Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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86
very good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ferrari29 on 11-20-2011)
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Photo of scratch69
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of crhea89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Anze
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of rawknrall
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Steamer
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 RSNewbill
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Rosquin
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of HuwHopkin
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Photo of djura
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Wantedandlisted
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dksl16
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.