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

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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (2144) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - 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 (2471) - 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 (5611) - 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 (1135) - 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 (450) - - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoberDave (177) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Great ’blood red’ colour and nice head that sticks around. Carmel and fruity malt flavour with a small bite. Not like anything I’ve tasted before. Overall it’s not a great beer but it’s definitely good.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Studentofbrrs (98) - 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 (116) - 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 (9142) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.


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