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


on tap

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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"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 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 (703) - 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 (256) - 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 (60) - - 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 (243) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
o_Merlin_o (191) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Smells just like Newcastle Nut Brown Ale mixed with coffee. Tastes just like Newcastle Nut Brown Ale mixed with cherries. Okay beer. Very middling beer - not good and not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beastmaster (363) - Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle pour is tobacco brown with quick foam with little head. I wasn?t expecting a raspberry aroma. Some liquorice. Very watery body. Tastes flavored and has no real umpf.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dlihcsnatas (398) - Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Amber brew with no head. Smelled of roasted malts and seemed inviting but the taste ruined it all. Did have a bit of roasted flavor but also tasted a bit like a cola. Even went down about like a cola, one that comes in a 2 litre bottle and was opened about 3 days ago. Yep, think i nailed it right there. It started as a plastic bottled cola and was opened, put into beer bottles, and shipped to the USA. Watered down garbage that doesn’t even live up to being worthy of such a creature as a werewolf. Should have named it Rabid Chuwahwah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Pours a brown color with a very light tan head. Aroma is a bit nutty with some malt notes. Flavor matches with the addition of some more roasted flavors and a bit of spice. Seemed just like a darker, slightly more spiced version of the brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Tasted on 10/27/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at the grocery store. Pours clear bright amber with an average beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace and an average collar. The nose is lightly nutty bread with some caramel, mostly malt focused, with a light hint of spicy hops. The flavor falls a bit short of the classic ESB nose, with a bit more caramel malt, and no real discernible hops. The body is light with average, fizzy carbonation, and a short malty finish.

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