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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-14-2013 21:11:33 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 23:53:35 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-14-2013 21:24:01 | More by acurtis
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oberon

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 22:08:32 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-25-2014 22:47:14 | More by GRG1313
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-03-2013 02:54:21 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 22:49:17 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/7/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of chocolate and coffee followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very poundable beer if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 13:58:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-20-2013 23:17:26 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 04:22:32 | More by russpowell
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 21:50:50 | More by BlackHaddock
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-08-2014 06:10:12 | More by GClarkage
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 20:11:40 | More by wl0307
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Zorro

California

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 20:17:47 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 23:20:05 | More by DoubleJ
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:33:19 | More by superspak
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-17-2013 01:27:53 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:36:08 | More by chinchill
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The British Beer Company.
Comes to the table a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a creamy smooth off white head that persists forever. The aroma is mostly roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and lots of dark fruits. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is lightly vinous with a bitter roasted coffee flavor. Very little sweetness and a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick roasted bitter mouthfeel. Very nice dry English stout. Creamy smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 05:15:16 | More by johnnnniee
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, best before 30 September 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and burnt/charred malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of dark fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and very easy to drink. I think this is a good stout, I'd pick this up again at $5.29 a bottle. A nice tasty brew if you're looking for something that's lower in ABV (4.5% in this case).

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:06:50 | More by bluejacket74
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claspada

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights when held to the light with a small egg shell soapy head that recedes to leave minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some overly toasted bready maltiness. As it warms there are a few hints of English fruity esters and some metallic bitter molasses.

The tastes follow the nose with bold, dark roasted coffee bitterness and some darker cocoa chalkiness. Some emerging pale and toasted malt sweetness works to balance the dark roasted malts. The English esters also add to the complexity here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is fairly clean and balanced with a little bit of creamy, malt sweetness, dry, roasted bitterness and some light fruity esters.

Overall this was nice to try as I always enjoy anything from Fullers but this is one of their weaker offerings. For the price point, quantity and availability I would just rather get a 6-pack of their Porter because it is a better beer regardless of style. Great for the drinkability and sessionability but lacks a tad in the overall flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 20:00:33 | More by claspada
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-12-2012 17:44:30 | More by Evil_Pidde
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popery

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 04:19:56 | More by popery
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:55:56 | More by puboflyons
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-09-2014 01:29:45 | More by KAF
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Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.