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


on tap

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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamP01 (577) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours a rusty red with an off white lasting frothy head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt and grains, some fruity and grassy notes, a bit of chocolate malt and some mild bitterness. A medium body on the palates, some moderate carbonation and slightly crisp. Finish with some toasted caramel malt, fruity and grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. Aroma and flavor are a bit light. Overall an ok brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rdixon77 (783) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Was a red color (sort of like blood, I guess) and it was drinkable. And touch of fruit sweetness to the mostly bland slightly bitter base. Thin and watery. Not too good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours a dark brown color with a slightly off white head. Smell is a little sour and skunky. The taste is skunky and overly grainy. One of the worst beers that I have had. With that said, I am not a fan of their brown either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1500) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2012
First impression is of distinct English malt aroma with some powdered chocolate and spearminty hops. Pours crystal clear dark brown with a thin wispy off-white head. No lacing. Thin bodied with a nice malt character. Finishes somewhat clumsily with a watery metallic twang.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Pours a nice reddish brown. Chocolate and malt on the nose. Unfortunately, to quote Ralph Wiggum...."it tastes like burning". Starts out like a slightly hopped up Newcastle Brown, then just goes wrong at the finish with a bad burnt meat/copper penny aftertaste. It really tastes like someone tossed a charcoal briquette and a roll of pennies into a keg. Disappointing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BritAlesRule (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Mediium brown with a reddish hue. Notes of phenol, musty rubber, and sweet malt on the nose. Yeasty sourdough and corn cereal taste. Light to medium body. Aftertaste is most unpleasant. Id say it was thrown out of Britain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rollinsr (384) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - OCT 11, 2012
Pours brown with an amber glow and a finger of off-white head. Aroma is mostly chocolate malts. Flavor is initially more of the chocolate malts but gives way to an intense metallic flavor that dominates the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (554) - - OCT 10, 2012
Earthy aroma and dark red in appearance. Starts with subtle berry notes ends with a bit of an earthy bite from the rye malt but not overpowering, different but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Ok. Not enjoying this, Its like bad food that got burnt. Just not sure what they were going for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
22415brewery (377) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Dare I say it, but this tastes just like a Newcastle Nut Brown Ale except a little more red in color with just a tiny bit of caramel sweetness. Even though they express that the Rye Malt is a major contributor to this beer it really doesnt shine through much in the flavor. I think they used it more to influence the color and that any changes in flavor were merely coincidental. Aroma is nutty and dusty, a tiny hint at sweet rye. Either way this is a dry and very drinkable brown ale that is tinged a bit red.

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