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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hey, this isn't bad at all (didn't expect failure necessarily). Would easily classify this among the "Irish Dry" stout variety, though being a straight draft pour, plenty more character than most of its counterparts.

Really dark brown, but mostly clear. Off-white head keeps for a good while. Roasted barley is the true centerpiece of the beer - naked, raw. One may, as I did, detect subtle hints of molasses and black licorice, in varying presence on the nose and tongue. Beginning of a thick blend of the roasted and pale malts in flavor. Quite full-flavored - licorice and bitters up front, acrid-yet-silky roasted barley carrying midway through the finish. All the while, a strong cookie-ish malt foundation. Clean and dry enough. Could drink a few of these in succession. Though not unique, it's of course superbly executed.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received a pitch black brew with a skim head. No lace, no retention.

Carbonized malt, charred notes, coffee in the nose. A bit lean.

Coffee and charred notes up front. Some moderate bitterness that smooths out a bit as the palate clears. Long pleasant bitterness in the finish, with malt mingling in. A little one dimensional, but the basic profile works.

Fuller bodied, ok carbonation.

A decent stout, one I'm glad I found on tap. Some simplicity (or lack of complexity), but it still works.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5%
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).

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.39/5  rDev -11%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Beautiful beer, First of all. Beautiful Fuller's bottle art desing with a gray label and a classic brit black cab on it. Pours a deep brown almost black color forming a solid medium thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of lacings left in the glasd

S: Classic roasted malts dry stout in the nose. Smells like an Oreo biscuit. A bit fruity and a bit sweet too

T: Follows the nose. Upfront is slightly sweet and very roasted. Quite lactic. Notes of dark fruits. On overall, a very dry taste with a quite dry bitter end which is, at the same time, expected from the style

M: Quite creamy body for a 4.5 ABV beer. Good carbonation to a dry stout. Roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Lovely British Stout

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4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
86 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.