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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO. Take the Black Stout follows the highly coveted Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which flew off of shelves earlier this year. To satisfy the appetite of Game of Thrones fans, production of Take the Black Stout will more than double the final volumes of Iron Throne Blonde Ale.

Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.

In time for the holidays, Take the Black Stout makes for the perfect gift. Shipping to distributors in September 2013, the beer is available in 750 ML bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.

Added by Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a stout glass while watching GoT and being a nerdy fanboy. Color was just what youd want, dark, rich brown, thick, with a nice tan head. People on here have raved about the complexity, but either my palate has become suddenly basic, or people are tasting ghosts. Any licorice or anise that this may have been brewed with are overpowered by toasted bread, malt, and coffee notes. Very basic flavor, holds strong, but nothing special. The mouthfeel was very smooth, one of the beer's finer qualities.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (4): It looks absolutely beautiful! Dark jet black and a big fluffy tan head. The bubbles retain very well.

Smell (3.5): Dark chocolate and a big coffee aroma. Some dark licorice and cedar is also there.

Taste (3.5) The chocolate is there but not as much as I was hoping. The licorice flavor is huge as well as some wood flavors. The coffee is also a big overwhelming.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Creamy and silky like. Medium plus to full bodied. On the sweeter side for a stout. This is definitely the best part about this brew!

Overall (3.75) While this beer might be lacking the and smell and taste department, it definitely makes up for its flaws in other areas. Especially the GoT theme it has going on!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Giant, long lasting, tightly beaded dark tan head and an opaque mahogany body. Thick layers of spotty lacing linger along the walls of the glass.

Smell: A balanced blend of spice (white pepper and coriander), gently roasted malt, and dark dried fruit.

Taste: Again, the balance is worth noting as dark mocha, toasted bread crusts, herbal hops, prunes, sweet dried cranberries and even a sliver of jalapeño play equally notable roles in this highly drinkable recipe. Moderate bitterness lasts well into the ripe finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, and does as good a job as possible to hold up the heavy flavors while still remaining an unusually refreshing stout.

Overall: It may not be mind blowing, but it is more than solid, and is by far one of the better Game of Thrones beers from Ommegang I've had. No surprises, but good complexity nonetheless, with expert balance highlighting a wide variety of flavors while also substantiating a quality blend overall.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

So black, khaki head. Massive bubbles in head
Funky yeast, anise, unsweetened black licorice, black coffee, banana
Subtle banana, black coffee. Dry tobacco as it warms, anise
Smooth, then dry. Its a bit filmy. Not cloying though

The most complex dark beer i think ive had to date. Its not bad but as a former smoker the tobacco flavor in this beer is, i wouldn't say sickening, but it really throws my brain off.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/3...pours dark black with 1/2 inch tan foam. Heavy lacing. Chocolate nose, more sweet than bitter. Milky bitter, light sweet, hearty coffee roasted flavors. Smooth beyond all reasonable doubt. Sneaky sublime.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick whipped foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and brown speckles. The head dissipated very slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of cocoa powder, coffee grinds, dark chocolate bar, piney hops, black licorice, pepper, light spices, yeast, caramel, toasted grains, earthy notes, peat moss and what must be the anise since the bottle states "Ale brewed with Star Anise & Licorice Root". Aroma is just as much stout as it is Belgian Dark Ale with nice balance and a lot of complexities that bring out chocolate, malts and toffee as it fades.

Tastes very similar to the nose with cocoa powder, toffee, coffee grinds, dark chocolate, black licorice, pepper, light spices like cumin and cinnamon, ash, smoked grains, peat moss, faint vanilla, toasted coconut, metallic yeast, tea leaf, coriander, orange peel, peat moss and anise. The cocoa, char and earthy flavors come out the most as it warms up with the hop bitterness adding a nice sweetness which almost seems to transform this into a stout. This brew has a identity crisis, but I like the bipolar flavor personality.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with a slick feel as it slides down, mild fizzy carbonation, a medium to chewy body and a nice sweet aftertaste that has a mix of char, floral hops, coffee grinds and a slight bitterness.

Overall this was very enjoyable. Even though the style seemed to change from stout to Belgian Dark Ale with each sip, it was really tasty and malt driven with just enough hops and spices to keep it Belgian while bordering on a stout with the rich charred chocolate malts. This hid the 7% ABV completely and got better as it warmed.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit hesitant with this one, as I am not a huge Belgian Ale fan. Poured from 750ml bomber.

The look was luscious with its dark tan solid head. Smell was somewhat faint with a nice roast aroma and a hint of Belgian yeast. The flavor was quite enjoyable - roasted malts,, chocolate, herbal complexities (held in check nicely), and a modest level of Belgian yeast. At that level, the yeast perfectly matched the other flavors - complimenting, not overpowering. Oh, and the mouthfeel was spot on...nicely creamy and chewy.

It is always great to be pleasantly surprised and this one succeeded. Now, on to the Blonde Ale.

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Photo of Zylod
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say not always being a heavy hop fan...it is REALLY nice to find something like this out there. Pours a huge head with smell of chocolate, coffee and a little smoke mixed in. Taste follows suit, moderate abv is not apparent, silky smooth going down. A couple of bottles of this could put in the floor. Great stuff.

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Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A super dark opaque brown ale with a generous billowing head that stays for days and sticks to the sides nicely. The covering is constant.

To say the aroma is rich would be an understatement. Yes there's the usual suspects of bittersweet chocolate and coffee but so much more. The star anise and licorice show up here. Roasted malts and breadiness, Molasses and caramel. A great introduction to the upcoming experience.

Taste is a natural follow up to the nose. Chocolate mocha latte' is a nice start. Molasses caramel sweetness. Roasted malts give a dark bread and unfold to add a bit of char. Licorice and anise add so much complexity and depth. Yeast adds Belgian notes and take it to one of my happy places. Earth and spices in the the finish.

Feel is lunch and creamy with a lighter weight that recalls Guiness but not quite. Super drinkable and satisfying.

Excellent Belgian stout. Period

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown and nearly black with a big foam tan head and a bed of creamy lace. The nose is mostly sweet. I detected hints of chocolate and light alcohol. It reminded me of a subdued quadruple aroma. The taste is also mostly sweet but with some spiciness in the finish. The feel is amazingly smooth. It feels like it is on the low side of medium bodied because of how easy it is to put this one down.
I really liked this one and I'm surprised it hasn't rated better.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The initial pour results in a glass of beige foam - the entire glass! Let it settle.... wait......wait..... pour a little more; not too much lest it spill over..... wait and pour some more..... wait and pour. Okay, now we have a glass filled with a tar black liquid, dark and foreboding. Along the top and rim, there is a thick slab of gummy lacing. There is a faint nose of plum, toast and burnt wood. The taste does not slap you; it is subtle and draws you in with hints of wood, raisin and toasted malt. Nice and easy quaff. As you do so, some booziness rises and exits with a quick hoppy fade. I did like the smooth body with a nice texture: creamy beery goodness.

This is a pretty decent beer, a worthy quaff that does not overwhelm. NOTE: This one needs to reach room temperature for it to really stand out.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a fingers worth of light tan head. The smell is dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. The flavor follows the nose as the dark fruit and earthiness comes out followed but chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of hoppiness that comes through, might be too much for a stout like this. The feel is medium with a lot of carbonation and not too thick. This beer had a chance to be great but misses on a few things. I love hops but it doesn't fit with the rest of the flavors properly in this one. I'm a huge fan of the show and will continue to try any beer that comes out from Ommegang, just wish this hit the mark.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black and stout like, dark mocha head is large and lasting

Nice milk chocolate note picked up on the sniff

This is a tasty and richly flavorful stout, lots of chocolate picked up....nicely done and well worth a try

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Willie! Near black body with a thick, soapy, beige head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, anise, licorice, as noted on the label. Similar flavor. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang Game of Thrones chalice.

A: Pours a nearly completely opaque black with two fingers a creamy, foamy tan head. Head retains very well and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, slight coffee, and a very subtle oak smokiness. There is also a slightly earthy hop presence.

T: Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, black pepper, caramel, oak, dark fruits, and an earthy bitter hop spiciness.

M: Very light in body for it's style, highly carbonated, smooth with a very slight creaminess. Finishes crisp and slightly bitter. Does not drink like a stout.

O: Not at all what I was expecting but still a solid brew overall. It smells, tastes, and fells more like a black lager then a stout. I imagine I would have enjoyed it more if it was labeled as such, expecting an nice stout admittedly may have altered my opinion. Overall still a nice drinkable brew that I did enjoy, if you are looking for a nice black lager, or dark ale this would be perfect for you.

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Photo of hman43
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown head. The head last s good while and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: There are aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, with hints of hops. It has flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, hoppy flavors that are most like herbs, and coffee.

Feel: It is medium bodied with a bitter punch to the palate. It has a good amount of carbonation and is moderately bitter.

Overall: It is a fairly smooth drinking brew with a moderate feel. The aromas and tastes are dominated by the malts, although some hops are detected.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Game of Thrones: Take the black stout was decent. It poured an opque black with tan head that did not lace. The scent had a hop bitterness mixed with roast. The taste was more bitter than expected and came off the pallet clean. Definitely some roast presence but bitter hops ruled. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and it had decent carbonation. Overall it was ok.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, served in 2 pint glasses.

Pours a jet black with a 1 finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts.

Taste malty, caramel, coffee, chocolate... but subtle. Doesn't hit you like say a imperial stout.

Solid beer but I wish there was a value rating because to me it's not worth it the money.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Think I got this one from hopsolutely back in the summer of 2014. It sat in my basement until the summer of 2015 when I drank it while watching episode 1 of season 1. That's right. I just started watching the series recently, and I drank this beer to kick it off...

From a corked and caged 750 into a snifter
Best Before 9 September 2015
Belgian stout with star anise and licorice root

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a big, 3+ finger, medium looking, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy, foamy wisp leaving chunky lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end with touches of lacing falling as the glass empties.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, phenols and spicy yeast aromas. Light licorice but very much in the background.

TASTE: Dark fruit, licorice and caramel sweetness up front. Phenolic flavors through the middle into a bold and lingering finish of spicy yeast, phenols again, some roasted grain and light cocoa. Bitter chocolate and spicy yeast accompany the lingering licorice.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, mostly foamy, goes down fine and finishes dry. Too carbonated and foamy for a stout.

OVERALL: Alright I guess. Mostly a Belgian ale with some roasted grain thrown in. I'm still not sure the stout style needs to be Belgian, as the phenolic yeast tends to get in the way of the grain, and it usually ends up making the carbonation come out rather foamy. This works for Belgian ales, but not so much for stout. In any case, I enjoyed the show much more than I did the beer. A few months and a big move later, I'm half way through season three. I crave more episodes, but not more of this.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

God it looks good. Thick, dark pour, completely devoid of light anywhere. The head doesn't cascade but forms slowly. Early on it's brown bubbles but as they start to dissipate, they lighten in color. Really frothy had, looks like some root beers.

It smells amazing as well. Roasty nose with some chocolate and caramel, maybe a little coffee in the background.

A bit more of the roasty side of things in the taste as the malts are quickly offset by the hops. The chocolate is there for a split second but midsip on the hops dominate and linger.

Full bodied, there is a nice balance between the sweet and the bitter. While the alcohol isn't that high, there is some heat in the swallow.

Very drinkable stout. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice stout pours a muddy blackish brown with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick layer and ring with great lacing. Nose of roasted chocolate malts, anise, and some light yeasty funk. Flavors exceed the nose with roasted chocolate malts to all sides, light anise fades from the middle to back with medium char notes, and some light subtle cream mingles with a dry yeasty note on the back and aftertaste. Moderately bitter deeply roasted malt aftertaste. Solid for the style with good carbonation and lively mouth feel.

Very nice.....cheers Mr. Snow.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As someone who isn't a fan of licorice, I like how its restrained in lieu of its dark fruit, black pepper, and bready qualities. If I focus though, I still pick it up, along with a touch of roast. Its flavor is somewhat lacking, as nothing really stands out. I have to focus to get the primary notes - licorice, bread, and some minor roast. Taking a large swallow seemed to magnify its fruity finish, though. That, and it drinks easily (with its dry finish and airy feel). Not Ommegang's finest work, but hardly a bad brew.

3.23/5: Just okay; spicy, though rather muddled

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Agreeing with most other recent reviews, this demonstrates more Stout qualities than a Belgian dark. Drinking it at 55F, thinking it would bring out more of the stout/dark malt qualities. Label states it is brewed with star anise and licorice root, but you really need to dig deep to find it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap and listed as a "Belgian stout".
Thick, essentially black body topped by a large and durable tan head.
Rather straightforward up front, but complex, yeasty spiciness kick in mid-taste and carry forward into the aftertaste. There's some hoppy spiciness too, plus a faint touch of smoke/char.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure why this is classified as a Belgian dark ale. Look, smell, taste, and even the feel of this beer says "stout" to me, not Belgian.

Overall, this is a pretty uninspiring beer, be it a stout or a Belgian dark ale. Love Ommegang beers, but this one just doesn't really do anything. Not a bad beer, but just not good,...if you know what I mean.

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