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


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RATINGS: 473   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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Suttree (5294) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 Looks, smells and tastes like every other bottled British Bitter Iíve ever had. No thank you...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (11234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex rye malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Radek Kliber (6544) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma:malty font, rather flat with hints of green raw apple. Slight hop notes as bacing. 4+
Look: clear amber gold with lighter white top. 3-
Taste: sharp notes of green apple with baking of sweet malts. Nutty hop notes. Flawed.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
SudsMcDuff (6120) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
tap sample @ beerfoot .. . sour plum aroma .. very light foam .. . good lord, this is terrible .. . a bit sour and some 2 week old powdered brown gravy .. . garbage .. . . Nah, not on a civil servantís salary. Itís near sucker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12oz bottle poured into an English pint at 42į. Color is a deep amber that leans to the brown. Carbonation is good with a small off white head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt scent with just a hint of hops. It has a lighter medium body that gives a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizzy feel on the end. Flavor comes in sweet and roasted then a touch of hops give a mild bitterness and just a hint of citrus. After taste is dry as the bitterness comes out a little more. Overall its a good brew, like a robust Amber crossed with an ESB.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobertDale (3789) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light clear amber (not blood red) with a small off-white head. Strange aroma of moldy, sour grain. Taste is a bit better, with sweet fruit, grain, and malt. Just nothing positive to say.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2012
From Beerlicious iphone app: red and clear. Rocky whitish tan head. Sour and some bitterness. Oily texture and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2012
resin, roasty, a bit skunky, red, minimal head, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, expected a wallop, noticed 4.5 abv , happy with it

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
poisoneddwarf (1802) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours clear brownish-orange (definitely not "blood red") with a medium beige head with good retention and lace. Aroma consists of stinky grain, overripe dark fruit, caramel. Taste starts out sweet before a light bitterness sets in. Watery and bland. Creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. This werewolf should be extinct! Iím sure it will be by yearís end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2012
This is a decent beer, though it might just be too bitter for most people. I enjoyed it, but I think I prefer Newcastle Brown Ale still.

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