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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
tap sample @ beerfoot .. . sour plum aroma .. very light foam .. . good lord, this is terrible .. . a bit sour and some 2 week old powdered brown gravy .. . garbage .. . . Nah, not on a civil servant’s salary. It’s near sucker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1960) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12oz bottle poured into an English pint at 42°. Color is a deep amber that leans to the brown. Carbonation is good with a small off white head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt scent with just a hint of hops. It has a lighter medium body that gives a smooth mouth feel with a slight fizzy feel on the end. Flavor comes in sweet and roasted then a touch of hops give a mild bitterness and just a hint of citrus. After taste is dry as the bitterness comes out a little more. Overall its a good brew, like a robust Amber crossed with an ESB.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobertDale (5546) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light clear amber (not blood red) with a small off-white head. Strange aroma of moldy, sour grain. Taste is a bit better, with sweet fruit, grain, and malt. Just nothing positive to say.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2012
From Beerlicious iphone app: red and clear. Rocky whitish tan head. Sour and some bitterness. Oily texture and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2012
resin, roasty, a bit skunky, red, minimal head, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, expected a wallop, noticed 4.5 abv , happy with it

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, 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 (167) - 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 (391) - 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 (9671) - 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

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