In general, as you can imagine with the kind of snob I am, I am unlikely to pick up a sixer of a macro brew and with the exception of Guinness, there is probably no bigger brewer in England than Newcastle. In general, both of these breweries suffer the beer tragedy of distance. They are forced to live out the American audience of stale and old; damaged on delivery. This conceptual blandness of beer is immediately known by anyone who has had a Guinness in Ireland, then tries to polish one off stateside. Perhaps it is this perception of blandness coupled with the growth of new beers in the states that has led these old hands to try new beers, including Guinness Black Lager and Newcastle Werewolf.
If you are looking for your Halloween beer, as cheesy as this is, this is not a bad place to start. It is not terribly expensive (though there are better beers at this price). However, this is not a beer to be ignored. This is the British version of an Amber ale, though since no such thing exists there it is most likely an ordinary or Premium Bitter. The odd sweetness of the characteristic British malt is distinct and solid, the beer is subtle and drinkable. I know this is an unfair review, but the label is cool. For a macro brew, Newcastle impressed me. Well done.