Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 48
Gots: 196 | FT: 17
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 JohnnyBarman
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from the LCBO - apparently my local shop randomly got a bonus case or two of this today. Finally watching the series and reading the books...not sure why it took me so long.

Pours dark charcoal, with a billowing head of foam of the usual Belgian-inspired sort. Lingers long, with good retention and a healthy dose of lacing.

Nose is chocolate, Belgian yeast, caramel, smoke. A few beers marketed as a "Belgian Stout" have had similar noses.

Anise was billed high, but got a pretty moderate performance. Still, the brew itself was quite tasty - dry roasted malt, coffee, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, a bit of smoke and spice. Went down well as I watched the episode.

Tasty brew, certainly a marked improvement over their first GoT brew. Nice Belgian Dark.

Photo of scratch69
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with two fingers worth of tan head. Large amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, chocolate, Belgian yeast, and raisin aromas.

Taste- Like the nose with notes of nuts and licorice as well.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of full bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall- A good sipping beer. Well balanced and tasty. I almost wish I would have saved for the new season to start, almost.

Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown/black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is fully of malty tones. The taste is the bold robust taste that you would expect from a good stout. Despite the use of unique ingredients, the taste is pretty normal compared to any other stout.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Sept. 9 2015. I recently began watching the first season of this show no less than a few weeks ago, so I figured drinking this beer was the next logical step. Also, I've heard plenty of good stuff about Ommegang so I'll pretty much take whatever scraps I can stuff into my pocket up here in Upper Canuckistan. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an apt black colour, quite opaque and topped with an impressive two fingers of almost creamy, frothy, beige-coloured head that very slowly wilts over the next few minutes. A thin, dense cap eventually results, with plenty of lacing left clinging to the glass. The aroma is quite stout-like, with roasted malts and chocolate sticking out for me. That's in addition to lesser notes of anise, root beer, Belgian yeast and licorice - fairly complex, and much more enticing than any other anise-focused beer I've ever tried.

Very tasty stuff, with big roasted malt flavours that include dark chocolate and toasted nuts, as well as a touch of raisins and coffee. This is a somewhat spicy stout, with a wide range of star anise, black licorice and clove notes coming in next, with a peppery, yeasty finish. The aftertaste is bitter and somewhat charry, with light anise lingering on the palate for a few seconds. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with a very smooth, enjoyable mouthfeel accented by the perfect, moderate carbonation levels. About as drinkable as an anise-flavoured 7% beer can get.

Final Grade: 4.03, an A-. Belgian dark ale, stout, spiced ale; whatever you want to call it - this is a hybrid of them of all, and it's a damn good one. With beers like this, grading to style is a waste of time - the important question is whether or not I like it, and I definitely do. If you are one of those people that loathes licorice, absinthe, sambuca, and other flavours of those sort, don't let the ingredients list scare you away. The spices are used in a restrained manner, producing a highly tasty Belgian spiced dark ale/stout hybrid that is well worth a try, and possibly two.

Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle
Served in an imperial pint glass

A - This beer is black. There is no light coming through. I got about half a glass of mocha head.

S - I get some cocoa and roasted malt.

T - The taste has some dark chocolate and a bitter, burnt popcorn or toast finish.

M - Medium

O - It has got a kind of weird, off flavor. It is not terrible but not a great stout.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I'm a Game of Thrones fan, and when I saw a bottle of this beer I had to buy it. The bottle sat in my fridge for a bit as I was saving it for a friend's yearly Winter Solstice party. I figured this beer was appropriate - insert a Winter is Coming joke here.

For some reason, I didn't notice any of the black licorice or anise flavors despite this beer being brewed with such things. I was actually looking forward to tasting those flavors as I am one of those weirdos who likes black licorice. The stout wasn't horrible. It was smooth with coffee and slightly smoky notes. Overall, the stout was just OK.

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black (appropriate), with only a hint of ruby highlights. Lace is big, loopy, and spoke-like. Nice!

Aroma is mocha with a trace of spice and an herbal note. Subtle.

Taste is unusual, with the licorice root and star anise making their presence known. The chocolate and coffee notes are there, and become more pronounced as this drink warms, but the woody, herbal, earthy elements are the "stars" here. A tasty stout with a twist, but not one I'd revisit anytime soon.

Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
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]

Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a huge four finger frothy tan head.

Aroma: Belgian yeast esters of dry fruits.

Taste: Starts with smooth toasted malt coated with belgian yeast flavors of pears and hearty fruits. Finish is light and the aftertaste starts to bring out the true dark charred malt flavor. I wasn't expecting much given this beers reputation but it has some interesting flavors. Nice long-lasting charred malt and dark chocolate flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with average carbonation for the style. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Fits the belgian stout style if nothing else. Not bad for a gimmick beer. Would drink it again? Meh.

Photo of DJQ
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle amongst friends.

A: Lives up to its name and pours black with good retention.

S: Smells of burnt grains and undertones of dark chocolate.

T: A strong metallic taste was dominant, similar to that of beer from a can. Chocolate, coffee, and yeast tastes were observable, but weak and fleeting. Tasted watered down.

M: Medium-high amount of carbonation, but quite a weak body besides.

O: I was skeptical when I saw the Game of Thrones cross promotion at the liquor store up the street, but I was hopeful when I looked closer and saw that Ommegang was behind this one. Unfortunately my hopes were dashed and I ended up disappointed - there are far better beers available in this style and I won't be picking this one up again. It wasn't horrible, but that's as far as I would take it. Not horrible.

Photo of Badger6
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Tripel Karmaliet tulip glass. No way to tell how long it had aged, with no date imprints on the bottle (and forgot to check the case when I pulled it out at the shop), but guessing between 3-4 months based on the sample date.

A- Nearly pitch black body, a little light comes through on the edges. Brownish tan head, very substantial that starts out very frothy, diminishes slightly to a rocky appearance. Some lacing on the glass.

S- Strong presence of dark fruits and chocolate in the aroma, with light spice notes of anise and licorice. Not an overly complex aroma.

T- Very earthy taste. A little fruit, some chocolates, and the spices come through. Finishes slightly bitter. Not highly complex in flavor.

M- Light medium body, nicely carbonated. Has a nice balance, with a dry lingering finish.

O- This is labeled stout, but drinks like a Belgian strong ale, in aroma and taste. This is a unique beer, with some interesting characters, but the confluence of aroma, taste and mouthfeel don't add up to a top tier offering. Recommended on basis of uniqueness.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from the LCBO and served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black in color. Ridiculous fist full of fingers poured into a tan head that lingers for a while. Tone of spidery lacing and a full cap of foam left on top of the beer.

Smell - Faint chocolate / caramel blend, some element of graininess and some noticeable fruit. A bit nutty smelling.

Taste - Chocolate, mostly bitter but balanced by fruit up front. Figs and raisin are in the equation. Quite bitter on the back end finishing mostly with chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, low carbonation but not flat as the feel is still rich enough and dense.

Overall - A little unusual for a stout with all the fruit in there but it was a little different than a lot of beer out there. Reminiscent of chocolate covered fruits, mostly dark but elements of tropical fruit in there as well they're still in stores.

Photo of Moheban
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into growler

Smells of Chocolate, roasted malt
Taste starts out sweet, then you get a lot of burnt, earthy notes, finishes with a mild hop bitterness.
Overall a very unique stout, but a lil too much on the burnt, malty, earthy flavor.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.04/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours nearly black with a huge, espresso colored head. 3" of foam in a pint glass? Retention is pretty good. Fluffy to start, becoming rocky as it drops.
Smell is ... ashtray. Heavily burnt malt, baking chocolate and nothing else.
Taste is heavily burnt malt, baking chocolate, coffee. The full used ashtray here.
Medium bodied at best, less effervescent than I expected. All told, far from the best stout I've ever had. Aftertaste is truly the best aspect of this after the look. Toasted malt lingers with a whiff of sweetness. Ommegang dropped the ball big time here.

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body. Excellent retention.
The aroma is licorice, roasted malt and a touch of burnt wood. Nice, if faint.
The taste has a big burnt malt profile; balanced with dark chocolate, milk and mild bitter at the end.
The texture is soft and a little fizzy at the beginning; to smooth middle to end.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of mtomlins
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a coupe friends.

Black in color with a light brown head that falls quickly to a thin bubbly collar and no real lacing. The nose was mild but hints at dark roasted malts and a subtle Belgian yeast presence. Dry and a bit ‘bitey’, thin especially for a 7% winter warming stout. I am missing the licorice and anise promised on the label. Medium-light body and good carbonation, a bit thin and slightly metallic. Overall a good beer, but I expected a lot more from Ommegang.

Photo of RandomExile
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: faintly red, a shade above black; scant light-brown head, quickly fading; no lacing
S: roasted barley, metallic; a faint inviting body reminiscent of fresh icy milk; faint musk
T: bitter, dark roast, faintly coffee/chocolate/wood, a hint of anise and raspberry
M: biting, dry, a little thinner than I prefer a stout, but then, it's a dark ale
O: High enough abv to be relatively potent, but well disguised by the bitters and roast. Even sessionable with the right mindset, and might pair well with quality hamburgers or rich meats for which this would be refreshing and neutralizing.

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Photo of Celtics17
4.79/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This got a lot of mixed reviews, but I came out liking this one a lot. Maybe I wanted to because I love the show, but this brewery makes good stuff to start, so it doesn't surprise me that this stout was good.

A: Black and opaque with 1 1/2 fingers of chocolate milk-colored head. Good retention. Very nice lacing. Superb.

S: Dark roasted malt. Some smokiness, oak. Belgian yeast is present. Light booze. Overall kinda light...

T: Tasty, dark roasted malt with chocolate & mocha notes. I didn't get the licorice taste in this one, and thanks to that.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. I bought this bottle the day that it was available locally, so it has about 3 months aging under its belt.

A- The color is so very dark brown that I'd say it's one shade short of black. Dense, opaque, robust look. The head is whipped up coffee ice cream looking, big 2-plus f , fading slowly to a dollop leaving clouds of lacing.

S- Like warm plum pie. Sweet fruits and baked crust. Licorice, molasses, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol as it warms.

T- Chocolate and licorice lead the fruits. Some earthy hop tang.

M- Right on. Good carbonation and full body. Nice balance, dry flavorful lingering finish.

O- This "stout" is closely related to a drinkable Belgian style dark ale (as shown above). At a drinkable 7.0% abv it works for me.

Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 29, 2013... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter...OCCASION: Game of Thrones book one finished--a beer hopefully worthy of its namesake... APPEARANCE: absolutely louse-like three-finger head; chunky and creamy, gray/brown; jet black (could it be any other?) body--ultimately intimidating... AROMA: caramel and wintry fair (nutmeg? cinnamon? allspice?) stir up hauntingly chocolaty flavors--alluring... PALATE: whoa--full-bodied and arresting at the throat--like a corpsed Othar--with effervescence at the teeth--a complete, Wall-worthy presence that sits long after the sip is taken; each breath releases an alcoholic sigh...TASTE: a wooded funk, not quite plasticine--but a somewhat appropriate description--as well as bold, complex spices--BIG, NASTY...OVERALL: a beer to occupy a night, jarring and aggressive with more than adequate complexity to demand a drinker's attention--like the land north of the $10.99, just about priced correctly...

Photo of Neorebel
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't often say this, and I swear this is not due to its name... but 'Take the Black Stout' has got to be one of the deepest pitch black stouts I have ever laid eyes upon. It's also got a puffy, creaming looking head of dark tan foam. It leaves thick patterns of lacing on the glass as it is consumed. The aroma is an intriguing mix of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, molasses, taffy, and baby powder. The initial flavor is much spicier than one would expect, with clove, eucalyptus, and licorice notes. This first impression gradually fades out into a fairly balanced blend of roasted malt, fruit esters, and a bubble gum or taffy type of sweet flavor. The mouth feel is medium and the beer's finish is relatively crisp. Overall, this is very much a Belgian style beer, and I would recommend it for when you're in the mood for it.

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay glass from a 750ml bottle. Near-black with dark brown translucency in the pour stream. Almost two fingers of dry fluffy tan head. Laces in sheets.

Licorice, plum, dark roast, light bubble gum/clove, star anise, creamy richness, berries, and sweet black coffee. Very fruity, for how prominent the spice notes are. Charmingly dark and roasty in aroma with that Belgian air and presence of candi sugar.

Spicy booze and semi-bitter roasty opening with a purge of licorice and star anise flavors immediately followed by subtle dark fruits, chalky yeast, candi sugar, and a long creamy stout finish. Nice finishing sweetness represented. Familiar yeast strain suits Ommegang well here.

Rich, satisfying, and thick. Pronounced boozy spice doesn't inhibit great drinkability.

Photo of fourstringer
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. Packaged 08/29/13 and best by 08/2015. I don't have HBO. Can I still enjoy the beer? Let's see...

A: Essentially black and opaque with 1 1/2 fingers of chocolate milk-colored head. Good retention. Very nice lacing. Superb.

S: Dark roasted malt. Some smokiness, oak. Belgian yeast is present. Light booze. Overall kinda light...

T: Tasty, dark roasted malt with chocolate & mocha notes. Some smoked peat-type qualities, especially as it warms. Slight tang. Gradual onset of warming alcohol and dry bitterness to finish. I get little obvious anise/licorice flavors/scents, but I believe their essence is reflected in the quality of the bitterness. Alcohol is rather present for 7% ABV.

M: Moderate to full carbonation for the style. Moderate body. Comes across a bit prickly, although it does smooth out as the bottle is depleted. Could be smoother.

O: Drinks more like a Scottish ale than a stout (or a Belgian dark ale). Honestly, I was looking for a bit more licorice flavor in this, but enjoyed it nonetheless. While it's certainly not Ommegang's best offering, it certainly is nothing to scoff at. I'd definitely recommend to fans of Wee Heavies.


Photo of AdamBear
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cracked this open to drink while reading one of Jon's chapters!

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head

S-dark grains and dark belgian sugars. I usually hate it when any stout with a touch of belgian is automatically thrown in to the BDA or BSDA category, but this definitely smells like a BDA. definitely a roasted character to it.

T-comes in with a mellow flavor of dark belgian sugars and dark malts and slowly fades in to a more chocolatey flavor. it's a roasted chocolate flavor and it lasts awhile in to the after-taste.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is actually pretty good. it definitely tastes like a BDA, but still has a lot of good stout characteristics to it. it has a lot of good stout/belgian flavor while still being semi-low on alcohol content. i'm glad i'm not sharing this.

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