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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Cabbie Black AleNewcastle Cabbie Black Ale

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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 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 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 Clones21


3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass. I really enjoy Newcastle products so I figured I'd give this beer a try. This beer pours a brownish and reddish color. The smell is very coffee, chocolate and roasted malty. The taste is pretty much like the smell. You get a good mix of coffee and chocolate. First thoughts were it's very well balanced. Really not a bad beer at all. This beer seems like it would go well with different beef dinners. I liked it and recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:56:44 | More by Clones21
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 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 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
Photo of johnnnniee

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
Photo of thecheapies


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 DMEsquire


3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of people have been putting down this beer, but I think many of these might not be a fan of the English Dark Mild Ale style. This isn't surprising because, by definition, a mild ale has a low hop profile, and so your average BA hop-head will not be a fan. If you are expecting a Black IPA (for some reason), prepare to be disappointed.

I, however, quite enjoyed this beer. Newcastle Cabbie (like all Newky seasonals) are a style of ale that is not often found in the US. In fact, here in Mississippi, it is the only example you can find, unless you're lucky enough to come across NOLA Brown Ale.

This beer is smooth-drinking and refreshing, while still possessing robust malt flavoring. IMHO, a very good representation of an English Dark Mild, especially for a Macro-brewery. If you want something with the roasty malt overtones, but that isn't thick or sticky, look no further.


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 18:08:49 | More by DMEsquire
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 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 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 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 TheManiacalOne

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
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 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 ChuckHardslab


3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze reddish color with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is bready malts and fruit. The taste follows suit with dark malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee. Theres a burnt toast flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. There' almost no hop presence except to offset the sweetness. It's not a bad beer and is easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:43:50 | More by ChuckHardslab
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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
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
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 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
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Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.