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

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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!


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gunnar (5101) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle from Vaaland. Pours clear dark brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of musty caramel. Taste is the same, best i can come up with is a strange musty caramel note, moderate sweet all the way to the short finish. Nothing to remember here.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with white head. Nose and taste of malt, skunk and barley/grain. Lighter medium body.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atom (1281) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle (from Dad’s beer drawer) pours a clear copper/brown with a medium white head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel malt, with faint hints of rye. Taste similar to aroma with some medicinal rye bitterness on the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
11-OCT-2013, bottle @home, from Netto. Nice clear amber with tan head that resides quickly leaving a few laces. Bready aroma with fruit, rye bread, caramel, and bitterness. Taste the same. Quite dry. thin bodied, medium carbonation, short bitter finish. OK.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbbeer (577) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma caramel malt, slightly toasty. Light body. Generic malt flavor. Dry finish. Inoffensive but dull.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tstamba (289) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours a clear reddish brown with white head, lot of lacing. A fruity nose, berries and plumbs. Firm malt backbone with dried fruit and sweet finish... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmongoose (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2013
on draft poured a reddish brown mahogany color with little white head. malty aroma was what I could get from it and the taste was rather strange. mildly bitter and malty and that was about it...couldn’t discern anything else from it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, nutty, caramel, malt extract, light roasted. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration, malt extract, burnt caramel - caramelized. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131012]

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (2472) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 1, 2013
330ml bottle. Clear copper color. Massive head diminishes to tiny within minute. Caramel, faint metallic, mild roast in aroma. Hazelnuts, burnt caramel, hop extract in flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chicowv (455) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2013
12 oz bottle thanks to Ben. Pours amber with a thick beige head. aroma of bready malts, leather and butter. Taste is slightly sweet with a salty finish. Flavors of bread, grass and some light floral hops. Smooth drinker, easy finish, just not very tasty or interesting.


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