Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.69/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Picked up a couple weeks ago at the release party, poured into my Game of Thrones tulip.
Pours a mocha colored 1 finger foamy bubbly but fluffy head that fades semi slowly with wafts of airy lacing, just about pitch black beer that barely lets light through at the thin part that goes partway into the stem.
Nose brings an interesting blend of stout and Belgian yeast characters, a typical Ommegang Belgian yeast with a bit of booze that makes it seem like there's more but doesn't get too boozy, with that comes some phenols, hints of spices too. Dark malts are a plenty, with some mild roast, some dark crystal malts with hint of caramel like, hint of very bitter dark baker's chocolate, little biscuit like too. There is a mild earthiness to it as well.
Taste brings dark malts right off, almost black malts, with a little roasty character, dark earthy almost scorched tannic roast, heavy crystal malts and a little black malt or maybe carafa, and a dry slightly acrid powdered cocoa like character. Mild chocolate but very bitter dark baker's choc, hint of caramel, little biscuit, and even a little roasted coffee. Yeast brings more Belgian characters again, a little booze warmth with a nice phenolic profile and hint of baking spices. Hops come in with a mild spicy profile, some earthiness too, and fair bitterness that is some from the dark malts too. Finish is dry and bitter, more mild earthy spicy hops and little tannic dark malt like roast, little very bitter cocoa, little booze and phenolic character lingering too.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, mild warming booze, too much carbonation as it is very loud on the tongue and even gets in the way.
Overall not bad, the malts are a bit too dark and tannic, burnt like without a huge roast but enough bitterness to be a little off, esp combined with the earthy spicy hops, but still pretty tasty, and I like the Belgian yeast characters although they are pretty much the same as most Ommegang beers. Carbonation is the biggest bad note as it's way too much.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 01:04:55 | More by jlindros
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3.56/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight anise aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid earth and char qualities, but the mouthfeel on this one is a bit too carbonated for the style in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 03:18:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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