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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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very good

174 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

ohiobeer29, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Le Comptoir Irlandais, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : coffee and light licorice flavours, leading to a dry roasted finish
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Stout.

thierrynantes, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into an English pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a half finger light tan head that settles into a thin cap. Just a few random spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is quite pleasant with some nice dark fruity aromas along with a moderate dose of smoke. Some light cocoa and light roasted malt as well.

The flavor, unfortunately, has a quick shot of metal right off the bat which is quite unappealing. Following this is a milk chocolate sweetness along with some cherries and figs. Light fruit wood smoke is quite nice along with some light roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is silky smoothe with a moderate amoung of sweetness leading to a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, an interesting stout that is unlike many of the others out there. Not extremely interesting but one to pick up if you are in search of something unique and different.

rangerred, Mar 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

roywilliams, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep chesnut with good clarity and a 1 finger light head. Burnt malt, coffee, and charcoal on the nose. Espresso beans as well.

I'm usually not a fan of these weaker thinner bodied stout but for some reason this one just spoke to me, could be that it's such a dreary day and I just got off work and need a beer, but it's tasting great.

Big roast character, coffee chocolate and espresso flavors abound. Medium body with good carbonation and dry through out with a roastiness lingering in the mouth. Maybe not the best pairing for sushi but I'm liking this beer.

jtierney89, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

ummswimmin, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

BeerSingh, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Ciocanelu, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium tan four finger level micro-bubble head. Black body with ruby edge along the bottom of he glass.

Inviting and enticing coffee and chocolate aroma.

Taste is chocolate up front, with big undercurrent of coffee roast. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full, but just barely. Personally, I'd like more to chew on.

A nice taste of England, and always nice to have a Fullers, either here or in London.

RonfromJersey, Feb 28, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

beergoot, Feb 28, 2013
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 hosehead83
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

hosehead83, Feb 25, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Chugs13, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Rekrule, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

claspada, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

sholland119, Jan 30, 2013
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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
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

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, Jan 29, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

ArrogantB, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mattias, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

BeerLover99, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

ab39z, Jan 20, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!”

triskadekaphobia, Jan 18, 2013
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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
Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.