - Florissant, 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 (2377) - 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 (1071) - 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 (130) - 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 (1756) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Malty, sweet. Actually tasted some alcohol in the background. Smooth mouthfeel but the taste was a bit harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle. Itís a clear, dark amber to copper colored beer, topped by a small, dense, off-white to light beige head leaving some lacings. The aroma is sure on the malty side, with a faint spiced touch and a cheesy hint. Some chocolate hints too. Itís full-bodied and a tad too much carbonated, quite dry as well, even though thereís a sweetish touch in the flavor. Thereís an underlying bitterness in this one, lasting for a good while, but I donít think thereís enough of it to deal with the bready malts and chocolate hints. Some hints of tea in there too actually. Overall, a beer I canít really decide whether I like or not, but it tastes quite decent, just donít think I could do a session of it. 130829

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3566) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pour is a dark brown with a average tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel with some roasted nuts. Flavor is again roasted nuts, not much else and kinda watery. Not horrible but not overly flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
adamah (214) - - AUG 24, 2013
Is this really different than the brown ale? Because it sure doesnít taste like it. I thought the bartender poured me the wrong beer. It had a light malty aroma but not much on the nose. It poured a a deep brown color, the color is actually a little darker than the brown ale. The flavor was a little nutty and lightly sweet just like the brown ale. This was really disappointing, more lack luster than the brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Niller (970) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at Voldby Koebmandsgaard. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and taste is a little nutty with notes af caramel. Finish has a little bitterness.

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