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


on tap

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RATINGS: 473   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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1551) - 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 (214) - 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. I’d say it was thrown out of Britain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rollinsr (411) - 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 (694) - - 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, It’s 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 (379) - 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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Campy877 (179) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Werewolves are shape changers and it must be how this beer got its name. Sweet on the first taste the hops comes flying through on the finish. But the Tate is fleeting and seems to lack any substance or body. I was looking forward to another "home run" as The brown ale is one of my all time favorites an I really like the summer ale. But this was not up to the same level. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJU999 (4) - - OCT 7, 2012 does not count
Smoothe but somewhat crisp subtle cocoa flavor. Chocolate tootsie pop scent. Good autumn beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
coper/brown color, aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts, flavors of toffee, caramel, grain, roasted nuts, slight berry fruitiness, some off flavors keep me from getting this again

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