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

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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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!

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2.7
Bygers (1185) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small head and with a small lacing. Aroma is fairly mild with some malt, caramel and hint of fruit fruit. Taste of malt and caramel sweetness, with just a bit of fruit, smoke and nut. Moderate body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
Rune (13727) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
330ml bottle bought at Nina’s Mini Market. Spotty lacing from an off-white head with satisfying duration. Clear dark brown body. Malt dominated nose, hints of berries. Black and brown malts to the flavour character, with a mild taste of caramel. Slightly roasted bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink. Accepted (hotel room, Edinburgh 11.08.2013).

3.2
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottled. Clear, deep-red copper with moderate off-white head. I can smell mildly spicy rye notes in the aroma. Body is a little on the weak side. Flavor isn’t bad, but somewhat one-dimensional. Something in the finish I don’t care much for although I honestly can’t place it. Not terrible, but I won’t be getting it again.

3
wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a clear amber brown with a big full antique lace head. Aroma is grain and spice. Taste is sweet caramel malt, a bit of molasses and biscuits. Mild hoppiness at the end. Good session ale.

2.6
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
35.5 cl bottle from Meny Kolsås. I had some expextations with this one but it was a bit dissapointing. Pours brown with a medium beige head.Aroma and taste is plain caramel and toffee. Where is the rye ? Medium to low bitter finish.

3
Sigmund (8025) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2013
Sample from bottle at Vectura tasting. Brown colour. Some caramel and toffee in the aroma, not unpleasant. The flavour has also caramel and toffee, but also some moderately roasty notes. A moderate but sharpish and slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. Drinkable (if for free), but not something I’d spend money on.

2.5
Camons (13497) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, light chocolate notes, spice, bread. Medium body, soft carbonation. 110913

3.1
Cunningham (8527) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2013

Appearance: Clear nutty brown color with a nice off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Caramel malty and some roasted malt.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and a fair bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Rich malty, mild hoppy, roasted malt and mild toffee.
Overall impression: Unusual premium bitter. But tasty!
Personal stats: Bottle from Varnaveien Mineralvann in Moss, Norway

2.6
Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2013
Reddish brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of sweet malt, rye, toffee and caramel. A flavor of rye, barley, burnt toffee and bitter.

2.6
TheDog (587) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber colour with offwhite short head. Aroma a bit dry and roasted coffee with syrup. Taste of toast bread, moderate sweet and moderate bitter. I wished it had more bite.


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