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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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very good

164 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

02-27-2013 22:08:32 | More by oberon
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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a .5liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pitch-black in color, with a nice two-inch cap of frothy tan foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate and dark malt notes
Taste-Roasted malt, baker's chocolate, black coffee and subtle charred steak note in the finish.
Interesting, flavorfull, and sessionable at 4.5ABV. A nice match for a burger or a steak.

02-25-2013 23:12:49 | More by hosehead83
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Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

02-13-2013 13:58:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-03-2013 04:42:50 | More by Chugs13
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-02-2013 00:27:41 | More by Rekrule
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New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-01-2013 20:00:33 | More by claspada
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-30-2013 14:13:20 | More by sholland119
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

01-30-2013 02:59:23 | More by JohnFatAss
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

500ml bottle $3.99. I've never seen this before so I snapped it right up for four bucks. Dark black color like a stout would. Aroma is muted, bit of malt. Flavor is very nice, chocolate, delicious. Extremely easy to drink, I killed the pint in about ten minutes. Yum.

01-28-2013 05:04:51 | More by ArrogantB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-26-2013 22:31:41 | More by Mattias
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-25-2013 22:01:06 | More by BeerLover99
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

01-20-2013 00:47:38 | More by ab39z
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle at home - poured black (well, very dark brown) - none of the ruby colouration seen with other stouts - with tan frothy head that dissipated but left tracing on the glass. Aroma - very reminiscent of chocolate (70% cocoa of course - not milk). Flavour is chocolate and espresso coffee - with full, mellow mouthfeel. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Same again, please!”

01-18-2013 22:35:41 | More by triskadekaphobia
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.

01-12-2013 00:06:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-06-2013 20:18:40 | More by NightINgale
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3.6/5  rDev -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.

12-25-2012 01:00:46 | More by mscudder
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

12-22-2012 05:00:31 | More by wattoclone
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-17-2012 22:58:28 | More by Polasiuss
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-09-2012 20:31:53 | More by Alex-by
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-09-2012 18:01:59 | More by Pelicanrocks
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2012 16:02:42 | More by AdrianMendez
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

10-13-2012 07:35:04 | More by pin
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-12-2012 17:44:30 | More by Evil_Pidde
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

A: black deep color a big head with small bubbles that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some traces on the glass. Almost no light can pass through and so carbonation cannot be seen but a permanent layer keeps on top of the beer.

S: a sweet aroma is sensed with some dark barley back body.

T: flavor is good, again some caramel and toasted malts in the back there are some hops.

M: balanced between sweetness and bitterness just a little detail is that body is not bold enough for a stout besides that is a very well done beer with character and excelente sensation in the mouth.

10-06-2012 05:48:57 | More by karait95
Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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