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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013

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Photo of T_Reeves92
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 -6.2%

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 +7.2%

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 +4.8%
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 -27.6%

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 -7.5%
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 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 -7.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -3.5%
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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Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing the spectacle for the Game of Thrones brews at GABF last year (including characters in costume), I had to try this. Overall, it's good, but I was expecting more.

Color- oil black with a huge deep mocha head.

Aroma- coffee, 80% dark chocolate, and bourbon raisin.

Taste- Notwithstanding the fancy label, art and description this is very similar to other Russian Imperial Stouts we've had. Starts with a deep roasty entrance, coffee and dark chocolate notes appear in the middle, and finishing with a hoppy, dry lingering aftertaste much a like a coplex and mild black IPA. We strained but really didn't find the licorice root as the label notes. Perhaps the hops and roast overwhelmed the licorice.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint. Pours black with a dark brown share around the edges. Quite opaque. Thick airy head emerges quickly, mocha in color.

The nose is an overpowering wave of sharp licorice and anise with chocolate, vanilla and espresso playing a minor role in the background. There is also a notable smokiness to the beer that bridges some of the contrasting flavors. Taste is similar to the aroma – heavy on the anise and licorice, with dark cocoa, vanilla and latte notes on the background. Taste is smoky as well although lighter than I would’ve thought from its scent.

Its body is thinner than it would appear although I would still consider it medium bodied. Carbonation on this brew is on the heavier side than I would have expected, making its sharp anise taste quite pronounced – almost too much for my liking.

Overall the beer is decent. Not something I’d go out of my way to get, but very drinkable. As the beer warms up chocolate and vanilla flavors get more pronounced and it makes it more enjoyable. The presentation is definitely a “family size” offering. After my first glass, I poured just a bit more on a snifter and added one scoop of Coffee ice-cream. It was delicious.

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Photo of johnpmitchell
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from growler into pint glass. I had it previously from a 750ml bottle, which resulted in a similar pour.

A: Pours dark, as you would expect from a stout. Nice inch or two head, but not all that thick. Halfway gone by the time I got from the beer fridge in the garage to the couch. Little lacing as I drank it.

S: When cold the smells are hidden, but as it warms they show nicely. Quick initial burnt malt stout smell, followed by sweet "circus peanut" smell. Also getting some coffee, which continues to come out more as it warms, and alcohol too, despite having low ABV for the style.

T/M:. Tastes more like a Belgian strong dark ale with stout characteristics, when I was expecting the opposite. Dark cherry, coffee both noticeable. Burnt malts. Leaves a sour aftertaste.

O: I like it but it doesn't match the style.

EDIT: after posting I realized this is classified as a Belgian despite Stout being in the name. I bumped the taste up a bit because of that,

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan and brown. Thick foamy, 3 inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, raisin, plum, grapes, Chocolate, a little roasty malts, Belgium yeasts.

Taste- Plenty of dark fruits start this one off. Raisin and cherries, with some chocolate, cocoa and added sweet yeasts. A little underlying smoked malt is noticeable. Cherry, some grapes and spices come out also. The yeasts add a certain sweetness that works well with sour fruits this beer features. Id dare to say this is a hybrid style mixing a porter/stout with a Belgium strong ale.

Motuhfeel - Tongue gets plenty of dark fruits, along with some cocoa and chocolate notes. Palate picks up Belgium yeasts, and added spices. Aftertaste is dark fruits, cocoa, and roasty malts.

Overall - Pretty good. Has a nice sour mix of fruits, sweet note of yeasts, and boldness of chocolate and roasty malts. A Nice mix on a few styles that actually works well. Easy to drink and enjoy with just enough flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 cosmicevan
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yeah yeah yeah...I know, another tool drinking this beer with the season premiere (a touch late to the party, but still...). None-the-less, a big fan of both brewery and show so I went for another one of these and saved it for the show. Enjoyed from the branded snifter.

a - brew opens with ferocity and pours a watery black with a generous Belgiany frothy foamy off tan head. Really foamy and milk shake like. Hangs out forever. Some visible carbonation can be seen in the glass but that's all as this is black as black gets.

s - nose is an unexpected burst of dark fruit flavor. BSDA anyone? Smells like other spiced up BSDAs from ommegang (think adoration but less zingy and more fruity). There is also some sweet roast and milk stout characteristics. Has that ommegang thang to it.

t/m/o - way more spiced than the nose advertised. White pepper, all spice, very ommegang...but also a bit over spiced. Really reminds me of comparing the trader joe anniversary to a standard Unibroue offering. You want it to be a bit more focused and crafted, but if it was, it would be one of the regular lineup. So it tastes like a one off should taste. Meh. The dark fruit is there and comes out more as my palate adjusted to the spiciness. At the end of the day not my cup of tea...or beer as the case may be. Nice feel if not a bit too zingy.

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Photo of minterro
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Found a random liquor store by Vine Street Pub in Denver. I bought in part cause I was surprised they still had it a month after the release. Aged it (even though it is just 7%) to rate it for the premier of Game of Thrones tonight. About 7 months in the bottle at this point. Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Explosive cork! Impressive head for an aged beer (given only aged for 7 months) pours over a finger and retains well, leaving some lacing. Unfiltered specks present. Black but not jut black colored beer. Getting more dark fruits than I expected, along with chocolate and bland coffee roast.

T&M: Not very flavorful, but contains the standard chocolate and coffee tones. Has some unique sour tone, but I think they might be a by-product of aging a non-plus 10% beer under less than perfect conditions. Bitter-ish metal-like finish. Pretty unsatisfying mouthfeel. Highly carbonated and lowish body. Crisp and clean not smooth and rich.

Overall: Bought for the gimmick, if there was anymore out there I wouldn't buy again, but by no means regretting my purchase.

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Photo of lochef81
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this as I enjoyed the 4th season premier of GoT. This ale pours a near black with a tan head and lacing that lasts throughout the pour. The nose is that of sweet belgian yeast, dark roasted coffee, sweet anise liquor, and English toffee. The mouthfeel is smooth but thick. Coats the mouth in a most satisfying way. The flavor makes the most of the nose and then some. Coffee, vanilla, licorice, anise, sweet European yeast, and alcohol abound. This is quite tasty and warming. Not subtle but not bold either, just well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The consistency is quite viscous, the color a deep, solid brown, the head high, brown, and fluffy, leaving respectable remnants as it slowly fades. The beer has a surprisingly mild flavor, considering its thick appearance and pronounced, sweetish nose. The taste is actually on the savory side of maltiness, rather than the sweet. The beer's a shade thinner than it seems it should be. But wait! This is a mere 7% ABV, so perhaps it's richer, heartier, more flavorful than one has any right to expect! Unusual and worthy.

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Photo of Amalak
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A. It is pitch black with a thick, foamy dark tan head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. It has a nutty and malty scent to it.

T/M. It's very tart and there's a strong acidic taste. Malty with a hint of cherry and a nutty undertone. A bit of mint. Carbonated. Not smooth. Full bodied.

O. To acidic and carbonated but it's quite flavorful. Hit and miss, but worth a try.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours some fairly vigorous head that dissipates moderately but leaves a covering of light brown/dark tan foamy head. Also, lots of lacing. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black with shades of dark brown. The beer smell has a strong roasted coffee and milk chocolate smell. The chocolate notes a fairly sweet with a slight hint of yeast. The taste is similar to the smell in that there are chocolate and roasted coffee notes. In addition, there are hints of licorice as well as a bitter hoppy taste that balances out the roast and chocolate. The mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbonation and smooth. The beer feels pretty light for a traditionally heavy bodied beer. Overall, a pretty good beer and one that I wouldn't mind giving up my title, inheritance and woman for.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe Belgian-style stout isn't a category, but this beer's likeness to it is throughout and begins with the look. It's thick, rich and heavy with good viscosity, very nearly black. The light brown head rests thick and rocky on top. It moves only very slowly from one finger and lends some clumpy lacing as it recedes.
The rich and roasty character certainly makes me think stout in the nose, though it's deeper than just the initial impression. It's got lots of toast and dark cocoa, some meaty nut, something quite woody that, with the touch of char, edges smoky, and a whiff of alcohol. Only with some warming do some licorice, toffee and spicy/fruity notes come out.
There's lots of earth and, with coffee impressions, wood, and all the roast, it leads toward a chalky dryness. But fruity esters, something like anise, and a sweet sort of spiciness make for more depth and balance it out. A bit of leafy hops are detectable as well. It goes a little peppery with more toast and roast as it finishes out.
The body ultimately reaches full, though it just pushes past medium as a fluffy near-effervescence smooths it out some and adds a little bite. Crispness is kept at a manageable level but adds some activity to it.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Ommegang 'Take the Black Stout' @ 7.0% served from a 750 ml corked/caged bottle purchased for $10

A-after a loud pop of the cork the pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a big frothey tan head which is leaving a sticky lace along the goblet

S-similar to a porter at first then then Belgian yeast kicks in

T-has that strong ABV swallow

MF-good carbonation , big full body

Ov-ok/good beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: Dark brown/black and impervious to light, with frothy and stiff two finger head that lasts quite a while before even beginning to break. As it breaks it leaves nice lacing and a fluffy off white film.

S: Belgian yeast, roasts, some dark fruits and sour apple.

T: bitter roasts come to the front, coffee, unsweetened cocoa, tobacco, and the Belgian yeast on the tail.

M: moderate carbonation, medium body but astringent.

O: This is the second time I have tried this beer, and I have to say, I preferred it the first time. In that case it seemed a little less bitter and perhaps fuller. This instance I found the bitterness prominent and the astringent feel a little outstanding.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ML C&C Bottle with my Societe Brewing Chalice glass
Notes taken on 02/08/14

A: Pours a dark and ominous looking brew. Black as coal with a two finger cap of turbinado sugar on top. Course bubbles with some fleeting retention. A minimal amount of dots and streaks are left clinging to the glass.

S: A dark smoky roast permeates the nose with some toasted spices, earthy woodsy hops, and a bit of black strap molasses. The anise and licorice are not all that noticeable but there is definitely some earthy spice presence. The roast on this one is intense and there are some mild fruity yeast esters at play.

T: A deeply roasted richness is pervasive along with some complimenting dark chocolate and berries/cherry. I get dampened earthy woods and root spices mixing with some toasted bread and molasses. I would say the licorice and anise character is a touch more developed here than compared to the nose but still rather restrained. The beer has a high relative bitterness although it’s not sharp or astringent and there is an influx of wood smoke coming in closer towards the finish. Some illusory alcohol provides a bit of warm spice. Not particularly Belgian like characters but definitely a little different take on a stout. Kind of grows on you. Reminds me a little like Old Raspy.

M: Moderate fill with a creamy froth in texture. Rather light and playful for such a robust brew. Noticeable bitterness and some mild warming. Slightly dry in the finish but a touch thin and watery overall. Leaves you wanting for a bit more body to it.

D: This is a fairly nice stout with interesting flavors. I think for the price a little more body and ABV would have gone over much better. Still enjoyable none the less with its rich roast. Would have again.

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