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


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Poured into a wide flute glass. Dark red color with a solid finger of head. Rich smell of wet grain and ripe dark fruit. Watery taste overall; bitterness tries to come out but fails. Meh. Crisp texture, medium body with moderate carbonation. It wants to be bold and flavorful, but it just doesn’t happen. But it doesn’t taste bad, just not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
weihenweizen (1701) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Refrigerated clear amber with reddish hue and medium off-white head. Little lacing, medium body, little carbonation, and light herbal hop aroma. Taste is caramel malt and herbal hop finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
AlexM84 (2) - - SEP 17, 2012 does not count
I would rate this much higher if it was strictly a draft rating. It is malty and has a great look, but lacking in pleasurable aroma. My first try was a bottle we acquired from the distributor, I did not care for it. We still picked up a keg for the bar and it is selling. I even have one from time to time, but the earthy aftertaste seems to conflict with the aroma... even on draft. I like it, but I don’t...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1540) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2012
On tap at a local watering hole. Served in a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white cap that disappeared immediately. Sweet malty aroma with the flavor being the same. All malt. Thinnish palate. Not bad, but not differant than a dozen other fall beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1651) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours deep amber with only the faintest hint of "blood red". Unusual malty aroma and taste but I never could put my finger on the components -- like a recipe where the ingredients don’t sound like they should go together but the result is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (836) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Marvelous aromas of maple, brown sugar cinnamon. Deep crimson/brown color with small foam. Very interesting malty flavors including maple, oats, brown sugar, bicuit and caramel. Fantastic, complexity and perfect carbonation. Overall, a genius success with unique complex malts. I’d give this an A rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle:   Deep amber, clear, moderate frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Faint cardboard on the nose, dusty biscuitiness.   Soft biscuit on the tongue.   Falls off quickly, leaves a little nuttiness behind.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft nuttiness lingers.   Not bad, but light and fairly boring.   There is no zip to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (657) - 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 (1230) - 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 (3256) - 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.

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