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


on tap


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RATINGS: 462   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!

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sharkbcr (162) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Modest head, malty aroma and brown color. Chocolate malt taste and finish. An average ESB.

Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Malty, sweet. Actually tasted some alcohol in the background. Smooth mouthfeel but the taste was a bit harsh.

yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle. It’s a clear, dark amber to copper colored beer, topped by a small, dense, off-white to light beige head leaving some lacings. The aroma is sure on the malty side, with a faint spiced touch and a cheesy hint. Some chocolate hints too. It’s full-bodied and a tad too much carbonated, quite dry as well, even though there’s a sweetish touch in the flavor. There’s an underlying bitterness in this one, lasting for a good while, but I don’t think there’s enough of it to deal with the bready malts and chocolate hints. Some hints of tea in there too actually. Overall, a beer I can’t really decide whether I like or not, but it tastes quite decent, just don’t think I could do a session of it. 130829

thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pour is a dark brown with a average tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel with some roasted nuts. Flavor is again roasted nuts, not much else and kinda watery. Not horrible but not overly flavorful.

adamah (214) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Is this really different than the brown ale? Because it sure doesn’t taste like it. I thought the bartender poured me the wrong beer. It had a light malty aroma but not much on the nose. It poured a a deep brown color, the color is actually a little darker than the brown ale. The flavor was a little nutty and lightly sweet just like the brown ale. This was really disappointing, more lack luster than the brown ale.

Niller (1718) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at Voldby Koebmandsgaard. Clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma and taste is a little nutty with notes af caramel. Finish has a little bitterness.

VatMasterson (77) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
I was excited to find this in the grocery, neat werewolf clawing labeling props there CHAPS. First taste was, well, reminiscent of newcastle brown. An early nutty threat then disappears just as the head does. Color is supposed to be blood red ale according to the label. It is not blood red, its a brown. Good only in a pub with fish in chips in Sheffield I suppose. I won’t buy it again.

Snrphnx (24) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Think malty original Brown Ale, transformed. Brewed with distinctive red rye malt, the initial smoothness is haunted by a zest of berry, fading, like the moon behind the clouds, into a gentle biting bitterness at finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Bif (2391) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a clear dark amber color with a nominal head and with just a trace of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild with some malt, caramel and just a bit of fruit. Taste of malt and caramel sweetness, with just a bit of fruit and nut. Has a mild bitterness that lingers just a bit. Fairly moderate body and smooth with a bit of character. A decent beer that goes well with a casual social gathering.

resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark clear amber with quickly fading white head with minimum lacing. Aroma is light to moderate nutty, moderate caramel. Taste is the same. Finish is bitter. Texture is light, carbonation is medium.

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