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


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tfredvik (1108) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Either this one has a quite peculiar aroma, or it’s not a good idea to take a puff of Otrivin Mentol right before the tasting. In either case, what my confused nose detects are fermented grapes and white wine, sweet fruits, caramel and hints of berries in the back. In the glass it’s nowhere near blood red as is claimed on the label, it’s more of a medium amber colour (but it’s still good-looking). The clear body is topped by a short-lived, off-white head that laces the glass well. The flavour is moderate and a bit less complex than the aroma: fruits, caramel and spicy hints. The taste is light to moderate sweet and light bitter. Fairly dry, light plus body and moderate carbonation. The initial sips felt a bit metallic, but I’ll blame that on the Otrivin.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Meny Oslo City, Oslo]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
badpuppy69 (217) - orange, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
Pours a clear Brown with medium head. Aroma is a mild roasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. Taste followes the Aroma well. Very easy drinking and smooth. I really Enjoy it. Its simple but well made.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2014
Sample at Malmö beer and whiskey festival. Ridiculous, they should stick to making their brown beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Very nice bitter with stylish burnt tones from the malt and a long bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 26, 2014
Not that bitter and quite nice to drink. Somewhat thin and dark interesting looks it was.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CloakedDagger (529) - - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear, nutty brown with a smallish off-white head. Nutty, "tired" aroma. Light body, tons of crystal malt making a caramellish impression, again quite nutty with a distinct cardboard note. Ends dryish with no distinct hop impression. Verry so-so. 260314

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AaronTDubs (19) - - MAR 25, 2014
Ok beer. Good mouth feel, starts sweet and nutty, but finishes bitter in that chewing on a pill sort of way. It’s ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoltonDK (556) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Sweet nose , caramel, prunes. Dark amber color, white head. Medium to light body, sweet, caramel, crisp, sharp bubbles, nobel hops. :) Bolton Brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kalarel (34) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Clear ruby color, tall head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Average body, low carbonation. Flavour of roasted malt, caramel and some citrusy sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JStax (2974) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Draft pour. Dark ruby with a beige head of foam. Aroma is almost nonexistent. Taste is weirdly metallic and medicinal. Light, watery body. Medium carbonation. I don’t want to finish my sample. Its not good.

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