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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (5837) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Aroma is fruit and malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma with notes of apples and a mild tartness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (2130) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Reddish brown with a skim of tan head. Aroma is sweet and a bit tart. Tastes a bit like a flat chocolate raspberry soda thatís been diluted by ice. $2/12oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
StPeteBeerMan (52) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Tastes of sweet malt, copper, a little spicy and soapy. Watery on the palate with copper aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rougeau13 (2630) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Clear brownish-orange. Tastes like Newcastle to me. Thereís some rye that makes a little bit of a difference, but not much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Sweet malty flavor with just a very subtle bit of rye spiciness. Medium bodied with creamy mouthfeel and sweet smooth finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
puboflyons (3123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2012
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 30-06-L158-59-2I.The color is reddish-amber with a small, short-lived off-white head. There are caramel malts on the nose along with a peanut butter-like ester that was a little distracting. The body is watery to medium. The taste also has this peanut butter like thing going on with a moderate bitterness that saves the day a little. I prefer their standard Nut Brown to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6760) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear copper brown. This tastes likeregular Newcastle but with a little rye. Not enough difference for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Basically a somewhat more robust Newcastle Brown. Pours amber, small lacy head. Thin and slippery mouthfeel. Some maltiness on the nose, taste is slightly sweet with a fairly substantial finishing bitterness. Medicinal hops and inappropriate cold-fermentation aromas follow, along with a bit of good caramel character. Overall doesnít really hold together, but isnít unpleasant either.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2012
dull reddish brown with minimal head. this is one of the worst beers iíve ever had. flavor of rotting vegetables.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4923) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2012
12 oz. Darkish copper-brown with a lasting quarter inch of cream. Aroma of dark toasted bread, pecan, and touches of orange toffee and cocoa powder. Tastes of lightly tart berries, caramel apple, earthy cocoa powder, toasted rye, orange, and some woody pith. Medium body is sweetish on the front, but is well balanced by a pleasant astringency from the roasted malt, the peppery rye, and earthy hops. Interesting industrial brew; I like it much better than the regular brown.

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