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 (wasn’t in RateBeer yet). Review from 7/20/2011. Preview of Newcastle’s new fall seasonal before it hits the market. Part of strategy to have one seasonal per season to support/build on Brown’s 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 can’t 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 can’t 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (5773) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AKThunder (167) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9262) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craven5000 (120) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoberDave (182) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dacrza (862) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
patrick767 (4010) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Light bread aroma. Clear Copper color with slight sudsy white head. Bready, toasted flavor...generally unimpressive.

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