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


on tap

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Medium-light bodied, some astringency. At colder temperatures, there’s a slight whiskey quality. Flavors mellow and fall somewhat flat as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4109) - Utah, USA - APR 5, 2013
12oz bottle from The Grapevine
Appearance: Clear red/brown with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Bready, toffee and nuts
Taste: Toasted malts, toffee and bitter
A decent bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1142) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours a brown red with a thin tan head. Aroma is sour berry with an earthy note. Taste is malty and sweet with a peppery roasted dark finish that does, in fact, come out of nowhere. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VictorSA (152) - NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Dyp brun med lettfarvet skum. Aroma av kanel, rosin, tranebær og kaffe. Fin frisk syre, lett bitterhet og sødme. Middels fylde. (Havnabakken, 22.09.13)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wischylini (107) - Grimstad, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a crystal clear amber with a slightly red hue, and a minimal offwhite head that fades quickly. The dominant aromas are red fruits and berries, and there’s a toffee-like aroma to it as well, while the finish gives way to more bitter aromas like cocoa powder and coffee. The rye also contributes to a spicy finish. The taste is fairly sweet, with a bitter-dry finish, but the finish is unfortunately quite short. The mouthfeel is creamy without feeling heavy, probably because of the carbonation. Overall this is a decent macro ale, and I’ll definitely have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3594) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 26, 2014
Not that bitter and quite nice to drink. Somewhat thin and dark interesting looks it was.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 5, 2011
A little bit milky in the aroma. Looks fine. This isn’t all that bad. Truthfully, though, it just doesn’t seem all that different from regular Newcastle, although perhaps a bit less sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Clear golden red with a creamy white head. Brassy earthy caramel and toffee aroma and taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3075) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours nearly clear, red/amber/copper with tan head. Scent is slight chocolate over earth over burnt campfire coffee..... Taste is old metal, malt,slightly bitter woody nuts.. This is an odd duck in taste and aroma both. It’s rather unique. Not bad....different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (809) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
#300, whatup? 12oz bottle. Dark copper/brown aroma. Head fades off, no lacing. Nutty taste, as you’d expect, but a bit more "burnt". Not quite a true session beer, but a unique and "natural" fall seasonal, worth a try.

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