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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
snoworsummer (4803) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Tastes like burnt coffee, burnt toast, burnt malt, some alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like burntness. Not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (11579) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle. Poured a brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, some chocolate, caramel, and some earthiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Garnet in color with fluffy head and lacing. Caramel and toffee in the aroma with soft carbonation and slightly floral hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippieman556 (12) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
This is a very good beer with a redish color and white foam head. The aroma and appearance were also rated highly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Backlog rating on 9-14-2012 at Cap n’ Cork Covington Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN, beer tasting. This bottled beer has a small tan head that is mostly lasting, golden transparent body, very little fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt and grainy. The flavor is caramel malt and a light amount of hops. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is rather unimpressive to me as it lacks a lot of beer characteristics for the style. This beer did not leave me wanting to have again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asimeow (262) - Sandsli, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Red brown. Tall white head. Fruity, prune aroma. Slightly watery. Metallic. Not bad,a good alternative.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle to glass at club w. aroma of bready carmel stuff, redish clear pour with small white head, taste is watery fruit, with bitter finish, meh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bork (452) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Disappointing watery brew with an artificial fruitiness and an unpleasant tart finish. More effort spent on marketing than brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Very much like the regular Newcastle brown except for the slight rye presence and a touch more hops (the regular has virtually none). I like the additions. Not great still, but better."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dochops (14) - Lincoln, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Nice dark amber color with a small short lasting white head. Hints of sweet fruit get attacked by a bitter lingering hop flavor. Supplemented by caramel, and roasted malt. I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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