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

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


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Studentofbrrs (90) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Has a strong hoppy scent with a hint of something fruity. Is a beautiful red in colour that has a medium head that stays lightly on top. Tastes lightly fruity with a small bite of bitter hop, and an easy finish

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craven5000 (99) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark amber pour. Tall that the quickly deflates. Aroma not very noticeable (normal for me). Taste has some grapefruit and caramel flavors in the end otherwise nothing stands out. Not oily at all. Clean.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2012
brown/reddish pour with little head - aromas of bread, hay, tobacco and molasses - thin on the palate and tastes as if it had a rough journey to my mouth (as in improper storage somewhere along the line, at least this one comes in a brown bottle!) but there are notes of brown sugar and tobacco again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight grain, caramel, toffee, hints of earth, slight cardboard like notes in there as well, something unappealing. Taste is more wet grain, husky cardboard, some slight roasted nuts, caramel, finishing earthy and slightly dirty. Not my favorite.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maverick34 (2268) - New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottled. Reddish. Not much aroma. Some fruity berrys and malts and thin feel. Not much finish. Insubstantial

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bshep (114) - - NOV 26, 2012
Pours like a red ale. Smooth. Taste is great. It does lack in a good aroma, but a great brew for sitting around and drinking with friends and family.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vikingguy (806) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Crystal clear red and small foamy head. Sweet malt and grassy hops on the nose. Taste is a bit bisquity, english malt, brown sugar, grassy hops. Rather thin body. Drinkable, decent but nothing memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3342) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Comes out of the tap a nice clear golden amber. Head was a bit thin, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Aroma is malty, hoppy and dusty, rather pleasing. Flavor is somewhat bitter, malty and a little fruity with a hoppy undertone, bitter but not too much so. Firm texture is smooth and has plenty of fizz. Overall, one to make you howl!

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
chrishaas85 (2) - - NOV 18, 2012 does not count
Aroma of wine? Mouth feel is good. Tastes of wine, caramel, very mild hop finish. Got 3 24 packs for $5.99 each and am still unsure of my purchase. Not recommended.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Pours a transparent copper with hints of red and a thin, white head that fades. Fruity, almost wine-like nose. Creamy but thin and flat mouthfeel. Taste is subtly straw-like, with not much flavor. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5


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