Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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3.56/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
04-16-2014 03:18:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.99/5 rDev +9%
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.
10-23-2013 16:42:48 | More by BEERchitect
3.31/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-24-2013 05:12:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-25-2013 20:33:02 | More by oberon
3.54/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
11-03-2013 03:19:33 | More by biboergosum
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
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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