Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
02-16-2014 19:10:36 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
Had on tap at the Ommegang brewery cafe yesterday.Poured into a snifter near jet black with a one finger frothy beige head atop.Aromas of black licorice and roast mainly,quite yeasty.Flavors of light yeasty phenols,dark roast,and more of the black licorice,with a dryer earthy finish.Not bad and not overly yeasty/phenolic.
09-25-2013 20:33:02 | More by oberon
4.26/5 rDev +16.4%
Found this in total wine, almost died of ecstasy. I'm a huge 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and 'Game of Thrones" fan.. so was pretty excited to find this on the shelf..
A 25 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A: Dark, pitch black death. A quarter-inch head left on the top.
S: Sour, burnt hops, a smidgen of marshmallow.
T: Tastes sour, dark oak and chocolate.
M: Foamy, breezy, fluffy. Delicious.
O: Very nice beer. I would recommend it. AND read the books too.
10-05-2013 03:47:02 | More by tjumfrid
4.01/5 rDev +9.6%
In a snifter the beer was a black color with a cocoa-colored head. There was a bit of lace.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee, with some sweet fruit. I had the impression of charcoal.
The aroma translated well into the taste. Sweet chocolate, coffee. Some raisins. Still that charcoal sensation.
Very smooth, on the dry side.
11-17-2013 15:16:20 | More by lordofthewiens
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
750mL bottle from the LCBO - apparently my local shop randomly got a bonus case or two of this today. Finally watching the series and reading the books...not sure why it took me so long.
Pours dark charcoal, with a billowing head of foam of the usual Belgian-inspired sort. Lingers long, with good retention and a healthy dose of lacing.
Nose is chocolate, Belgian yeast, caramel, smoke. A few beers marketed as a "Belgian Stout" have had similar noses.
Anise was billed high, but got a pretty moderate performance. Still, the brew itself was quite tasty - dry roasted malt, coffee, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, a bit of smoke and spice. Went down well as I watched the episode.
Tasty brew, certainly a marked improvement over their first GoT brew. Nice Belgian Dark.
01-20-2014 04:55:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
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