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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4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, clove, herbal, light pepper, wood, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and moderate licorice notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, clove, herbal, light pepper, wood, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, clove, pepper, licorice, wood, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate licorice flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/chalky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate licorice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:53:50 | More by superspak
British Columbia (Canada)
3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brewery Ommegang 'Take the Black Stout' @ 7.0% served from a 750 ml corked/caged bottle purchased for $10
A-after a loud pop of the cork the pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a big frothey tan head which is leaving a sticky lace along the goblet
S-similar to a porter at first then then Belgian yeast kicks in
T-has that strong ABV swallow
MF-good carbonation , big full body
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 05:21:26 | More by LampertLand
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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