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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.35%

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: snargles on 10-12-2013)
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Photo of anon


1.61/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drank straight from the bottle, so not sure how this one looked. Being a fan of black ales (as this represents itself as), I thought I'd give it a shot despite the low ABV.

...and let me say I was quickly let down. What scents are here are very faint; same goes for the taste.

Simply put, to me, this tasted like water with a very faint malt and coffee taste to it. Hops not picked up in the smell or the taste.

Overall it doesn't taste bad, but it is by no means "good". Not much going on here at all. Worth a shot, I guess. But I won't be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:44:15 | More by anon
Photo of PR_Taste_Tester


1.71/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I have to agree with ahommell and anon on their reviews. This beer had me very excited, especially after sampling other Newcastle products. Unfortunately this is one of those that made me hold it in my mouth and had to force-swallow the beer. I tried a second time, thinking maybe I was being judgmental, but no, this beer had a metallic taste and it was just awful to me. I was glad I got it in a "pick your 6" sampler as well or I would have been quite upset. Needless to say, I dumped it out, very disappointing. I normally think that some of the reviews are a bit too harsh, but this one deserved harsh reviews.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 01:32:25 | More by PR_Taste_Tester
Photo of ahommell


2.34/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25


Normally I review these new beers like mad. However... this is pretty awful for a brand like Newcastle. I am overjoyed that I bought this as a "create your own six pack"... otherwise I'd have bloody lost it.

The other versions (blonde, warewolf) werent awful. This is bloody awful for how good your original product is.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:14:04 | More by ahommell
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black IPA? Nope! This poured a dark amber brown with a super thin off white head. Smells like a burnt tootsie roll. This doesn't smell like an IPA. No hop presence at all. So it's not black and its not an IPA! SWEET! What the hell is this!?! This tastes like no black IPA have ever had before. Not even close! More like a dirty leather shoe? This has the same off taste that I picked up on in their also horrid Winter IPA, founders ale, and summer ale. Now while I really can't taste any hop flavor there is a super mild hop bitterness. Feel is moderate to thin. This is not good, but then again I have never had a good beer from Newcastle. What am i missing here? All of their beers have this off putting dirty, bitter and burnt taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:48:40 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of utfiero


2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color- medium to deep brown. Medium head settling quickly.

Aroma- mildly roasted malt with subtle notes of nuts and tobacco.

Taste- A bland dark lager. Starts very mildly roasted, lacks body, finishes lackluster with a mild yet clean finish. Definitely a session beer at this ABV.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). tasted on 2/14/14

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 23:53:18 | More by utfiero
Photo of snargles


2.51/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

pours dark reddish brown, definitely not black. Faint malt smell, nothing impressive about the scent at all. Thin mouthfeel, slight coffee and cola notes but very bland. The flavors fade before they even develop. Easy drinking for a "black ale" but I could not justify this beer's existence, as in my opinion it brings absolutely nothing interesting or unique to the table, and is certainly no classic example of the form.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:34:21 | More by snargles
Photo of BeerWithMike


2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled last night on 1/15/14. Single 12 ounce bottle was bought yesterday that the local grocery store for just $1.00 out of the "Discount beer bin". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a brandy snifter,

Pours a very dark brown with about a finger of a tannish head that leaves lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma of dark roasted malts and dark fruit with a hint of chocolate. Didn't smell to 'hoppy". The taste of the roasted malt hits you right up front with a coffee taste with a hint of chocolate BUT has a harsh 'hoppy' finish that is slightly dry as well. Too much of a bitter finish for me and took a long time to drink it. Overall, not even close as their original 'Brown Ale' at all which I really like.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 16:59:48 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of witster18


2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

nose is dark roasted coffee.

not the best. taste is a little bland and over-carbonated bigtime. a little metallic and very little of the flavor that's in the nose... no booziness at all, which I actually don't mind in a black ale or a black lager. mouthfeel-wise this should read black lager cause it's closer to a swarz than an ale. round here I'd stick to 1554 for 2 dollars less, more flavor, and a little more kick.

I haven't had many English Dark Milds, but I've had a couple... this lacks the complexity and the aftertaste of the others.

I kinda dug the Newcastle bombshell and the wolf-thingy one they have, but this is much lower on original/powerful flavors. there's just nothing here at all that would bring me back... no earthiness, no lingering flavors, no mouthfeel... quite disappointed.

the only discernible flavor is the inside of a metal pail.
It beats a bud light, but I think I'd rather have a regular Bud than another one of these.

we'll, I can use them as party/parting gifts anyways... the first will be my last... unless I'm choking on a taco shell or something(knock on wood)...

pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 17:32:46 | More by witster18
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a cola brown color with a huge and bubbly tan colored head of three finger height. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time and leaving a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of a light coffee smell, some roasted malt and a woody like smell. Along with these smells are some lighter notes of licorice and oak smell giving it a rather interesting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. The flavors upfront and throughout the taste is rather light, which for the 4.2% abv session style brew is much anticipated. As the flavor advances from the start, some woody flavors as well as a bit of a cola like flavor comes to the tongue. The sweetens fades ever so slightly toward the end with the woody, chocolate and roasted flavors begins joined y a bit of a earthy flavor, to leave a rather light roasted, moderately sweetened and somewhat odd flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the rather thin and watery side with a carbonation level that is rather average.

Overall – While it was rather light and somewhat flavorful, it just wasn't all that smooth in my opinion. OK and a decent party session, but really nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:01:11 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of AllForAugust


2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: This isn't a black ale so much as it is a darker brown ale. There's quite a ruby color, too. Perhaps to those crumpet munching 'real ale' snobs this is a black ale, but here in the colonies, we appreciate the proper classification of beer to a point where we won't let the color of a beer be poisoned by a dingy, smoke laden pub where angry men sit at their self assigned stools seeking refuge from decent lighting. The head isn't much to talk of either, but isn't something I would be forced to considered problematic.

S: Smells a bit like chocolate icing, to be honest. Slight coffee notes and a fairly traditional ale scent overwhelm any hop presence this beer ever had. The malt character isn't bad, but if this is going to be a true black ale, I'm gonna need a lick of bitter hop twang all up in my olfactory.

T: The initial taste is promising, but fails to deliver in the later half. A polite way to break the news of this beer's faults is that I feel that the consumption of an entire sixer would certainly not result in palate fatigue. Certain characteristics of the taste (burnt malt, specifically) suggest that this would pair well with a summer bbq, which is confusing with this style being more for cold weather.

M: On the tongue, it's disappointingly light with a tad too much carbonation for my tastes, but, then again, I've already acknowledged this as being a "one after another" type and the low alcohol content certainly supports that.

O: I've had worse, but if Newcastle is going to toot its horn about being "real English ale" in it's US adverts, they better bring something a little more impressive to the table. As far as black ale goes, there are plenty of other finer examples, but if you're scouring the aisles for something cheap, easy to find, and not at all overwhelming on taste and stomach space, maybe 'Cabbie' is for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 18:14:22 | More by AllForAugust
Photo of rangerred


2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear darkish brown with a one finger medium tan head. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing with a nice cap lingering over the beer.

Lots of roasted malt in the aroma along with some dark fruit and wood. Somewhat cola-like. Not bad.

The flavor has more bitterness up front than I was anticipating. This is follwed by some grain and cola flavors along with a touch of dark fruit. Lingering bitterness throughout along with stickyness on the finish.

Overall, I'm really glad to see an English Dark Mild that is readily available. While this isn't the best example of the style I have had, it's not bad and maybe more breweries will take on this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:43:07 | More by rangerred
Photo of Alextricity


3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear ruby brown. No lacing. Any head it has is fizzled away in moments.

Smell: Cheap roasted malt. Grainy and quite sweet. Has a lot of "red" qualities to it. Simple. Reasonable. Decent at best.

Taste: More of the same. Very thin as well. Moderate carbonation. Not a lot of flavor here. Mildly roasty grains with sweetness, and a tinge of artificial sweetness at the end. About what I'd expect.

Not a beer I bought, or would have ever wanted to buy for myself, because it tastes just as I figured it would -- quite mediocre. Pretty much the very definition of an A-OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:06:40 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Richardbeerlover


3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown red with a decent head. Smells very sweet at first. Decent flavor that is not too thick. After warming up it smells like a cigar. A decent beer that is fairly easy to drink. Goes down easy. Not sure why it's rated so low. Bottle is pretty cool.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 22:55:14 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a deep reddish amber with an off white head
S-sweet, nutty, and malty
T-sweet caramel, followed by roasted nuts and finishes with some dry biscuits
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-pretty well balanced and malty, nothing special but still enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:02:17 | More by atr2605
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but slightly watery in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:45:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of 57md


3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with ruby edges and over a finger of off-white head. There is only a hint of maltiness on the nose. The malt taste in the flavor profile is also fairly weak. The finish is semi-dry and slightly bitter. This is quite a thin offering that is not worth sampling more than once.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:10:52 | More by 57md
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 22, 2013.

The color is decent with a kind of chestnut brown amber tone and a lingering moderate beige head.

The aroma has the roasted biscuit and caramel character and something that smells like it just came out of a cardboard box. Hop notes are insignificant.

The body is thin to medium.

The taste does have an odd burnt and malted flavor. It is not a smoky type of burn but a burnt to a crisp kind of burn. Mildly lingering finish. There are better dark milds out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 20:42:32 | More by puboflyons
Photo of a0lbudman


3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-it is a mahogany color when held up to a light, with large off white head that faded slowly and left a good lace on the glass
S-caramel malt sweetness, plums, and has a nut background with a slight roast aroma
T-roasted caramel malt with a yeast and mild nutty taste with a roast aftertaste
M-watered down feel with low carbonation
O- it had a good smell and look, but the taste just could not match up

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:26:12 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of HardTarget


3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Appears black, but close inspection shows it to be dark brown, light will pass through it showing some haziness. Doesn't hold a head, or really a collar.

Smell: Earthy, dusty, a bit of river water, nothing wrong, just a bit base.

Taste: A mild ribbon of dark toasted mat which goes a bit dark malt extract, give the package a fair flavor, but it's all a bit thin. Light tonic water, metallic coppery bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Prickly despite the lack of a head, a bit fizzy with the light body.

Overall: A thin version of a nice style. Hate to see this underdone, not so much in volume but in body. A little more protein would give it some substance and make it a bit more refreshing and quenching. As it is, it's better than a standard macro beer, but you'll not long for one.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:01:29 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Zorro


3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head. I can see how this could be called black.

Smells malty and a little smokey. English hop aromas mostly leather and tobacco leaf.

Starts out mildly sweet with a smoky after taste. Not real strongly flavored I pick up a bit of treacle. Little bit of bitterness in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a beer that is worth a try. Like all Newcastle beers it is on the mild and subtle side.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:18:47 | More by Zorro
Photo of lwillitz


3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers of light tan foam over a dark ruby/brown body

S - chocolate, coffee, grainy

T - black coffee, dark chocolate, very slight hints of cherry and vanilla, almost smoky toasted malt flavors, more bitterness than sweetness from the roasted malts

M - lighter body than expected, high amount of prickly carbonation

O - I expected this to be better. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 23:35:16 | More by lwillitz
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Dark brown body, lots of ruby through the light. A cream colored head dissipates to an even film. Very light lacing.

Aroma is slightly metallic with fruit and dark chocolate.

Taste is malty with faint chocolate sweetness and a slight floral fruit finish.

Mouthfeel is light and metallic.

Overall, a bit disappointed compared to other Newcastle offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 20:06:57 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It is a very dark brown in color, with a white head.

Smell - It is a sweet / fruity malt smell.

Taste - It is mostly a dried fruit taste, with some coffee and chocolate coming in.

Mouthfeel - It is a very light beer, for being such a dark beer.

Overall - Its an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:40:16 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of mralphabet


3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a dark reddish brown with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting roasted malt, caramel, little chocolate, little coffee and a touch of hops right at the very end.

T: All the smelly flavors right up front quickly followed by a crisp hops flavor at the end. Pretty well balanced... I feel it leans a little more on the bitter side.

M: Crisp yet smooth but pretty thin overall.

O: A wonderful looking, smelling brew, but it losses steam after that.... Not bad beer just a little weaker than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:06:20 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Pegasus


3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep reddish amer in color, quite clear, with a fairly large, coarse white head, which retains fairly well. The lacing is Belgian-like, the carbonation very slight, consisting of a few bubbles that drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, and some slight nutty aroma.

Taste: Opens with roasted malt, as the taste progresses, a little caramel is noted. Later in the taste, mild charred flavors dominate. Finishes with a mild burnt note.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, with a little zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A decent session beer, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 22:42:40 | More by Pegasus
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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.