Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 187
Hads: 1,051
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 5.11%
Wants: 48
Gots: 196 | FT: 17
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO. Take the Black Stout follows the highly coveted Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which flew off of shelves earlier this year. To satisfy the appetite of Game of Thrones fans, production of Take the Black Stout will more than double the final volumes of Iron Throne Blonde Ale.

Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.

In time for the holidays, Take the Black Stout makes for the perfect gift. Shipping to distributors in September 2013, the beer is available in 750 ML bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,810 characters)

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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (323 characters)

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (477 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (338 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (781 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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