Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Tsch
2.26/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Commercial transnational parody on a good beer

Photo of spdyfire83
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

77th Review
Served in half pint glass

Enjoyed at Churchill Arms on Christmas Eve while visiting London.

A: Medium brown. No visible head, but a few soapy, tan bubbles appear after I take the first sip.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt/well-toasted dark roasted malt. Hint of candied pecans and molasses. Coffee notes come thru more than anything else though.

T: Bold, dark roasted coffee start to finish. Not too much else going on here and that is kind of boring to me. I get a little dark roasted malt and chocolate, but these subtle flavours are overshadowed by coffee.

M: Medium bodied and almost no carbonation.

O: A somewhat enjoyable english stout served on cask; however, I personally think it smells better than it tastes as there is just nothing going on for me other than coffee. I'd be curious to try this on draft and a little colder to see if the profile of the beer changes as temp changes.

Photo of thepeter
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a slight orange hue in the light not much of a head but a little bit of lacing.
S- Very sweet, but in a great way. roasted malt up front, chocolate all throughout adn some anise at the very end.
T- Cocoa, roast malt, not very sweet, pretty dry in fact. Bitter coffee flavor without the nice roast coffee flavors. the bitterness stays with you in the aftertaste.
M- Cask so it's nice and smooth with a lighter body than I would have expected, easy drinking none the less.
O- Not bad but I was let down by the taste. It just could have been a bit maltier and if it had the chocolate undertones the aroma delivered I would have been very happy with it. I guess I can't be too critical though as it is a Dry Stout. maybe just not my style of stout.

Photo of bobhits
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is lacking for sure. A dark brown color from the bottle, black in the glass, but with an almost clear brown watery look held to the light. Carbonation is poor and has non retention.

The aromas gives off chocolate and coffee, a lack of sugars and deep sweetness give the impression of a lighter beer, but by NO means would one think this is under 6% in the nose.

Chocolate, coffee, dark malts this is a really complex and complete beer. I truly did not expect so much flavor and so much depth once I saw the 4.5%.

A touch watery but the beer is well carbonated and even better put together.

This is hands down the best under 5% beer I can think of. So much flavor so much complexity and just well damn. At 4 bucks a glass it's a touch high but on draft this is a perfect beer for someone who's got a drive and wants a bit more volume without you know drinking crap.

Photo of Cresant
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Nonic shaped pint glass at the Melton Mowbray. 300th review.

A - Beer poured with a dark and deep black colored body; no lacing formed on the edge of the glass; head formed a thin bubbly and soapy caramel colored head; one finger in size

S - Coffee; deep espresso; dry jerky; mostly straight coffee, some dark chocolate notes, but not much

T - The website says it "delivers a rich full flavour from the chocolate malts" but I didnt really get that in my beer; dark roasted malt flavor; burnt toast; coffee; some bitter-hop taste, but very light

M - Rough coffee bean aftertaste; liquid mouth feel and not much body; could have been a lot fuller; dry roasted taste

D - Not bad; looks very watery; could use more body; still looking for those chocolate notes; otherwise, it makes a good stout and after dinner or bar time drink

Photo of drunkenmess
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

Photo of mick_cooper
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A little bitter, limp, soft

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of mscudder
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really was excited to be able to acquire one of these! My favorite from this brewery has been their porter, which I would deem world class. Let us see how this goes...

Into a pint.

A - Black hue with a good sized milk-chocolate head. Good retention with some good, big-bubbled, lacing left behind.

S - Soft and subtle chocolate. Pinch of iced coffee.

T - Not a ton of flavor to speak of in this one. A blend of iced coffee, cocoa powder, dark malts and a pinch of bitterness on the finish. All the flavors are nice, yet none of them jump off the palette yielding a big smile across my face.

M - Medium body, low carbonation with a bit of fizzyness. Bolder than I expected in a 4.5% ABV (then again this is the lowest I have encountered in a stout)

O - Really wanted to love it; just fell short of the porter I am so very fond of.

Photo of Steamer
3.61/5  rDev -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.

Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet toffee nose with a touch of dark chocolate arising from a very dark brown (almost black in indirect light). The head is thick, rich, and creamy. Roasted grain and a medium bitterness abound with a fairly clean and dry finish; bitter chocolate flavor throughout. The body feels about medium.

This is a good stout overall. Nice flavor throughout. It's a little weak in the body for my preference, but there is plenty to enjoy taste-wise, especially if you're looking for a low-alcohol, malty dark ale.

Photo of tmzl
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark red (close to near black) in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down but left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate along with notes of roasted malts and hints of lactose. There is a very slight amount of bitterness. The roasted malt flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a little airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice light stout that is perfectly sessionable.

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a tall light brown colored head. Theoretically this is clear as I can see some light through the edges but it is black enough that no light from a 100 Watt bulb can pass through.

Smell is dry and smoky with a scent that is pretty much just patent malt. Char and coffee with a faint scent of sweetness. Pretty much Starbucks coffee with a little malt syrup.

Starts out mildly sweet with a nice roasted coffee flavor. Mild and mellow flavor with very little bitterness. Not complex but very well made for what it is, Dry Stout.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a super mellow beer. I could see drinking this often if it was easier to get. What it lacks in complexity it makes up with mellowness.

Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at a Fuller's pub in south London.

Dark black in colour with a thin cap of beige head. Black Cab is dominated with coffee and cocoa flavours with some roasted barley character and a nice hit of bitterness, but in a restarined way. Despite the strong flavour descriptors, this stout is mild and restrained. Its is boldly flavoured, but not intense. Medium bodied and very easy drinking. Nothing exciting, but a solid stout.

Photo of cratez
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Gambrinus Bistro & Cafe in London, ON.

Taps a dark brown hue, bordering on black, with deep ruby edges, one finger of beige head, and tons of spotted lacing on the shaker glass. A very promising appearance.

Smell is toasty, roasted and nutty malts with hints of molasses, anise, fresh ground coffee, and unsweetened chocolate. Slight phenolic note as well. Subtle yet enticing aromas.

Flavour follows the nose with light roasted malt and cocoa powder upfront, mild berry-like tartness mid-palate, balanced English hop bitterness transitions to a toasted/coffee aftertaste. Good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, moderate hop bitterness precedes a bone dry, chalky finish. Super drinkable.

Overall, Black Cab is a solid full-flavoured Dry Stout with one of the chalkiest palates that I've encountered in a while. A great pick for a wintertime session. Thanks for bringing this in, Milos!

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  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.

Photo of drmeto
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of PReust
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm having trouble describing this....it's really sweet, not robust or bitter. It's fine.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this english pint into my snifter glass to pull in more of the aroma off the beer. There was about a finger of head that dies down to scum pretty quickly. The coloring is spot-on for a stout beer.

Off the top I get a fruity sweetness as well as some coffee. The nose balances pretty well from the multiple elements. The aroma is not as strong as you would think... which makes it pretty easy to breathe in.

The flavor is mostly bitter coffee. You can't really taste more than that. The balance is a little off.

This makes for a decent example of an English Stout. It is worth a try, but not worth going out of your way to find.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours black with a small quickly fading tan head. Aroma and Taste of sweet roasted caramel malt, chocolate malt, a bit of mocha coffee flavor and bitterness. A medium body, light carbonation. Finish is sweet roasted caramel and chocolate malt, with some mocha coffee flavor and bitterness. A good, nicely balanced easy drinking stout

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.