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


on tap

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RATINGS: 475   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheHOFF43 (1760) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3412) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
scottw86 (1139) - Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Poured a fairly light clear brown color with an off white head. Aroma is pretty nutty with some caramel and rye. Taste is pretty smooth with a good amount of rye flavor and caramel. Kinda dry with some balance issues I think. Some biscuit and earthy flavors in the finish with a touch of hops. Overall not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4263) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Aroma is fruit and malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma with notes of apples and a mild tartness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1859) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Reddish brown with a skim of tan head. Aroma is sweet and a bit tart. Tastes a bit like a flat chocolate raspberry soda that’s been diluted by ice. $2/12oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
StPeteBeerMan (52) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Tastes of sweet malt, copper, a little spicy and soapy. Watery on the palate with copper aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rougeau13 (2119) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Clear brownish-orange. Tastes like Newcastle to me. There’s some rye that makes a little bit of a difference, but not much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smaynard6000 (694) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Sweet malty flavor with just a very subtle bit of rye spiciness. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel and sweet smooth finish. Not bad.

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