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


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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fidelis83 (1833) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Pours a crystal clear medim brown with a tall, soapy kakhi head. Aroma is nutty malt, toffee, odd fruity notes, like someone threw raspberries and strawberries in there even a little acidity in the nose. Flavor is again nutty, some toffee, and weird berry notes, they really must have put some actual fruit in this. Finishes with planty hops, mineral, spicy notes and lingering berry. Palate is light and dry, though a little oily as well, with a light, sharp carbonation. Strange beer overall, the berry notes, while not really unpleasant, donít fit the beer very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle sent for review. I overuse the term "earthy" when describing English ales, but this one fits the description easily. Smell in the glass brings up rye spice, a little bit of phenol, or perhaps just some extra malt going around. Reddish amber color of many harvest ales. Taste pretty much delivers as advertised. Rich and malty. Okay, no "berry" in my opinion, but again, loamy, with a bit of peat and nut brown malt. There are some comfy English hops as well. And the rye does offer a nice spicy character, although it may be contributing to some phenol in the finish as well. Still, it goes down nicely and is worth seeking out as a fall brew. Might be comparable to this yearís version of Goose Harvest.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
improvjock (317) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a ruddy brown with off-white head. Aroma of overripe grapes and cheap champagne. Flavor is of slightly roasted malts and a hint of chocolate, but leaves an unpleasant astringent aftertaste. I was pretty disappointed by this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Pour from bottle into a pint glass. Deep amber color, very slightly reddish and very clear with a very foamy pour. Very dark and malty aroma with a hunt of fruit. Spicy bite at first that fades to a nutty taste (as per New Castle Brown Ale) and leaves you with fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sharp and feeling stays awhile on the roof of the mouth. Initial pour was warmer than usual, which left a weak taste and mouthfeel. After letting a bottle chill for awhile, the flavors in the beer come out a lot more. Definitely chill before trying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours amber with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet grainy malt. Flavor is some sweet malt and lots of grainy notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Medium sized tan head with good retention and a sticky lace. Clear, amber hued brew. Nose of malts, lil caramel and a hint dirty. Body is almost medium with a soft carbonation, lil oily. Dry malt flavors, lil grainy with some light fruit notes. Maybe a hint of grass and earth. Dry, quick finish, meh. Bottle from statelineliquors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2617) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle. Roasty tea and toast aroma. Clear copper with a small ivory head. Roasty malt, toast, and light roasty bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Nothing special, but I wouldnít mind it with pizza.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kickrjason (24) - - OCT 2, 2012
Nothing amazing. I'm sure on draught in England this tastes much better then by the time it arrives in Arizona in a bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Pours amber with a thin wispy tan head. Notes of phenolic spice, raisin, toffee, overripe fruits. medium bodied, Sticky sweet with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Onionkid (360) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle. On first sip it had a bit of a boozy taste, which was kind of surprising considering how low on alcohol content it is. Afterward it mellowed, and really just tasted like a nasty red ale. Not a fan and canít recommend it, I mean if youíre stepping up from a Killianís or something then have at it, but this isnít a universally "good" beer. 4.5% abv.

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