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!

brianairb85's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Bottled....The smell is earthy with caramely hits you then grapes almost wineish. Its clear and darkish amber with a 3 inch head that’s off white. The head disappears quick and what’s left is a small cloud. It taste strange. I taste bread, grapes, and then slight bitterness. Not too good but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Nothing exciting. A little on the watery side. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
CryptLiquor (8) - oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
A rather cheap seasonal from Newcastle with caramel notes that sometimes get in the way, reminiscent of their better known brown. Deserves a higher rating than what some other users provide, though it will not satisfy any serious beer drinker.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenJensen (1426) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Superb foam that will last a while. Lovely inviting aroma of dark toffee. The flavor is malt characterized by dark caramel, roasted malt, a little hazelnut and candied. Oatmeal, I do not have the big expertise, but the taste of a little bread must be due to oatmeal. It just contributes to a little more distinctive and aggressive malt flavor that makes this ale to taste something richer than the 4.5% alcohol else had put in expectation. Hop bitterness is moderate and restrained, just such as an ESB should be. The finish is medium dry and very low carbonation is completely in line with how the British ales should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2015
A rather odd one that goes from an odd oatmeal stout to caramel. It swings from bitter to sweet in a form that feels very imbalnced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tarmok (1021) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 16, 2015
clear amber liquid with frothy yellowish head. Aroma: malts, caramel, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, malts. Palate: light body, thin feel, average carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikkvoika (158) - ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Pours clear ruby red with white head. Aroma malts, caramel, sweet. Taste watery, light and weak body. I didnt like it very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (1256) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Clear ruby red with small white head. Aroma is bready, slight coffee, burnt malts, smooth- i like it. Taste is same, a bit watery, and weak.U p to medium body. medium carbonation. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2563) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Medium ruby red. Aroma is malty, biscuit, light sweet fruit. Medium thin body. Flavor has dough and light sweetness. Rounded body. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tgncc (3076) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Aroma: peanut butter, caramel malty Flavor: same as aroma Appearance: deep amber, off white head Medium in body. Finish: light English hops Not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Karstenborg (712) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015
Clear brown with with a small white head. Aroma is raisin, metallic and caramel. Taste is caramel, watery and metallic.

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