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


on tap

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RATINGS: 437   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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rperez (130) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
This is a nice dark beer, but there are many nicer beer of these types, a nice but forgettable beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KingCecil (2043) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle @ home .. It pours clear dark amber with a small light tan head... Light roasted malt, caramel, butter, sweet, light fruit, light bitter, light hoppy..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jensgam (152) - , DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Aroma is malty with caramel and toffee notes. Flavour is sweet and malty, with a note of caramel and toffee. Very little hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (3984) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle from Matkroken Natland, Bergen. Pours a deep ruby-hued brown body with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, bready grains and hints of dried fruits. Taste is caramel, toffee, red fruits and hints of raisins. Medium body and carbonation. OK, but no more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StilleStorm (703) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
DWF; Pours clear cobber with off-white head. Nose is roasted malt and caramell. Taste is much the same. Light body, medium carbonated. Short sweet, bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10414) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel. Flavour is fruit, malt, caramel, hop, spices. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (2006) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 08.12.2013, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly roasted grain, caramel malts, nuts, hay, rye bread, cereal. Taste is hay, roasted grain, caramel malts, rye bread, almond essence. Little bitterness. Kind of boring, but it could have been worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eRock_2013 (212) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2013
A solid presentation, with interesting ruby color. Aroma is indistinctive. As for the flavor, it is intriguing how the sweet prune/berry taste is layered with a rye undercurrent. However I dislike the fruit flavors which to me come off as somewhat artificial. The rye flavoring is ok. Worth a try just for the flavor layering effect that the label claims, but not a top of the line brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Slipstream (2003) - 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 (1658) - Clarks Summit, 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.

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