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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Take The Black StoutTake The Black Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,014 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 172 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013)
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of roasted grains, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, and spicy fruity yeast esters. The flavor is caramel and dark chocolate up front with a huge roasted grain presence that at times feels a bit ashy. Licorice and an earthy hop flavor meld with a touch of dark pitted fruit. Long lingering earthy roasted bitterness sits on my palette long after each sip. Medium to thick body with a bubbly roasty mouthfeel and a spirited level of carbonation. Nice brew, a bit bubbly and carbonated for my tastes, but quaffable just the same.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle to tulip, pours a cola brown with a large brown head that stays for a very long time, leaving lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Strong roast with light dark candy front, and pretty intense Belgian yeast back.

T: Right in line with the smell, strong roast, candy, raisin, earthy, yeast flavor. It took some getting used to the yeast got much better the more I drank though.

M: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

O: Wasn't sure what to expect, would it be just a gimmick beer or a really good "Belgian" stout. I was pleasantly surprised, it was quite a different stout experience for me and might just grab another bottle before they are all gone.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.21/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang/Game of Thrones snifter, acquired with the beer at West Lakeview Liquors.

The beer pours a deep cola brown, very opaque with a soft, loose, fizzy caramel head that rises about 2 fingers high, wide, big bubbles that has poor retention and leaves just a touch of sticky lace behind. The aroma is messy, licorice and anise leap out, vegetal and unpleasant, bitter dark chocolate also comes across as earthy and dirty, burnt coffee follows up with some chalky ash and toasted dark malt, no real fruit presence or belgian yeast to note. It's harsh, burnt and rather unpleasant, not one I'd like to stick my nose in. The flavors don't help this beer one bit, lots of licorice and anise, vegetal and earthy that bring out some spiced and herby flavors behind it, charred coffee bean is present, but not as dominating as burnt and smokey chocolate and dark malt, it's really hard to stomach. The level of roast and smokiness is just way too much for what could be a really delicate belgian style stout, it pushes to the brink of being a one note beer. The mouthfeel isn't too bad though, carbonation is moderate yet lively, coats the mouth well and finishes softly.

Verdict: A bad showing from Ommegang. Roasted, overcooked, and burnt, just unpleasant. Each quality, which could really improve this beer just seems to detract from it. I love Game of Thrones and will continue to try the beers, but this was a steep fall off from the Blonde, which was a very nice beer.

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3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes from this afternoon.
The pour was beautiful. Crisp deep and dark, with a little rich head that takes it's time leaving and leaves a pretty little lace doily left behind like grandmas knitting.

This was advertised as a stout, though seeing it listed here as a BSDA makes a ton more sense. The nose was crisp and sweet: plums, prunes, and other dark fruits dominate. A little bit of molasses, though that could be my brain faking me out.

The taste follows the blueprint laid out by the nose: dark fruits (primarily plum/prune), with a crisp sweet characteristic binding it all together. There seemed to be a dry baking chocolate/cacao vein running somewhere through the middle, with a hint of acrid coffee grounds (minus the coffee part, if that makes any sense), but primarily that dark fruit drum keeps banging.

Goes down crisp and smoothe enough, I just wish I had not gone into it thinking 'stout' (that's what it was listed as at the venue). I feel I should make some GoT references somewhere in here, but I am apparently the only person in the civilized world who has not seen nor read it, so too bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no stinkin' clue what the show is about... which is why I am leery to try this. novelty products aint my thing and the hype that lured me to bring one home is certain to have garnered some steam due to the show and novices who worship Justin beiber.
oh well... here goes.
ultra dark brown with a tall head of chocolate-y foam. foam is thin and fluid. smell is of a typical carbonated American commercial brew at first and then the sweet, sugar-y Belgian ale aroma after.
bitter chocolate at first, some roasted coffee, maybe some of that black licorice.... not as sweet as a regular Belgian dark and not what I would consider a stout. the residual flavor left on the tongue is definitely some licorice-y film and maybe the anise....
someone said this may be a 'session' brew but I couldn't do another one. it's a little rich to do two of for me. it's not great and the more I have the more bitter residual left on my tongue. I like the way the lace hangs on the side of the glass though....

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Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.