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

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RATINGS: 467   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!


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
degbert (1201) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle at TPSA. Pours a weird gold-brown with no head to speak of; itís just weird looking. Nose is light hops and not much else. There is some hops bitterness on the tongue, but for an ESB this has almost no body to it; itís thin as Kate Moss. Finish is clean, at least. Insubstantial and forgettable.

0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
davidgill555 (2) - - AUG 5, 2012 does not count
Sold as "blood red" the actual poor is more of a dirt brown. Watery taste mixed with burnt coffee. Would not recommend.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (1961) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear copper color with a quick little off white head. Aroma is dirty water and dusty malt and not much else. Taste is more of the above with a slight bitterness in the finish and a raunchy aftertaste. Palate is watery and finishes dusty dry. Itís okay, but no reason to purchase again.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4110) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours nearly clear, red/amber/copper with tan head. Scent is slight chocolate over earth over burnt campfire coffee..... Taste is old metal, malt,slightly bitter woody nuts.. This is an odd duck in taste and aroma both. Itís rather unique. Not bad....different.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Circle K - Bradfordville - 12 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma of unsweetened cocoa and potting soil. Flavor is similar to the aroma with the earthy potting solid flavor dominating with some unsweetened cocoa and a bit of nuttiness in the back end. Mouthfeel has a nice slickness to it. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking Bitter. Easy malt and hops flavors. Good drinking beer

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4381) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Nutty sweet malt aroma - grainy, slightly toasted, notes of honey roast peanuts, tannins and faint cocoa. Good, dark rusty brown, good label and branding. Lots of rye twang. Astringent, grassy, not sweet. Although this doesnít taste like licorice, it gave me the impression of the parched coating on licorice nonpareils or allsorts candy. At times the malting reminded me of a dubbel. Medium to slightly thin body, amateur homebrew finish. Bottle, Circle K @ Bannerman and 319.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Dark brown color with a foamy head. Aroma is slightly hoppy but not too much. Flavor is mostly geared towards the malts with a slight bitter bite but all in all its still pretty bland.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
The aroma is pretty darn nice with tasted malt, toffee, mixed grains, and grassy hops. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but papery and bland. The palate is average. Overall itís drinkable but not special.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a sudsy white head and a slight bit of lacing along the glass. Aroma has some roasted malt notes along with burnt sugar. Flavor is alright but not as exciting or bitter as I hoped.


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