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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmoen (332) - - JAN 10, 2015
pours a clear red color with white head. Well balanced with hints of chocolate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif. Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack) Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015 Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015 Misc.: N/A Poured an auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.13) Definitely a Newcastle beer with the first whiff. Rye malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, roasty, butter malts, hazelnut, light espresso, vanilla and mixed berries. (Smell - 2.63) Tasted a tad better than the nose. More berries than the nose. Buttery toffee, slightly boozy, hazelnut, caramel, nutty roasty malts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 2.88) Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, rather bitter finish. (Feel - 2.63) Not a good Irish Red Ale, especially after having Alpine’s McIlhenney’s Irish Red the other night. Would not have it again. (Overall - 2.75) 2.79 65 C

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerseyjohn71 (297) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
caramel, bread, hay, roasty, toast, nuts, dough, earthy, leaves, bubblegum, licorice, vanilla, woody, clear, red, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, light body,

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
martjoobolut (3187) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2014
0,33L bottle (from Stockmann?!). Pours clear brown-copper with light tan head. The head stays for a second. Aroma is sweetness, caramel, wet socks. Flavor is sweet, nutty, caramel, toffee, some metallic notes. Body is watery. Overall: rather bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tuxjr (2) - Shalimar, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
Its sweeter, maltier, hoppier and fizzier than Newcastle Brown which is my quaffable go to. I appreciate the effort. Mix half w/ Arrogant Bastard for a Bastard Werewolf!!! The hops cut the sweet. Its not bad w/ Bar b que! Cmon brothers lighten up and relish the amazing brew world we live in tday! Now if light beers were just made illegal...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Well, t’aint "blood red" as the label states, but it’s a deep amber in body. The "head" is an off-white film. The aroma is toffee and caramel and light brown sugar. The taste is sweetness, toffee and caramel. Unremitting. Too much for me to session at any time. With a name like "Werewolf," it should do more than gnaw away at my canines.
I wrote the above before seeing that this is classified at an ESB on the site. I’m flabbergasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2014
A lot of plum/raisin and dark chocolate in the aroma, with sweetness that makes it candy-like. Similar flavor, with bitterness that balances the sweetness. Subtle pepper. Kind of a maraschino cherry-like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mainuh_man (260) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
16 Oz tap. Pours clear brown with a white head. Make aromas dominate: caramel and brown sugar. Medium sweetness with cereal grain, nut, and some prune. Finishes with long, herby hop linger. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. Overall, good malt, but pretty unidimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Namespayne (64) - - DEC 3, 2014
Reddish brown, Sherry aroma. Light and easy drinking, crystal clear on the palate. Funky bitterness that I can't get past. Notes of cream soda aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (926) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
Flaska i LA. Dimmigt brun med vitt skum. Doft som en vanlig newcastle men med inslag av choklad och hallon. Smaken är vattnig med litw rostad malt. Lite bättre än originalet.

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