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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 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
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Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 16:54:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 23:22:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:45:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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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 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
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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
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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
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New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:05:16 | More by johnnnniee
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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 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
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3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Empties into the pint a reddish-mahogany color with some clarity beneath a thick bone-white cap of craggy foam. The head plopped out and held a good two fingers of height before slowly lacing down the glass wall. A lot of heap still remains.

Such a small nose with an almost pathetic dose of roasty character, but some fascinating fruit notes. Musty malts call on cereal grains and oversteeping with byproduct aromas of grape and fig and pear flesh. Notes of chocolate and toffee and nice, but the whole picture is hard to reach. Really having to dip my nose into the beer, seriously.

Dark apple maltiness with more grape and slight fig, but with an English cereal malt twang--mustiness and all. Slightly more tea-like now. Not without the kiss of alcohol, which is a little surprising, but it's still a small presence. Lots of estery fruitiness and noble hop goodness. Barely a vinous note in there. Rather enjoyable flavor and an even more enjoyable mouthfeel with dextrinous chew and pulpy carbonation. It still evens out and makes for even session-ing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:45:43 | More by thecheapies
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 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 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
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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 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
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 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 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 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 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 GRPunk


3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A liberal pour cascades something like a nitro. 2-finger, tan-to-brown head. Clean, dark brown body displays moderate-light carbonation. Reddish hues. Good stick. Head falls, then hangs on at 1/4 finger.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, berries. Hints of cracker or biscuit and brown sugar. Very light, leafy hops.

T- Medium roast coffee with a spoonful or two of sugar. Hints of semi-sweet chocolate. Roasty qualities. Hops are enough to keep the sweetness in check and really clean up the finish.

M- Moderate-light body with medium-light carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O- One of Newcastle's better "limited edition" beers. At 4.2% ABV, I could see sessioning this. I'd buy it again. I wish more American brewers would do a flavorful, low alcohol beer and price it accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:39:38 | More by GRPunk
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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
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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
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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.