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


on tap

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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drdisque (530) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Rich sweet aroma. Flavor heavily leans to roasted malt flavors. Not much fruitiness makes it through but some vanilla-like sweetness does. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6262) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of diacetyl and metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Limited in sensory appeal, but quaffable in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Sampled on 9/2/2011. This brown ale pours a medium copper reddish amber color form a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized off-white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet with a touch of rye spiciness. A light to medium bodied brown ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hint of rye. The hops are earthy and floral. Decent carbonation. A little on the light/thin tasting side. Kind of like a Newcastle brown brewed with some rye malt added. This is one of those beers where you canít find many things to say about either good or bad. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
osu97gp (657) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Pours a clear brown with a hint of red and a medium sized off-white head . Aroma of nuts, dark fruit, and clean porta-potty. Flavor of roasted nuts, some coffee, and some fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - 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. Iím 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 thereís 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 wasnít expecting much at all, merely hoping for something drinkable, like the bland standard-issue Newcastle, but this is actually quite unpleasant. I didnít 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. Iíd 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 (4222) - 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 (301) - 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" werenít matched by the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3140) - 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.

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