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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (11234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear deep golden/cooper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain, caramel and floral. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is light, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle. Toffee, barley, and rye aroma. Medium brown with off-white head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and hay flavor. Light body. Okay but not much there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Brewery: Dunston (Scottish & Newcastle)
Date: August 18, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber, creamy beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: dry earthy aroma, bready, woodsy
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, big bready presence, lots of woodsy hops, dry and earthy with just a touch of caramel sweetness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
2011-09-30. Crisp red amber body with a small off-white head. 3+ Grainy malt, sweetish not quite caramel malt. 5+ Flavour is similar, sweetish malt, bit grainy, meh. Average to light bodied palate. Not great, mediocre take on an English ale. Bottle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
"Blood red" - hmm, Im glad my blood doesnt look like this ;) The color is red amber and it has a creamy, lasting head. The aroma has notes of caramel, fruits, berries and light nuts. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of caramel, berries with a slightly harshness, malt and the finish is slightly roasted dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle. Mostly clear amber pour with a foamy head. Aroma of grainy malt. Kind of a caramel, slightly hopped, bread taste. Bleh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
10oz pour on tap at Cock & Bull. Clear red / brown color. Thin white head, some lace. Smooth texture. Some light earthy hop, light spice aroma, little skunky adjuct flavors. Light bitter, light sweet. Caramel malts. Light chocolate. OK... Better than standard New Castle brown, but I still dont care for this

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight grain, caramel, toffee, hints of earth, slight cardboard like notes in there as well, something unappealing. Taste is more wet grain, husky cardboard, some slight roasted nuts, caramel, finishing earthy and slightly dirty. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Clear dark brown body. Alcohol dominated aroma with caramel and chestnuts. Mild malty flavor with little hops bitternes as well as some caramel and besides slightly sour. High carbonation. Short finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
onceblind (8900) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Color is clear dark amber with a thin rocky light beige head. Aroma is like dried and roasted cranberries and blueberries, tinged with cheap generic light lager. Flavor is that of toast, bad lager yeast, and wildberries. Semisweet bready berry finish.

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