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


on tap

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"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!

cooplander's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
coper/brown color, aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts, flavors of toffee, caramel, grain, roasted nuts, slight berry fruitiness, some off flavors keep me from getting this again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tarmok (505) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 16, 2015
clear amber liquid with frothy yellowish head. Aroma: malts, caramel, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, malts. Palate: light body, thin feel, average carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikkvoika (156) - ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Pours clear ruby red with white head. Aroma malts, caramel, sweet. Taste watery, light and weak body. I didnt like it very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (772) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Clear ruby red with small white head. Aroma is bready, slight coffee, burnt malts, smooth- i like it. Taste is same, a bit watery, and weak.U p to medium body. medium carbonation. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2316) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Medium ruby red. Aroma is malty, biscuit, light sweet fruit. Medium thin body. Flavor has dough and light sweetness. Rounded body. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tgncc (3019) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Aroma: peanut butter, caramel malty Flavor: same as aroma Appearance: deep amber, off white head Medium in body. Finish: light English hops Not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Karstenborg (506) - DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015
Clear brown with with a small white head. Aroma is raisin, metallic and caramel. Taste is caramel, watery and metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmoen (161) - - JAN 10, 2015
pours a clear red color with white head. Well balanced with hints of chocolate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BucannonXC5 (1105) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif. Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack) Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015 Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015 Misc.: N/A Poured an auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.13) Definitely a Newcastle beer with the first whiff. Rye malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, roasty, butter malts, hazelnut, light espresso, vanilla and mixed berries. (Smell - 2.63) Tasted a tad better than the nose. More berries than the nose. Buttery toffee, slightly boozy, hazelnut, caramel, nutty roasty malts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 2.88) Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, rather bitter finish. (Feel - 2.63) Not a good Irish Red Ale, especially after having Alpine’s McIlhenney’s Irish Red the other night. Would not have it again. (Overall - 2.75) 2.79 65 C

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerseyjohn71 (264) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
caramel, bread, hay, roasty, toast, nuts, dough, earthy, leaves, bubblegum, licorice, vanilla, woody, clear, red, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, light body,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (1684) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2014
0,33L bottle (from Stockmann?!). Pours clear brown-copper with light tan head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is sweetness, caramel, wet socks. Flavor is sweet, nutty, caramel, toffee, some metallic notes. Body is watery. Overall: rather bad.

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