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


on tap

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RATINGS: 432   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 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 wouldn’t 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 it’s not nearly strong enough. Kind of bland all around for a red ale (though I’m 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Poured into a wide flute glass. Dark red color with a solid finger of head. Rich smell of wet grain and ripe dark fruit. Watery taste overall; bitterness tries to come out but fails. Meh. Crisp texture, medium body with moderate carbonation. It wants to be bold and flavorful, but it just doesn’t happen. But it doesn’t taste bad, just not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
weihenweizen (1630) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Refrigerated clear amber with reddish hue and medium off-white head. Little lacing, medium body, little carbonation, and light herbal hop aroma. Taste is caramel malt and herbal hop finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
AlexM84 (2) - - SEP 17, 2012 does not count
I would rate this much higher if it was strictly a draft rating. It is malty and has a great look, but lacking in pleasurable aroma. My first try was a bottle we acquired from the distributor, I did not care for it. We still picked up a keg for the bar and it is selling. I even have one from time to time, but the earthy aftertaste seems to conflict with the aroma... even on draft. I like it, but I don’t...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1527) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2012
On tap at a local watering hole. Served in a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white cap that disappeared immediately. Sweet malty aroma with the flavor being the same. All malt. Thinnish palate. Not bad, but not differant than a dozen other fall beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1586) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours deep amber with only the faintest hint of "blood red". Unusual malty aroma and taste but I never could put my finger on the components -- like a recipe where the ingredients don’t sound like they should go together but the result is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (828) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Marvelous aromas of maple, brown sugar cinnamon. Deep crimson/brown color with small foam. Very interesting malty flavors including maple, oats, brown sugar, bicuit and caramel. Fantastic, complexity and perfect carbonation. Overall, a genius success with unique complex malts. I’d give this an A rating

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