Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.3/5 rDev -27.9%
A: The pour is a clear light brown color with a finger of off-white head.
S: A surprisingly roasty aroma. Lots of toasted malts with a definite nuttiness (though the nuts seem somewhat burnt). Light grass aromas with some hints of toffee. There is a bit of a butter note, however.
T: Caramel, toffee, and lots of roasted malt. It's quite bitter and quite buttery. Lightly fruity (raisins, perhaps) with a definite grass flavor. Really not a good combination on the palate.
M: Very light in body, in fact, watery, with medium carbonation.
O: The nose started off okay, but once the butter crept in, it was all over.
08-24-2011 05:05:15 | More by womencantsail
2.43/5 rDev -23.8%
Appearance: pours 1” foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves significant lacing. Color is reddish brown. Mild carbonation bubbles.
Aroma: yeasty bread dough (like when a lump of dough has been left to rise), fruity hop aroma is mild but noticeable
Mouthfeel: watery and slightly sticky. Finish is very dry and somewhat astringent.
Flavor: the rye malt is clearly evident and provides a less sweet flavor than barley malt (at least in this brew. I have not tried other rye beers, so I do not know if this is normal). The rye has a bite that combines with a citrus peel hop flavor. Taste profile includes raisins. I would enjoy this more if the bitterness were better balanced with more malt sweetness.
Overall: Werewolf is good (not great) and is a decent addition to the rotating seasonal lineup from Newcastle.
04-26-2014 23:19:13 | More by Foyle
2.45/5 rDev -23.2%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
I missed out on Werewolf last year, mostly 'cause I couldn't find any singles. This year is different. Boom. This stuff pours a clear sunrise copper-amber topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises toast, mild toffee, and a layer of dank dark greens pervading the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but this same is relegated to near-obscurity. What replaces it is an all-encompassing melange of extremely hard water and old-ass vegetables. Great. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty slick feel. Overall, this is just a bad mess of a beer, one that makes me wonder what the hell has happened to the Newcastle line.
08-14-2013 20:10:05 | More by TMoney2591
2.48/5 rDev -22.3%
12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a deep wooden amber with a couple fingers of greasy dark tan head that took its time fading into a thick film that left a sheet of fuzzy lacing down the glass.
S: Not sure what to make of this one. It smells like a bunch of old leaves and sticks tossed together with something sour.
T: There’s a strange caramel-like sweetness mixed in with a bunch of sticks and spices. There is also a bit of bitter hops and bready crust malt. I get a splash of cherry juice in the finish as well. Finish is watery, and the aftertaste is sour.
M: Medium-thin body with fuzzy carbonation and a slick mouthfeel that finishes dry.
O: Definitely not a fan of this one. Not that the original is a great beer, but I would take that over this anyday.
08-21-2011 19:51:19 | More by scottfrie
2.48/5 rDev -22.3%
Bottle poured into a shaker pint. Medium-dark copper body with a thick but fairly unretentive frothy beige head. Light lacing.
Aroma is thick toffee and caramel. Spicy rye adds a nice touch. Grassy hops and a bit nutty, with a touch of toasted and roasted malts.
The flavor is a combination of burnt and toffee notes. Grassy hops, somewhat astringent. Burnt/bitter aftertaste in my mouth.
Thin and well-carbonated. Slick, oily mouthfeel.
I had heard less than flattering things about this beer, but decided to pick one up in a mixed 6-pack to see for myself. The aroma actually temporarily got my hopes up; it had a lot going on and the rye really added to it. However, this illusion faded after the first swallow. This is not a particularly pleasant beer to drink.
10-31-2012 18:30:54 | More by Phocion
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.