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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 196
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 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 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 Retroman40


3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark, almost black with a foamy, but fleeting head that gave way to decent lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt and grains.

T - Sweet chocolate with some coffee and roasted malts.

M - Smooth with moderate carbonation.

O - This reminded me of a good porter than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 09:45:15 | More by Retroman40
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 dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark (almost opaque) crystal clear dark reddish brown in color with light amount active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rather rapidly and some significant garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized thin cap in the center of the glass surround by a thick film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of bittersweet chocolate and nuts. Very faint aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of very slightly sweet toasted and caramel malts with lighter flavors of roasted malts. There are some light notes of nuts and bittersweet chocolate throughout. Finally, there is a hint of earthy hops in the finish which contributes a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront and smooth in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable (which it should be considering the style) but just a hint thin/watery for my enjoyment. Nice flavors but probably not one I am going to seek out again. Everytime I drink this style, I long to take another trip back to the UK and spend time in a pub.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 21:40:04 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of barnzy78


3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L - deep brown with a reddish tinge when held to a light, fluffy beige head sticks around for a bit
S - roasty aroma, chocolate, earthy hop
T - chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, earthy hop, some fruit
F - thinner body, but refreshing and smooth, nice roasty and nutty finish
O - for a mild, I like this. Not sure it would make it into my regular rotation, but it's good

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 02:14:53 | More by barnzy78
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass.

A: dark somewhat brown close to black colored body with a slight transparency to it, nice mushroom capping one finger white foamy head that concaves to a lumpy looking valley inside the glass. lacing is extremely thick and sticking to the sides of the glass

S: nutty, malty, woody, bready all combined and leading into a dried roastiness

T: malty sweet with a light woody nuttiness trying to come in; roasty woody aftertaste; dry sweet finish

M: light on the body, pretty sessionable, carbonation is very smooth, hmmmm...I actually haven't had too many English Dark Milds in my life, so I like the fact how it runs as smooth as it does and doesn't leave much harshness

O: hmmmm...not a bad beer, sounds like one I could definitely do with some fish n' chips.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 20:51:39 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Slatetank


3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this at wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a teku poured from a 12oz.

The color is deep burgundy with translucent clarity and thick pale tan cream with average sized bead, lace sticks in spots. The smell is faintly roasted with a woody malty odor with slight dried fruit element from the yeast but pretty low in fragrance of any hops with yeast being dominant. The feel is good but thin and roasted with a slight tangy fruitiness in the yeast texture with low spice and mild carbonation with semi-dry finish.

The taste begins with some okay malt flavor but the there is a slight chalkiness in the roasted taste with a more woody flavor more toward the middle. There is a slight yeast fruitiness which is more raisiny than anything else. Overall I was glad I tried this since it is passable, but it isn't great. I probably would say try it if you are curious but I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:23:20 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jmw4437


3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red/burn orange color but when the pint glass was full proved to allow about as much light through as coffee would. Color appears darker once glass was full as well, chocolaty brown. Creamy white head was small after the pour and quickly dissipated to a ring around the glass after a few minutes.

S: Scents of chocolate, caramel, and grains dominate the aroma.

T: The beer falls a bit flat on flavor; or at least compared to what I was expecting for its pleasant aroma and bold color. There are chocolate and rum like flavors that disappear quickly from the palate but not much else.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is probably its most disappointing trait. Initially the carbonation is great but the beer quickly falls flat and becomes watery feeling within the mouth.

O: Overall this is a decent beer but its limited time availability will probably be its biggest selling point moving forward. Its not the worst beer I've had but definitely not the best either.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:27:06 | More by jmw4437
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 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 maxcoinage


3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 is bottle to shaker pint 2 finger off white head. Beer is a somewhat clear brown

Aroma is breast/malty

Taste - mostly malt flavor, slightly sweet and a slight bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel - lighter body , great carbonation, smooth and easy drinking

Overall - an enjoyable mild and session beer

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:11:32 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newcastle Cabbie has a very thick, creamy, beige head, pronounced lacing, a clear, deep, reddish, dark-brown appearance, and a few ascending stray bubbles. Aroma is of sweet, bready, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of the same, with a noticeable medium roastiness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Newcastle Cabbie finishes mostly wet, refreshing, and delicious. No off flavors or aromas. So delicious!


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 18:43:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
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 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 SportsandJorts


3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep amber, almost brown color. good clarity. a finger or so of a tannish head that leaves a bit of lacing on the edges.

Smell: full of dark fruits. prunes and a hint of cherry. overlying a toasty malt base. no detectable hop bitterness.

Taste: opens up with a hit of prunes with just a touch of cherry, slightly rough transition into a toasty malt base.

Mouthfeel: Light and slightly refreshing.

Overall: this beer surprised me and was better than i thought. I got it to fill a space in a dark mild tasting and it placed third of four. the fruitiness in this beer needs a much bigger malt profile that is not available in the dark mild range to battle the fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:42:25 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of EagleTalon


3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out to a generous, creamy, and permanent buff head and dark mahogany-ruby color. Aroma is light and subtle with notes of roasted malt and a touch of pepper and charred toast with a hint of earthy, spicy hops. Flavor is also mild (hey, it's a damn mild, get over it) Maintaining a creamy roasty front and dry, tangy and grainy finish. Mouthfeel is exceptional with light carbonation and substantial body for a 4.2% abv brew that translates to nitro-like creaminess.

It is OK to give this beer props. It's not a double imperial anything because it is not supposed to be. The ratings I see on here are harsh. Milds are not known for huge flavor or alcohol kick, but it is tasty but not in a ESB, porter or EPA way. The real treat is how this beer feels in the mouth. This is an excellent choice for a session beer. I could drink this all night knowing I drank "real beer" while not getting schlagered.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:22:00 | More by EagleTalon
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 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 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
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 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 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 twiggamortis420


3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark chestnut color with a large cap of tan head. Nice retention and even better lacing. A really nice looking beer, though it is not quite black.

Nose is caramel malts with a touch of cocoa and plum fruitiness. A little chalky minerality is also there. Smells decent at least...

Taste is less flavorful than I anticipated from the aroma, but there is some decent malt and English yeast flavors here. Its pretty thin though and fairly simplistic. Its not bad, but there is not a whole lot here of interest. My expectations were low, and while the aroma and appearance exceeded expectations, the taste was right on par. Fun to try a single, but glad I didnt buy a whole sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:29:56 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of augustgarage


3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Clear sienna body with ruby highlights and a faint yet lasting smattering of beige foam up top. Slight, sandy lacing; decent retention.

Gentle aromatics are a blend of fruity esters (kiwi, berries, etc.) and roast malt notes (toffee, hazelnuts, stale coffee, etc.).

Sweet clean malt dominates the flavor profile, supported by an earthy/leafy/nutty/charred array of roast flavors. Mild peppery bitterness helps balance out the sweetness leading into a light medium finish. Smokey, mineral-laden, almost vegetal aftertaste brings to mind river stones.

Light bodied, vaguely acrid, slightly thin mouth-feel.

Lacks character compared to the better versions of the style, but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:48:12 | More by augustgarage
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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.