Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Newcastle Cabbie Black AleNewcastle Cabbie Black Ale
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Mild Ale - English Dark
3.22 | pDev: 18.32%
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Retired (no longer brewed)
Newcastle Cabbie Black AleNewcastle Cabbie Black Ale
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stevoj from Idaho

3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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....

Dec 29, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Jul 12, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Mar 17, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Feb 27, 2015
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Feb 08, 2015
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TheCondor from Missouri

3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Jan 10, 2015
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jan 05, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Dec 30, 2014
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Spikester from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

Dec 13, 2014
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a signature Newcastle wellington glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown ale, has a black slightly opaque tone to it with a thin body. Head is off-white and settles quick after one sip or two. Head originally as high as a finger's length with a hard pour as usual.

Smell: Smells like raw hops but light. Nothing complex but not bad to take a few sniffs here and there.

Taste: Mild Hops, bland and wish there was more. I know it supposed to be mild but sometimes I feel like there are "light" beers that pack more punch as far as flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, toasty finish. Might remind you a bit of a bavarian lager.

Overall: You know I really try to like this beer. I don't hate it but I am not going to love it either. Worth trying at least once, maybe at least to get credit for the review :-/ Salud!

Oct 15, 2014
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OldCat from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +24.2%

As you will find from my reviews, which is something I only recently started to write, I won't go overboard with all the beer jargon about aromas and hints of this or that. I just want to state whether I liked it or not. So, here's my opinion about Newcastle Cabbie. This is fine beer to drink with dinner, or to sip while relaxing in your favorite place to relax. It's smooth and mild. The flavor is full on the palate and taste buds with an end that's very mildly bitter. As I wrote to my older brother who doesn't like dark ales and lagers, this ale is a manly beer. It's not for college boys, redneck mud truckers, or pussy whipped metrosexuals who think their lite beer piss water is actually a fine brew.

Oct 07, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is full of malts, nutty, bready, some light hops are present, kind of mild. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

Aug 16, 2014
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stoutman from Michigan

3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is mildly fruity and mild toasted malt. Taste is lightly toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and smoke. Quick finish of cocoa and toasty malt. Light body, thin and watery palate, light to average carbonation. Fairly weak and somewhat disappointing to my palate.

Jul 28, 2014
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slym from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not a fan of this beer. It isn't even really better than the big AALs, just different, IMHO.

For me, this is a miss for Newcastle in their desire to bring something else to the table in the craft brew game. I will try the Bombshell next time...

Jul 27, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Poured dark reddish brown with a good size head that settles to a thin layer but leaves good lacing.

S: Mild, with roasted grains, some caramel, and a hint of coffee.

F: The flavor follows, but with some light hops at the finish... and not as strong as hoped. Pretty well balanced.

M: Crisp yet smooth; dry finish; medium-thin body.

O: A good looking brew, with good flavor for style and for a 4.2% ABV.

Jun 02, 2014
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generallee from Virginia

3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 4.2% and there is a short description of the beer as well.

Appearance: It has a dark reddish garnet colored body with a small just off white head on top. This head settles quickly leaving a thin film of lacing that just hangs on.

Smell: It is light overall and has some odd earthy and leathery notes with some light toasted bready maltiness.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor matches the aroma perfectly and both the flavor and palate feels light, subtle and thin. Overall I like what’s here but I would just like a little more.

May 27, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown colored with a moderate amount of light seeping through. A half inch of off white to light khaki colored foam covers the top. Aroma of malt powder and a bit of chocolate. The body is light,smooth and creamy. I get malt powder and chocolate in the flavor with a very gentle note of bittering hops. This is a subtle yet tasty,sessionable beer.

May 17, 2014
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TownDunkel from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I always like English milds. nice dark appearance with a quickly vanishing white head. In the light it has a red color. Smell is mild hops and sweet malts. Taste is the winner here. Medium baked bread with earthy hops that mellow to a light toffee. Mouthfeel is lacking and dissapates quickly.

May 09, 2014
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color, with a moderate head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Faint, toasted malt note
Taste-Subtle chocolate, hint of coffee. Overall not bad, certainly session able, if a bit middle-of-the-road. Nothing here to blow your doors of but an easy drinker.

May 04, 2014
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Aaron_Ramson from California

3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful reddish black with excellent clarity. A nice tan head that disappears tether quickly. The nose leaves a lot to be desired as it is very light and boring. Soft licorice, anise, burnt cereal; a touch of spicy hop character at the end. The taste is also very slight with a thin mouthfeel and maybe too much carbonation. Not a fan of dark beers with this much effervescence. Burnt breast crust and the slight acidic sourness that comes with it is the main flavor. Deep caramel flavors as well. Possibly some hop backbone but make no mistake this is a very small beer. Sessionable for sure, but underwhelming. The acidity of the blackened grains makes it harder to drink than a light lager of the same ABV. Regular old Newcastle is much better.

Apr 30, 2014
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Richardbeerlover from Texas

3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown red with a decent head. Smells very sweet at first. Decent flavor that is not too thick. After warming up it smells like a cigar. A decent beer that is fairly easy to drink. Goes down easy. Not sure why it's rated so low. Bottle is pretty cool.

Mar 27, 2014
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mralphabet from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a dark reddish brown with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting roasted malt, caramel, little chocolate, little coffee and a touch of hops right at the very end.

T: All the smelly flavors right up front quickly followed by a crisp hops flavor at the end. Pretty well balanced... I feel it leans a little more on the bitter side.

M: Crisp yet smooth but pretty thin overall.

O: A wonderful looking, smelling brew, but it losses steam after that.... Not bad beer just a little weaker than I was expecting.

Mar 24, 2014
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark, almost black with a foamy, but fleeting head that gave way to decent lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt and grains.

T - Sweet chocolate with some coffee and roasted malts.

M - Smooth with moderate carbonation.

O - This reminded me of a good porter than anything else.

Mar 16, 2014
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear ruby brown. No lacing. Any head it has is fizzled away in moments.

Smell: Cheap roasted malt. Grainy and quite sweet. Has a lot of "red" qualities to it. Simple. Reasonable. Decent at best.

Taste: More of the same. Very thin as well. Moderate carbonation. Not a lot of flavor here. Mildly roasty grains with sweetness, and a tinge of artificial sweetness at the end. About what I'd expect.

Not a beer I bought, or would have ever wanted to buy for myself, because it tastes just as I figured it would -- quite mediocre. Pretty much the very definition of an A-OK beer.

Mar 16, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark (almost opaque) crystal clear dark reddish brown in color with light amount active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rather rapidly and some significant garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized thin cap in the center of the glass surround by a thick film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of bittersweet chocolate and nuts. Very faint aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of very slightly sweet toasted and caramel malts with lighter flavors of roasted malts. There are some light notes of nuts and bittersweet chocolate throughout. Finally, there is a hint of earthy hops in the finish which contributes a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront and smooth in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable (which it should be considering the style) but just a hint thin/watery for my enjoyment. Nice flavors but probably not one I am going to seek out again. Everytime I drink this style, I long to take another trip back to the UK and spend time in a pub.

Mar 10, 2014
Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 298 ratings