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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 157 | FT: 17
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 LambicPentameter:
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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:
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North Carolina

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
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-11-2013 05:33:20 | More by Tiernan
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

08-18-2014 17:40:52 | More by GameOfBeers
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

11-02-2013 00:22:49 | More by sabitu
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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
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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.

Enjoyed it.

11-17-2013 15:16:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-12-2014 01:34:59 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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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
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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