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


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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jhamp9 (1038) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Clear brown pour with a thin off white head that quickly faded to a ring. Aroma was plastic, nuts, and toast. Taste was initially plastic then finished with a really nice toasty nutty flavor. Donít know if it was a bad bottle but I didnít finish it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (1989) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber brown clr. Smells of carmel and bread, honey. Smokyish and malty. Decent roasrty taste.A little wattery. ok

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Bottled....The smell is earthy with caramely hits you then grapes almost wineish. Its clear and darkish amber with a 3 inch head thatís off white. The head disappears quick and whatís left is a small cloud. It taste strange. I taste bread, grapes, and then slight bitterness. Not too good but drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Decent but, definitely lacking. Caramel notes blended with earthy hops. Reddish brown with a fading head. Bitter in the earthy sense with a sweet side. Medium bodied quick bitter finish. Kind of off for the style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
rayg1 (550) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Beer served to me at a restaurant. Light copper appearance to it didnít see too much "blood red"... cream colored head goes away quickly to leave a ring of bubbles. The aroma is, well, complex isnít the word, more like confused. Perhaps some berry sweetness, beady overtones, slight toasted notes. Weird. Slight spiciness on the flavor profile, more bread, cooked vegetables, synthetic sweetness, finishes slightly bitter, not cleanly. In sum ,this beer is quadruple garbage. Muddled and confused, poor hop profile, massive sweetness imbalance, strange brew indeed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ughsmash (7126) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottled. Poured light-medium reddish-brown with a well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up biscuity malts, sweet caramel, and lesser vegetal notes with grassy and grainy hops around. The flavor found more of the vegetal stuff plus some other bad malt, with lesser caramel and toffee in there too.. some funky tartness around, but not much bitterness.. quick finish with nothing good sticking around. Light-bodied with scratchy bitterness on the palate.. moderate-plus carbonation.. this was a bad beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Pours a copper-amber with a minimal head. Aroma is light and dry. Flavor is light, dry, breaddy with a backhand of light hops. Not bad, but I probably wouldnít buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Red-brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is biscuit malt. Taste is watery, biscuit, metallic at the end. Glad I bought only one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlanRyker (45) - - SEP 20, 2012
Smooth flavor and palate. Overtly sweet at the beginning, then just a little bitterness. Love the rye taste, but itís not nearly strong enough. Kind of bland all around for a red ale (though Iím still not certain exactly what I should be looking for in the flavor of a red ale).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heymossm (2) - - SEP 20, 2012 does not count
It was definitely an interesting tasting beer, probably one of the better tasting new castle beers I have tried. I really liked the "blood red" color of the beer and the taste but I felt like it could have been a little more full flavored if that makes sense.

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