Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Newcastle Cabbie Black AleNewcastle Cabbie Black Ale

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by snargles on 10-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Coel
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thoglund
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mtn
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark brown and clear (like a cola) with small creamy head. Slightly sour malty aroma, Taste is somewhat sweet, malts in there, some nuttiness. Finish is dry and bitter. Not as bad as what I was prepared for....

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lucky_rodent
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/31/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice English dark mild ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MrMeerbill
3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great offering for the money

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color with a white head. Aroma of black malt, slightly oxidized but not unlike many imported dark malty ales. The flavor is malty with a hint of roast and nuts. Small bitterness not much really. Overall, a decent drinkable dark mild.

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Photo of MatthewD4
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yergermeister
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DrDemento456
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First very surprised to find this with I guess a year or more age on it but also for a buck so I didn't expect much.

A - Color is a cola color a deep amber brown with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that doesn't make for much lace.
S - Wow it might be mental but I get a lot of cola smell in the beer as well. Some herbal cough syrup and some sour cherry notes this beer is all over the place.
T - Light but kind of gross it has a slight sweetness to it with herbal syrup and and a mind bit of bitters but it's all super light.
M - Light but not super carbonated. Drinks like a beer not a soda.

Overall I would never get this again even if it tasted better they are not brewing it any more. Such a weird dark mild.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown with a short gray white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: slightly nutty, light chocolate, malty

T: nutty flavor blended with light coffee, dark chocolate malt, soft peppery hops

M: thin

O: Nothing amazing but not bad

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheCondor
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It is unfortunate this beer is no mas. I thought it was a good brew. Side poured from the bottle, all 30 of them, into a Sam Adams glass, one at a time. Alcohol Paul said his store couldn't sell this stuff, so he got a bunch of it and gave it to me.

Appearance - Pours super dark brown with almost no head or lacing. the color should be expected. I like the packaging, name, etc. Really dark, hard to see through this brew.

Smell - Pretty subdued, nothing too over the top. Just like the English themselves. Hints of malts, coffee, breads, and a bit of grains.

Taste - Nice bready, malty, hops non-existent beer, which I am ok with. A bit of caramel, the chocolate is still present but very light, and some breads. I like it.

Mouthfeel - Favorite part, as usual. Although it finishes a bit watery, it is a smooth, easy drinking beer.

Overall - Unfortunate they took this out. Of course, if Heineken brews it, they have to take good beers out and keep brewing that piss in a bottle they call Heineken, the worst beer I have ever tasted. If you can find this, give it a shot, it is satisfying and smooth.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown caramel pour, thin but resilient cover with light lacing.
Sweet, toasty aroma with coffee notes.
Similar to the smell, sweet with toasty notes of bread and coffee.
Crisp, medium bodied but with some frothiness.
Good session brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had wanted to get this one a while back at The Friendly Greek, but it disappeared, never to be seen again until recently. My friend, Jeff Anderson, posted on Facebook that he had scored a case and so I hailed him for one and he pulled over and picked me up.

From the bottle: “Hailed from Britain”; “The One and Only”; “Drink Cool”; “Hail this smooth dark ale”; “There are many ways to order a Newcastle Cabbie, but we chose ‘hail’ because it sounds like a cabbie word. Newcastle Cabbie is brewed with dark malts and noble aroma hops to create a flavor with hints of chocolate, coffee and light fruit – because we think those words will make your mouth water. So if all those words don’t make you want to grab a Cabbie, the label guy obviously lied to us.”; “Download the Taxi Magic app to make hailing a taxi even easier.”

Once I Pop!ped the cap, I gave it a heavy-handed pour to get things started, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and coppery highlights. Nose had a licorice and chocolate sweet sharpness which I found intriguing. It was definitely not what I expected. Mouthfeel was medium and actually a bit abrasive with loads of tiny, tight bubbles. The taste had the same curious admixture of sweet and sharp, chocolate and licorice that I had sensed on the nose. I was reminded of a Samuel Smith’s beer, brewed with really hard water. The finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I am not sure that I am as enamored of it as Jeff, but it is certainly waiting for in a queue.

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Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Clear dark brown with three fingers of off white head that last about ten minute and leaves a curtain of lace behind. Aroma is dark roasted malts with a hint of coffee.
Taste is dark roasted malt with some sweetness and a touch of earthy bitter hops.
Mouthfeel i thin and well carbonated for the style.
Overall a very tasty beer for such a low alcohol level.

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Photo of pwdiamond
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SeanPatin
2.92/5  rDev -9%

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