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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

Take The Black StoutTake The Black Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%


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 -0.3%
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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Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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