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


on tap

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Slipstream (1976) - USA - DEC 7, 2013
It is not blood red like the label claims, but it is a good-looking pour. Sweet, malty, and lager-like with a little prune / Dr. Pepper flavor. Grainy lager aroma. A decent UK macro.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Leafs93 (1640) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is roast, caramel and earthy. Taste is mild sweetness with a hint of bitters. Very middling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LiMuBai (154) - - DEC 5, 2013
Nice, clear brownish red color with a thin off-white head. The aroma of oak and bourbon are present. The taste is mediocre at best with an off-putting bitterness that I don’t associate with rye. The taste of Tennessee whiskey permeates. "Es no bueno"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
suurjuust (959) - ESTONIA - DEC 5, 2013
Clear orange, small creamy white head. Aroma is nuts, malt, caramel, thin roast, malt extract, berries in the background, bready. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter, some sour notes. Thin to medium body, watery to oily texture, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thirstyrabbit (1065) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle. Reddish brown body with a small head. Aroma has cocoa and blood. Thin mouthfeel + high carbonation = feels like soda in mouth. Rusty taste with more blood and chocolate on minuscule levels. Strange AND watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2013
Dark amber with a disappearing off-white head. Aroma dominated by caramel with a faint roasted note. Sweet malty flavour with fruity notes and a bit of roasted character in the finish. A little more personality than the Brown, but definitely not out to hurt anyone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
daje (2033) - NORWAY - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle shared by esp0r, august 31st 2013. Dark brown, small offwhite head. Aroma of caramel and grain. Taste is caramel too, sweet, with a light bitterness at the end paired with a weak roasted coffe taste. Not really much happening here, but we’ve had worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RickFifty (214) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2013
Dark amber color, off-white head. Toasted malt nose, nuts. Malty taste, caramel and burned sugar, bread, hint of butter. Sweet, low bitterness. A bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RuneStumo (2143) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2013
01.12.2013. 0,33l Bottle. Ica Karmsundgata. Dark amber colour with off-white head. Aroma of dark malts with rather strong bitter hopping. Its also soft and crisp with godd bitterness and some weak malty sweetness. Godd beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (331) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
Decent Lacing. Lightly Toasted, Faint Chocolate Aroma. Taste about the same: Toasted Malt, Rye, Light Chocolate Notes, Light Bitter. Although there Is Nothing Too Exciting, It Is Better Than Expected. Decent...

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