Thursday, 28 February 2013

REVIEW #127: Black Cab Stout (Fuller's)

Fuller's new(ish) seasonal, dry Irish-style stout, Black Cab. Finally found a bottle in the supermarket!

Style: Dry Stout 
Appearance:  Dark brown with a ruby glint.
Nose: Lovely rich chocolate digestive aroma, reminds me of Young's double chocolate stout. 
Taste: Some light plum, cherry and toffee notes up front, all relatively sweet (residual sugar) and creamy. Then the roast barley starts to comes alive, brushing away hints of coffee and custard cream, leading up to a bitterly dry finish. The length of the finish is impressive, easily exceeding that of it's closest competitor, Guinness. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth and slippery to drink
Carbonation: low to mid.
ABV: 4.5%
What's in it?: Five types of malt. Hops. 

I would be happy if this replaced Guinness in all pubs and bars the world over*. Saying that I have had even tastier dry stouts than this from a few microbreweries, but there's not doubt Black Cab is a very good example of this style of beer. It seems a perfect session beer; loads of flavour and not too strong.

*I'd also like Guinness Special Export (#78) to replace Guinness in all pubs and bars too, but I can't see that happening either :p   

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