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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,178
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 27.15%
Wants: 55
Gots: 279 | FT: 19
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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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Photo of jjboesen
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The initial pour results in a glass of beige foam - the entire glass! Let it settle.... wait......wait..... pour a little more; not too much lest it spill over..... wait and pour some more..... wait and pour. Okay, now we have a glass filled with a tar black liquid, dark and foreboding. Along the top and rim, there is a thick slab of gummy lacing. There is a faint nose of plum, toast and burnt wood. The taste does not slap you; it is subtle and draws you in with hints of wood, raisin and toasted malt. Nice and easy quaff. As you do so, some booziness rises and exits with a quick hoppy fade. I did like the smooth body with a nice texture: creamy beery goodness.

This is a pretty decent beer, a worthy quaff that does not overwhelm. NOTE: This one needs to reach room temperature for it to really stand out.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a fingers worth of light tan head. The smell is dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. The flavor follows the nose as the dark fruit and earthiness comes out followed but chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of hoppiness that comes through, might be too much for a stout like this. The feel is medium with a lot of carbonation and not too thick. This beer had a chance to be great but misses on a few things. I love hops but it doesn't fit with the rest of the flavors properly in this one. I'm a huge fan of the show and will continue to try any beer that comes out from Ommegang, just wish this hit the mark.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black and stout like, dark mocha head is large and lasting

Nice milk chocolate note picked up on the sniff

This is a tasty and richly flavorful stout, lots of chocolate picked up....nicely done and well worth a try

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Willie! Near black body with a thick, soapy, beige head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, anise, licorice, as noted on the label. Similar flavor. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang Game of Thrones chalice.

A: Pours a nearly completely opaque black with two fingers a creamy, foamy tan head. Head retains very well and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, slight coffee, and a very subtle oak smokiness. There is also a slightly earthy hop presence.

T: Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, black pepper, caramel, oak, dark fruits, and an earthy bitter hop spiciness.

M: Very light in body for it's style, highly carbonated, smooth with a very slight creaminess. Finishes crisp and slightly bitter. Does not drink like a stout.

O: Not at all what I was expecting but still a solid brew overall. It smells, tastes, and fells more like a black lager then a stout. I imagine I would have enjoyed it more if it was labeled as such, expecting an nice stout admittedly may have altered my opinion. Overall still a nice drinkable brew that I did enjoy, if you are looking for a nice black lager, or dark ale this would be perfect for you.

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Photo of hman43
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown head. The head last s good while and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: There are aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, with hints of hops. It has flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, hoppy flavors that are most like herbs, and coffee.

Feel: It is medium bodied with a bitter punch to the palate. It has a good amount of carbonation and is moderately bitter.

Overall: It is a fairly smooth drinking brew with a moderate feel. The aromas and tastes are dominated by the malts, although some hops are detected.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Game of Thrones: Take the black stout was decent. It poured an opque black with tan head that did not lace. The scent had a hop bitterness mixed with roast. The taste was more bitter than expected and came off the pallet clean. Definitely some roast presence but bitter hops ruled. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and it had decent carbonation. Overall it was ok.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, served in 2 pint glasses.

Pours a jet black with a 1 finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts.

Taste malty, caramel, coffee, chocolate... but subtle. Doesn't hit you like say a imperial stout.

Solid beer but I wish there was a value rating because to me it's not worth it the money.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Think I got this one from hopsolutely back in the summer of 2014. It sat in my basement until the summer of 2015 when I drank it while watching episode 1 of season 1. That's right. I just started watching the series recently, and I drank this beer to kick it off...

From a corked and caged 750 into a snifter
Best Before 9 September 2015
Belgian stout with star anise and licorice root

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a big, 3+ finger, medium looking, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy, foamy wisp leaving chunky lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end with touches of lacing falling as the glass empties.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, phenols and spicy yeast aromas. Light licorice but very much in the background.

TASTE: Dark fruit, licorice and caramel sweetness up front. Phenolic flavors through the middle into a bold and lingering finish of spicy yeast, phenols again, some roasted grain and light cocoa. Bitter chocolate and spicy yeast accompany the lingering licorice.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, mostly foamy, goes down fine and finishes dry. Too carbonated and foamy for a stout.

OVERALL: Alright I guess. Mostly a Belgian ale with some roasted grain thrown in. I'm still not sure the stout style needs to be Belgian, as the phenolic yeast tends to get in the way of the grain, and it usually ends up making the carbonation come out rather foamy. This works for Belgian ales, but not so much for stout. In any case, I enjoyed the show much more than I did the beer. A few months and a big move later, I'm half way through season three. I crave more episodes, but not more of this.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

God it looks good. Thick, dark pour, completely devoid of light anywhere. The head doesn't cascade but forms slowly. Early on it's brown bubbles but as they start to dissipate, they lighten in color. Really frothy had, looks like some root beers.

It smells amazing as well. Roasty nose with some chocolate and caramel, maybe a little coffee in the background.

A bit more of the roasty side of things in the taste as the malts are quickly offset by the hops. The chocolate is there for a split second but midsip on the hops dominate and linger.

Full bodied, there is a nice balance between the sweet and the bitter. While the alcohol isn't that high, there is some heat in the swallow.

Very drinkable stout. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice stout pours a muddy blackish brown with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick layer and ring with great lacing. Nose of roasted chocolate malts, anise, and some light yeasty funk. Flavors exceed the nose with roasted chocolate malts to all sides, light anise fades from the middle to back with medium char notes, and some light subtle cream mingles with a dry yeasty note on the back and aftertaste. Moderately bitter deeply roasted malt aftertaste. Solid for the style with good carbonation and lively mouth feel.

Very nice.....cheers Mr. Snow.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As someone who isn't a fan of licorice, I like how its restrained in lieu of its dark fruit, black pepper, and bready qualities. If I focus though, I still pick it up, along with a touch of roast. Its flavor is somewhat lacking, as nothing really stands out. I have to focus to get the primary notes - licorice, bread, and some minor roast. Taking a large swallow seemed to magnify its fruity finish, though. That, and it drinks easily (with its dry finish and airy feel). Not Ommegang's finest work, but hardly a bad brew.

3.23/5: Just okay; spicy, though rather muddled

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Agreeing with most other recent reviews, this demonstrates more Stout qualities than a Belgian dark. Drinking it at 55F, thinking it would bring out more of the stout/dark malt qualities. Label states it is brewed with star anise and licorice root, but you really need to dig deep to find it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap and listed as a "Belgian stout".
Thick, essentially black body topped by a large and durable tan head.
Rather straightforward up front, but complex, yeasty spiciness kick in mid-taste and carry forward into the aftertaste. There's some hoppy spiciness too, plus a faint touch of smoke/char.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure why this is classified as a Belgian dark ale. Look, smell, taste, and even the feel of this beer says "stout" to me, not Belgian.

Overall, this is a pretty uninspiring beer, be it a stout or a Belgian dark ale. Love Ommegang beers, but this one just doesn't really do anything. Not a bad beer, but just not good,...if you know what I mean.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, in a snifter
Looked promising, a deep black but with little head
Taste is a good but unremarkable stout, woody, some chocolate an coffee
Nothing to warrant the Belgian Dark classification, not Belgian yeast flavors
The most disappointing lack is in carbonation and mouthfeel

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Opaque black in color with a 2 finger head of tan foam. The head eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer, leaving behind a good amount of lacing in the process.

S: Subdued aromas of roasted malts that are barely present even as the beer warms. Really not getting much else on the nose, sadly.

T: Subtle roastiness with a bit of what seems like oak. There is also a very light fruitiness which I'm assuming is from the belgian yeast. A very faint bit of anise comes out as the beer gets up to room temperature.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high amount of carbonation and a crisp, somewhat thin mouthfeel. There is a high amount of dryness/bitterness on the finish that I was not a fan of.

O: Being that stouts and many Belgian styles are some of my favorites, I figured a stout brewed with a Belgian yeast strain would be phenomenal. However, I was a bit let down. The roastiness seemed a bit too subtle in both the aroma and the taste. The subtle fruitiness from the yeast also didn't meld with the roastiness as well as I thought it would. Brewery Ommegang is one of my favorite breweries, but I will not be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewery Ommegang - Game of Thrones: Take The Black Stout. 7% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours pitch black, with huge brown head from aggressive pour.

Smell: Slight coffee and chocolate smell behind hops and spice aromas.

Feel: Carbonated and heavy, but very smooth and easy to drink.

Taste: Not really any prominent flavors I could detect; somewhat bland. Slight coffee and chocolate tasting up front, with some oak and hop flavors on the back end, and into the aftertaste.

Overall: My brother picked this up earlier this week, and we split it tonight. Neither of us aspire to watch the show or read the books, but he picked this up because it looked interesting. We figured it was a stout, but its actually a Belgian Dark Ale. It was a little disappointing, and seemed to be lacking in smell and taste. It was easily drinkable, but not, by any means, remarkable.

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Photo of do_ob
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Duvel glass. Dark brown on the pour and settles black in the glass. Massive 4 finger head of bubbly, mocha-colored foam. Moderate aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, spice, and light notes of coffee and baking spices. Light notes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt on the taste with backing hints of hops, cinammon, ginger, nutmeg, and candied sugar. Pretty watery on the feel with a respectable creaminess. Lacking in taste, in my opinion. Not bad, but not that great.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark chocolate color. Smells like malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste like smoky chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Body is very rich. Overall good dark ale.

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Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft into a snifter, it has a black body with a khaki head of 2 inches. Smell of roasted malt, chocolate, slight licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of stone fruit, slight licorice, fig, and caramel. Mouth feel is full, creamy, and rich with a nice thick body. I personally enjoyed it better in a bottle.

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Photo of Sleeb
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Solid obsidian with a finger tan frothy head

S-A bit of chocolate and walnut

T-hint of coffee, a bit smoky finish

F- A dry finish with some carbonation

O- A solid enjoyable stout that seem more than just a marketing ploy.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 09/01/15. Best By 09/2017. Beautiful khaki pillow cap with etches of lacing. Aroma of anise. Tastes like licorice. Medium feel. Drinkable for sure, but just not for me.

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Photo of jwc215
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into the Ommegang "Game of Thrones" glass it came with.

Pours black with a lasting, creamy tan head. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate, a touch of banana, coffee, dark candy - anise/licorice. Earthy/rooty.

The taste is of chocolate covered bananas, mild roasted coffee, dark candy - anise/licorice. It has a balancing herbal dryness in the finish.

It is somewhat effervescent without being fizzy. Smooth.

A nicely balanced with subtle complexity. A pleasant, enjoyable dark Belgian-style brew!

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a completely black stout. The head is incredible: full, thick and chocolate-milk in color. The aroma is an interesting mix of yeast, roasted grain, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Some plastic-scents as well. It is a dry beer, with some interesting flavors. It is brewed with anise, which comes through as you drink the beer, but is not overpowering. Full in body and interesting.

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