Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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4.88/5 rDev +33.3%
Poured into a special Game of Thrones 12 ounce snifter glass, it is perfectly black with a big tan head. Lacing was on par while retention was a bit lacking.
The aroma is nice bouquet of roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and charcoal, with a slightly sweet finish. Little to no hops come through.
The taste is similar. Big notes of chocolate and roasted malts, and decently bitter on the back end. Again, there's a touch of woody sweetness in the mix, reminding me of a beer I once had that was aged on cedar wood. Overall, this is incredibly smooth and tasty.
The mouthfeel hides the 7.00% ABV very well. Medium-low carbonation, as the style dictates, is fairly fizzy as your mouth is coated by the thick body.
Beers like this tend to be overwhelming and undrinkable. This is the opposite. Take the Black is incredibly smooth but doesn't sacrifice any flavor to be so. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, charcoal, wood, and hop bitterness make for a very enjoyable beer.
09-19-2013 17:33:10 | More by BlackDog
4.86/5 rDev +32.8%
Pitch black body pours nicely into my bowl shaped chalice, large thicket of fine bubbled tan head. Looks great with nice retention on the foam that doesn't want to fade. Aroma hints of black licorice and anise, dark coffee roasted malt qualities, hints of chocolate and complex ripened fruits. Flavor hits hard with the coffee bitterness of the dark roasts, with hints of acidity from the dark fruit, anise, and licorice root additions. Very substantial filling beer, I'm enjoying every aspect of it thus far. Fantastic roasted malt, woody earthy characteristics flood the palate familiar notes of anise infused pitsella (Italian cookies made with a mini waffle iron). No Game of Thrones hype here, I've never seen it. However, this beer is bad ass, something I've been dying to see from Brewery Ommegang a big hearty Belgian style stout, none of this Adoration bullshit with loads of chocolate additions. Roasted chocolate malt is the signature flavor with so many nuances including coffee, dark fruit, wood barrel notes, earthiness between the hops and anise/licorice root additions. I'm a fan texture is perfect big bold bodied ale with a deep bottle matured natural level of carbonation, no cloying aspects a perfect creation they hit a homerun with this beer and Moortgart hit the homerun when they acquired Ommegang and most recently Boulevard Brewing.
10-30-2013 21:05:53 | More by WVbeergeek
4.79/5 rDev +30.9%
This got a lot of mixed reviews, but I came out liking this one a lot. Maybe I wanted to because I love the show, but this brewery makes good stuff to start, so it doesn't surprise me that this stout was good.
A: Black and opaque with 1 1/2 fingers of chocolate milk-colored head. Good retention. Very nice lacing. Superb.
S: Dark roasted malt. Some smokiness, oak. Belgian yeast is present. Light booze. Overall kinda light...
T: Tasty, dark roasted malt with chocolate & mocha notes. I didn't get the licorice taste in this one, and thanks to that.
12-16-2013 09:07:06 | More by Celtics17
4.5/5 rDev +23%
Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops don't really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but it's not overpowering. Also some of the flavor you'll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.
This is really quite good. I'd love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!
11-09-2013 01:34:34 | More by McNealc31
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.