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

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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1395) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Draft. Had twice now and nowhere meets the description of most reviews. Apparently there are two different versions (or maybe it has to do with the lunar cycle.) I have so far only found the dark orange brown one. No red here at all (though still reminiscent of an Irish Red.) Tastes like a mix of a Smithwicks and a Yards Brawler, though not as good as either. Medium mild malty beverage with a very slight pepper bite. Full in flavor though reads a bit watery. Dark toasted wheat notes. Caramel malt. Interesting but the flavors are too blunt.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. A rich copper body with a dense light khaki head. The nose is fairly malty with lots of caramel. There is also a little bit of grass. The taste is fairly dry black tea with some roasted potato notes in the back end. There is also some dry hay throughout. This is not well balanced and tasted like eating roasted grass with notes of minerals to me.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Pershing (465) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Horrible aroma of cheap plastic like the smell of one of those kiddie pools right out of the box. Decent clear red with a small head that quickly disappears. I can’t believe that Newcastle would go to the trouble of actually brewing this and then packaging it for sale. They need to take these brown bottles and switch brews with their brown ale that comes in the clear bottle. Bought a case of thise a Costco 2 weeks ago and I still have 23 bottles. I don’t even think I can use this for cooking. At least my compost bin will be happy.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (6371) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Smells liek burger meat. The flavor is about at light and sweet as a beer gets. I don’t know what they do to get it like that but it is like soda.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
6ROW (397) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Blood red pour with little of no head, no rye taste just a very bitter aftertaste This beer is just hype!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
boxofrane (1887) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear red with an aggressive head, decent lacing, overall this is a good looking brew. The aroma is not great.. some biscuit, bread, but lacking a real distinguishing character. The taste is a little on the sweet side with a bit of the rye malt in the finish, This is reasonable considering it’s from Newcastle and should be easily available anywhere; however, many ESBs are better.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheHOFF43 (1685) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Poured into a tasting glass Reddish color with minimal head that quickly left. Decent beer that tasted very similar to Newcastle but with some other slight flavors added in. Fruity/rye smell and taste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Reddish-brown, highly carbonated, but diffuse head. Nutty nose, moving toward hazelnut, and ensconced by berry fruit. Berry and nut flavors abound in the body. Body is thinnish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, and toasted grain. Flavor of nuts, toasted grain, bread, and earthiness with a dry finish.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
arg_ha (7) - - AUG 23, 2012 does not count
Low carbonation beer with a great strawberry blonde color caramel accents with a hoppy mouth make this a beer worth enjoying


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