Just in time for Halloween comes this “blood red ale,” another Limited Edition ale in its year-long series.
The dark, ruddy brew is made with rye malts and Fuggle and Golding hops, and it’s not as scary as the name suggests. The rye malt is the most curious component here, giving it a dark pumpernickel character, plus a dessert-like sweetness reminiscent of Port wine and a bit of mixed berry cobbler. The flavors don’t mesh completely, however, with the bread-heavy, woody beginning dominating the sweeter finish. The end result is a touch saccharine, which I guess is a bit scary in its own right.
B+ / $8 per six-pack / newcastlebrown.com