Beer Type: Brown Ale
Bottle conditioned: No
Bottle size: 550 ml
Country of origin: England
What the label says:
Did yee knaar … Newcastle Brown Ale is affectionately known as “Dog” by those in th know. “I’m gannin’ to see a man about a dog” nd “I’m taking the dog for a walk” were often used by Geordie men as an excuse for visiting their local to sample their beloved tipple.
What the Beerdrinker says:
Note: This review is out of date. An updated review can be found here. The bottle being reviewed is believed to have been off.
This is a very dark beer, with a disappointing head that dispersed much more quickly than anticipated. It has a strange chemical nose, reminiscent of the polyurethane smell of a wet kagoul or a damp tent. Its initial taste is overpoweringly sweet, but in a sugary way rather than a fruity flavour. The beer leaves a taste of oily fish and sardines in the mouth and is really very unpleasant. It was like drinking cod liver oil. Yuk
The Beerdrinker only sampled one bottle of this beer (it was all we could do to force one bottle down) and it could have been a bad ‘un. But from this beer having been brewed by Scottish & Newcastle in the Gallowgate in Newcastle, it is now brewed by Heineken at their John Smith Brewery in Tadcaster. Enough said. The Beerdrinker won’t be rushing to see if this pint was abnormal in anyway. It’s been thirty years since the Beerdrinker last drank Newcastle Brown. It could well be another thirty years before he tries again.
Rating: (our ratings guide)