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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
o_Merlin_o (214) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Smells just like Newcastle Nut Brown Ale mixed with coffee. Tastes just like Newcastle Nut Brown Ale mixed with cherries. Okay beer. Very middling beer - not good and not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle pour is tobacco brown with quick foam with little head. I wasn?t expecting a raspberry aroma. Some liquorice. Very watery body. Tastes flavored and has no real umpf.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dlihcsnatas (703) - Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Amber brew with no head. Smelled of roasted malts and seemed inviting but the taste ruined it all. Did have a bit of roasted flavor but also tasted a bit like a cola. Even went down about like a cola, one that comes in a 2 litre bottle and was opened about 3 days ago. Yep, think i nailed it right there. It started as a plastic bottled cola and was opened, put into beer bottles, and shipped to the USA. Watered down garbage that doesnt even live up to being worthy of such a creature as a werewolf. Should have named it Rabid Chuwahwah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Pours a brown color with a very light tan head. Aroma is a bit nutty with some malt notes. Flavor matches with the addition of some more roasted flavors and a bit of spice. Seemed just like a darker, slightly more spiced version of the brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Tasted on 10/27/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at the grocery store. Pours clear bright amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace and an average collar. The nose is lightly nutty bread with some caramel, mostly malt focused, with a light hint of spicy hops. The flavor falls a bit short of the classic ESB nose, with a bit more caramel malt, and no real discernible hops. The body is light with average, fizzy carbonation, and a short malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Tap, brown pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, nutty, okay brown

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
UncleKorm (1283) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
On tap, poured a clear brown hue w/ a medium foamy white head. Mild sweet aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are roasted marshmallows and sugar. Light bodied and watery mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MWB76 (1) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
I had this beer on draft at the Tilted Kilt in Kenosha, Wi. This beer has a nice, clear deep copper color and the aroma has a slight berry scent mixed in with toasted barely. The taste is very malty with strong malt and malt tones throughout, mixed in with hints of raisons and a very perceivable burnt toast character. There is a strong bittering character to the beer, but this bitterness is more associated with the astringent bitterness you get from roasted malts than from hops. Overall this is a decent beer that lacks anything to make it stand out from comparable beers in this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (11374) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2014
330 ml bottle. BB 31/07. At the Oak Barrel, Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Clear copper brown colour with a tiny off-white head. Nuts, wood, caramel malt and some mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is mild bitterness, nutty dryness and some caramel maltiness. Watery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 12, 2014
This was surprisingly good. Initial pour I got a whiff of berry. Once in the glass the smell was pretty muted. Light brown with reddish tint. A white head that contrasted drastically with the body but quickly disappeared with a thin lacing. There is a berry presence followed by a malty back and floral hops (but not bitter at all). It is a little watery. I got this on sale and for that price I would get it again. This is a light drinking beer, and not usually my style - but I quite enjoyed it.

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