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

bottled
common

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


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (8664) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2014
330 ml bottle. BB 31/07. At the Oak Barrel, Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Clear copper brown colour with a tiny off-white head. Nuts, wood, caramel malt and some mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is mild bitterness, nutty dryness and some caramel maltiness. Watery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (8647) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
10oz pour on tap at Cock & Bull. Clear red / brown color. Thin white head, some lace. Smooth texture. Some light earthy hop, light spice aroma, little skunky adjuct flavors. Light bitter, light sweet. Caramel malts. Light chocolate. OK... Better than standard New Castle brown, but I still don’t care for this

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
2011-09-30. Crisp red amber body with a small off-white head. 3+ Grainy malt, sweetish not quite caramel malt. 5+ Flavour is similar, sweetish malt, bit grainy, meh. Average to light bodied palate. Not great, mediocre take on an English ale. Bottle

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borup (8221) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle from Netto. Dark amber Colourbox with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, caramel, roasted malt and bitterness.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (8049) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle. Mostly clear amber pour with a foamy head. Aroma of grainy malt. Kind of a caramel, slightly hopped, bread taste. Bleh.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (7902) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Clear dark brown body. Alcohol dominated aroma with caramel and chestnuts. Mild malty flavor with little hops bitternes as well as some caramel and besides slightly sour. High carbonation. Short finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Camons (7715) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, light chocolate notes, spice, bread. Medium body, soft carbonation. 110913

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hansen (7651) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
Amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, medium duratoin. Malty aorma, old hazel-nuts. Flavor is sweet too, more old nuts. Moderate sweet flavor.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabel (7447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
[4012-20110930] 12floz bottle. Skunky toasted cucumber grain aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick bubbly white head. Old whiskey wood barrel dragged along a dirt road a few hundred metres and left out in the rain for a week flavour. Medium body. Not a fan. (5/3-/4-/2/8-) 2.2

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottled. Poured light-medium reddish-brown with a well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up biscuity malts, sweet caramel, and lesser vegetal notes with grassy and grainy hops around. The flavor found more of the vegetal stuff plus some other bad malt, with lesser caramel and toffee in there too.. some funky tartness around, but not much bitterness.. quick finish with nothing good sticking around. Light-bodied with scratchy bitterness on the palate.. moderate-plus carbonation.. this was a bad beer.


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