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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!


AdamGott's rating

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2012
brown/reddish pour with little head - aromas of bread, hay, tobacco and molasses - thin on the palate and tastes as if it had a rough journey to my mouth (as in improper storage somewhere along the line, at least this one comes in a brown bottle!) but there are notes of brown sugar and tobacco again.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (269) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
Sweet vineous aroma. Clear red/brown colour. Toasty bready, nutty taste with good bitterness, unfortunately some tartiness in the finish. Light foamy texture too carbonated for esb. Bad aroma good taste.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3163) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
0.33l bottle. This is a clear one, light brown looking in the glass and it has a medium sized kinda beige-ish top. On the nose I get lots of old coffee grout and cardboard. Some traces of something softly roasted and there are also a ooze of sun damaged chocolate. Both dry and semi sweet in the taste. A good amount of something near roasted with dark malts and hints of more sun damaged chocolate. Kinda flourish also. Light oily in the mouth and it has a just above average carbonation level. Definitely drinkable, but not to exciting really. 16.11.2013

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
Good looking bottle and label. The beer is fairly flat, metallic, bit dry, too sweet and simply not very nice. A beer with a name, which in the end, is very tame.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2014
Flaske, 33 cl. Kobberfarvet, klar øl med et lavt off white skum. Dufter af knækbrød og lyse røde bær. Og nutella. Tynd og vandig i munden. Vegetale noter. Maltsuppe med en let bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CPH2200 (262) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
35.5 cl bottle 4.5% abv. Dark amber colour. Taste is malty with caramel and liqurice notes. Dry mouthfeel, a bit watery.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StoutHead (603) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear red color with a medium sized bubbly off-white head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is of malt, caramel, rye, spices with a hint of bread and hops. Very sweet but with a bitter finish. The rye comes in clearly in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. A bit boring, but at least it doesn’t taste like dishwashing fluid like their Brown Ale.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beergaard (41) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2014
White head and constant flow of bubbles to the top. Redish brown color, but not as red as promised on the bottle. Strong aroma of iron when first opened, afterwars some malt and fruitiness. Very watery taste but with notes of iron, malt and a touch of syrup. Quite distinct bitterness in the end - which is by far the most possitive thing i have to say about this beer. - Tastes better with food than alone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 24, 2014
Bottle t home. Clear reddish with a White head. Aroma medium malty (caramel, roasted, rye). Flavor medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light spicy, a light metallic note. Light to medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4752) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2014
Clear brown with a reddish tint. Mostly lasting big-bubbled beige head. Anise-scented caramel malts to the nose. Light body, chalky mouthfeel. Light bready and caramelly malt flavor. Light sweet. Discreet bitterness, some earth and spice. Short sourish malty ending. Quite good for a pasteurized and filtered Bitter. [Picked up at Meny Oslo City]

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Russo (1650) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2014
Clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is light roasted malt with hints of caramel, fruit and light hops. Flavor is like aroma with more sweetness..


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