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Black Cab | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ferrari29 on 11-20-2011

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Photo of toscanoigor
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uma típica dry stout. Escura, transparente, com ótima formação de espuma, média persistência. Aroma marcante de café e malte torrado, chocolate. Sabor acompanhando o aroma, com final seco, persistência do torrado e amargor moderado. O corpo e carbonatação média dão uma ótima drinkability.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- This one pours the typically dark dark brown/black color and looks to be rather clear when put up against light, especially around the top ring of the liquid. Carbonation appears to be fine in nature and the head was not as impressive as I was hoping for, that being a patchwork of thin film over the brew, however, what is there retains rather well and looks creamy! The lacing is not overly impressive either, with the foam quickly sliding back into the brew!....ok overall....

S- Rather mild aromas in general with black malts, dark chocolate, black coffee being the dominant smells. Slightly sweet caramel/toffee fills the body and the finish is dry and Earthy....perhaps slightly spicy and/or of fruit pits and hints of hop leaf.

T- This is rather mild on the palate flavor wise, however again, there is plenty happening here....the cocoa notes are definitely there, but they take on a dark chocolate covered cherry flavor, along with background flavors of espresso and licorice root....as this warms up, everything becomes more bold and the bitterness of the black malts used show more prominently, but the flavors don't stick inside my mouth like a traditional stout would perhaps....it's nice!

M/O- Light in body and the carbonation is creamy smooth, with wee tight bubbles popping ever so delicately on my palate! Overall, this is quite drinkable and everything balances well, providing a well crafted dry stout that is easy on the palate yet has all of the characteristics one would expect....will buy again and I recommend this especially to those who are perhaps breaking into this style!

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Photo of Thryptamine
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Simple yet nice tasting stout, not much aroma, bitter chocolate and dark coffee combination that delivers decent bitterness but does not stick around too long. Not much foam retention.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On bottle at The Old Bank of England ( London)

A - Pours black with a medium tan head
S - very subtle sweet toffee aromas
T - black licorice, coffee, bitter chocolate ending
M - very smooth with little carbonation
O - Full flavour, filling, but not an overly complex or overwhelming flavour profile. Nice full-body stout to pair with dinner. I had this paired with ham glazed in a sauce from the same beer and the combination was really good.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Best before 2016-07-09.

A: Dark brown, near opaque. Poured with moderate amount of foam and decent retention.
S: Roasted aroma. Common fruity character found in Fuller's beers. Some biscuits.
T: Roasted coffee. Moderate malty. Low bitterness. Dry with hints of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy.
O: As an imperial and sweet stout drinker, I typically dislike dry stouts. But Black Cab convinced me that there is well made one. Pretty good stout.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Molasses, robusto coffee and tar in flavour with a gentle mouth feel. Bit of hoppy bite to it as an aftertaste but not enough for my liking. Could do with more ethanol in it. If you desire a session stout then this is for you, but I like stouts to have a rich mouth-feel and a good hit of alcohol and a bit more bitter. Stout lite!

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Photo of MrDell
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Fullers Black Cab Stout – bottling date unknown – Best Before 09.03.2016

Appearance: Black with patchy off white head. Looks very similar to coca-cola.

Aroma: Espresso, roasted malt

Taste: As aroma - black espresso, toasty, nice subtle hop finish which is not overpowering. Nothing really exciting with this beer but that's not a bad thing. You know exactly what you're getting with this Irish Dry Stout from London and it doesn't disappoint.

Mouth feel: Fairly low in body as to be expected at 4.5%. Low levels of carbonation.

Overall: A good quality, sessionable stout that is sensible in the abv stakes. Could also be a good one to keep in the cellar for a Sunday afternoon. Comes beautifully packaged in a very dark bottle that is embossed with the brewery name and the River Thames, and has black and gold labels. 8 / 10.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle. Pours Black with a tan head that disapates to a ring. Rich aroma with notes of roasted malt,chocolate, coffee. Taste much the same as the aroma roasted malts burnt chocolate coffee. Very enjoyable try it if you can.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into english pint.
Pours deepest dark brown with ruby and purple hues, tan head, medium to low retention.
Aroma - roasted, coffee, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste - chocolate, licorice, roasted malts.
Velvet, smooth and drinkable, light body and carbonation. Nice but simple.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Pitch black pour with a one finger off-white head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Roasty, subtly sweet nose with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, vanilla, and toffee. The taste follows suit with lots of roasty dark and milk chocolate up front along with hints of vanilla, burnt toast, cocoa, espresso, and subtle licorice. The mouthfeel is moderately thick with medium carbonation, great balance, and a smooth, subtly bitter finish. Overall, another solid and highly drinkable offering from Fuller's.

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Photo of drmeto
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a very dark brown with ruby tinges and a small,quickly dissipating khaki head
-medium carbonation visible
-sweet chocolate,slight coffee notes,mocha,prunes
-bitter chocolate,long-lingering coffee,mocha,nutty,prunes
-surprisingly light feel for a beer brewed with oats
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
A really nice Stout.
I just wished for a lil more complexity

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was a little different for me. Didn't really care for it. No disrespect for Fullers, they make really good beer. Jus not my cup of tea. Basic bland stout, a little too sweet for me. Idk you go try it. See what's up...

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep black, highly carbonated, nice frothy head. Smells of smooth roasted malts. Tastes of roasted coffee malts. Goes down real smooth with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this is a really good Irish Dry Stout. High recommend.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a pint glass from the bottle. Pours a dark brown with decent head and nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, brown sugar, and roasted earthy grains. Flavors of chocolate up front mingles with lightly sweet malts and a dry, slightly sweet clean finish makes this a good session stout, but not what I was expecting from one of my favorite brewers. Solid, but not a big robust stout.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours out rather gloopy. Dark body with a fluffy off-white head.
S: Loads of roasty malt and chocolate.
T: Half smokey with a precise snap of chocolate. Muddy aftertaste. Ever so slightly rummy. A hint of chlorine towards the end but it's not too strong.
M: Fine but lively effervescence.
O: Drinks like something stronger. Another great offering from Fuller's.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 8/1/14. Comes in a nice 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle that was on sale for $1.99, regularly $3.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pitch black in color with a thin foamy beige head that settles to a very thin layering along the sides of the glass. Some light spotty lacing is seen and actually leaves a light ring when sipped. The aroma is of dark roasted malts but is faint. Perfect carbonation. The taste of roast malts are right up front with a hint of dark fruits and coffee even. More going on with the taste than what the aroma suggests. Very slight dry finish but doesn't last. Overall a very decent brew.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle with a stamped BB date of 6 Jan. 2014.

Clear, very dark red-brown; opaque in the pint glass.

Aroma: fine but faint.

Feel: Medium body; medium+ (slightly too high?) carbonation.

Flavor: mild and light up front; some richness, mainly from dark malts, in the finish and aftertaste. A hint of coffee.

O: do not serve too cold: a richer and more complex flavor unfolds at warmer temps.

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with some red beams when exposed to light and a thin caramel head with short retention, but leaving some laces.
Light aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and nuts.
Flavor of roasted malts, earthy hops, strong coffee, a bit of licorice, nuts and cocoa, yeast and some muffled citrusy. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note. Lightly acid and spicy sensation.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very good stout, dry and relatively unsweetened with nice roasted notes. Assertive, but not boring.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 8, 2014 and served around 45 degrees.

The pour is mainly dark mahogany brown but it does hovers around jet black, opaque look too. There is a long-lasting cream colored head that leaves a nice does of lacing as it fades and I drink it.

Subtle but in interesting aromas. Dark roasted malts, some black licorice, moderate sweetness, a little smoke, and water minerals.

Light to medium body makes it rather drinkable.

The taste also brings out the dark malts, sweetness, and caramel while the hop bitterness at the finish is a but more muted but definitely there. There is a dry lingering finish. Great pub beer! Bring it on!

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Photo of tmzl
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Lightly pours with a large, beautiful brown, thick, bubbly head. Slow retention, mostly diminishing, thin layer stays on top. Leaves good amount of lacing. Colour is clear black (with light red hue). Definitely a good looker.

Smell: Mostly milk chocolate malt, also some light sweet roast, biscuit, nut and some yeasty, herbal earthiness. Light and smooth.

Taste: Smooth light/medium chocolate roast, caramel, nutty middle which goes into light spike of roast, maybe hop bitterness that lingers with you in the after taste - enjoyable. Light acidity present, keeps if fresh yet that dusty fillings remains.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium, yet creamy body. Soft carbonation, kinda dry, you want another sip. Maybe a bit more body would do it good.

Overall: Easy chocolaty, roasty sipper. Nice balance - good stuff.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Leura. BB July 14.

A - black, tan one finger short lived head, some lace.

S - muted, doughy malts, choc.

T - wow! Good and well balanced, so much more appealing than the London Porter. Choc everywhere, balanced, amazing long lingering aftertaste of choc n nut. Hint licorice.

M - nicely carbonated but not overdone, dances on tongue. Light medium weight.

O - a real surprise. Sweeter than I expected, but the balance is just wonderful. And a blast of flavour for a 4.5% beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At 4.5% ABV and 500 ml, this is a beer which shouldn't require you to call a cab after a bottle. But if you choose to do so anyway, call Fullers Black Cab. On to the beer:

The beer is black with ruby red hues along places as it sits in a glass. A decent head sits on top, okay retention and a few squirts of lacing. The aroma is soft, and at first is hard to get. The nose has a little molasses and a touch sweet. However, the beer is not as shy regarding its taste. It has a good overall flavor, complimented with molasses, unsweetened chocolate, raisins, and soft yeast. Furthering the joy is its light body and gentle carbonation.

No Black Cab for me to take me home after one of these, but I would tackle another bottle. A good lighter, easier drinking alternative to the brewery's London Porter.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 2/28/2014. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, roasted malt, biscuit, raisin, licorice, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toffee, biscuit, coffee, raisin, licorice, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toffee, biscuit, coffee, licorice, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with a dry and roasty finish with no cloying flavors. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good dry stout. Good balance and robustness of roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Cresant
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this 16.9 oz thick brown bottle into a SN hops tulip pint. This a beautiful bottle and a nice label. Dated best by: 30 Sept 13. Consumed well before this date. The body was a very dark cola color. The head was tan and a thin cap remained throughout.

The smell was brown sugar and Hersey Kisses.

The taste was nutty with some cocoa. Not too sweet. Very well balanced and very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was mildly creamy with a thin to medium body. This one puts me in mind of a porter rather than a stout. However, I like it despite how it is categorized.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like Fullers a lot but admittedly did not realize they offer an Irish dry stout until stumbling across this brew on tap at Beer Revolution here in Calgary (these guys should pay me for all the name-dropping I do on here ... I will accept payment in beer. No?). 16 oz. pint presented as dark opaque black with flickers of brown, not even a colored halo, just inky blackness except for the moderate amount of tan head. Major black licorice on the nose, along with wood smoke and hints of fresh dough. Major licorice on the palate as well. While some stouts offer ample coffee and chocolate, this one combines an earthy bittersweet element with malt to yield a flavor remarkably like licorice all-sorts candy doused with smoke. Fruit is difficult to detect, as the sweetness is more herbal or medicinal in character. A little chocolate emerges here and there. Crisp and chalky with burnt wood and grainy husk in the finish. Very dry but never quite loses the licorice sweetness. Nice take on the style and perhaps my experience benefited from the beer being super-fresh on tap. Unidimensional but I don't expect Irish stouts to be as complex as some heavier North American examples.

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Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.