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


on tap

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnstone (2365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Light bread aroma. Clear Copper color with slight sudsy white head. Bready, toasted flavor...generally unimpressive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scooterbub (920) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a thine tan head that fades. Taste is of roasted malts, caramel, rye and some fruit. Similar aroma. Lighter body with a mostly clean finish. Not bad, I like it better cool, than cold.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
justinkirby28 (4) - Delhi, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2013 does not count
I really enjoyed this beer. It tasted really good. Not red like advertised though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
airrick2003 (698) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Appearance: clear brown color, hues of deep amber, thick dense head Aroma: coffee, malt, chocolate, fruit?, faint smelling Taste: subtle coffee, hint of fruit Palate: hint of coffee aftertaste Overall: this bottle is a little beat up I don't know how it was handled before I received it, it's not very complex, highly drinkable of course bc it's from InBev ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Medium-light bodied, some astringency. At colder temperatures, there’s a slight whiskey quality. Flavors mellow and fall somewhat flat as it warms.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jeremyh70 (889) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Not blood red as advertised. More light brown with ruby tint. Weak tasting. Some malt and berry taste with some bitter. Wouldn't buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle - Clear dark amber with a light tan head. It smells mainly of caramel malt with some grain. The flavor is sweet caramel, a touch of hops, and that’s about it. Light to medium bodied. Rather mediocre. So far I’m unimpressed with Newcastle’s efforts to get into the craft beer market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dacrza (649) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chudwick (2475) - 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.

   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.

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