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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thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of dark malt caramel and a good amount of hops. A decent quaffable one that I would consider buying again.

Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Nothing special going on with this beer. Some toffee, caramel, berry notes and an odd earthy flavor. No flaws other then it being boring.

Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. The beer lives up to the Newcastle standard. Solid midrange beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
lots of earth and peat. sharp lightly frothy head adds little as does the body which is moderate, with light grain and otherwise lifeless. hint of ivy.

kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Tap. Pours a clear amber body with a slight reddish hue, minimal fizzy off-white head. The nose is very dry and grainy with a slight note of lightly roasted coffee and some English hops. The flavor is dry toasted malt up front with a slightly husky graininess. Finishes with some lightly bitter hops and a little bit of burnt caramel. Light bodied with firm fizzy carbonation. Nice dry lingering finish. Pretty nice ESB.

Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A gimmick beer that works...to a point. Looks good, has enough of a malt nose. A touch of rye snap and then nothing. Not really to style. I guess I missed the "bite of bitterness".

sjohnny (683) - - DEC 10, 2012
Berry sweet combined with musty aroma. Pours brownish red, like iced tea with a head the color of vanilla ice cream that fades quickly. Thin, slightly skunky with a sweet finish and a slightly bitter after-finish. Not bad. Nothing to write home about.

SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Great ’blood red’ colour and nice head that sticks around. Carmel and fruity malt flavour with a small bite. Not like anything I’ve tasted before. Overall it’s not a great beer but it’s definitely good.

Studentofbrrs (99) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 Has a strong hoppy scent with a hint of something fruity. Is a beautiful red in colour that has a medium head that stays lightly on top. Tastes lightly fruity with a small bite of bitter hop, and an easy finish

craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark amber pour. Tall that the quickly deflates. Aroma not very noticeable (normal for me). Taste has some grapefruit and caramel flavors in the end otherwise nothing stands out. Not oily at all. Clean.

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