Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.94/5 rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 16:59:56 | More by woodychandler
2.98/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Sampling right now on 2/14/14. Found in the back of the beer cooler from last autumn. Still fresh of course. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 16 ounce pilsner glass.
Pours reddish brown amber in color with a 1-finger foamy white head and settles down to just around the top and sides of the beer. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of caramel. The taste is about the same with a slight hoppy finish. Some dark fruits were also noted in the taste. A strange taste actually. Perfect carbonation though.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 23:28:51 | More by BeerWithMike
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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