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


on tap

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RATINGS: 429   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 13/20
r464 (1882) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Malty and a bit sweet, toffee and caramel leading to a light hops. Thin finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
12oz bottle pours copper with a nice khaki head. Aromas of some light bread grain and cereal malt. Flavor is light and semi sweet. Body is light and finish is a bit bready

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3225) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with a small beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is raisin malt and berry. Thin mouthfeel with sweet malt and caramel. Easy to drink a good ESB from Newcastle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle; more like a dark auburn than a blood red, but a nice looking beer at that. Aroma of sweet tarts, fruit, and flowers. Flavor had a fruity and caramel balance, with a finish of candy. Not really a beastly beer, but decent enough flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
knewell (71) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
This is an ok beer. Pours a brown/reddish color and leaves white head. Had a malt caramel taste that i thought was watered down and nothing special. I probably would not buy it again but would drink it if it was given to me.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Panzuriel (1281) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Werewolf pours a clear rich red brown with a thick head of white foam. Nose is mild malt with no real hop aroma. Taste is dry malt finishing with a hint of bitters. Body is mildly fizzy. Rather watery. Kinda disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (902) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2012
This is my favorite of the seasonal Newcastles that I have had thus far. Although it drinks more like a dark lager than an Bitter. Pours a deep copper with a white head. Decent malt character on the nose. Palate has a nice malt presence with some hop character as well. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (893) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
#300, whatup? 12oz bottle. Dark copper/brown aroma. Head fades off, no lacing. Nutty taste, as you’d expect, but a bit more "burnt". Not quite a true session beer, but a unique and "natural" fall seasonal, worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1509) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Draft. Had twice now and nowhere meets the description of most reviews. Apparently there are two different versions (or maybe it has to do with the lunar cycle.) I have so far only found the dark orange brown one. No red here at all (though still reminiscent of an Irish Red.) Tastes like a mix of a Smithwicks and a Yards Brawler, though not as good as either. Medium mild malty beverage with a very slight pepper bite. Full in flavor though reads a bit watery. Dark toasted wheat notes. Caramel malt. Interesting but the flavors are too blunt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. A rich copper body with a dense light khaki head. The nose is fairly malty with lots of caramel. There is also a little bit of grass. The taste is fairly dry black tea with some roasted potato notes in the back end. There is also some dry hay throughout. This is not well balanced and tasted like eating roasted grass with notes of minerals to me.

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