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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
poisoneddwarf (1856) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours clear brownish-orange (definitely not "blood red") with a medium beige head with good retention and lace. Aroma consists of stinky grain, overripe dark fruit, caramel. Taste starts out sweet before a light bitterness sets in. Watery and bland. Creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. This werewolf should be extinct! I’m sure it will be by year’s end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2012
This is a decent beer, though it might just be too bitter for most people. I enjoyed it, but I think I prefer Newcastle Brown Ale still.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brucebruce81 (282) - Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2012
This beer was ok it was kind of watered down and lacked the good flavors i won’t be drinking agaon

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
This is the best beer I’ve had by Newcastle. A totally decent rye malted blood red bitter ale, with a nice mellowness throughout. Nothing hoptacular here, just a balanced little bitter with a pretty color.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (7935) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
10oz pour on tap at Cock & Bull. Clear red / brown color. Thin white head, some lace. Smooth texture. Some light earthy hop, light spice aroma, little skunky adjuct flavors. Light bitter, light sweet. Caramel malts. Light chocolate. OK... Better than standard New Castle brown, but I still don’t care for this

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
BBB63 (6364) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle served in a Newcastle NBA pint glass: Deep amber hue with a lovely off-white head and sticky almost nitro lacing... it went downhill from there. The aroma has notes stale caramel malts, soap, oxidized hop extract, and some minerals and wet burlap bags. The taste was not any better, dull and lifeless with a strange twang that is borderline infected. Where in the hell is the rye? A toothless creacher this is. UTTER GARBAGE!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
barn0216 (472) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Reddish amber color, clear, medium head recedes mediumly. Sweet bread aroma, nuts. Sweet nutty flavor up front, kind of light lager in the middle, and a somewhat surprising bitter tobacco finish. Lots of things going on, none of them particularly pleasant but also not overwhelmingly bad. Blah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 Clear reddish brown pour significant head. Robust earthy and peanuty flavors, some berry, but not sweet. Great bitter dry finish. As a non Newcastle Brown fan I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the beer. Somewhat watery mouthfeel but definitely a tasty beer with food. I would drink it all night long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3663) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Reddish amber color with a big, fluffy off white head. LIght cereal grain nose. Tastey beer with some puffed wheat notes, wet grains and an apple/berry fruitiness. Nice seasonally packaged beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2624) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2012
12 oz bottle Reddish mahogany color with a very durable tan head that leaves a nice coat on the glass when tilted: Not “blood red” but still a fine looking pour. A rather earthy and slightly musty aroma, suggestive of dark breads, is a somewhat poor preview of the flavor. Tasting reveals a clear presence of some earthy hops, but these are also spicy and overlay a solid, roasted malt base with some nice rye flavor. Decent aftertaste with a lingering notes of spicy rye and dark roasted malts.Overly aggressive carbonation. Medium body. Semi-dry finish O: good session beer: it has some complexity, no annoying off-flavors, decent mouthfeel, limited ABV, and relatively low price. The most interesting and appealing Newcastle beer in my experience.

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