jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark reddish pour with a cream-colored head. Aroma is malt and not much else. Flavor is nonexistent - I guess malt and a little fruit. No chocolate or caramel that you might expect. Boring finish, like water.
This beer proves that there are breweries outside the US that can produce watery, boring beers.
superspak (3409) - Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 11-03-2013 (Bottle from Kroger’s Marketplace-Fort Wayne, IN) This beer pours a large ivory head with a long retention, transparent reddish brown body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is light bodied. Overall, this beer lacks character, flavor and taste bland.
BassMan49 (8) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer is just okay for me. The aroma was roasty really nothing special. I was okay to drink after I got off work a 2nd shift getting home at about 11 pm. Didn’t really make me want more than one. I probably would not buy it again.
conway (2024) - - DEC 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Dark ruby with a thick off white head. Aroma is cocoa and dark fruit. Taste becomes nothing but weirdly bitter dark fruit. Thin. Not enjoyable.
rondphoto (2889) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear brown with a tan head cover, sheets of lace. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is surprisingly weak - light edgy malt (if that is possible) that is watery through the palate, adding light bitters on the swallow. I’ve always thought Newcastle Brown was a good go-to beer when nothing better is available, but Cabbie doesn’t come close to earning that much praise.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pretty close to as advertised in the brewer’s descripstion, but light all sorund, enough to not be too interesting. Not bad, though.
Darkmagus82 (2006) - - OCT 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-2-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a cola brown color with a huge and bubbly tan colored head of three finger height. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time and leaving a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a mix of a light coffee smell, some roasted malt and a woody like smell. Along with these smells are some lighter notes of licorice and oak smell giving it a rather interesting aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. The flavors upfront and throughout the taste is rather light, which for the 4.2% abv session style brew is much anticipated. As the flavor advances from the start, some woody flavors as well as a bit of a cola like flavor comes to the tongue. The sweetens fades ever so slightly toward the end with the woody, chocolate and roasted flavors begins joined y a bit of a earthy flavor, to leave a rather light roasted, moderately sweetened and somewhat odd flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the rather thin and watery side with a carbonation level that is rather average.
Overall – While it was rather light and somewhat flavorful, it just wasn’t all that smooth in my opinion. OK and a decent party session, but really nothing more.
BeerdedDave (816) - - SEP 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown-mahogany color; caramelly, roasted malt aroma; roasted malt flavor with fruity, caramel notes; pretty light bodied and easy drinking
maekchu (2733) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from supermarket mixed pack. Dark roast aroma, sugar. Clear medium-dark brown with good ruby highlights. Mild roast, tiny chocolate, metallic stuff, something herbal, and little teensy hopping in finish. Thin and watery. Very light. Not bad, just a minimal beer experience.
geologyguy (974) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Slightly prunish smell, taste is weird, malty but in a very funny way...weird taste, pruny? Strange...