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

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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!


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dacrza (484) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Situation: Completed the holiday un-decorating... Glassware: Rare Vos pint... Appearance: quickly thinning off-white head to a pencil moustache...no lacing; body is dark orange and sparsely effervescent... Aroma: buttery and malty, almost as a spirit with more potency--otherwise, much as a nut brown... Palate: medium-bodied, thin and smooth--welcoming and simple... Taste: slightly metallic, flat, malty and late hints of hops leave this beer oddly nondescript... Overall: More of a chip/pretzel chaser than a stand-alone sessioon beer--not disappointing, but not upset by its "limited release" packaging either...

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chudwick (1965) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2013
12oz bottle - pours clear amber with tan head and thin lacing. Nose is cereal and floral. Flavor adds light smoke, roasted malts, and metal. Reminds me of the Hudy Amber minus the cheese. Also reminds me of the Mississippi Mud Black and Tan. Fruity aftertaste. flavor is lightly sweet and moderately bitter. fairly flat. Not nearly as good as the regular Newcastle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dragons_fyre78 (6) - lebanon, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
Drinking straight from the bottle, not to bad. Reminds me of a thicker heavier killians. Has a light caramel taste. Resignates on the pallate alright.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Touchshriek (8) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
Bottle. Pours a dark red/amber with one inch head that dissolves slowly. Thin taste, typical Newcastle finish. A nice mid range beer that drinks easily.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (694) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
From notes: Poured clear reddish-amber with a small, thin off-white head and lots of bubbling along the wall of the glass. Sweet berry aroma with a peppery, grassy note beneath common to rye beers. Body was hard to describe. Medium thickness, but with an odd metallic note to the finish. The berry didn’t come through in the taste at all until it warmed a bit. Odd metallic taste remained. The berry lingers in the finish, and the grassiness of the rye comes forward as it warms.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lorenasa (154) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Smells of rye and soy sauce pours a dark amber with small head. It is a nice balance of thickness and smoothness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Nice and dark with orange highlights. Very much of a roasted malt presence in the nose and palate. Deep caramel/heath bar taste. Creamy then gritty mouthfeel. Really tasty session stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of dark malt caramel and a good amount of hops. A decent quaffable one that I would consider buying again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Nothing special going on with this beer. Some toffee, caramel, berry notes and an odd earthy flavor. No flaws other then it being boring.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. The beer lives up to the Newcastle standard. Solid midrange beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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