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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,180
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 27.15%
Wants: 55
Gots: 281 | FT: 19
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 Gorilla_Biscuits
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bitter, dry, and sour. Heavy malts, chocolate, espresso, hint of oak or something, and a sour hint that tastes like grapefruit and cherry. It's's very drinkable and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, near black with a persistent tan head. Has a more or less typical stout medium mouthfeel, noted carbonation. Aroma is malty with a coffee presence. Has a smoky licorice like taste with a definite Belgian yeast note. Finishes a little sweet, maybe raisins? A complex stout and a good compliment to the other brews in the GOT series.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Probably Batch #2 - 2015. Sampled on October 23, 2015.

The pour is a deep dark brown to near black with a lo g lasting tan head. Opaque.

The aroma has a kind of coffee grinds element along with sweet dark malts. A sort of crisp, clean earthy hop presence.

Medium body.

The taste tends to brings out some of those licorice and smoky elements that I simply did not pick up on the nose. $13 fort the bottle. Very good but maybe not worth that much. But, hey, you're buying the Game of Thrones logo.

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

Nice and black with a huge head. This is one of the darkest heads I have seen on any beer, it is a darker shade of tan.

Fairly sweet smell here. Seems to have some malt, chocolate, raisin, and anise.

Chocolate and licorice dominate up front, along with a good amount of smokiness. The anise and licorice root really come through after the initial chocolate, and it finishes a bit on the bitter side.

Not as thick as the dark color might hint at, but still pretty solid going down, and no really noticing much in the way of carbonation.

Definitely a really good beer. I'm not sure I'd call this a Belgian ale, too much hop flavor for that, seems to be more of a stout, which is what the label claims. Still, a well rounded and unusual stout, like pretty much anything from Ommegang, worth trying.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 23rd, 2013 - I knew nothing about this beer, Jon Snow, before seeing it at a local bottle shop. Given our regular worship of the show every Sunday evenings, it was a simple decision to hand over the monies and bring it back across the wall to my thirsty colleagues back home. Unfortunately, this wasn't timed well for actually watching the show, so we enjoyed it as a party of three while watching the equally dark and stormy television show Bob's Burgers. The body is crow feather black, and the foam a heady topping of cork colored bubbles. The aroma is deep and sweet, with more than two scoops of raisins and brown sugar, pushing the sweeter dimension to a healthy extreme. There's jellied fig too, but it is easily eclipsed by raisins and raisin-based desserts. Oatmeal raisin cookie might be a good descriptor here, blending grains and fruits in harmony. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation, maybe even a little soft or muddy like a Belgian Strong Ale, but it pairs well with the flavors: starting sweet with berries, wood and cheese. But then it "Takes the Black", as it were, hunkering down to a huskier, maltier slow burn. The aftertaste is more monotone in its malt sweetness, but retrains that thin cord of raisin flavor, simmering with a sugary, smoldering note before extinguishing itself with a sudden last flicker of raisin.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Take the Black hits on the exact notes you expect it to when you read the label and see how Ommegang brought it all together. It has a chocolately taste, but it's subtle because of the hops. A good beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, light hops, and caramel.

T: Tasted of some Belgian yeast, malt, hops, caramel, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Very earthy, especially in the finish. Not a typical Belgian Dark Ale flavor. The earthy finish does not do the flavor any favors, but aside from that it's decent.

F: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a flawed beer, but not without its charms. Worth a try.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged this one a little over a year. This was my first beer I ever cellared and it was worth it. It turned out pretty mellow and easy to drink. I drank it out of my brewery ommegang game of thrones tulip glass to keep on theme. My only complaint is that I only had one bottle to cellar.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black liquid with tight tan head. Roasted malt and stone fruit nose. Semi sweet malt and cloves up front; sour cherry addition thereafter. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat dry. Did not improve with aging, but still ok.

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Photo of templar316
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that has made great strides in my cellar. Ommengangs yeast mellows beautifully and some really lovely vanilla notes are coming out. Goes down smooth and could be perfect be next seasons premier.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into wineglass for tasting. Aromas are roasty, smokey, with some esters. Flavors are similar with spice note (anise) and a nice bitter finish. Thinner mouthfeel but full bodied.

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Photo of scotorum
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 25.4 oz. bottle into a Victory nonick.

a; Opaque black with an enormous four inch thick tan head which receded slowly to rocky foam and dense lacing.

s: Hints of mild dark fruit and sweet dark malt.

t: Follows the nose, with some smoke towards the finish. Some bitterness lingers. Later becomes more full bodied, smooth and smoky, perhaps from bottle conditioning.

m; Light to medium at first with fairly good body and lots of carbonation tingle, later more silky smooth.

o: A good Belgian dark with impressive claims to being a stout. Eventually very smooth, tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of LouZ
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Updated rating: had on draft at Manito Tap House. I remember liking the original, but this version was a bit too bitter and just tons of black licorice. I hate black licorice, thus I had to lower ratings.

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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 ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A:poured a deep dark brown, tan foam head which resolved to a fine effevescent, pours like a good stout or dark porter

S: chocolate, coffee, yeast, yeast and non specific esters
Taste: coffee, chocolate and stong malt forward, good carbonation and sweetness offset by herbal notes (anise/licorice). not syrupy, clean palate
O: a great beer, listed as a strong belgian dark but more akin to a porter - stout hybrid with the best of each of those styles. Very good, sad to see its no longer in production. Mix the black butte porter with a Sam Smith Oatmeal stout and you'll have fair approximation of this beer. Or Sam Smith Choc Stout with Trois Pistoles. Chemistry!

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Photo of T_Reeves92
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: black with a finger or less tan head
S: booze and yeast are the main players here. Anise in the background
T: The taste follows the nose, booze, yeast, licorice/anise and a coffee finish
M: very thick and chewy, carbonation also plays a role in this.
O: Very good beer, typical for Ommegang. For me it is easy to taste this and think of their other core beers. So if you like Three Philosophers, or the abbey ale for example you would like this.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Opened about a year after purchase. Possibly past its prime. Drank more like a porter than a Belgian dark. Earthy with a medium heavy roast. Lacks the complexity expected for the style, probably due to age.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7.5%

This beer has a black as night body with a thick tan head.
Aroma has a roasted malt and chocolate notes coming from it.
The taste has a complex array of flavors, roasted malt, chocolate, carmel, dark fruit. Every sip I get a little more.
mouthfeel is smooth and this one is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Samp01
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked bottle. A deep black with a large lasting broun head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, caramel, cacao and hints of coffee and dark fruit essence fill the senses. Taste is of dark roasted caramel malt with cacao and coffee flavors and some dark fruit and mild licorice undertones, a mild roasted bitterness. Palate is a smooth medium body with good carbonation. The finish is an unmistakable roasted dark malt, caramel, cacao and mild coffee, a bit of licorice with a mild roasted malt bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good enjoyable brew to sit down and relax with, not to aggressive and nicely balance. I like.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%

From notes on 10/5/2013

Some people will really like this. I’m not one of them. To much anise and clove flavor and smell for me. If you like this kind of stuff though, you will really enjoy it.

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Photo of Rob23
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brewery Ommegang Take the Black Stout.

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled.

A) Black as expected... Even with a gentle pour a huge head was produced. Kind of looks like a delicious chocolate mousse dessert. Excellent retention and lacing.

S) Dark roasted malt and earthy hops. A yeasty hint of banana. A little chocolate and licorice. Altogether a pretty good aroma.

T) Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your tastes, licorice root and star anise are more prevalent in the flavor. There is roasted malt, a little coffee, caramel sweetness and earthy hops too.

M) A lighter medium body. The beer looks thicker than it is. The carbonation is very lively. This finishes quite dry.

O) Not bad, but not for me. I finished the bottle. Now I just wish I could go take a piss off the top of the wall.

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Photo of WTKeene
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in celebration of a hard-fought victory, into a large goblet, for men deserve a large drink following a battle like that.

Appearance: Black as the feathers on the unanswered ravens we sent off to King’s Landing in search of additional forces. Head that lasts forever. Ygritte would have enjoyed this. Lacing the color of the old linens on our beds at Castle Black, but not nearly as thin.

Smell: Smells of the smoke Mance Rayder left behind from the biggest fire the North has ever seen. Can sense the licorice and chocolate I used to enjoy while back in Winterfell, and some comforting, warm alcohol and spice for cold nights like these.

Taste: That roasty smoke lingers, reminding us of the great battle. A bit weak, if this beer were a Crow it wouldn’t be Ranger material. Vaguely fruity like the berries of the South. Hints of coffee and chocolate, but none of the licorice I got in the nose. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Almost as prickly as Ser Alliser Thorne. Thinner than Pyp a week without food. Lingers a while and leaves a smoky aftertaste, much as the battle did.

Overall: Not as satisfying as our victory tonight. But after what I’ve been through, there ain’t no use complaining. We lost a lot of good men today, and the war is far from over. Night gathers, and now my watch begins.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fuzzy light brown head that held great retention. A thick, soft film and collar lasted the whole beer through. Not much in the way of lace.
S: Licorice, roast, toasted marshmallow, and mild chocolate notes. Anise is present but not a licorice bomb.
T: Roasted and toasted malts, hints of caramel, toffee, marshmallow, and powdered chocolate. Anise and earthy spice in the finish, but again, this isn’t a licorice/anise bomb. The finish is drying and a touch of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of peat, slight char, slight smoke, and lingering chocolate brownie.
M: Very airy and frothy carbonation bubbles up on my palate, smooth and drying mouthfeel, medium-full body.
O: Better than I expected but not the most complex of stouts. Good for what it is. Great roasted and toasted flavors. Anise is thankfully mellow.

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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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