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


on tap

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RATINGS: 455   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (4015) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1147) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Foxbush (1283) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
While in Columbia my son purchased this from a local store. The color is deep reddish amber. The head was was small with Lacing. The beer had burnt malt flavor. No bitter flavors. Tasty with a smooth finiish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Copper pour and not blood red interestingly. Aroma has hint of sweetness and bread. Definitely sweeter and more bitter than regular newcastle. Its lime a lower sodium version of new castle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Draft sample at the 2nd Annual Top of the Hops Charlottesville, VA beer festival, 9/10/11. Pours a hazy amber with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of bitter metallic and citrus hops with an earthy finish. The taste is earthy malts, nutty notes and a tart finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WymanJ (49) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Bottle. Pours a caramel color. Okay but nothing exciting. Would possibly try again but not my first choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle. Mostly clear amber pour with a foamy head. Aroma of grainy malt. Kind of a caramel, slightly hopped, bread taste. Bleh.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
odannyob (76) - Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Unassuming, but a fair foray to start @ unto the darker days of autumn as they are approaching. neat marketing on the label, too.

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