1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Take The Black StoutTake The Black Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

927 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 927
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 161 | FT: 19
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 174 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:58:04 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
Photo of InspectorBob
InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-31-2014 12:50:50 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of CraigMack61
CraigMack61

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-29-2014 02:55:48 | More by CraigMack61
Photo of LakerLeith
LakerLeith

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-29-2014 02:21:35 | More by LakerLeith
Photo of EvanWilliams
EvanWilliams

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-27-2014 01:40:40 | More by EvanWilliams
Photo of G_Est
G_Est

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-26-2014 23:14:17 | More by G_Est
Photo of RMoeNay
RMoeNay

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-26-2014 04:02:13 | More by RMoeNay
Photo of tykechandler
tykechandler

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

07-23-2014 18:39:00 | More by tykechandler
Photo of Chuffbomb
Chuffbomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-23-2014 14:49:41 | More by Chuffbomb
Photo of Drumtgot
Drumtgot

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-22-2014 17:14:53 | More by Drumtgot
Photo of griffey123
griffey123

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-21-2014 02:51:12 | More by griffey123
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

07-20-2014 06:04:27 | More by Howlader
Photo of blknikon
blknikon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-19-2014 01:35:22 | More by blknikon
Photo of Photchkiss
Photchkiss

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-18-2014 05:22:01 | More by Photchkiss
Photo of velcrogrip
velcrogrip

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-16-2014 15:04:06 | More by velcrogrip
Photo of TigerOwl
TigerOwl

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-15-2014 04:11:47 | More by TigerOwl
Photo of zp6167a
zp6167a

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-14-2014 03:07:30 | More by zp6167a
Photo of gledford
gledford

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-12-2014 17:21:04 | More by gledford
Photo of pat_usher
pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-12-2014 13:27:24 | More by pat_usher
Photo of ThunderingBrews
ThunderingBrews

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-12-2014 04:02:04 | More by ThunderingBrews
Photo of DeadWalkerAir
DeadWalkerAir

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-09-2014 17:22:43 | More by DeadWalkerAir
Photo of drewfull
drewfull

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

07-07-2014 12:20:11 | More by drewfull
Photo of Slashytits
Slashytits

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-06-2014 05:15:25 | More by Slashytits
Photo of Rob23
Rob23

California

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as a White Walkers soul with a very huge head...I had to slow down my pour to make sure i didnt over do it.Slight lacing and retention...so far so good.Smell is licorice and malt.First taste is not what I was expecting but maybe because of the Ommegang style I expected the siginiture taste of the Belgian style.This is NOT a chocolate bomb stout for sure.It does seem to melt in the mouth a bit but not a thick aftertaste.Do not let the name fool you.This is not a Russian Imperial Stout.This is much lighter and at first I was let down but after my first glass I get what they were trying to pull off here.Not bad at all. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 22:33:10 | More by Rob23
Photo of Sarmartay
Sarmartay

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-04-2014 05:43:30 | More by Sarmartay
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.