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


on tap

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"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 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Tasted on 10/27/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at the grocery store. Pours clear bright amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace and an average collar. The nose is lightly nutty bread with some caramel, mostly malt focused, with a light hint of spicy hops. The flavor falls a bit short of the classic ESB nose, with a bit more caramel malt, and no real discernible hops. The body is light with average, fizzy carbonation, and a short malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Tap, brown pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, nutty, okay brown

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
UncleKorm (1060) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
On tap, poured a clear brown hue w/ a medium foamy white head. Mild sweet aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are roasted marshmallows and sugar. Light bodied and watery mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MWB76 (1) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
I had this beer on draft at the Tilted Kilt in Kenosha, Wi. This beer has a nice, clear deep copper color and the aroma has a slight berry scent mixed in with toasted barely. The taste is very malty with strong malt and malt tones throughout, mixed in with hints of raisons and a very perceivable burnt toast character. There is a strong bittering character to the beer, but this bitterness is more associated with the astringent bitterness you get from roasted malts than from hops. Overall this is a decent beer that lacks anything to make it stand out from comparable beers in this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (8580) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2014
330 ml bottle. BB 31/07. At the Oak Barrel, Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Clear copper brown colour with a tiny off-white head. Nuts, wood, caramel malt and some mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is mild bitterness, nutty dryness and some caramel maltiness. Watery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fakebeersnob (228) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
This was surprisingly good. Initial pour I got a whiff of berry. Once in the glass the smell was pretty muted. Light brown with reddish tint. A white head that contrasted drastically with the body but quickly disappeared with a thin lacing. There is a berry presence followed by a malty back and floral hops (but not bitter at all). It is a little watery. I got this on sale and for that price I would get it again. This is a light drinking beer, and not usually my style - but I quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
snoworsummer (3254) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Tastes like burnt coffee, burnt toast, burnt malt, some alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like burntness. Not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle. Poured a brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, some chocolate, caramel, and some earthiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerathon (1561) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Garnet in color with fluffy head and lacing. Caramel and toffee in the aroma with soft carbonation and slightly floral hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippieman556 (8) - - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
This is a very good beer with a redish color and white foam head. The aroma and appearance were also rated highly.

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