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


on tap

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RATINGS: 432   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 10/20
Skinnyviking (6793) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hansen (6495) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Radek Kliber (6379) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma:malty font, rather flat with hints of green raw apple. Slight hop notes as bacing. 4+
Look: clear amber gold with lighter white top. 3-
Taste: sharp notes of green apple with baking of sweet malts. Nutty hop notes. Flawed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (6323) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle from Netto. Pours clear amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is light metallic, fruity and light roasted. The flavor is light roasted, toasted caramel, fruit and light berries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle: † Deep amber, clear, moderate frothy sandy head, nice lacing. † Faint cardboard on the nose, dusty biscuitiness. † Soft biscuit on the tongue. † Falls off quickly, leaves a little nuttiness behind. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Soft nuttiness lingers. † Not bad, but light and fairly boring. † There is no zip to this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of diacetyl and metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Limited in sensory appeal, but quaffable in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (6146) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2013
Big beige head. Clear deep dark red body with light carbonation. Earthy dusty roasty aroma with fruity notes. Sweetish dusty earthy perfumy taste with roasty notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish roasty perfumy candy aftertaste with bitter wooden strawy notes. Long, sharp bitter finish lingers. Itís not bad, but a bit dense and harsh. (0.33l bottle, from Meny StrÝmmen.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (6101) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight grain, caramel, toffee, hints of earth, slight cardboard like notes in there as well, something unappealing. Taste is more wet grain, husky cardboard, some slight roasted nuts, caramel, finishing earthy and slightly dirty. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
September 30, 2011 with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel. Clear oily-looking copper pour with a small off-white fizzy head. Diacetyl and dry flowers/straw in the aroma, weak alcohol, taste is a weird grape juice and floral bitterness over light grain thing, still not much alcohol. Slick and sticky with mild carbonation and a somewhat harsh aftertaste ... meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (6035) - 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 donít care for this

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