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


on tap

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RATINGS: 437   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
This is a remarkably unexciting beer--and I get excited over Old Milwaukee. This is pretty run-of-the-mill special bitter that makes a big deal about using rye malt for some reason. It has a bit of nutty malt character and some earthy spice from the hops. It is a pretty clean beer and devoid of off flavors so that right there makes it better than Newcastle Brown which always tastes metallic to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pyrmir (3322) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear amber with sticky white head. Aroma of perfume, malt, spice and light bitter hops. Taste is sweet, vinous, alcohol, spice and light bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
beikes (149) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2014
Not a good rye malt beer.. Bitterweet with that metallic overtone. It is beautiful though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (4157) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Flaske 0,33l fra ICA Stakkevollan. Drukket hjemme 5 Okt 13. MÝrk brun. Pent & hÝyt litt farget luftig skum som varer en stund. OK lacing. Forsiktig malt/karamellaroma. Smaken svakt syrlig malt. Beskjedent fruktpreg mot slutten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (3120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Caramel, fruit, malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Mild malt, fruit, caramel. Bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Amber pour with a white head. Light caramel aroma with an underlying dryness from the rye malt. No sweetness in the flavor. Dry malts with a strangely bitter and sour finish. And not in the good way. Light dry rye aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Twelve ounce bottle ( from $3.99 a six pack special) purchased at Remke/biggs, tasted on December 2012--yes, I have somewhat of a backlog to clear up. Medium to dark amber/ruby hue, small white head that left moderate lacing, pretty intense fruit/rye/malt aroma, medium to strong bittersweet flavor of rye/fruit/and a mustiness thatís not unattractive. Different and enjoyable, the best Newcastle beer Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1873) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2014
Golden coloured beer with a medium white head. Aroma is nuts and caramel. Flavor is malty caramel and some nuts notes. Weak to medium palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
"Blood red" - hmm, Iím glad my blood doesnít look like this ;) The color is red amber and it has a creamy, lasting head. The aroma has notes of caramel, fruits, berries and light nuts. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of caramel, berries with a slightly harshness, malt and the finish is slightly roasted dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ilan.Pearlman (5) - - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
Didnít love this, I think I will stick the Brown Ale, canna go wrong there.

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