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


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RATINGS: 441   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Appearance: Pours a deep, ruby-brown body with excellent clarity and a tall, foaming, sand dollar-colored head.

Smell: Nutty, toasty malts with a soured rye accent, followed by berry skins, moistened cardboard, clothes one forgot to remove from the washer and place in the drier. I’m rather stymied here, folks.

Taste: Regular Newcastle with a bit more nutty, toasty, scantly roasty with an oddly harsh astringent quality hitting fairly fast. Curious dried berry taste lurking in there, as are some metallic offerings, some corrugated paper board. Slight bitterness, but then there’s that questionable fruitiness, a bit of table sugar on the tongue, then the crackly carbonation comes and rescrambles the mish-mash of dumpy tastes all over the tongue. Ick.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, I wasn’t expecting much at all, merely hoping for something drinkable, like the bland standard-issue Newcastle, but this is actually quite unpleasant. I didn’t even finish it!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - AUG 29, 2011
Rather thin redish brown ale with the aroma of baked bread and nuts. The flavor is pretty much the same, not much going on. I’d rather have a regular old New Castle any day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
12oz bottle. Reddish-brown color, clear appearance, with a white head. Aroma of toasted rye bread with peanut butter soaked in water with cardboard boxes. Watery texture, sharp wooded bitterness is a bite unwelcomed. Some sweet malt essence, mostly cardboard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DMLINAZ (290) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Pours a reddish brown with white foamy head that fairly quickly disappears. Aroma is malty is slightly nutty. Taste when ice cold seems slightly off, somewhat sweet brown ale with some bitterness at the finish. As it warms it improves somewhat to a nut brown ale with some rye. Not entirely satisfying but not bad, though the "werewolf" name and promise of a "blood red ale" weren’t matched by the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle pours a glowing amber/rust with a thin tan head. Scent is grain and caramel. Taste is the same with light bitterness and nuts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Clear brown with a one-finger off-white head. Berry and wine aromas poke through a caramel malt base. Flavors are similar, with ample nuttiness included. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, grainy mouthfeel, and a pleasant sweetness in the finish. Better than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
A: The pour is a clear light brown color with a finger of off-white head. S: A surprisingly roasty aroma. Lots of toasted malts with a definite nuttiness (though the nuts seem somewhat burnt). Light grass aromas with some hints of toffee. There is a bit of a butter note, however. T: Caramel, toffee, and lots of roasted malt. It’s quite bitter and quite buttery. Lightly fruity (raisins, perhaps) with a definite grass flavor. Really not a good combination on the palate. M: Very light in body, in fact, watery, with medium carbonation. O: The nose started off okay, but once the butter crept in, it was all over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is sweet and caramelly with hints of bubblegum. Rusty red with a medium, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is caramel, a light bitterness, with ashy, burnt tobacco hints.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Clear reddish color with a large head. An aroma almost like soured biscuits, and some kind of sugary candy. Moderate wet biscuit flavor. Quite dry finish. Very light nuttiness after warming.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BobbyAnalog (327) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Here’s how to make a Newcastle Werewolf: 1) Open an original Newcastle and leave it on a dark, damp surface (under a patio table, perhaps, to make sure it absorbs the night air). 2) In the morning, after you have accidentally kicked a tuft of cigarette ash into the bottle while smoking, pick up the Newcastle and stick it in the fridge under a rack of dripping pork tenderloin. 3) Let the bottle age, in this environment, for a week. 4) Enjoy the oily, stale, recycled taste.

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