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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Take The Black StoutTake The Black Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

950 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 157 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013)
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev 0%

750ml bottle cork and cage opened with a loud pop. Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

AP: So far the head is taking up half the glass from the off. A really fluffy light tan head with large bubbles. The liquid is straight black. This is a weird head. It's not 'full' or even. After several minutes it's still about 3/4" but it's full of large bubbles and open spaces and it's bumpy. Rather odd. A second pour to bring the liquid level up seems to even out the head a bit.
AR: Heavy on the roasted grains. So heavy it smells like it's been aged on oak or oak staves. Both black and brown bread are in the aroma as well with a bit of licorice and a hint of molasses. I'm not picking up any dark fruits on this nor any chocolate or coffee. There's some Belgian yeast in the background also. Smells like a Dry Stout, a very dry Stout.
T: Pretty much like it smells with the licorice being much more prominent. This is almost like a Dry Stout but with licorice instead of coffee notes. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Just a decent basic Stout with licorice added. Has a slightly bitter finish, a bit Earthy with some dried flower notes. I would like to add that I am NOT a fan of anise and had concerns about whether there was enough of it here to make me hate this beer. If there was more than the softest hint of anise I would have picked up on it and intensely disliked this beer, but I didn't. So I can safely say the anise is but a whisper under all the other flavours that's hard to notice. Thankfully.
M: Moderately carbonated, only medium body so on the light side for a Stout. To me it seems the licorice gives it a little silkiness and the finish is fairly dry and almost cleansing.
OV: I found nothing either offensive or impressive about this beer. It's pretty much a basic Dry Stout with a twist. It has decent flavours, though nothing complex, and is easy drinking for a 7% ABV Stout. If there was solid flavours of chocolate and coffee to go with the heavy roast and licorice this would be very good, like a 4.00 to 4.25. But alas, it's pretty straight up simple.

10-10-2013 04:35:41 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-11-2013 05:33:20 | More by Tiernan
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

08-18-2014 17:40:52 | More by GameOfBeers
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sabitu

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

11-02-2013 00:22:49 | More by sabitu
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tjumfrid

Arizona

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
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-15-2014 01:05:40 | More by FadetoBock
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RoninBirdman

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-24-2013 15:51:32 | More by RoninBirdman
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-08-2013 21:52:25 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Enjoyed it.

11-17-2013 15:16:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-12-2014 01:34:59 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-21-2014 01:09:11 | More by warnerry
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generallee

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23%

10-08-2013 02:54:26 | More by generallee
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -18%

11-10-2013 01:39:29 | More by Doomcifer
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Beerswag

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-24-2013 04:17:11 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-04-2013 04:10:01 | More by Jason
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mctizzz

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-10-2013 05:17:31 | More by mctizzz
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-15-2013 03:35:30 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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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JC333

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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MikePags

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-24-2013 01:29:39 | More by dankjohn
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-28-2013 00:01:09 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-17-2013 00:52:17 | More by Janeinma
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Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.