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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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86
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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ferrari29 on 11-20-2011

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Photo of Dentist666
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a very dark brown with ruby tinges and a small,quickly dissipating khaki head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-sweet chocolate,slight coffee notes,mocha,prunes
T:
-bitter chocolate,long-lingering coffee,mocha,nutty,prunes
F:
-surprisingly light feel for a beer brewed with oats
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
O:
A really nice Stout.
I just wished for a lil more complexity (388 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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... (226 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (247 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (669 characters)

Photo of tmzl
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (564 characters)

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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT.

This beer appears a solid black, with prominent cola highlights, and one finger of loosely foamy, and generally wispy beige head, which leaves some unraveling webbed lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of roasted bready pale malt, a bit of dried stone fruit, wet ash, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more toasty pale and caramel malt, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, cold cinders, a soft pithy nuttiness, mild dry coffee notes, and earthy, dusty hops.

The carbonation is light, and plainly pleasant, the body a so-so medium weight, and a bit too edgy to be deemed all that smooth, though a hint of creaminess seems to punch through. It finishes just off-dry, the struggling malt sweetness giving it one last feeble hurrah.

A decent Irish Dry, the roastedness and fuller (hah!), rounder mouthfeel (when compared to you know who) making for an enjoyable tipple. It is nice to sip on a stout and not feel the heat, as well. Worthy of this convivial yuletide pub atmosphere, I must say! (1,052 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle: BBD 28 Apr 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 17 Nov 13.

Very, very dark body, it's black, just like it's name: the head was a tan blanket of foam.

The aroma is semi-burnt chocolate malts, as is the taste with coffee esters and a liquorice stick floating within.

Creamy, yet dry in flavour and mouth feel, easy on the palate and one of the best UK brewed Stouts around. (397 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with almost a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt and chocolate aromas.

Taste- Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee flavor dominate. There are hints of char and fig also.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of full-bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- A very good and delicious example of the style. (430 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a slim and straight 500ml brown bottle (new bottle design), BB 22/09/2014, served cool in a short-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very fine sheet of dark beige foamy head and rather light carbonation.
S: aromatic roast malts come with dark fruits with a good concentration of acidity, giving coffee-ish, lightly smoky and burned woody notes, altogether very rich in terms of malt aroma but the Fuggles-like hop aroma also stays firmly in the background.
T: lightly carbonated on the entry, the treacle-ish, burned nutty, licorice-spicy notes come with an otherwise rather soothing and pleasant body of chocolaty and roast malts, backed by a little coffee-like undertones and a bitter edge of burned caramel as well. A robust but slightly rough-edged bitterness lingers in the end, along with a licorice-like aroma, chewy hop bitterness and a dry palate of roast malts. Through the drink, a sufficient edge of acidity is constantly there as a balancer.
M&O: lightly carbonated on the mouthfeel, not silky smooth as the London Porter, against a medium body of roast malt-led flavour profile. All in all, a very decent English stout that is easily quaffable without going boring that easily. (1,230 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An import with a discernible freshness date, huzzah! BBD of 06 Jan 14

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Carob & roastyness

T: Follows the nose, slight figgyness & licorice notes, but roastyness dominates, plus dryness up front. Faint cocoa notes mix with roastyness, faint figgyness woody & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty, & a whisper of figgyness

MF: Medium body with slight carbonation, becomes fairly creamy

Easy drinker, spot on for the style would to try this on cask or nitro (559 characters)

Photo of Steamer
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a healthy, beige head that cascades nicely leaving an inch of pillowy foam. Not much aroma as you might expect from a dry Irish stout. taste -The malt flavor is subdued a little too much, slight bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel - not as dry as expected, very little carbonation, very smooth. This would be a great stout for someone just getting acquainted with the style or if you like the lighter side of stouts. It's mild and smooth, and with a low ABV of 4.5%, it goes down very easy. (504 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

black. little head, but thin layer of dark tan foamy... a beautiful, tight, frothy head upon the second vigorous delivery into the glass....
all chocolate smell; thick, rich and malty....
taste is the same. hearty, smooth and a little bitter. lots of chocolate, roasted malt, maybe some toffee and vanilla. some coffee grounds too....
overall, a nice quenching and satisfying brew. usually not associated with term 'quenching', this stout probably possesses that quality due to its low abv. but a great drinker! (511 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: Best by 2013-09-03
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Fuller's Black Cab is an excellent stout, rich with roasted malt characters and complexities, which should be appealing to anyone who appreciates the stout/porter style of beer. One I would certainly revisit if seen, reminiscent at times of a stronger-flavored Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of tan-colored foam that has retention time of about two minutes, eventually settling to a thin film of wispy foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, as if waves of foam had lapped at the sides of the glass and subsequently receded, remaining for the duration of the sampling. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, light yielding no change. Carbonation not visible through the body.

Aroma of bitter chocolate, sharp burnt toast with mild acridity that's balanced by malt sweetness, and aged coffee grounds. In general, a good balance between bitterness and sweetness, with the balance going towards the acrid burnt toast.

Flavor of charred toast, bitter chocolate and coffee, slightly sweet vanilla and malt characters balancing out the heavier, roasted notes. Front of palate detects charred toast, cacao nibs, roasted and aged coffee beans, vanilla, and sweetness. Mid-palate of bitter chocolate with sweetener from malt and vanilla, along with accents from charred toast and aged coffee beans. Back of palate notices more substantial sweetness with reduced burnt toast, chocolate, and coffee bean flavors, with slight mineral characters. Aftertaste of burnt toast, a touch of smokiness, with heavy marshmallow and vanilla counterparts.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a smoothly foamy mouthfeel that fits the flavor profile perfectly: a modestly smooth-sipping beer. Closes quite dry, as expected from the roast malt usage, with very minor stickiness/sweetness lingering around the palate. (1,978 characters)

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Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.