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

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RATINGS: 468   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!


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle from Whispering Trees Liquor: Created a firm thin flimsy layer of foam head while the liquid was a lightly tinted brown color which I found to be odd since this was supposed to be red ale style. The aroma has a grained malt scent that reminds me of the wort process or a bowl of corn cereal and milk. The flavor hints towards a bland and boring taste with only a minimum amount of sweetness and bitterness that doesnít finish like a good beer should. This was the sorriest attempt at an amber ale that Iíve seen in a long time.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2011
the fall newcastle. Very deep amber color like the rusty color of dried blood. The aroma is a bit astringent and grain but some blueberry in there as well. Taste is a bit sweet caramel but full grain taste. A little hop int he finish. Carbonation pretty high. a little blah over all

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Totally not a bad beer. Classic Newcastle nuttiness with a longer, maltier, and richer finish. I donít understand the low ratings on this one. Itís like Newcastle Brown that has been bottled in a proper brown bottle and flavored a little more for the craft brew drinkers out there.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blairgus (2731) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
14 nov 2011, bottle. Light nut brown, clear, no bubbles. Sweet, berry (blue but not blueberry) beer. Ugh. Thin body and fizzy. Actually tastes much better. Has some coffee grounds that come out up front. Unfortunately, it turns back into a berry Newcastle brown. Not very good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1839) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft. Pours a dark amber with barely a ring of head. Smell is caramel malt and a bit of grain. I really see the original Newcastle being the base here with caramel malts, washed out and slight ripe fruit. Low carbonation. The flavour is a bit washed out and too subtle. No lingering taste. I am not a huge fan of the original Newcastle and this goes along the same lines.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blankboy (6286) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours a deep orange-amber with a small diminishing bubbly off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and grain. Watery malty flavour along with nuts and grain. Average bodied. Not very good.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Sampled on draft this beer poured a red-amber color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was pepper and cola. The flavor was bitter and sour pepper, cola and nut. Medium finish and medium body. Underwhelming.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
From tap at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, creamy and white head. Aroma is faint roasted malty aroma. Caramelish, breadish and light toffee dry malty flavoured. Light bitter and dry malty into the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (4210) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at the Lockhouse 6 in industry. Pour is a nice glowing pale yellow. appearance with a thin creamy head. The aroma is a little volatile and very apparent, makes me think of sweet paint thinner, but in an attractive way. There is very little if any carbonation in this brew. The flat taste comes across like homemade dago white wine with a little water added. Even tho it lacks CO2 and its winelike, there are few badd attributes to this beer. Finish is easy and overall the brew was not too bad.

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Clear deep light brown coloured body, like a cola, with a lighter bottom than top and a very thin, half centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of a pure ashtray - smoke, put out cigarette butts and perhaps a touch of caramel and malt - but really just an ashtry - seriously, smell it. Light-bodied; Pungent smokey and light everything flavour with a touch of malt and earth and very little else. Aftertaste of smoke and bitter metallic notes - nothing good at all. Overall, a pretty horrid beer, nothing going well with this at all and pretty bad tastes throughout. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 09-October-2011 for US$1.79 sampled at home in Washington on 21-October-2011.


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