Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Belgian goblet. A great looking brew, inky midnight black with no obvious color tint or reflection, with around five inches of aggressively surging khaki brown head. Aroma is a heady and appealing mixture of funky Belgian yeast, banana, clove, apple, and dark roasted malts ... I dig the admixture of chocolate/black malts and Belgian character that almost veers into Orval or Rayon Vert barnyard funk territory. The taste is less spectacular but still noteworthy. I get rich unsweetened cacao powder, thin black coffee left to sit out on the counter overnight, black licorice candy, burnt pancakes, dark molasses, subdued but bitter nuts and heavy bitter phenols that make me think burlap sack. There's a sour tang that pervades the whole proceedings and an alcohol burn that gathers steam with each sip, although by no means is this a booze bomb like some Russian imperial stouts. Not sweet at all. I get little in the way of dark fruit or caramel flavors. Body is on the thin side for a member of the stout family, well attenuated and quite smooth, almost creamy. The finish is almost better than the middle portion, with a massive rich maltiness like well-toasted pumpernickel bread crust. The strong spices used here are artfully done and fortunately do not overwhelm. You can taste them but they are well-balanced with the malts and yeast. Certainly worthy of a moniker like "Belgian stout", I suppose I was hoping for more sweetness to provide a foil for all the toasted, burnt, and spicy flavors.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 19:10:36 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 22:33:10 | More by Rob23
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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