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

bottled
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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2011
"Escaped from Britain" - too bad it didnt stay there. This beer sucks. Red color, and some kinda nasty flavor I just cannot put my hand on. Props for a cool label, but I dont think I would even ruin food by cooking with this swill.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a crystal clear mahogany color with a three finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral and herbal hops. Flavor is esters (light berry) and light caramel malt. The esters linger a tad in the finish. Medium body. I like this better than the Brown ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
2011-09-30. Crisp red amber body with a small off-white head. 3+ Grainy malt, sweetish not quite caramel malt. 5+ Flavour is similar, sweetish malt, bit grainy, meh. Average to light bodied palate. Not great, mediocre take on an English ale. Bottle

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Blech. Horrible gimmick and tastes like rye soap dirt blood malt Newcastle. Not even worth trying.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
sailracer (401) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Tap. One of the worst beers I have every had. It tastes like it has gone bad. It has a thin body with a very odd, musty taste. Thankfully I only had a 4 oz sample.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
garthicus (2670) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 30, 2011
Thanks to CregClow Appearance: Light red, small white head. Aroma: Grass, wet cardboard, a little wet grass. Flavour: Diluted corn and bran, tiny amount of grassy hops, very watery, very bland.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012
Location: Draft at Wicked Wolf in Hoboken, 9/28/11

Aroma: The nose is sweet and malty, rather light, with caramel and toast notes
Appearance: This one pours a mostly clear copper-red color with a foamy beige head
Flavor: The taste is what you’d expect from the nose, medium sweet, and not too much bitterness
Palate: The body is faily light (leaning medium), and the mouthfeel is clean with average carbonation
Overall Impression: I guess Wicked Wolf got excited when they saw Wolf in the name of a beer and couldn’t resist offering it on tap. This beer was pretty much what I expected. It is very "Newcastley." That’s pretty much the best way to describe it.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle. Ruby colored brown with a short foamy tan head. Vegetal and earthy aroma with caramel notes and soft nuttiness. Taste is more caramel, sweet malt, light nuttiness and light earthy notes. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel notes, soft nuttiness, malt, and light earthiness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1113) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle. Had this while in Vegas. Not bad at all. Color was a deep amber color. Not really blood red. Flavor was a sweet malty, slightly bread rasting. Aroma was a caramel, light nut aroma.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Pours a deep orange color. Little confused by the sweet berry fruit reference. Makes me think it’s fake flavor. Taste really lingers and is unpleasant primarily. Frooty with a child cold medication taste. Thumbs down. Great marketing though.


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