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


on tap


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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
"Blood red" - hmm, I’m glad my blood doesn’t look like this ;) The color is red amber and it has a creamy, lasting head. The aroma has notes of caramel, fruits, berries and light nuts. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of caramel, berries with a slightly harshness, malt and the finish is slightly roasted dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Camons (10200) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, spice. Flavor is malt, caramel, light chocolate notes, spice, bread. Medium body, soft carbonation. 110913

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10102) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Very much like the regular Newcastle brown except for the slight rye presence and a touch more hops (the regular has virtually none). I like the additions. Not great still, but better."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with a small beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is raisin malt and berry. Thin mouthfeel with sweet malt and caramel. Easy to drink a good ESB from Newcastle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
2011-09-30. Crisp red amber body with a small off-white head. 3+ Grainy malt, sweetish not quite caramel malt. 5+ Flavour is similar, sweetish malt, bit grainy, meh. Average to light bodied palate. Not great, mediocre take on an English ale. Bottle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
10oz pour on tap at Cock & Bull. Clear red / brown color. Thin white head, some lace. Smooth texture. Some light earthy hop, light spice aroma, little skunky adjuct flavors. Light bitter, light sweet. Caramel malts. Light chocolate. OK... Better than standard New Castle brown, but I still don’t care for this

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9255) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pour on tap at Old Chicago, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of slight grain, caramel, toffee, hints of earth, slight cardboard like notes in there as well, something unappealing. Taste is more wet grain, husky cardboard, some slight roasted nuts, caramel, finishing earthy and slightly dirty. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Clear dark brown body. Alcohol dominated aroma with caramel and chestnuts. Mild malty flavor with little hops bitternes as well as some caramel and besides slightly sour. High carbonation. Short finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
[4012-20110930] 12floz bottle. Skunky toasted cucumber grain aroma. Clear, amber red body with a quick bubbly white head. Old whiskey wood barrel dragged along a dirt road a few hundred metres and left out in the rain for a week flavour. Medium body. Not a fan. (5/3-/4-/2/8-) 2.2

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