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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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83
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1,037 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 38
Gots: 191 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO. Take the Black Stout follows the highly coveted Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which flew off of shelves earlier this year. To satisfy the appetite of Game of Thrones fans, production of Take the Black Stout will more than double the final volumes of Iron Throne Blonde Ale.

Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.

In time for the holidays, Take the Black Stout makes for the perfect gift. Shipping to distributors in September 2013, the beer is available in 750 ML bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.
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Ratings: 1,037 | Reviews: 193
Photo of DoctorZombies
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black liquid with tight tan head. Roasted malt and stone fruit nose. Semi sweet malt and cloves up front; sour cherry addition thereafter. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat dry. Did not improve with aging, but still ok.

Photo of templar316
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that has made great strides in my cellar. Ommengangs yeast mellows beautifully and some really lovely vanilla notes are coming out. Goes down smooth and could be perfect be next seasons premier.

Photo of Geoffq
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very nice stout not too strong
lots of flavor
full bodied
shame its only brewed once

Photo of tlema1
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1.5 years aged...not a lot of licorice, roasted, bitter flavor

Photo of SierraFlight
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into wineglass for tasting. Aromas are roasty, smokey, with some esters. Flavors are similar with spice note (anise) and a nice bitter finish. Thinner mouthfeel but full bodied.

Photo of cubs943
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really liked this beer.

Photo of JGam115
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opal with cakey caramel head. Actually getting hops, little bit of orange zest, chocolate cake. Very creamy and drinkable. Like chocolate milk.

Photo of scotorum
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 25.4 oz. bottle into a Victory nonick.

a; Opaque black with an enormous four inch thick tan head which receded slowly to rocky foam and dense lacing.

s: Hints of mild dark fruit and sweet dark malt.

t: Follows the nose, with some smoke towards the finish. Some bitterness lingers. Later becomes more full bodied, smooth and smoky, perhaps from bottle conditioning.

m; Light to medium at first with fairly good body and lots of carbonation tingle, later more silky smooth.

o: A good Belgian dark with impressive claims to being a stout. Eventually very smooth, tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of LouZ
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

By far my favorite of the Game of Thrones themed beers. Got to sample this one out of a 22oz bottle, and caught the last bit on draft once while visiting family in CT. Nicely done.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light residual sugar notes. Taste is pretty dry with some roasted malt notes and light residuals sugar traces are noticeable. The liquorice and star anises did not make such a huge impact. Body is pretty full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good but not close to the best this brewery can offer.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +9.3%

A:poured a deep dark brown, tan foam head which resolved to a fine effevescent, pours like a good stout or dark porter

S: chocolate, coffee, yeast, yeast and non specific esters
Taste: coffee, chocolate and stong malt forward, good carbonation and sweetness offset by herbal notes (anise/licorice). not syrupy, clean palate
O: a great beer, listed as a strong belgian dark but more akin to a porter - stout hybrid with the best of each of those styles. Very good, sad to see its no longer in production. Mix the black butte porter with a Sam Smith Oatmeal stout and you'll have fair approximation of this beer. Or Sam Smith Choc Stout with Trois Pistoles. Chemistry!

Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours black. Good beer. I found the anise to be a bit over powering.

Photo of T_Reeves92
4/5  rDev +9.3%

A: black with a finger or less tan head
S: booze and yeast are the main players here. Anise in the background
T: The taste follows the nose, booze, yeast, licorice/anise and a coffee finish
M: very thick and chewy, carbonation also plays a role in this.
O: Very good beer, typical for Ommegang. For me it is easy to taste this and think of their other core beers. So if you like Three Philosophers, or the abbey ale for example you would like this.

Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Opened about a year after purchase. Possibly past its prime. Drank more like a porter than a Belgian dark. Earthy with a medium heavy roast. Lacks the complexity expected for the style, probably due to age.

Photo of edellefemine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Any opinions on storing this beer to age?

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer has a black as night body with a thick tan head.
Aroma has a roasted malt and chocolate notes coming from it.
The taste has a complex array of flavors, roasted malt, chocolate, carmel, dark fruit. Every sip I get a little more.
mouthfeel is smooth and this one is very enjoyable.

Photo of Samp01
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked bottle. A deep black with a large lasting broun head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, caramel, cacao and hints of coffee and dark fruit essence fill the senses. Taste is of dark roasted caramel malt with cacao and coffee flavors and some dark fruit and mild licorice undertones, a mild roasted bitterness. Palate is a smooth medium body with good carbonation. The finish is an unmistakable roasted dark malt, caramel, cacao and mild coffee, a bit of licorice with a mild roasted malt bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good enjoyable brew to sit down and relax with, not to aggressive and nicely balance. I like.

Photo of kkleu357
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%

From notes on 10/5/2013

Some people will really like this. I’m not one of them. To much anise and clove flavor and smell for me. If you like this kind of stuff though, you will really enjoy it.

Photo of keating603
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Iv got one left. Great stout

Photo of Rob23
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as a White Walkers soul with a very huge head...I had to slow down my pour to make sure i didnt over do it.Slight lacing and retention...so far so good.Smell is licorice and malt.First taste is not what I was expecting but maybe because of the Ommegang style I expected the siginiture taste of the Belgian style.This is NOT a chocolate bomb stout for sure.It does seem to melt in the mouth a bit but not a thick aftertaste.Do not let the name fool you.This is not a Russian Imperial Stout.This is much lighter and at first I was let down but after my first glass I get what they were trying to pull off here.Not bad at all. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brewery Ommegang Take the Black Stout.

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled.

A) Black as expected... Even with a gentle pour a huge head was produced. Kind of looks like a delicious chocolate mousse dessert. Excellent retention and lacing.

S) Dark roasted malt and earthy hops. A yeasty hint of banana. A little chocolate and licorice. Altogether a pretty good aroma.

T) Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your tastes, licorice root and star anise are more prevalent in the flavor. There is roasted malt, a little coffee, caramel sweetness and earthy hops too.

M) A lighter medium body. The beer looks thicker than it is. The carbonation is very lively. This finishes quite dry.

O) Not bad, but not for me. I finished the bottle. Now I just wish I could go take a piss off the top of the wall.

Photo of WTKeene
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in celebration of a hard-fought victory, into a large goblet, for men deserve a large drink following a battle like that.

Appearance: Black as the feathers on the unanswered ravens we sent off to King’s Landing in search of additional forces. Head that lasts forever. Ygritte would have enjoyed this. Lacing the color of the old linens on our beds at Castle Black, but not nearly as thin.

Smell: Smells of the smoke Mance Rayder left behind from the biggest fire the North has ever seen. Can sense the licorice and chocolate I used to enjoy while back in Winterfell, and some comforting, warm alcohol and spice for cold nights like these.

Taste: That roasty smoke lingers, reminding us of the great battle. A bit weak, if this beer were a Crow it wouldn’t be Ranger material. Vaguely fruity like the berries of the South. Hints of coffee and chocolate, but none of the licorice I got in the nose. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Almost as prickly as Ser Alliser Thorne. Thinner than Pyp a week without food. Lingers a while and leaves a smoky aftertaste, much as the battle did.

Overall: Not as satisfying as our victory tonight. But after what I’ve been through, there ain’t no use complaining. We lost a lot of good men today, and the war is far from over. Night gathers, and now my watch begins.

Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fuzzy light brown head that held great retention. A thick, soft film and collar lasted the whole beer through. Not much in the way of lace.
S: Licorice, roast, toasted marshmallow, and mild chocolate notes. Anise is present but not a licorice bomb.
T: Roasted and toasted malts, hints of caramel, toffee, marshmallow, and powdered chocolate. Anise and earthy spice in the finish, but again, this isn’t a licorice/anise bomb. The finish is drying and a touch of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of peat, slight char, slight smoke, and lingering chocolate brownie.
M: Very airy and frothy carbonation bubbles up on my palate, smooth and drying mouthfeel, medium-full body.
O: Better than I expected but not the most complex of stouts. Good for what it is. Great roasted and toasted flavors. Anise is thankfully mellow.

Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing the spectacle for the Game of Thrones brews at GABF last year (including characters in costume), I had to try this. Overall, it's good, but I was expecting more.

Color- oil black with a huge deep mocha head.

Aroma- coffee, 80% dark chocolate, and bourbon raisin.

Taste- Notwithstanding the fancy label, art and description this is very similar to other Russian Imperial Stouts we've had. Starts with a deep roasty entrance, coffee and dark chocolate notes appear in the middle, and finishing with a hoppy, dry lingering aftertaste much a like a coplex and mild black IPA. We strained but really didn't find the licorice root as the label notes. Perhaps the hops and roast overwhelmed the licorice.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of HoppySeb
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint. Pours black with a dark brown share around the edges. Quite opaque. Thick airy head emerges quickly, mocha in color.

The nose is an overpowering wave of sharp licorice and anise with chocolate, vanilla and espresso playing a minor role in the background. There is also a notable smokiness to the beer that bridges some of the contrasting flavors. Taste is similar to the aroma – heavy on the anise and licorice, with dark cocoa, vanilla and latte notes on the background. Taste is smoky as well although lighter than I would’ve thought from its scent.

Its body is thinner than it would appear although I would still consider it medium bodied. Carbonation on this brew is on the heavier side than I would have expected, making its sharp anise taste quite pronounced – almost too much for my liking.

Overall the beer is decent. Not something I’d go out of my way to get, but very drinkable. As the beer warms up chocolate and vanilla flavors get more pronounced and it makes it more enjoyable. The presentation is definitely a “family size” offering. After my first glass, I poured just a bit more on a snifter and added one scoop of Coffee ice-cream. It was delicious.

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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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