Davhgbrew (752) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I had this beer in high school I hated it. But I guess my palate has evolved, because now I love it. The best thing about this beer is the aftertaste. It has almost an oak barrel flavor to it. Very good beer!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Newcastle seems to taste better the colder it is served, also the flavor/aroma is smoother and less bitter if the beer is allowed to breath. All in all not a bad beer for the money, and given the choice between Newcastle and most US domestics Go for the Newcastle.
Update 02/15/2002, had it on tap last night, even better!!
adsti3 (29) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is really just average in bottle form. Not much flavor really. Better from the tap.
Sigmund (4541) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 (Bottle). A good but somewhat overrated beer. Aggressively carbonated. Better in the Good Old Days when it was stronger.
Rerate, draught in Newcastle: I found the colour to be darker brown than the bottled version (can that be?), and the flavour was fuller and richer - even though the pub tried to ruin it by serving it ice cold.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
All I can really think of is: O.K. The aroma was slightly skunky, but of course, the clear bottle I am sure contributed to it. Slight head, but nice color. Tasted better as it warmed up, giving way to some malt taste. Bellís makes a much better brown, but this is decent.
beerdrinkingking (47) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
one of my favorite beers it is good in the bottle and it is ten times greater from the tap
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good quality english ale.
Full rich taste is nice and smooth. I recommend Newcastle to anyone.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 13, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Once one of my favorites, it started my love affair with all beers English. The aroma is not good; I donít think its always skunked, but Iíve never had one that smelled GREAT; usually its a bit spoiled-smelling and grainy in the bad (Bud) way. Beautiful red-brown color and slightly sweet, smooth, simple flavor do make it a decent all-occasion quaff. Thereís some good caramel notes in the flavor, but not enough body and little nuttiness. This is my 3rd rating for a beer that was once a great favorite; I still have to give it credit for helping introduce me to the world of great brown ales (Sam Smith and Rogue esp.), and English beer generally. This almost certainly was a better beer even as short as 10 years ago, and is still much better on tap.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Some toffee and hazelnut in the malty aroma. Medium brown in color, quite clear and having an average size and duration of head. Flavor profile is also largely malty, with a slight vinous character, breadiness and nut. Some lighter, noble hop flavors on the finish. Body is light to medium, palate is a little on the watery side and smooth. Nice bready aftertaste. Omnipresent in my area of the world. Draught version is a bit more satisfying and flavorful than the bottled.
moose99 (18) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty with a nice alcohol content. Nice buzz quickly.