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


on tap


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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark amber pour. Tall that the quickly deflates. Aroma not very noticeable (normal for me). Taste has some grapefruit and caramel flavors in the end otherwise nothing stands out. Not oily at all. Clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Great ’blood red’ colour and nice head that sticks around. Carmel and fruity malt flavour with a small bite. Not like anything I’ve tasted before. Overall it’s not a great beer but it’s definitely good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle. It poured a sparkling clear medium brown with some red highlights and a head that was just a shade off of white, mostly lasting and was rather large and foamy thus producing some really good lacing. The aroma was strong of a toasted malt, a mild spruce hop and a cobweb scented yeast with a mild hint of caramel and dried berries. The taste was very malty with a hint of caramel from the onset with the finish being about the same with mild bitterness and a slight fruitiness at the end. The flavor was short lived which was sort of disappointing as it may have made all the difference in the enjoyment of this brew. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a very lively carbonation. Overall a light refreshing brew, good if you want to have more than a few but nothing overly special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is sweet and caramelly with hints of bubblegum. Rusty red with a medium, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is caramel, a light bitterness, with ashy, burnt tobacco hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at the Lockhouse 6 in industry. Pour is a nice glowing pale yellow. appearance with a thin creamy head. The aroma is a little volatile and very apparent, makes me think of sweet paint thinner, but in an attractive way. There is very little if any carbonation in this brew. The flat taste comes across like homemade dago white wine with a little water added. Even tho it lacks CO2 and its winelike, there are few badd attributes to this beer. Finish is easy and overall the brew was not too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Amber pour with a cream head. Nose is caramel, malts, and sweet. Easy palate, fruity, caramel, not that interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a sudsy white head and a slight bit of lacing along the glass. Aroma has some roasted malt notes along with burnt sugar. Flavor is alright but not as exciting or bitter as I hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3861) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Reddish-brown, highly carbonated, but diffuse head. Nutty nose, moving toward hazelnut, and ensconced by berry fruit. Berry and nut flavors abound in the body. Body is thinnish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
12oz bottle pours copper with a nice khaki head. Aromas of some light bread grain and cereal malt. Flavor is light and semi sweet. Body is light and finish is a bit bready

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