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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,124
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 55
Gots: 233 | FT: 18
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New York, United States

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 Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +10.5%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown stout with a massively foamy off-white head. Smells like fruit. Taste is more fruit than licorice, and there’s also some roasty malts, chocolate, and a tad bit of bitterness. While I enjoy the flavor, it's also a little underwhelming. Smooth, has a very nice feel. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Belgian goblet. A great looking brew, inky midnight black with no obvious color tint or reflection, with around five inches of aggressively surging khaki brown head. Aroma is a heady and appealing mixture of funky Belgian yeast, banana, clove, apple, and dark roasted malts ... I dig the admixture of chocolate/black malts and Belgian character that almost veers into Orval or Rayon Vert barnyard funk territory. The taste is less spectacular but still noteworthy. I get rich unsweetened cacao powder, thin black coffee left to sit out on the counter overnight, black licorice candy, burnt pancakes, dark molasses, subdued but bitter nuts and heavy bitter phenols that make me think burlap sack. There's a sour tang that pervades the whole proceedings and an alcohol burn that gathers steam with each sip, although by no means is this a booze bomb like some Russian imperial stouts. Not sweet at all. I get little in the way of dark fruit or caramel flavors. Body is on the thin side for a member of the stout family, well attenuated and quite smooth, almost creamy. The finish is almost better than the middle portion, with a massive rich maltiness like well-toasted pumpernickel bread crust. The strong spices used here are artfully done and fortunately do not overwhelm. You can taste them but they are well-balanced with the malts and yeast. Certainly worthy of a moniker like "Belgian stout", I suppose I was hoping for more sweetness to provide a foil for all the toasted, burnt, and spicy flavors.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml to a snifter

Pours pitch black with a finger of beige foam. Moderate carbonation from the sides, impressive retention. Good lacing, all in all great looking

Smells of dark fruit, roasted chocolate malts, strong Belgian funk, notes of coffee, and a touch of alcohol. The yeast really over powers here, not very dimensional

Taste is close with the nose, strong belgian yeast mixes with dark fruits and notes of the anise, and mild licorice. Traces of coffee and chocolate on the finish with a bit of booze. Again, not a lot going on

Feel is a full body with a bit of a dry finish. Alcohol is concealed well, easy enough to drink

Overall Ommegang can do better. I wouldn't pay another $10 a bottle

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Photo of hosehead83
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "corked and caged" 750ml bottle into a "balloon" glass.
Inky black in color, with a big cloud deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast and subtle dark malt note
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast, black pepper, roasted malt, smoked beef jerky, wet, herbal earthiness. Great character and complexity.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head. Very good retention, decent lacing.

Nose is full of dark fruit, raisin and plum. Seems quite sweet. Some bready scents and yeast.

Taste is less fruit focused than I expected. Roasted malt, some bitterness, a touch of coffee and then some yeast. The roast and bitterness does not work well. The dark fruits are slight and and a bit thin.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. A touch astringent.

Overall, not so good.

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Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A rather glorious appearance... A standard pour yields two plus fingers wroth of densely packed velvety creamy lush medium-to-dark khaki colored froth with a bit of a dimpled top and some large chunky bubbles mixed in... Stellar retention... Once settled there is a completely full veil of ultra lush creamy lacing... The color is a flat black that lets no light leak in around the edges... Very still with no discernible carbonation...

S - Very restrained... All the prerequisites are present, just in a very understated fashion... Faint roasted malts... Faint dark chocolate... Faint black licorice... The key word here is faint... Not bad, just a bit uninspired...

T - Similar to the aroma, all the basics are present in a subdued fashion... Roasted malts... Dark baker's chocolate... Anise... The addition of the Belgian yeast is rather pleasant... There are also some very subtle dark fruit notes...

M - Medium bodied... Quite smooth... Semi-creamy... Semi-lush... A limited but of ultra fizzy carbonation... Even and consistent...

D - The label classifies this one as a stout... BA classifies this one a Belgian Dark Ale... This one walks a fine line between the two... Not a bad beer by any means, but rather unremarkable in most facets... The appearance is the one exception and is near world class... All other facets have nice qualities that serve as a solid base to a beer with lots of potential... Unfortunately, the restraints need to be removed and everything dialed up several notches... The 7% is nicely handled... Unless your a Game of Thrones lover (which I am not), this beer really isn't worth seeking out...

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a coffe black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Faint amount of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some light Belgian yeast.

T - Like the smell. Roasted malts and dark chocolate right upfront. Some funk from the yeast is noticeable. Finish is a nice lasting bitterness.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. Long dry finish.

O - This is a unique beer. It's labeled a stout that tastes like a Belgian dark. A nice rich sipper.

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Photo of biegaman
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To "take the black" refers to the oath taken by the Night's Watch to protect the Wall; this beer of the same name is dark as night and has a huge fortification of foam. This head is dark and so thick as to seem gooey, like the beer's topped with caramel sauce. All these suds leave a network of vein-like patters; the glass looks to have its own circulatory system.

As expected, the beer smells like a blend of Belgian Dark Ale and Stout. The aroma seesaws between phenolic yeast and roasted malts; as anise and clove spice swing up, chocolate and coffee go down. It has enough peppery spice to be used a self-defense spray - keep it away from the eyes! G8 protesters be especially aware.

Seeing licorice root and star anise on any ingredients list (even that of an inherently dark, savory and spicy style) can be cause for concern - they can be extremely strong, abrasive flavours if not utilized properly. Fortunately, they not only suit the existing spiciness of the beer's yeast, but have also been used rather conservatively.

The resulting flavour has the obvious black licorice and baking spice characteristics but also hints of dark fruits (raisin, prune), molasses, nut brittle, creamed coffee, and milk chocolate. There's more malt than expected (even with 'stout' in its name). It's a lovely flavour profile but made harder to enjoy by incessant and super prickly bubbles. Let's tone the carbonation down a bit.

Ommegang are masters of all things Belgian but their track record when it comes to anything else - the odd time they do deviate from their roots - isn't so great. Their only other commercial attempt at a stout, Chocolate Indulgence, left much to be desired but this offering is a fabulous balance between roasted malts and dark, spicy, Belgian ale.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter

A: Pours a coffee-like pitch black with a thin british khaki head.

S: Candi sugar, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt with noticeable earth tones and slight woody notes.

T: Anise and baking chocolate right up front, very dark roasted chocolate and caramel malt with very little sweetness. Earthy and barnyard tones with some dark fruit flavors hiding in there. Bitterness from the roasted flavors lasts long in the finish with a little dark fruit sweetness.

M: Slightly viscous medium body with surprisingly high carbonation that lightly tingles on the palate.

O: Not what I was expecting. This beer is somewhere between a BDA and a RIS. Much more roasty flavors than any Ommegang I’ve had. A very good beer, especially if you are a Game of Thrones fan, but Ommegang does have better Belgian darks. A slightly higher ABV and some time would do this beer well.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
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]

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Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of DJQ
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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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.

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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
84 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.