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


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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   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 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Niller (1037) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
VatMasterson (57) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
I was excited to find this in the grocery, neat werewolf clawing labeling props there CHAPS. First taste was, well, reminiscent of newcastle brown. An early nutty threat then disappears just as the head does. Color is supposed to be blood red ale according to the label. It is not blood red, its a brown. Good only in a pub with fish in chips in Sheffield I suppose. I wonít buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snrphnx (24) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Think malty original Brown Ale, transformed. Brewed with distinctive red rye malt, the initial smoothness is haunted by a zest of berry, fading, like the moon behind the clouds, into a gentle biting bitterness at finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark clear amber with quickly fading white head with minimum lacing. Aroma is light to moderate nutty, moderate caramel. Taste is the same. Finish is bitter. Texture is light, carbonation is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Orange with a white head. The aroma and flavor have some strong toffee and caramel notes as well as some earth and a bit of nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bif (1739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a clear dark amber color with a nominal head and with just a trace of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild with some malt, caramel and just a bit of fruit. Taste of malt and caramel sweetness, with just a bit of fruit and nut. Has a mild bitterness that lingers just a bit. Fairly moderate body and smooth with a bit of character. A decent beer that goes well with a casual social gathering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tonyth1965 (39) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Ratebeer has this classified as a premium bitter/ESB. Itís nowhere close to any ESBís Iíve enjoyed, like Fullerís or Goose Island Harvest Ale. That being said, itís not a bad beer. Head is kind of thin, and the aroma is not fruity, like the deScription implies. Rather, it has a distinct alcohol aroma, with taste to match. Once you get past that taste, there are some more subtle flavors that reach out. A bit thin on body, but Iíd drink it over Killianís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - AUG 4, 2013
A beautiful head and a rich reddish-brown color (but NOT red) gives one hope that this will be great. However, it is just good. Would I have any reason to choose it over their original Brown Ale? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle from Food4less. Mild bitter English hops up front, Get kind of malty. A little muddled. The back end is somewhat toasty with a hint of hoppiness. Drinkable.

   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.

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