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


on tap

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RATINGS: 461   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoltonDK (559) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Sweet nose , caramel, prunes. Dark amber color, white head. Medium to light body, sweet, caramel, crisp, sharp bubbles, nobel hops. :) Bolton Brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kalarel (34) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Clear ruby color, tall head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Average body, low carbonation. Flavour of roasted malt, caramel and some citrusy sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JStax (3176) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Draft pour. Dark ruby with a beige head of foam. Aroma is almost nonexistent. Taste is weirdly metallic and medicinal. Light, watery body. Medium carbonation. I don’t want to finish my sample. Its not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Troll (12) - DENMARK - FEB 25, 2014
bottle @ home, Aroma: malt, hay, Appearance:red, brown, clear, sparkling, Taste: light bitter. Overall: I like the slightly more bitternes than the "brown" brother its very much drinkable - but not one I’ll search for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2973) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
This is a remarkably unexciting beer--and I get excited over Old Milwaukee. This is pretty run-of-the-mill special bitter that makes a big deal about using rye malt for some reason. It has a bit of nutty malt character and some earthy spice from the hops. It is a pretty clean beer and devoid of off flavors so that right there makes it better than Newcastle Brown which always tastes metallic to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pyrmir (3478) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear amber with sticky white head. Aroma of perfume, malt, spice and light bitter hops. Taste is sweet, vinous, alcohol, spice and light bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
beikes (154) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2014
Not a good rye malt beer.. Bitterweet with that metallic overtone. It is beautiful though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (4363) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Flaske 0,33l fra ICA Stakkevollan. Drukket hjemme 5 Okt 13. Mørk brun. Pent & høyt litt farget luftig skum som varer en stund. OK lacing. Forsiktig malt/karamellaroma. Smaken svakt syrlig malt. Beskjedent fruktpreg mot slutten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Caramel, fruit, malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Mild malt, fruit, caramel. Bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3520) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Amber pour with a white head. Light caramel aroma with an underlying dryness from the rye malt. No sweetness in the flavor. Dry malts with a strangely bitter and sour finish. And not in the good way. Light dry rye aftertaste.

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