Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
3.66/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2013 04:35:41 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, clove, herbal, light pepper, wood, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and moderate licorice notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, clove, herbal, light pepper, wood, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, clove, pepper, licorice, wood, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate licorice flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/chalky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate licorice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:53:50 | More by superspak
British Columbia (Canada)
3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brewery Ommegang 'Take the Black Stout' @ 7.0% served from a 750 ml corked/caged bottle purchased for $10
A-after a loud pop of the cork the pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a big frothey tan head which is leaving a sticky lace along the goblet
S-similar to a porter at first then then Belgian yeast kicks in
T-has that strong ABV swallow
MF-good carbonation , big full body
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 05:21:26 | More by LampertLand
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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