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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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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 32
Gots: 189 | FT: 18
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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.

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Ratings: 1,028 | Reviews: 191
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Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I did not know what to make of this one. Is it a Belgian Strong Dark Ale or is it a stout? It pours completely opaque and the darkest brown like black walnut. It has hues that show themselves at the edges of the glass when held to the light. Huge mocha colored head of sticky lasting foam. The nose is delicate and beautiful. Some light sweetness greets you first and it has dried fig and dark fruit on it with a brighter lighter fruit scent as well . Then a bit of malt sweetness . The brisk scent of anise and a bit of char. It's light and airy with a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder and a mellow, woody yeast. Fragrant fennel as it warms. Taste is scrumptious. The malt is roasted and dry. A touch bitter on it's own and the anise and fennel lightly permeate the drink. The fruits keep it sweet enough with a light molasses . The cocoa powder adds a touch of heavenly lightness and the body is creamy and delicate. There's just enough dry bitter from the malt to really excite the palate.

It drinks smooth and creamy and could be a desert beer like a stout. it drinks earthy and mellow with it's dark malt character and dryness and you could pair it with savory and rustic foods like an ale. It has a floral quality to the nose that's almost ethereal. Finishes with a bit of spice and burnt grain.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing

S: Faint dark fruit notes & maybe some anise & little hint of juicy-fruit

T: Faint anise notes, a little bit of char & figs up front. Carob & fig as this warms, a touch of caramel, faint leafy hoppyness, a bit more anise & a little green appleskin. Finishes fruity (pears, figs & little bit of green apple), a touch of charred grain, dry with a bit of caramel

MF: Light/medium bodied with gentle carbonation, skews towards creamy as this warms. Warming as this reaches room temp

A solid Belgian Dark, was hoping for more, drinks easy enough; opened up as this warmed up; plays a little bit to my wheelhouse to be sure

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap. It poured black as coal and really thick with a tan foamy head. It smelled pretty decent with dark roasted malt and hints of chocolate. It wasn't boozy smelling at all. It had a medium mouthfeel and decent carbonation. I have to say as much as I wanted to like this bc. I love Ommegang and GOT, but I didn't dig the taste at all. It was too burnt with a peat humus taste. It reminded me of a barnyard- and not in a good way, and it finished with a lingering bitterness. I have to say that I'm glad I tried it, but would I have it again? Nope.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with two finger tan head that died slow and left lace ring with an aroma that is very malty, dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits, along with a touch of roasted breadiness. Smooth, fuller bodied, some yeast in there helps, overall I like this beer in how smooth/easy to drink and the taste. That being said, it has dark fruit flavors like figs, raisins, dark cocoa, but the malts seem to overpower any fruit offering and it has a dry, bitter finish. Basically, a good beer that a couple of tweaks would make great.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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%

Photo of xShoWTeKx
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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2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
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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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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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