Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.69/5 rDev +0.8%
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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3.43/5 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
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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