Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by philbe311:
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - A rather glorious appearance... A standard pour yields two plus fingers wroth of densely packed velvety creamy lush medium-to-dark khaki colored froth with a bit of a dimpled top and some large chunky bubbles mixed in... Stellar retention... Once settled there is a completely full veil of ultra lush creamy lacing... The color is a flat black that lets no light leak in around the edges... Very still with no discernible carbonation...
S - Very restrained... All the prerequisites are present, just in a very understated fashion... Faint roasted malts... Faint dark chocolate... Faint black licorice... The key word here is faint... Not bad, just a bit uninspired...
T - Similar to the aroma, all the basics are present in a subdued fashion... Roasted malts... Dark baker's chocolate... Anise... The addition of the Belgian yeast is rather pleasant... There are also some very subtle dark fruit notes...
M - Medium bodied... Quite smooth... Semi-creamy... Semi-lush... A limited but of ultra fizzy carbonation... Even and consistent...
D - The label classifies this one as a stout... BA classifies this one a Belgian Dark Ale... This one walks a fine line between the two... Not a bad beer by any means, but rather unremarkable in most facets... The appearance is the one exception and is near world class... All other facets have nice qualities that serve as a solid base to a beer with lots of potential... Unfortunately, the restraints need to be removed and everything dialed up several notches... The 7% is nicely handled... Unless your a Game of Thrones lover (which I am not), this beer really isn't worth seeking out...
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 01:23:07 | More by philbe311
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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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