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


on tap

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RATINGS: 441   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Twelve ounce bottle ( from $3.99 a six pack special) purchased at Remke/biggs, tasted on December 2012--yes, I have somewhat of a backlog to clear up. Medium to dark amber/ruby hue, small white head that left moderate lacing, pretty intense fruit/rye/malt aroma, medium to strong bittersweet flavor of rye/fruit/and a mustiness thatís not unattractive. Different and enjoyable, the best Newcastle beer Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1874) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Golden coloured beer with a medium white head. Aroma is nuts and caramel. Flavor is malty caramel and some nuts notes. Weak to medium palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10149) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
"Blood red" - hmm, Iím glad my blood doesnít look like this ;) The color is red amber and it has a creamy, lasting head. The aroma has notes of caramel, fruits, berries and light nuts. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of caramel, berries with a slightly harshness, malt and the finish is slightly roasted dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ilan.Pearlman (5) - - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
Didnít love this, I think I will stick the Brown Ale, canna go wrong there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2014
Thick beige head strong carbonation rich red pour aromas citrus floral grassy biscuit note the flavours oh what a pity if only the tastes were stronger but what we have is okay biscuit light creaminess citrus and floral toffee okay sweetness it is enjoyable enough the finish best tastes hop mix a well put together but weak tasting ale like the sweet ending

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nordcore (1021) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Ambber, clear with a white head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Light bitter taste with a caramelized end.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChristianHR (186) - DENMARK - JAN 10, 2014
Smells sweet of toffee and alcohol. Pours clear amber with a fading white head. Tastes a little watery of caramel and citrus. Also some fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strangebrewer (858) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
bottle. Poured clear deep red-amber with a creamy beige head. Light roasted malt aroma. Medium body with lively carbonation, astringent finish. Sweet malt flavour with caramel and some dry hop notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
geeklimit (180) - USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours a dark red amber. Highly carbonated with a lingering, foamy head. Aroma is of sweet berry and rye malt. Initial taste is of sweet berry, followed by a bitter rye malt. Sticky mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerme31 (492) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle gifted. Sweet malty aroma of bread, caramel, toffee. Pours clear amber thin tan lacing. Mild sweet taste. Thin body, highly carbonated , finishes with a watered-down rusty taste. Overall not real good, would not get again.

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