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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 1,069
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 28.23%
Wants: 52
Gots: 207 | FT: 18
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight anise aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid earth and char qualities, but the mouthfeel on this one is a bit too carbonated for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ommegang is another brewery that can really do no wrong in my eyes. while i have no idea what game of thrones is, i know the beer in the glass is fantastic. this one has a cool inky black color to it, spot on with the name there, and a nice big airy belgian looking head to it. i dont smell anything belgian in the yeast, but i do smell an awesome autumnal spice complexion, led for sure by anise, which i think this was brewed with. you really get its unique aroma pretty strong up front with the bitter roast and chocolate notes, as well as a licorice thing. i get burnt leather and anise in the flavor, with some nice charred carbon thing going on, and a mild hint of orange peel. mild mulling spices and bitter barley on the back end. there is just a thin vein of sweet running though this, where the belgian influence can be spotted flashing in and out of the darkness, and a little vanilla creeps in. its dry and big in the finish, but never boozy. this is a really unique beer, very ommegang in nature, these guys keep pushing the envelope with stuff like this. its slick in feel and well carbonated, drinks easy for what it is, and lingers long despite being dry. love the spice and the malt together. very well made beer, lucky to try it on tap!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a nutshell, this second installment of the HBO "Game of Thrones" collaboration ale starts ominously dark and springs to life with expressive carbonation to highlight its delicate fruit and spice balance. Hints of licorice and plumb peak through as the ale turns roasty and dry in finish.

The Belgian Stout shows off its dark and roasty grains by lacing it with the carbonation that's normally reserved for Belgian-style ales. Looking like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, except with darker and richer hues, the ale billows with a strong column of foam in Belgian-esque fashion and laces exceptionally well.

Siding heavily toward Stout, the beer's roasty aromas are of heavy toast, burnt embers, cocoa, dark-roast coffee and roasted walnuts. Only as the beer warms does the Belgian fruit esters and yeast spices rise to give glimpses of fennel, aniseed and plumb.

Its dry and roasty taste continues in taste, even as the background malt sweetness carries a burnt toffee flavor. This hearty sweetness weaves in nicely to the coffee, cocoa, and charred flavors that waken at middle palate. Just before finish, its distinctive spicy-sweet note of licorice broadens for an earthy, pepper and near-smoky taste in finish. With little hop bitterness to mention, much of the beer's balance lies in its roasty, coffee-like bitterness and its light rummy warmth.

Medium-full on the palate, its easy to anticipate a heavier weight on the mouth, but its manageable strength and high effervescence pushes the beer from the tongue for a creamy but dry start. Roasty and perhaps a bit powdery with a pep of ash, its finish is arid as the beer seems to effortlessly dissolve above the tongue.

Take the Black Stout is a fantastic collaboration as it captures all the whimsical magistracy of the Game of Thrones. From color, to its bold taste and its surprising mouthfeel, there's surprises around each corner- just like the show.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light residual sugar notes. Taste is pretty dry with some roasted malt notes and light residuals sugar traces are noticeable. The liquorice and star anises did not make such a huge impact. Body is pretty full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good but not close to the best this brewery can offer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. This stuff has been available around town of late, for about $10 per 10oz pour - to hell with that - for the same price, I get this sturdy serving, with label imagery redolent of Tolkien Ents, or something (I haven't watched or read the titular show or books).

This beer pours a rather solid black, with pervasive basal cola highlights, and a rising, untamed tower of puffy (duh), thinly foamy, and tightly bubbly beige head, which leaves some extensive pockmarked limestone cliff face lace around the glass after it spends a coon's age displaying its retention qualities.

It smells of dry, somewhat meaty roasted caramel malt, earthy, almost funky Belgian yeast, a soft black fruit fleshiness, oily nuts, bittersweet cocoa powder, mild black licorice notes, muddled earthy spice, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is rather sour, grainy, and toasted bready malt, a touch of burnt caramel, edgy, gritty yeast, those dry Scandinavian licorice 'candies', bitter baking chocolate, dark fruit - prune and sour cherry, mostly - mild clove-heavy spice, and subdued earthy, leafy hops. A bit of alcohol heat becomes evident as things warm.

The bubbles are content to lie low, and provide a speck of hiccuping effervescence here and there, the body a lacking medium weight, and a bit too edgy from various corners to be considered all that smooth. It finishes pretty dry, the roast, yeast, and even fruit having had it with all things saccharine, it would seem safe to say.

As the label sez, in no uncertain terms, 'stout', it was a tad concerning to see the listing here as a BDA. Now after careful and thorough consideration (i.e. drinking a fair share of it), I have to agree, it may be very 'dry stoutish', but the yeast component, she (yeast is feminine en Francais) be strong, so, until Belgian Stout is a thing, this is it. At any rate, this offering still leaves me nonplussed, irrespective of style - dry and yeasty isn't what I'm looking for, I guess, and the guest ingredient gets unfortunately lost in the mire.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Ommegang brewery cafe yesterday.Poured into a snifter near jet black with a one finger frothy beige head atop.Aromas of black licorice and roast mainly,quite yeasty.Flavors of light yeasty phenols,dark roast,and more of the black licorice,with a dryer earthy finish.Not bad and not overly yeasty/phenolic.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $8.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pour a near black body with a tall, tan head with some good staying power.

Smell: Roasty malts with noted fragrant licorice tones, deep sniffs of dark fruit (prune, black cherry), a little cocoa powder, earthy roasted nuttiness, and cutting, jutting phenols.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, some softer, softened chocolate and lightly sweetish caramel. Not much sweetness, really. Herbal, licorice with a touch of spearmint. A bit smokey. Dark fruitiness throughout. Yeasty phenolics. Burnt, ground walnut. A little bitterness. Drying, roasty with a little singe of spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth yet nimble on the tongue.

Overall: Tried at the end of a very, very long work week. Made me think of a Belgian-esque Irish Dry Stout with a pumpernickel vibe. I apologize, as I write this, I am very, very tired.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Really black in the 9 oz snifter. They call it a "Belgian black stout." Flavor is charred malt and a hint of barbeque sauce with scorched oatmeal. There is an odd gummy taste. Library paste, pumpernickel, and a touch of licorice.

Some mineral flavors mark this as a real oddity. The Belgian yeast adds a dry feeling but some slight sweetness sticks around. The yeasty bitterness finally takes control. Truly a strange mouthful of flavors. Very bitter aftertaste.

This is my least favorite Ommegang beer ever. On tap at the Regal Beagle in San Diego for $6. [notes from Oct. 11, 2013 tasting]

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork and detailed appealing label art acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes a few beers I've been fond of. Reviewed as a stout because it clearly identifies as such on the label (not to mention in the name). I see no evidence from Ommegang to suggest this is a Belgian Dark Ale. 7% ABV confirmed per the label. "Ale brewed with star anise & licorice root."

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork popped by hand with relative ease. No beer surges up/out.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable solid opaque black. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks pretty standard for a stout. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Obvious anise/licorice/fennel, to the point where it comes off off-puttingly medicinal. Cola notes/sassafras. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Caramel. Woody. Earthy herbal yeast notes - probably Belgian. Cream. I'm not getting any roast. It definitely evokes more of a Belgian dark ale vibe than a stout vibe. Cream. Cocoa powder. A hint of molasses. We'll call it a Belgian stout.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Raisin, dark malts, fennel, anise. A bit of licorice and molasses. Herbal yeast. Sassafras. Caramel. Some chocolate malt/cocoa. Definitely Belgian in character, with obvious biscuity Belgian yeast notes. There's some vague mildly dark fruit, but it's hard to identify; dates, I guess? Prunes? I'm not sure. Some green apple on the climax. Lightly vinous, which I'm not fond of.

Overall, I'm not a big fan. It's got the bitter licorice/anise/fennel notes, which I personally despise in a beer. It's not all that well balanced, but it has some cohesion. Certainly not gestalt. There's fair complexity here, but it could certainly use more. Not much subtlety. It's a decent build for a Belgian stout, but I've definitely had better.

No yeast character or hop character comes through. I don't find any alcohol either.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour for the style. Average duration of flavour.

Mf: It's more coarse and dry up front, but gets smoother and wetter in the second act - retaining this feel through the finish. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent thickness and body. A bit powdery. Not as approachable or pleasant as it should be. It's lightly harsh; licorice has a way of doing that. It suits the flavour profile okay, but is far from custom-tailored specifically to it. Should be creamier.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Downable. Hides its ABV well. For a Belgian stout, it's decent. As much as I like Ommegang, this is far from their strongest work. I wouldn't get this again and it's pretty overpriced for its quality. I'll finish the bottle with some effort, but it's not the most drinkable stout out there. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Honestly, this one can safely be skipped. I definitely preferred their Iron Throne Blonde to this. All things considered, it's pretty average.


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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed a snifter of this on tap, served chilled at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown

The color is black with opaque clarity and thick tan cap with tight bead and thick lace. The smell has a dark malt nose with mild raisin and molasses with a woody hop or yeast nose with light spice and coffee accent and the Belgian yeast has a phenolic ester. The feel is dry and moderately bitter with a nutty texture and mild alcohol with semi-dry w/ very dry carbonation w/ low sweetness.

The taste is good with a dark roasted flavor with molasses and woody yeasty taste with slight coffee element and dark toffee with mild herbal tinge with a light phenol and and taste with subtle hint of dark bread and rye toastiness of crust.
Overall I liked this but it didn't live up to expectations--probably the most 'Belgian Stout' I have had and more like an Imperial black saison with the dark dry character and I would say worth a try if you haven't had it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing

S: Faint dark fruit notes & maybe some anise & little hint of juicy-fruit

T: Faint anise notes, a little bit of char & figs up front. Carob & fig as this warms, a touch of caramel, faint leafy hoppyness, a bit more anise & a little green appleskin. Finishes fruity (pears, figs & little bit of green apple), a touch of charred grain, dry with a bit of caramel

MF: Light/medium bodied with gentle carbonation, skews towards creamy as this warms. Warming as this reaches room temp

A solid Belgian Dark, was hoping for more, drinks easy enough; opened up as this warmed up; plays a little bit to my wheelhouse to be sure

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Superb 4+ finger head. Beige. Lumpy fade--good dome. Plenty of chunky lace.

Belgian yeast aroma with a mild chalkiness. Some darker malts but no coffee or burnt smells.

The yeast flavor is the most notable part of the taste. Relatively thin body for the style. Think Belgian ale combined with a thin stout/brown ale. Sour cocoa aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 11/03/13 notes. I had a pour of this at the last BBF in September, but being the GoT fans my girlfriend and I are, I bought another bottle for her for the bottle. 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers plus of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like an awesome stout.

s - Smells of spices, pepper, roasted malts, toasted malts, licorice, dark bitter chocolate, Belgian yeast, and burnt malts. Nice nose, a little more spice than I remember it having.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, bitter dark chocolate, more bitter hops, burnt malts, roasted malts, and licorice.More bitter than I remember it being, and more hoppy. Step down from the nose, though not bad.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. No heat but a bit over-carbonated.

o - Overall a decent Belgian stout, but I didn't like it as much as I remembered liking it at BBF (in the middle of a beer fest). Worth checking out if you like Ommegang or Belgian stouts, but not my favorite offering of theirs.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: roasted malt and a hint of licorice comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, licorice, a hint of anise, moderate bitterness, dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of alcohol are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodued beer. Light crispness at the start, smoother at the finsih with some dryness late.

Overall: a nicely flavored beer that is slow sipping but enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of roasted grains, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, and spicy fruity yeast esters. The flavor is caramel and dark chocolate up front with a huge roasted grain presence that at times feels a bit ashy. Licorice and an earthy hop flavor meld with a touch of dark pitted fruit. Long lingering earthy roasted bitterness sits on my palette long after each sip. Medium to thick body with a bubbly roasty mouthfeel and a spirited level of carbonation. Nice brew, a bit bubbly and carbonated for my tastes, but quaffable just the same.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is jet black with chestnut highlights and a tall, frothy, foamy, light tan head. Aromas of subtle caramel, subtle chocolate, coriander spice, woody highlights, and some fruity highlights. Flavors are roasted and smoked, with a strong bitter undertone of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a woody backbone. Very bitter build at the end of the palate, into a woody, roasted, and bitter aftertaste. Light, robust body into a dry, bitter linger finish. Robust, tasty, and drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
2.19/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black and opaque with a three finger beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Crazy retention, taking forever to settle into a pillowy foam cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma that's dominated by anise and black licorice, overpowering the roasted dark malt notes. Slightly peppery and chalky with a touch of dark fruit along with burnt toast, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate. Not offensive, but the anise/licorice character is way too strong for my liking.

Medium bodied, slightly smokey and thankfully a little more complex than the nose suggests. This beer still has a very strong anise/black licorice flavor but there is a burnt/acrid robust dark malt flavor with hints of ashtray, burnt coffee grinds and very bitter dark chocolate. Really dry and bitter and severely lacking in balance. I usually dislike anise/licorice in stouts but in this beer it's a welcome respite to the overwhelmingly bitter and acrid burnt malt flavors. Really harsh and tough to choke down. Very disappointing offering from a solid brewery. Tastes like a beer made for rapists, thieves, bastards and cowards. You'll want to take the black after drinking it.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Essentially this is a black colored beer you can't see through with a tall brown colored head.

Smells mostly of chocolate and star anise. Black licorice and caramel and a little black pepper.

Starts out with the taste of black licorice and patent malt. Dry stout flavor with licorice. Caramel is an aftertaste. Mildly bitter chocolate and coca powder. Mineral water flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall interesting. Not sure what is was expecting. But I won't be choosing this instead of Hennepin as a weekly treat.

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Photo of biegaman
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To "take the black" refers to the oath taken by the Night's Watch to protect the Wall; this beer of the same name is dark as night and has a huge fortification of foam. This head is dark and so thick as to seem gooey, like the beer's topped with caramel sauce. All these suds leave a network of vein-like patters; the glass looks to have its own circulatory system.

As expected, the beer smells like a blend of Belgian Dark Ale and Stout. The aroma seesaws between phenolic yeast and roasted malts; as anise and clove spice swing up, chocolate and coffee go down. It has enough peppery spice to be used a self-defense spray - keep it away from the eyes! G8 protesters be especially aware.

Seeing licorice root and star anise on any ingredients list (even that of an inherently dark, savory and spicy style) can be cause for concern - they can be extremely strong, abrasive flavours if not utilized properly. Fortunately, they not only suit the existing spiciness of the beer's yeast, but have also been used rather conservatively.

The resulting flavour has the obvious black licorice and baking spice characteristics but also hints of dark fruits (raisin, prune), molasses, nut brittle, creamed coffee, and milk chocolate. There's more malt than expected (even with 'stout' in its name). It's a lovely flavour profile but made harder to enjoy by incessant and super prickly bubbles. Let's tone the carbonation down a bit.

Ommegang are masters of all things Belgian but their track record when it comes to anything else - the odd time they do deviate from their roots - isn't so great. Their only other commercial attempt at a stout, Chocolate Indulgence, left much to be desired but this offering is a fabulous balance between roasted malts and dark, spicy, Belgian ale.

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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a massive half glass brown head from a careful pour. Aroma dominated by licorice and dark malt, spicy and inviting. Flavor is clove, licorice, quite bitter, but the dark and toasted malt flavors and a hint of chocolate develop later in the taste, then fade to a spice and hop bitter finish that is not quite supported by the malt body. A hint of smoke seems to be hovering beneath the surface. Medium bodied with spicy active carbonation. This is a different take on a Belgian stout, with the Belgian characteristis at the fore (which I'd expect from Ommegang). I found the spicing to be intriguing, but would have been a little better with some more malt support. It grew on me as I drank it, but it does remind me of my first encounter with baker's chocolate (a flavor that is present here); almost too bitter to appreciate the chocolate base. But like that experience this does grow on me with time. Interesting, but not what I expected. I've only watched a few episodes of this series, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of those rough but refined folks would drink something like this.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black. Big, fluffy mocha cap that settled over a couple minutes and left clumpy, streaky lacing on the glass. Good head retention after that. Malty aroma, dark malts and anise, herbal and earthy with a sweet edge. Slightly burnt, chocolate and a hint of toffee. Bitter from hops and grains, pretty solid throughout and lingering in the finish. Fruity sweetness up front, herbal and earthy, slight licorice, a bit spicy at the end. Dry malt texture with some astringency, plenty of carbonation. Pretty good overall and an interesting character.

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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 08/07/13, best by 08/2015. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan cola-like head that fizzled away after a little bit. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, caramel, and some earthiness and anise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and coating. Carbonation starts off high, but eases down some as the beer warms. I liked this, definitely worth a try. $7.99 a bottle.

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