Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.89/5 rDev +6.3%
Enjoyed while tailgating for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Nerdy, I know. Served out of a brown cork & cage 750 mL bottle and poured into a plastic solo cup. No dating that I can see, but this is the one-time September/October 2013 release from Ommegang, so it was bottled recently.
Appearance - At first pours with a ton of thick, meringue-like head the color of chocolate mousse, but eventually settles down. Still leaves a thick two finger head atop a dark brown, almost black, body. No translucence that I can see. Foamy head starts to pock a bit and leaves heavy lacing and lingers for quite a bit.
Smell - The star anise and licorice root blend quite well with the Belgian yeast. Elements of clove, anise, spice, and some fruity phenols like raisin and maybe fig make for a pleasant aroma. Certainly no roasted element as one would expect from a stout, so I'm not sure why Ommegang called it one. The BA classification seems more on target, at least in terms of smell.
Taste - Again, the roasted characteristics that are typical of a stout are not present, but that doesn't hurt it. Pepper, licorice, cardamom and other generic yeasty notes compliment a dry creaminess that finally hints at some very faint semisweet chocolate, finally hinting at the bitterness that a stout would bring from roasted malt. Still, as a Belgian dark ale, this is quite good. But it's no stout.
Mouthfeel - Creamy and light to medium bodied, with tons of carbonation. Fairly dry finish.
Overall, a quaffable beer, and one that is a nice aromatic take on the Belgian Dark Ale, which is a style I haven't had much of. Most of the Belgian darks I have are of the strong variety, and I think the lower alcohol lends a certain drinkability to this one. Will be interested to see how the second bottle ages over time.
10-07-2013 03:58:04 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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