Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 I simply didn't like it that much. The aroma was inviting, but the taste was terrible.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 30, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin, brown body with hints of amber. Head is little to none at all. Smell is actually pretty good, with healthy malt and nutty scents. Taste is malt, roasted, bitter hops, water and a very small amount of nuttiness, in that order for the most part. Aftertaste is short-lived, with some bitterness from the hops and more wateriness. Probably one of the better beers you can get at a bar sporting all domestic taps. Had on tap at Dave’s Taverna in Harrisonburg, VA.
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I have a standby beer, and I'm not really sure that I do, Newcastle comes the closest. Go to the grocery store and you can bet Newcastle will be there. And that's a good thing.
I like the look of a Newcastle. It pours a dark brown, a very dark brown, as befits a brown ale. There is not much of a head so drinking can begin immediately, or at least no drinking through bubbles.
Newcastle has a nice aroma. Not sweet but you can smell the malt.
As much as I like Newcastle, I will admit that it can be skinky. Actually, I have never tasted a beer whose flavor varies from 6-pack to 6-pack as much as Newcastle. I don't know if it's the clear bottles or it may be old beer but it irritates me. However, I have had much more good than bad.
Newcastle proves that dark color does not necessarily equal strong flavor. However, the flavor is good and even better after the first!
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing shocking here. Just an easy to drink brown ale (yes, brown). It's one advantage is it's crisper than some beers you'll find in british style pubs (boddingtons or guinness) and it makes a good contrast to either of those.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Standard brown ale (color was truly brown) with almost no head. Pleasant sweet aroma, not very complex though... Not much to write about palate: malts with light caramel. High carbonation. Good session beer but not 3D.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(sigh...) Brown color with a very small head. Sweet aroma of burnt sugar. Fruity flavour wiyh some cherry notes and burnt sugar. Flat and metallic mouthfeel. Sweet and sticky fruity finish.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2003 It's very true...Get the "fresher" bottles in the 12-pks(enclosed)These just came in tonight and smell like a nice slightly nutty good beer/crossed w/ a "normal beer".Pours out an amazing red/amber/weak head/lace.Tastes nice when fresh.Malty & a bit hoppy? in it's own respect.Quick dry finish.I like it alot though I get it for 10.50 a 12-pk(mcewan's IPA is a touch better)but this is a slugger!By the way,pour this one out of it's stanky bottle!Sweet & a tease of roasted...
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I wish they'd just bite the damn bullet and put this in a brown bottle (same with Sammy Smith's) because I can't help but think every damn bottle I've had has been exposed to far too much light. I respect the absolutely amazing cultural appeal of this beer, and the traditional methods with which it is brewed, but I just don't think it's that great. Startling levels of tinniness exist in the malt which invade every aspect of the beer other than the appearance (which is very classic brown). It smells like a tin can that at one time contained caramel syrup, it tastes like you are licking a piece of metal (lightly coated with caramel), and the mouthfeel is *gasp* tinny. This may be a cultural icon, but so is Bud.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Watery, with an oily nut taste. I've had it both on tap and from the bottle, and it was about the same in both places.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe It would be beter on tap but from the botttle its pretty plain. Definantly did not live up to the hype