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


on tap

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RATINGS: 455   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 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kickrjason (24) - - OCT 2, 2012
Nothing amazing. I'm sure on draught in England this tastes much better then by the time it arrives in Arizona in a bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Pours amber with a thin wispy tan head. Notes of phenolic spice, raisin, toffee, overripe fruits. medium bodied, Sticky sweet with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Onionkid (366) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle. On first sip it had a bit of a boozy taste, which was kind of surprising considering how low on alcohol content it is. Afterward it mellowed, and really just tasted like a nasty red ale. Not a fan and canít recommend it, I mean if youíre stepping up from a Killianís or something then have at it, but this isnít a universally "good" beer. 4.5% abv.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WisconsinBeer (706) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle. Deep reddish orange, minimal head. Flavor is sweet and soft, hints of rye and cherry cough syrup. Finish is slightly bitter and a bit funky. Slightly cloying. Not much to say about this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
rubbishystuff (1864) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Guest tap at Obed and Issacs. A rather unfortunate thin watery beer with a dull stale flavor, and odd aroma. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Brown with a creamy white head. Tart minerality, bittering hops, and a touch of rye. Some sweaty, musty notes as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Bottle. Pours a glassy íblood redí that looks more amber than blood. Aroma is wet leaves, toast, light peat, and a hint of strawberry jelly. Flavor is berry (strawberry), sweetened leaves, and seltzer water quickly followed by burning tobacco. Watery mouthfeel. Meh. Ever wonder what it tastes like to smoke a cigarette? Drink this beer and youíll know.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jhamp9 (1075) - 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 (2059) - 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.

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