Origin: Chiswick, London, England
Beer Style: Stout
Malts: Ale Malt, Imperial Malt, Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, Golden Malted Oats
Hops: English Fuggles, Goldings
Suggested Glassware: Snifter, Nordic
Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius
Availability: Year Round
Where to buy: Only on draft in select Bars and Restaurants
This review is for another beer from Fuller’s Brewery in London, England. Black Cab Stout is named in honour of the iconic London Taxi. This stout was meant to bring you back to the days when porters and stouts were the drink of choice of London beer drinkers. Brewed with the knowledge of London’s oldest family brewer, this stout was on a journey to make that the case again.
The Black Cab Stout was true to it’s name, pouring a very dark, rich black. As the beer poured in my snifter glass, I instantly noticed a beautiful cascading, that settled in a medium bodied tan head. I did not notice any visible settlement, and could not tell the clarity of the beer due to the true black colour. The aroma was fantastic. Right off the bat, I could smell the roasted characters of the beer. That wasn’t the only notes I could smell. I noticed the bitter dark chocolate, which really mellowed out the roasted characters of the beer. The aromas were very well balanced and honestly had me excited to take my first sip.
The first sip definitely was just how the beer smelled, roasty. Just like Fuller’s describes the beer, “When you’re making a stout as rich and complex as Black Cab, you don’t skimp on the malts. Our brewers use five different types, some of which are heavily roasted to give the beer its distinctive dark appearance.” But with all that malt, the dark chocolate could really be noticed. It was a perfect balance in my opinion. The two very different characteristics really played well off each other. Those weren’t the only two things that stood out to me. I noticed a light coffee note to the beer in the mouthful. It really coated my tongue and went perfect with the dark chocolate and roasted malts. In the tail end of the beer, I had a slight bitterness sit on the roof of my mouth. All those notes blended very well together, and played into each other with a very smooth transition.
This is definitely a stout that I could see myself drinking during the winter months of the year. Currently, it is only on draught in a select few bars and restaurants, but if you see this beer on tap, give it a try because you wont be disappointed. It is a light stout at 4.5% but very full bodied and full of flavour. I would also like to thank Premier Brands Ltd. for providing me with this bottle to sample.
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