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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Added late (wasnít in RateBeer yet). Review from 7/20/2011. Preview of Newcastleís new fall seasonal before it hits the market. Part of strategy to have one seasonal per season to support/build on Brownís success. Pretty pour with a rich, thick, persistent head. Liquid is light brown-copper, with a deep red hue, but not as red as the "blood red" marketing copy would imply. Aroma is very nutty. Flavor matches it there, and adds some earth. Palate has some teeth and is the chalky sort of dry. Finish is long. Hard to pick out flavors on this beer, and I canít say I love it--much like the summer seasonal, on both counts--but overall a nice, easy-drinking ale. With its pronounced nuttiness, it might pair well with some Halloween candy once this seasonal is actually in season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1728) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (5785) - 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 youíd 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 couldnít resist offering it on tap. This beer was pretty much what I expected. It is very "Newcastley." Thatís pretty much the best way to describe it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (9889) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shortstack (23) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
I really like New Castle, but Werewolf isnít anything really special. I preferred their Summer Ale. Itís still fun for the season, but the "blood red" color definitely doesnít live up to the color. The flavor itís self is pleasant, the finish is rather unpleasant and astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (2129) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
The aroma is pretty darn nice with tasted malt, toffee, mixed grains, and grassy hops. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but papery and bland. The palate is average. Overall itís drinkable but not special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (7432) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Circle K - Bradfordville - 12 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma of unsweetened cocoa and potting soil. Flavor is similar to the aroma with the earthy potting solid flavor dominating with some unsweetened cocoa and a bit of nuttiness in the back end. Mouthfeel has a nice slickness to it. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Rating: 12 oz bottle: Aroma is nice caramel malt scent, roasty and toasty, and a very slight malt characteristic. Appearance is a clear amber with a tan to off white head that diminishes slowly. Taste is lighter than I thought, then a maltiness gets in there. A slightly astringent aftertaste with a lingering maltiness. Overall, Not get but a nice malty beer. Cheers!

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