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

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2012
This is a decent beer, though it might just be too bitter for most people. I enjoyed it, but I think I prefer Newcastle Brown Ale still.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craven5000 (103) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Dark amber pour. Tall that the quickly deflates. Aroma not very noticeable (normal for me). Taste has some grapefruit and caramel flavors in the end otherwise nothing stands out. Not oily at all. Clean.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoberDave (171) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Great ’blood red’ colour and nice head that sticks around. Carmel and fruity malt flavour with a small bite. Not like anything I’ve tasted before. Overall it’s not a great beer but it’s definitely good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dacrza (586) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Situation: Completed the holiday un-decorating... Glassware: Rare Vos pint... Appearance: quickly thinning off-white head to a pencil moustache...no lacing; body is dark orange and sparsely effervescent... Aroma: buttery and malty, almost as a spirit with more potency--otherwise, much as a nut brown... Palate: medium-bodied, thin and smooth--welcoming and simple... Taste: slightly metallic, flat, malty and late hints of hops leave this beer oddly nondescript... Overall: More of a chip/pretzel chaser than a stand-alone sessioon beer--not disappointing, but not upset by its "limited release" packaging either...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
patrick767 (3718) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle - Clear dark amber with a light tan head. It smells mainly of caramel malt with some grain. The flavor is sweet caramel, a touch of hops, and that’s about it. Light to medium bodied. Rather mediocre. So far I’m unimpressed with Newcastle’s efforts to get into the craft beer market.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnstone (2345) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Light bread aroma. Clear Copper color with slight sudsy white head. Bready, toasted flavor...generally unimpressive.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Pour is a dark brown with a average tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel with some roasted nuts. Flavor is again roasted nuts, not much else and kinda watery. Not horrible but not overly flavorful.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (8929) - Tromsř, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
330ml bottle bought at Nina’s Mini Market. Spotty lacing from an off-white head with satisfying duration. Clear dark brown body. Malt dominated nose, hints of berries. Black and brown malts to the flavour character, with a mild taste of caramel. Slightly roasted bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink. Accepted (hotel room, Edinburgh 11.08.2013).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nilsas (2071) - Bryne, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2013
Duft av rosin og eik. Fin klar brun farge. Tynt dekkende skum. Fin smak av rosin og frukter.


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