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


on tap

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1068) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2012
This is my favorite of the seasonal Newcastles that I have had thus far. Although it drinks more like a dark lager than an Bitter. Pours a deep copper with a white head. Decent malt character on the nose. Palate has a nice malt presence with some hop character as well. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Tap. Pours a clear amber body with a slight reddish hue, minimal fizzy off-white head. The nose is very dry and grainy with a slight note of lightly roasted coffee and some English hops. The flavor is dry toasted malt up front with a slightly husky graininess. Finishes with some lightly bitter hops and a little bit of burnt caramel. Light bodied with firm fizzy carbonation. Nice dry lingering finish. Pretty nice ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snrphnx (24) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Think malty original Brown Ale, transformed. Brewed with distinctive red rye malt, the initial smoothness is haunted by a zest of berry, fading, like the moon behind the clouds, into a gentle biting bitterness at finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VincentDamon (363) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Bière achetée aux États-Unis : elle m’a tout de suite intrigué puisqu’au Canada, nous n’avons que la Brown ale. La bière est brune, avec des reflets rouges. Nez de caramel et de baies sucrées. En bouche, c’est sucré, tout en noisettes, avec des notes de fruits sauvages et de malt grillé. Somme toute très bonnne!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnoel09 (444) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Poured into my Newcastle Geordie Schooner glass. Color is sort of a ruby brown with a light tan head. Looks very similar to a regular Newcastle. Aroma is rye and dark berries. Flavor is similar to regular Newcastle brown as well: Fairly mild and dry with light nuttiness. Rye base is apparent as well. Palate is medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, very similar to normal Newcastle in the sense that it is very mild and drinkable, just with a rye twist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Reddish amber color with a big, fluffy off white head. LIght cereal grain nose. Tastey beer with some puffed wheat notes, wet grains and an apple/berry fruitiness. Nice seasonally packaged beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Comes out of the tap a nice clear golden amber. Head was a bit thin, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Aroma is malty, hoppy and dusty, rather pleasing. Flavor is somewhat bitter, malty and a little fruity with a hoppy undertone, bitter but not too much so. Firm texture is smooth and has plenty of fizz. Overall, one to make you howl!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AVLarsen (57) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Nice taste - bitter and fruity. Colour is not as blood red as claimed but nice. Full head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pkbites (694) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Something had to be #600 for me, and this is it. Aroma is of bakery and bourbon. Beautifu dark red w/beige head. Foam lasts a good long time with some light lacing on the glass. Flavor is a bit unusual. Bready but flat. Overall this is one of the best reds out there. Bottle at my sisters house.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beertholomeus (882) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours a clear copper color with a slightly off white head. Malt, caramel, biscuit and slight hop aroma and flavors. Lively carbonation and light body. Biscuit finish.

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