Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.98/5 rDev +24.8%
Pours an elegant amber, with strong ruby tones. Excellent suds and beautiful, detailed, intricate lacing.
Aroma is enticing -- slightly roasty and malty, with a tinge of fruit and Fall spice.
Taste is nice, with a little tart fruitiness up front, followed by a definite rye-grain flavor, and a bit of a bitter followthrough.
A very solid and enjoyable brew from Newcastle, and probably my favorite of their expanding lineup.
08-25-2012 22:28:13 | More by secondtooth
3.95/5 rDev +23.8%
Ah, Fall. Time for Halloween-themed seasonal beers. I had not seen this one before and decided to try it out, as I am a fan of the Lupine horror films. Well, that and it was on sale.
Served in a chilled tulip glass.
-Appearance 4.0: Poured out an amber color, not "Blood Red" as advertised. Very nice 1/2 inch head that stuck around as creamy swirls on top and the sides.
-Smell 4.0: Interesting bouquet: I smell slight cinnamon hints with a big barley punch and then some hoppiness. Appetizing.
-Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sour, but has some nice barley hints. Middle is slightly spicy (must be the Rye) and has more slight sourness. Finish is short and dry and features some subdued but strangely assertive hops and more rye spiciness. Aftertaste is also short and dry and hits you with more of the barley/rye. Unusual and enjoyable.
-Mouthfeel 3.5: The level of carbonation in this brew really adds to the enjoyment of the beer.
-Overall 4.0: Very good beer that is worth a try. Would be a fantastic session beer as the under 5% ABV would allow you to enjoy several without changing into a creature of the night. I think ol' Larry Talbot himself would be proud. Now go howl at the moon... .
11-14-2012 16:29:50 | More by BeerDocT
3.94/5 rDev +23.5%
Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has dropped off some interesting bottles that I may not have picked up myself, but it keeps me honest instead of just CANtinuing with The CANQuest (TM).
From the bottle: "Escaped From Britain"; "From the One & Only [shredded as if by claws]"; "Blood Red Ale"; "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!"
Yo, thiz iz madd real, yo! As is my wont, I employed an aggro pour, allowing it to flow freely out of the bottle, which in turn began a pseudo-cascade that produced three fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. I would put the color more as deep-copper (SRM = X), as opposed to "blood red", but neither am I going to quibble. Clarity was button-bright and I was ready to begin howling in response. Warren Zevon was doing "Werewolves of London" on YouTube and so begins the day. The nose had a strawberry/raspberry scent underlain by a bready maltiness. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was quite unexpected, even given the label's verbiage. It had an initial kiddie-candy like flavor that was overtaken fairly quickly by a tangy bitterness. Finish was semi-dry, with the rye giving it a slight bite at the end. This was an easily quaffable beer and disappeared more quickly than I realized.
02-23-2014 16:59:56 | More by woodychandler
3.94/5 rDev +23.5%
12 oz. bottle poured into mug
L: red ... 100% amber with some brown; holds a good thick off-white head, over 1/2 inch, pushing a full inch, and it didn't need a big pour to get it to percolate; a little bit of stick and lace, but more impressive -- one fantastic collar, almost looks like a Belgian
S: malty malt and malt goodness ... light and sweet, very nutty; just a hint of grain when it's cold
T: English malt ... reminds me of every good pale ale and brown ale I've had, sweet bready malts with just a pinch of spice bite from the hops; the rye might be in there but it's hard for me to distinguish, perhaps just a bit of a sour wheat note; malt sometimes gives a chocolate note
F: very strong, great carbonation, super drinkable
O: love it. it's much like the brown ale from Newcastle but with a definitive twist, I'm assuming from the rye
10-27-2013 18:50:32 | More by Premo88
3.93/5 rDev +23.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass.
The beer is a deep ruby/mahogany color. A dark cream colored head dissipates rapidly to a layer of bubbles. Very light lacing is present.
The beer smells roasted, toasty, and malty with a faint spiciness.
The taste is clouded by a metallic, sharp note at first that gives way to some roasted malts. There's a nice rich spicy body in this that I enjoy. In the end, a muted hop presence occurs.
Mouthfeel is bright, carbonated.
Overall, I like this one, because I do love Irish Reds. It's got some metallic carbonation in here that reminds me that it's not from a tiny craft brewer, but that's fine. Enjoyable red ale for me.
09-09-2012 16:22:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.93/5 rDev +23.2%
Look: Reddish copper colored ale. Excellent clarity and vibrant hue. White head forms and recedes to the edges.
Smell: Notes of barley, caramel, toffee and floral hops round out the nose.
Taste: Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and chocolate are all present on the palate; a testament of a finely malted brew. A touch of mildly acidic, grassy, lemony hop is also employed. Malt forward, with a fine balance.
Feel: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, with malt and a kiss of hops lingering into the finish.
Overall: A fine malty session ale. Plenty of flavor and easily drinkable. This is the kind of brew you can drink for hours at a pub and not get into too much trouble. Would be a fine companion for a steak and potatoes type meal.
10-30-2012 00:37:17 | More by Stinkypuss
3.91/5 rDev +22.6%
Picked up a cartloads of this brew as it was on Halloween special price where a twelver was less than a typical sixer. So did my instinct pan out? Let's give a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice zesty roasted malt smell. Pours into a trusty pint to a deep bronze with a two finger foamy head. The taste starts with a nice hop bite the phases into a sweet yet tangy malt base then transitions to a gradually sweeter finish with a broad robust yet zesty bitterness fading in the background. A very tasty brew I will purchase again as well as Newcastles Brown Ale that is also tasty.
10-27-2013 19:24:54 | More by mooseisloose
3.9/5 rDev +22.3%
Eye: As the label suggests it pours red. This one pours with a nice creamy off white bordering tan head which unfortunately falls to a thin sheet over the top of the beer. Carbonation looks active enough.
Nose: Malty, nutty, bready, toasty, biscuity. Extremely light roast in there as well. Some malt sweetness in there too helping to give some backbone to all the toasty aromas.
Tongue: Sweetness form the malt upfront. Depth of character is provided by some light roast in the finish as well as some bitterness from dark grains, which is nice in this beer...the roast actually tastes bigger than it is as this beer finishes dry. Toasty, bready, nutty, biscuit-like, all these describe this beer. I really like this beer, and to me it seems most of the balance comes from the bitterness of the roasted dark malts. This is one that I will definitely be buying more of. This really would be a nice one to cook with. Body is medium with carbonation that is almost borderline too high, it works but it might just be a bit to prickly.
Drinkability: This is one that I'll gladly be drinking again. It is definitely worth the money. It's not one of those "Gotta try it beers" but it is definitely something that is worth getting for your "I want to drink a good beer" everyday kind of beers.
08-20-2013 23:47:26 | More by becktone
3.88/5 rDev +21.6%
Following a disappointing experience with Newcastle's Founder's Ale, I wasn't sure of what to expect from their "Werewolf Blood Red Ale", other than a gimmicky beer for Halloween. I'd bought an entire case of the Founder's Ale hoping for the best, but this time opted for a single serving to test the waters. Fortunately, I found the Werewolf to be a much better beer all around.
It was similar in a way to the Founder's, although darker in color, with a nice bit of caramel and toast, and some underlying roasted notes. Actually, now that I think about it, it was more like a variation of their Newcastle Brown! The hops were grassy and gently floral, with just enough to give it some character, and there was a pleasant berry-like fruitiness threaded through the bready maltiness that kept coming and going, but always lingering in the finish. Unlike their Founder's Ale, it wasn't an unbalanced assault of bitterness atop sweet maltiness, but rather a focused combination. That's not to say that it didn't have a bitter side, because it was quite firm, but it never stepped beyond the limitations that the malt could offer to balance it.
Overall it was a pleasant ale with enough character to keep it interesting beyond a single serving, but also accessible enough for most anyone accustomed to a fuller flavored ale with a bit of bite. Worth trying.
10-28-2012 14:46:30 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev +20.7%
Bought at the local grocery store.
Poured from bottle to standard pint glass.
A- Deep red to mild brown color. Nice head.
S - mild fruity notes
T - the bitter notes really jump out early in the taste. As the beer lingers on the tongue, the malty taste comes out. The rye was not as evident as I continued drinking the beer.
M - as other reviews have noted, the carbonation was rather high. Overall, a pleasant feel.
O - a good, low risk ale. The taste from the bottled version is good. I am certain that a draught version would be even better.
07-28-2011 02:01:21 | More by wolf1297
3.83/5 rDev +20.1%
Picked up a twelver while on vacation here in Duck. I was a little disappointed at first, as I found it similar but lacking compared to the classic Newcastle Brown. It has grown on me as the week has gone on.
The appearance is darker than their flagship, but familiar in many ways. The head is big and impressive but doesn't last very long. Nose is sweet caramel with toffee and molasses tones.
The taste is rich and finishes sweet and malty but evens out a bit in the aftertaste. Satisfying but not better than good. I do taste some mass produced qualities and the texture is a little watery.
I don't regret trying it but this isn't something that will be part of my regular rotation in the fall, not with a the fests and pumpkins that will be available.
08-04-2011 02:48:59 | More by daliandragon
3.83/5 rDev +20.1%
Really enjoyed this brew. Had it at Tilted Kilt as their seasonal beer for the month of October.
A: It is red, no doubt an amber. You can still see through it, though. Decent head.
S: Smells of toasted barley.
T: Pleasant. Has an aftertaste almost identical to that of those Halloween blood capsules, which really reminds me of the season. Hints of vanilla and perhaps even cherry.
M: Moderately carbonated, somewhat dark, and bittersweet.
O: This is definitely a seasonal beer. When you drink it, you know what time of year it is and I really like that about this brew. Not sure if I'd enjoy it nearly as much at any other time of year, but that's why it's a seasonal!
10-23-2013 06:25:23 | More by ConsumerOfBeer
3.83/5 rDev +20.1%
Pours a clear mahogany body with three fingers of rich and frumpy foam with excellent lacing properties. Aromas are toasty but subdued and simplistic. Flavors are sweet up front before big toasty and earthy notes dominate the middle. A tea and toffee like bitterness linger long on the finish. Very tasty.
09-09-2011 19:29:01 | More by droomyster
3.78/5 rDev +18.5%
A new fall offering from Newcastle that I hadnt heard of or saw before.Poured a brilliant deep ruby infused brown with a thick creamy off white head atop,the head settles slowly leaving multiple rings of lace as it did.Big fruity esters along with caramel biscuit malt,the rye doesnt seem to come thru but the aromas are deeply malty and somewhat complex.Full on English malt flavors with fruit and biscuit flavors,the rye adds a little acidic zing in the finish.I admit Iam surprised at how good this beer was,the malt complexity really stands out.
The fall seasonals are coming out way to early in my opinion.
08-03-2011 01:08:22 | More by oberon
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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