Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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3.64/5 rDev -0.5%
Figured this would make a decent first review. First day below freezing here, so it obviously was time to break this one out.
Served from the bottle in to a Half Acre belgian glass ~55°
A: Poured pitch black with a great tan head. Dissipated before too long but is keeping a nice tan film on top.
S: My first thought was that this has a smell almost reminiscent of Mad Elf/Naked Elf. Nice sweet, dark notes. Belgian yeasts?
T: Not a whole lot of forward tastes here for me. Really nice ending to this one though.
M: Although its got a nice mid to heavy body, its still a bit lighter than I expected. Also has a bit more effervescence than I had thought it would as well. A little bit of lingering stickiness starting to build.
O: Overall, I do really enjoy this beer for what it is. I think Ommegang did a great job making a beer that seems reminiscent of what the Jon Snow (although he knows nothing) and co. would have been drinking. I will be looking for the coming releases in this series, both for the gimmicks and some pretty solid beer.
11-14-2013 01:20:03 | More by skiking1163
4.09/5 rDev +11.7%
"If you choose to take the black
Bid farewell to comforts great and small
Those who do, don't come back
Prepare yourself for life on the wall "
To Take the Black - The Sword
Black like those fellas on the wall. Big, drifting foamy pile up festoons my glass in wavey lace. Smells like caramel, roast malt and brownie batter. Is that some leafy hop I detect? I do believe. Tastes like a stouty Belgian stout. Carmel, chocolate biscotti and roast malt. Roast malt gets an aggressive hoppy push forward.
I like my Belgian stouts more stouty and without the dark fruit huey of a BSDA. Take the Black fits that description. I haven't had it in awhile but this is in Black Albert territory.
11-14-2013 00:55:19 | More by donkeyrunner
3.18/5 rDev -13.1%
Bottle purchased at Wegmans on East Avenue in Rochester NY.
Belgian stouts haven't always wowed me, due to the clashing of flavors between roasted malts and the Belgian yeast, so I'm unfortunately going into this review with very low expectations. The actual drinking of the beer didn't change my opinion on Belgian stouts, they still mostly don't work for me.
Pours a very dark black, with a surprising amount of bubbly carbonation. A half inch mocha-colored head forms, with a small amount of lacing down the glass.
Smells quite roasty, with some licorice smells as well. A bit of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.
This tastes rather earthy, which doesn't wow me. I can't quite describe that flavors give off this "earthy" vibe, but there's some slightly tea-like and grassy flavors, along with lots of licorice, ash and smoke. My preferred stout flavors of chocolate and coffee hide in the background. Slightly nutty, as well.
Medium bodied, relatively thick, but not crazily so. Very high carbonation for a stout, but the carbonation level is more in line with a Belgian strong ale, I suppose. Creamy, but fizzy mouthfeel.
Ultimately a miss. I love Game of Thrones, but these tie-in beers have been mostly disappointing.
11-13-2013 05:01:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.34/5 rDev +18.6%
Some people get the black licorice flavor from this, my girlfriend who I was with definitely did and loved it for that. This beer excels in all categories, and is very distinct among stouts. More flavor, spice, and character than most. It may be different in a bottle, as I had it on tap. Superb brew.
11-12-2013 20:21:10 | More by -MK-
3.66/5 rDev 0%
A: Just like the name implies, black, no light until the utmost edges. Good cafe colored head, decent lacing. Slight carbonation visible (inconclusive, however, due to the opaqueness). Bottle art is pretty badass.
S: Good aromas, but deviates slightly from the stout style. Sweet dark plums, some malt, a bit of floral notes. Still, overall it is pretty dark, with coffee and dark chocolate contributing significantly.
T: The plums dominate, some medium-bitter chocolate and coffee notes are in there too. The sweetness comes out over bitterness, which makes it pretty palatable. Finish is on the shorter side for a dark beer. Very flavorful, but it seems a little disjointed.
M: Surprisingly smooth, given how low the viscosity appears from looking at it. Ample carbonation gives it a lively feel.
O: A good beer, but not quite up my alley (not a plum fan), and not really a stout, as the label suggests. It had some stout-like qualities- ultra dark, coffee and chocolate notes that brought some good bitterness- but overall a misleading title. Definitely not just a marketing gimmick and has some thought behind it, but I won't endorse it more than that.
11-12-2013 00:48:02 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
The beer comes in a dark black color with a bit of brown with a light brown head.
The aroma has roasty malt, a creamy milk chocolate, with some spiciness from the anise and licorice .
The flavor follows as one of the more refined stouts. It packs tons of chocolate, roasty malt, a dark fruit ester, and a slight spice. There's a medium bit of carbonation to clean the beer up.
The beer is extremely well balanced and flavorful.
11-11-2013 04:40:55 | More by dar482
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a deep black body beneath the foamy mocha head which the beer retains for quite some time before it dissipates leaving a sticky, scattered lacing around the glass.
This stout certainly offers copious amounts of roasted malt and oats. The licorice root appears a bit as it warms but the anise is fairly subdued. There is just a hint of something earthy/spicy in there which I assume is attributable to the root.
The flavor is similar again offering generous roasted malt. I really enjoy this aspect of the beer as it is a great roasted flavor. The licorice and anise are both more apparent on the palate.
Medium in body with generous amounts of carbonation and a great roasted finish that coats the mouth.
Overall this is an enjoyable beer, and seems to be a departure from the Ommegang family as you don't get the Belgian character most of their brews offer.
11-11-2013 02:37:51 | More by CHADMC3
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