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


on tap

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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (605) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Dark amber, brown color topped by a medium-sized beige head. Interesting nutty toasted malt nose hints at pecans and toasted rye bread. First sip has a a spicy toasted malt character,some peppery hops. More "bite" than the traditional Brown Ale. Brief dryish finish is pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ronaldtheriot (1196) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Newcastle Werewolf has a medium, cream-colored head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance with a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is odd: slightly-turned brown bread and berries. The flavor is of brown bread, a little bit of sweetness, some bitterness, and pecan shell. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Newcastle Werewolf finishes easy-going, drinkable, and dull. There is not much too this beer, sadly. I rate it just average. Try it, and see what you think. RJT

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
vtafro (2998) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Draft. Amber brown pour with tan head. Light sweet fruit like malt, mild spices aroma. Rye, fruit, herbal, earthy and spice like flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2928) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2012
tastes a little like the standard but has a bigger bite and more emphasis on the malt built. its quite smooth and has a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3185) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Wow! Rated that highly huh?

The beer pours a reddish amber color, not anything I would call "blood red" but close enough for beer. The head is medium sized, and seems to be fairly well retained.... i.e. itís keeping fairly tight, not shrinking, not fizzing out like sodapop.

Wow, call me nuts but the first whiff of this was wonderful... nutty & chocolaty, sweet smelling but not sugary smelling. A bit of husky grain. Man oh man, I canít think of much I donít like about the aroma here, it could be more pungent or more pronounced, but this is perfectly nice smelling beer here.

The flavor has much of the same nutty and chocolaty aspects that the aroma has, but in the flavor they are more subdued, more muted, less intriguing. This has sort of a snappy raw graininess to it thatís not great, but isnít quite offensive either. The bitterness level is pleasant, the flavor drops off fairly quickly, but this seems to have the makings of a very nice beer. After about half the bottle though it becomes tiring, the couple good notes loose their thrill, and it doesnít seem like Iíd really like to drink another bottle of this.

Itís funny to me how the Newcastle folks just sort of keep trying to brew all these variants across different styles, and they always come back as some weird riff on a brown ale thatís inexplicably more pleasant than the standard Newcastle Brown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
September 30, 2011 with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel. Clear oily-looking copper pour with a small off-white fizzy head. Diacetyl and dry flowers/straw in the aroma, weak alcohol, taste is a weird grape juice and floral bitterness over light grain thing, still not much alcohol. Slick and sticky with mild carbonation and a somewhat harsh aftertaste ... meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (945) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Pours a clear brown color with aroma of clean malt. A mild malt flavor with a slight bitterness. Overall a decent flavor with a slight sweet note.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
emichaelis23 (8) - Geneva, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012 does not count
I hope I can get my household guests to drink this one or else it may sit in the fridge until I get desperate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
demitriustown (1059) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Rating: 12 oz bottle: Aroma is nice caramel malt scent, roasty and toasty, and a very slight malt characteristic. Appearance is a clear amber with a tan to off white head that diminishes slowly. Taste is lighter than I thought, then a maltiness gets in there. A slightly astringent aftertaste with a lingering maltiness. Overall, Not get but a nice malty beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Draft @ Brass City Brew Fest. Pours a ruby-amber color with a slight off-white head. Mostly malt flavored, this beer is flatly flavored and dull. Mediumly bodied and easy to drink. Pass.

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