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

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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   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!


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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KajII (781) - 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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
b3shine (5305) - Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; a transparent caramel with foamy off-white head that has a touch of light brown to it. Smells malty with a bit of hops; much like the style calls for. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced, and with some toast. Blander. Average on the palate. Not bad for a Newcastle brew, but smells better than it tastes.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
HaakonBjerkeli (18) - NORWAY - AUG 9, 2014
Filtered, clear copper red. Beige head, short. Aroma cara and hint of rye, sweetness. Nothing exciting. Nothing that’s lasting. More bitter and some metalic with temperature. But still better than their brown ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (781) - NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Clear copper. Quickly residing off-white head. Aroma of dark berries, dark caramel and roasted nuts. Similar taste. Well balanced and refreshing. Very quaffable.A bit waterish aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a light brown color with a two finger off white to white head. The head gently died within about a good two minutes leaving some light lacing sticking all over. The smell had a graceful blend of sweet to roasty with a decent dark fruit to light cherry and light caramel inside the malt rings. The taste was semi-roasty graced with a tad of sweet caramel-ness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent carbonation rolling about in and out of some light harshness. Overall, not a bad brown ale nor a superior brown ale, still worthy of having again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (890) - - AUG 4, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-5-12 - Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance –Pours a light brown color with a billowy two finger off white head. The head has very nice retention but fades over time to give a good level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is sweet and roasted. It has a nice dark fruit aroma of cherry and some caramel as well as a roasted malt smell. Taste – The taste starts roasty. There is a lighter sweetness associated with the front of the taste. The sweetness is mainly of a caramel nature. As the taste advances some roasty and bitter hop flavors come to the tongue and diminish some of the sweetness. While the sweetness is overall lessened, some light dark fruit flavors come to the tongue. In the end a rather smooth and moderately roasty flavor is left on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A bit of a heavier body may have suited the flavor profile a bit better, but for the abv at 4.5% and the moderate carbonation it did make it more refreshing. Overall – A very nice affordable and good session brown ale. It had a good flavor as well being rather refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
metalspice (40) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2014
Kobberfarget med beigt skum. Karamell og en litt vinaktig duft. Nøtter i smaken. Litt kort.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hallinghansen (1934) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber body with a medium white head. Caramel malt, metal, butter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentDamon (315) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Bière achetée aux États-Unis : elle m’a tout de suite intrigué puisqu’au Canada, nous n’avons que la Brown ale. La bière est brune, avec des reflets rouges. Nez de caramel et de baies sucrées. En bouche, c’est sucré, tout en noisettes, avec des notes de fruits sauvages et de malt grillé. Somme toute très bonnne!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (316) - 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 (3263) - 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


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