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

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RATINGS: 459   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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1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle. On first sip it had a bit of a boozy taste, which was kind of surprising considering how low on alcohol content it is. Afterward it mellowed, and really just tasted like a nasty red ale. Not a fan and can’t recommend it, I mean if you’re stepping up from a Killian’s or something then have at it, but this isn’t a universally "good" beer. 4.5% abv.


2.9
alexsdad06 (10471) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2017
Bottle at home because a family member thought I needed it, from notes. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, a hint of spicy rye character, mild fruit, some metallic notes, forgettable.

3.2
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Nothing exciting. A little on the watery side. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
CryptLiquor (8) - oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
A rather cheap seasonal from Newcastle with caramel notes that sometimes get in the way, reminiscent of their better known brown. Deserves a higher rating than what some other users provide, though it will not satisfy any serious beer drinker.

2.8
TorbenJensen (1529) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Superb foam that will last a while. Lovely inviting aroma of dark toffee. The flavor is malt characterized by dark caramel, roasted malt, a little hazelnut and candied. Oatmeal, I do not have the big expertise, but the taste of a little bread must be due to oatmeal. It just contributes to a little more distinctive and aggressive malt flavor that makes this ale to taste something richer than the 4.5% alcohol else had put in expectation. Hop bitterness is moderate and restrained, just such as an ESB should be. The finish is medium dry and very low carbonation is completely in line with how the British ales should be.

2.4
DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2015
A rather odd one that goes from an odd oatmeal stout to caramel. It swings from bitter to sweet in a form that feels very imbalnced.

2.7
tarmok (1433) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 16, 2015
clear amber liquid with frothy yellowish head. Aroma: malts, caramel, Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, malts. Palate: light body, thin feel, average carbonation, long finish,

2.4
mikkvoika (161) - ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Pours clear ruby red with white head. Aroma malts, caramel, sweet. Taste watery, light and weak body. I didnt like it very much.

2.8
VamboladeTolly (2114) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Clear ruby red with small white head. Aroma is bready, slight coffee, burnt malts, smooth- i like it. Taste is same, a bit watery, and weak.U p to medium body. medium carbonation. Drinkable.

3.1
Capa (3322) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Medium ruby red. Aroma is malty, biscuit, light sweet fruit. Medium thin body. Flavor has dough and light sweetness. Rounded body. Decent.

2.2
tgncc (3135) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Aroma: peanut butter, caramel malty Flavor: same as aroma Appearance: deep amber, off white head Medium in body. Finish: light English hops Not good.


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