Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.05/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
12-22-2013 01:45:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.71/5 rDev +16.7%
On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, honey, some chocolate, some coffee and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not to filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable dark beer to drink for a long time.
11-21-2013 16:54:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Dark cola brown appearance, with a big khaki beige head forms thick and the lacing clings to the sides of the glass I'm drinking from. Aroma hints of dark ripened fruit with a prominent roasted malt character mild leafy herbal tobacco like hop offerings. Flavors express themselves as roasted malt hints of toffee an English style dark mild with minimal flavor but expressive hints of good beer are here. Good to know I can get this style now in a grocery store in America, I applaud this effort and every other micro like beer they continue to release. The low alcohol beer tends to save some miles on the old liver, and for that I enjoy this lower alcohol offering even more so. It's not up to the flavor level that I would like to have but it's a solid crossover beer even keeled carbonation smooth going down, overall this is a beer that the masses will find revolutionary. For me it's just okay, but I'm not sad that I gave it a go.
10-27-2013 03:45:53 | More by WVbeergeek
3.29/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-27-2014 02:23:20 | More by Slatetank
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours dark red/crimson. A thin head leaves lacing.
The smell is of a metallic-like roast.
The taste is of chocolate and charcoal with a hint of fruitiness. Sweet turning to a dry roast bitterness in the finish.
It is very creamy - almost like a nitro.
It's easy enough to drink.
01-08-2014 23:22:00 | More by jwc215
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-10-2014 21:40:04 | More by dbrauneis
3.16/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
12-22-2013 02:18:47 | More by Zorro
3.38/5 rDev +6.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Poured dark reddish brown with a good size head that settles to a thin layer but leaves good lacing.
S: Mild, with roasted grains, some caramel, and a hint of coffee.
F: The flavor follows, but with some light hops at the finish... and not as strong as hoped. Pretty well balanced.
M: Crisp yet smooth; dry finish; medium-thin body.
O: A good looking brew, with good flavor for style and for a 4.2% ABV.
06-02-2014 21:13:46 | More by chinchill
3.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle from Candia Rd
Pours a deep clear reddish brown with a creamy off white head that persists forever. Aromas of caramel and chocolate with a bit of pitted fruit, sulfur, butter, and mineral water. The flavor is caramel, toffee, butter, and a hint of chocolate. Light sulfur, and tobacco in there as well. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, a bit high on the diacetyl meter for me, but I could drink another if I had to.
11-28-2013 02:05:16 | More by johnnnniee
3.23/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is full of malts, nutty, bready, some light hops are present, kind of mild. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.
08-16-2014 02:45:14 | More by tone77
3.39/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
12-21-2013 00:29:56 | More by twiggamortis420
3.45/5 rDev +8.5%
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
03-05-2014 02:14:53 | More by barnzy78
3.09/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-22-2013 20:42:32 | More by puboflyons
Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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