Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-13-2014 00:33:19 | More by superspak
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured this 16.9 oz thick brown bottle into a SN hops tulip pint. This a beautiful bottle and a nice label. Dated best by: 30 Sept 13. Consumed well before this date. The body was a very dark cola color. The head was tan and a thin cap remained throughout.
The smell was brown sugar and Hersey Kisses.
The taste was nutty with some cocoa. Not too sweet. Very well balanced and very drinkable.
The mouthfeel was mildly creamy with a thin to medium body. This one puts me in mind of a porter rather than a stout. However, I like it despite how it is categorized.
01-10-2014 13:59:10 | More by Cresant
3.86/5 rDev +1.8%
I like Fullers a lot but admittedly did not realize they offer an Irish dry stout until stumbling across this brew on tap at Beer Revolution here in Calgary (these guys should pay me for all the name-dropping I do on here ... I will accept payment in beer. No?). 16 oz. pint presented as dark opaque black with flickers of brown, not even a colored halo, just inky blackness except for the moderate amount of tan head. Major black licorice on the nose, along with wood smoke and hints of fresh dough. Major licorice on the palate as well. While some stouts offer ample coffee and chocolate, this one combines an earthy bittersweet element with malt to yield a flavor remarkably like licorice all-sorts candy doused with smoke. Fruit is difficult to detect, as the sweetness is more herbal or medicinal in character. A little chocolate emerges here and there. Crisp and chalky with burnt wood and grainy husk in the finish. Very dry but never quite loses the licorice sweetness. Nice take on the style and perhaps my experience benefited from the beer being super-fresh on tap. Unidimensional but I don't expect Irish stouts to be as complex as some heavier North American examples.
12-19-2013 02:04:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.76/5 rDev -0.8%
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!
12-18-2013 22:49:17 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-27-2013 21:50:50 | More by BlackHaddock
Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.