Black Cab Stout (Fuller’s Brewery)

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Origin: Chiswick, London, England

Beer Style: Stout

Alc./Vol.: 4.5%

IBU: 40

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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Limited Edition Imperial Stout (Fuller’s Brewery)

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Origin: Chiswick, London, England

Beer Style: Imperial Stout

Alc./Vol.: 10.7%

IBU: 150

Malts: N/A

Hops: Sovereign, Centennial

Suggested Glassware: Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius

Availability: Year Round

Where to buy: Select LCBO locations

This review is for a very special beer from Fuller’s Brewery in London, England. I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of their Limited Edition Imperial Stout.  As Fuller’s described “This limited edition brew is a unique collaboration between brewery and beer writer. Melissa Cole brought her vast experience to the tasting table and helped us deliver a stout worth writing home about.” This Imperial Stout sits at a whopping 10.7% and as the box says, can be cellared for 9 years. This beer was bottle conditioned in a 500ml bottle, placed in a well designed yet classic box.

This Imperial Stout was very unique. The beer poured a rich black, with a thick tan head which faded rather quickly as the beer sat. Being that the stout was bottle conditioned, there was a little bit of settlement in the glass. Like a lot of stouts I drink, I allowed the beer to warm to slightly below room temperature, which I find really helped the beer to open up and experience the full flavours and aromas. This beer has a wide range of of aromaticDSC02827 notes to it. I first noticed a sharp alcohol smell to the beer, which didn’t last long. After that first smell, the true character of the beer really started to show. I experienced a hint of roasted dark chocolate, with light notes of dried fruit. The aromas didn’t stop there, at the end of noted a slight floral smell, but was very subtle.

From the smell and appearance of the beer, you would expect a very strong and over powering beer, but this was the complete opposite. This Imperial Stout actually had a very nice balance of bitter and sweet, with a hint of floral notes.   At my first sip,  I instantly noticed bitter dark chocolate, which had a very creamy character to it. Now, I don’t know if it was just me, but I did notice a slight smoke or tobacco taste. That could have been from the roasted notes of the beer, but I definitely could taste some smokiness to the beer. The finish of the beer was very nice. The beer had a nice floral finish to it, that took away all the bitterness of the dark chocolate. According to Fuller’s, they use dried rose buds which gave a hint of Turkish delight. Personally, I didn’t notice the Turkish delight but like I said, I did notice the floral notes.

I was extremely impressed with this stout. At this time of year, stouts are definitely one of my go to beer styles and this would be one I would be drinking on a cold winter’s night. This beer was very warming and for a 10.7% stout was very easy drinking. Mind you, I could only drink one of these a night, but it would be worth it.  I personally think that this beer would be better with a little age on it, but if you can get your hands on a bottle grab one and give it a try. I plan to cellar a couple of these for a few years and review them again once they have some age on them.

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