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

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RATINGS: 475   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!


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (805) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
From notes: Poured clear reddish-amber with a small, thin off-white head and lots of bubbling along the wall of the glass. Sweet berry aroma with a peppery, grassy note beneath common to rye beers. Body was hard to describe. Medium thickness, but with an odd metallic note to the finish. The berry didn’t come through in the taste at all until it warmed a bit. Odd metallic taste remained. The berry lingers in the finish, and the grassiness of the rye comes forward as it warms.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lorenasa (154) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Smells of rye and soy sauce pours a dark amber with small head. It is a nice balance of thickness and smoothness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2415) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Nice and dark with orange highlights. Very much of a roasted malt presence in the nose and palate. Deep caramel/heath bar taste. Creamy then gritty mouthfeel. Really tasty session stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5029) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of dark malt caramel and a good amount of hops. A decent quaffable one that I would consider buying again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2430) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Nothing special going on with this beer. Some toffee, caramel, berry notes and an odd earthy flavor. No flaws other then it being boring.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1991) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. The beer lives up to the Newcastle standard. Solid midrange beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2343) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
lots of earth and peat. sharp lightly frothy head adds little as does the body which is moderate, with light grain and otherwise lifeless. hint of ivy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Tap. Pours a clear amber body with a slight reddish hue, minimal fizzy off-white head. The nose is very dry and grainy with a slight note of lightly roasted coffee and some English hops. The flavor is dry toasted malt up front with a slightly husky graininess. Finishes with some lightly bitter hops and a little bit of burnt caramel. Light bodied with firm fizzy carbonation. Nice dry lingering finish. Pretty nice ESB.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holdwine (1114) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A gimmick beer that works...to a point. Looks good, has enough of a malt nose. A touch of rye snap and then nothing. Not really to style. I guess I missed the "bite of bitterness".

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
sjohnny (408) - - DEC 10, 2012
Berry sweet combined with musty aroma. Pours brownish red, like iced tea with a head the color of vanilla ice cream that fades quickly. Thin, slightly skunky with a sweet finish and a slightly bitter after-finish. Not bad. Nothing to write home about.


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