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


on tap

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RATINGS: 473   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheJestersBeer (2156) - SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a deep amber, with an off-white head. Malty, roasted aroma, caramel, hops, toffee, chocolate. Dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Malty taste, quite roasted, caramel, hops, dried fruits, earth, ashes, chocolate, faint smoke? (2012-06-12)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnesbit (96) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle pour deep amber with a off white medium head into a glass. Not much noise but a slight malt sweetness. Medium body very carbonated. Taste of sweet malt with a slight blueberry with a bitter finish that does not linger. Over all not an outstanding beer. The bitter sneaks up and unbalanced the smoothness of the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle to glass. The aroma has a sweetness to it as well as breadth and caramel malts. Deep amber pour with medium head. Tinge of bitterness on the end. Pretty mediocre overall

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Brewery: Dunston (Scottish & Newcastle)
Date: August 18, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber, creamy beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: dry earthy aroma, bready, woodsy
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, big bready presence, lots of woodsy hops, dry and earthy with just a touch of caramel sweetness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Clear golden red with a creamy white head. Brassy earthy caramel and toffee aroma and taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SDalkoholic (2199) - 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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blairgus (2869) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1915) - 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.

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