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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ferrari29 on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by popery:
Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks fantastic. The beer looks dark brown as it comes out of the bottle and black in the glass. Beige head. Excellent head retention. Khaki bubbles are all over the walls of the glass, marking each pause between sips.

The aroma is cocoa, coffee roast, caramel malt and a mildly fruity English yeast tying it all together. It's not terribly strong and in your face, but it has that rich, full aroma of Fuller's beers. I'm not sure if it's from the malt or the yeast. Something about Fuller's beers just seems to ooze quality. At any rate, the combination of chocolate and coffee on top of caramel sweetness works quite well.

The taste brings more coffee and a drier overall profile. The milk chocolate and caramel sweetness still come through, but the dry roastiness and an earthy hop flavor balance it out more than expected. Tons of flavor for a 4.5% abv beer. More American brewers need to figure out how to pack this much flavor into a <5% abv beer.

Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. One of the best attempts at a cask feel for a bottled beer that I've tried.

This is a fantastic beer. I would be thrilled to drink it regularly and in quantity. It might be the best low abv stout that I've ever tried. I tend to get a bit excited by well-done English beers, and this is a great example to find at my local store, which is more than 5000 miles from Griffin Brewery. So, that's nice. Anywho, Black Cab is an excellent beer, and I'd love to see it included in the fantastic Fuller's regular lineup.

popery, Mar 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with some ruby highlights showing thru,a half finger lighter beige head head atop.Big dry roastiness in the nose and not much more than that,it's nice but really one sided.Big dry roastiness on the palate,earthy with some woodiness with underlying bitter chocolate that off sets the roast just enough.This is old school with its big roast and dryer tones.

oberon, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5%

FadetoBock, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of chip26
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

chip26, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jason, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a Fuller's ale glass. Dark as coffee, thick-looking brew, with a half inch of sturdy, creamy foam. Sheets of lacing. Fine looking brew.

Nose is coffee, dry roasted malt, a bit of chocolate (dry), perhaps some molasses as well.

Fine English stout that has a good dryness without being oppressively dry, if that makes any sense. Easy to drink - this became my go-to for the rest of the evening. Nice roasted flavour, dry grain and finish, but with some coffee and chocolate lingering in the back.

Creamy, nice thickness to this. Carb on the cask pump is mild - since the brew is on the dry side, I don't mind the lower carb.

It's hard to put any stout or porter against Fuller's London Porter and expect to win, and I don't think this one does that, but a brew's job isn't to be "better" than something else. Each style has their own positive attributes, and this one has those in spades. This is a drier brew, and a damned sessionable one at that, and I likes it fine.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +31.2%

wattoclone, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of rawknrall
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

rawknrall, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

chinchill, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of AdrianMendez
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

AdrianMendez, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

biboergosum, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of KristijanG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of reaganrvltn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

reaganrvltn, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of mick_cooper
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A little bitter, limp, soft

mick_cooper, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5%

Ciocanelu, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Lion088
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of JohnFatAss
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice stout. I loved the bottle with Rolls Royce looking black cab on the label.
As for the beer, it looks like a stout.
Black in color with a tan head.
Roasted malt smell.
Taste is of roasted malts. Very dry.
Black Cab is a little on the heavy side, very filling and enjoyable.

JohnFatAss, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

hooliganlife, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

aztraz, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Mbpike
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Mbpike, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

russpowell, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of GregaR
4/5  rDev +5%

GregaR, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

ohiobeer29, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

leinie13, Jul 26, 2014
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Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.