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Black Cab - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
85
very good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 02:04:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 22:49:17 | More by biboergosum
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leitmotif

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-13-2013 19:53:30 | More by leitmotif
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-08-2013 07:12:17 | More by akttr
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DirkNachbar

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-01-2013 20:57:00 | More by DirkNachbar
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 21:50:50 | More by BlackHaddock
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-23-2013 23:16:12 | More by fizzyted
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-23-2013 02:26:38 | More by hooliganlife
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SimonTja

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-13-2013 19:56:13 | More by SimonTja
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KingSlayer

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-09-2013 04:12:16 | More by KingSlayer
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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-08-2013 07:10:42 | More by zenithberwyn
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-05-2013 02:57:54 | More by 2GOOFY
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-04-2013 07:00:53 | More by Vsarmatov
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-31-2013 11:43:06 | More by dcmchew
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duke33s

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-31-2013 02:35:03 | More by duke33s
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-30-2013 16:48:54 | More by SHerninko
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MacarthurParker

Ethiopia

3.25/5  rDev -14%

10-28-2013 22:05:30 | More by MacarthurParker
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scratch69

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 21:00:21 | More by scratch69
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 20:11:40 | More by wl0307
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +19%

10-21-2013 19:49:05 | More by hansavijaticar
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crhea89

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-13-2013 07:03:31 | More by crhea89
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Anze

Slovenia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-06-2013 13:35:58 | More by Anze
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 04:22:32 | More by russpowell
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rawknrall

Uruguay

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-26-2013 20:24:11 | More by rawknrall
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Steamer

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:10:25 | More by Steamer
Black Cab from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.