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


on tap


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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rollinsr (569) - 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 (1422) - - 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 (188) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours a clear brown color with aroma of clean malt. A mild malt flavor with a slight bitterness. Overall a decent flavor with a slight sweet note

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Pours a crystal clear medim brown with a tall, soapy kakhi head. Aroma is nutty malt, toffee, odd fruity notes, like someone threw raspberries and strawberries in there even a little acidity in the nose. Flavor is again nutty, some toffee, and weird berry notes, they really must have put some actual fruit in this. Finishes with planty hops, mineral, spicy notes and lingering berry. Palate is light and dry, though a little oily as well, with a light, sharp carbonation. Strange beer overall, the berry notes, while not really unpleasant, don’t fit the beer very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle sent for review. I overuse the term "earthy" when describing English ales, but this one fits the description easily. Smell in the glass brings up rye spice, a little bit of phenol, or perhaps just some extra malt going around. Reddish amber color of many harvest ales. Taste pretty much delivers as advertised. Rich and malty. Okay, no "berry" in my opinion, but again, loamy, with a bit of peat and nut brown malt. There are some comfy English hops as well. And the rye does offer a nice spicy character, although it may be contributing to some phenol in the finish as well. Still, it goes down nicely and is worth seeking out as a fall brew. Might be comparable to this year’s version of Goose Harvest.

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