Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
06-10-2014 14:20:58 | More by RoamingGnome
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-09-2014 01:55:30 | More by WTKeene
3.59/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
06-02-2014 02:00:34 | More by scottfrie
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.