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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
81
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994 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 168 | FT: 18
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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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle cork and cage opened with a loud pop. Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

AP: So far the head is taking up half the glass from the off. A really fluffy light tan head with large bubbles. The liquid is straight black. This is a weird head. It's not 'full' or even. After several minutes it's still about 3/4" but it's full of large bubbles and open spaces and it's bumpy. Rather odd. A second pour to bring the liquid level up seems to even out the head a bit.
AR: Heavy on the roasted grains. So heavy it smells like it's been aged on oak or oak staves. Both black and brown bread are in the aroma as well with a bit of licorice and a hint of molasses. I'm not picking up any dark fruits on this nor any chocolate or coffee. There's some Belgian yeast in the background also. Smells like a Dry Stout, a very dry Stout.
T: Pretty much like it smells with the licorice being much more prominent. This is almost like a Dry Stout but with licorice instead of coffee notes. It's not bad, but it's not great either. Just a decent basic Stout with licorice added. Has a slightly bitter finish, a bit Earthy with some dried flower notes. I would like to add that I am NOT a fan of anise and had concerns about whether there was enough of it here to make me hate this beer. If there was more than the softest hint of anise I would have picked up on it and intensely disliked this beer, but I didn't. So I can safely say the anise is but a whisper under all the other flavours that's hard to notice. Thankfully.
M: Moderately carbonated, only medium body so on the light side for a Stout. To me it seems the licorice gives it a little silkiness and the finish is fairly dry and almost cleansing.
OV: I found nothing either offensive or impressive about this beer. It's pretty much a basic Dry Stout with a twist. It has decent flavours, though nothing complex, and is easy drinking for a 7% ABV Stout. If there was solid flavours of chocolate and coffee to go with the heavy roast and licorice this would be very good, like a 4.00 to 4.25. But alas, it's pretty straight up simple.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mpayne5, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of tneenan1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

tneenan1, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of sketchyhoodie
4/5  rDev +9.3%

sketchyhoodie, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

doremite, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of ScottyDuzntNo
5/5  rDev +36.6%

ScottyDuzntNo, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of screamking
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into wine glass.

Pours black, with a thick khaki head. Lots of licorice in the nose, along with wheat and some black cherry. I was expecting more in the aroma, although it's decent. Hints of chocolate, espresso, and vanillia up front in the taste. Middle of the mouth has some licorice that turns bitter. It finishes much sweeter then it starts.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Extremely easy to drink, ABV is only noticeable in the aftertaste. Very solid beer, I can see a lot of newer craft drinkers liking this, I just wish they would expand into some newer territory with the next release. To me, this seems like the dark version of Iron Throne.

screamking, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

apasternak, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of staticmaneuver
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

staticmaneuver, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

archero, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of tjsmith910
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tjsmith910, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Raziel313, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.13/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black and opaque with a three finger beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Crazy retention, taking forever to settle into a pillowy foam cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma that's dominated by anise and black licorice, overpowering the roasted dark malt notes. Slightly peppery and chalky with a touch of dark fruit along with burnt toast, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate. Not offensive, but the anise/licorice character is way too strong for my liking.

Medium bodied, slightly smokey and thankfully a little more complex than the nose suggests. This beer still has a very strong anise/black licorice flavor but there is a burnt/acrid robust dark malt flavor with hints of ashtray, burnt coffee grinds and very bitter dark chocolate. Really dry and bitter and severely lacking in balance. I usually dislike anise/licorice in stouts but in this beer it's a welcome respite to the overwhelmingly bitter and acrid burnt malt flavors. Really harsh and tough to choke down. Very disappointing offering from a solid brewery. Tastes like a beer made for rapists, thieves, bastards and cowards. You'll want to take the black after drinking it.

corby112, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of 1759Girl
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- bit quite black. A lovely dark ruby espresso town with chocolate malt head.
Smell- burnt toast with a slight unexpected hoppy citrus
Taste-up front it was everything I wanted; chocolate, roasty malt; it changed quickly to a slightly off metallic taste for a brief second before rounding out with toffee and a boozy hang.
Mouf- thinner than I'd have liked but fine
Drinkability - easy

I'm going to throw some icecream in it

1759Girl, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of pajeff
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

pajeff, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of BG_fan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BG_fan, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Not quite a pitch black pour. Enormous and fluffy dark brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Thick fluffy vertical tufts everywhere on the glass.

S: Charry, very earthy and some anise in there too. Faintly just a touch of mint chocolate, oddly enough.

T: Again, charry up front. Charry and smoky. Quite earthy in the middle with anise mixing in. Mild bitter cocoa. Strong earthy/herbal spiciness in the middle and finish and aftertaste. Char everywhere, especially lingering between sips.

M: Medium bodied, slick and a little drying in the finish.

O: A pretty plain belgian style stout. Very charry and earthy. VERY. Literally ashy at points. Not bad but a bit unbalanced to me.

Dope, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of BigOldOaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BigOldOaf, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a latte-colored two-fingered head that lingers seemingly forever
S: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, a bit of smoke
T: Meh. Roasted malt, a bit of cocoa bitterness, but just okay
M: Medium-bodied, very bitter
O: Decent but I wouldn't recommend

ONUMello, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of arthurbdavis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

arthurbdavis, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

danthehopslamman, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thin opaque black/brown body with heavy bubbles rising creating thick tan head rising to just about half an inch.

Smell: Light and bland scent of fruit and yeast.

Taste: Compex and bitter, feels like a the darkest bitter chocolate with grapefruit feel. It's a little different but not a bad taste at all, very like able.

Mouth: easily medium to heavy carbonation. Love the finish almost sour like...sticks pretty well.

Overall: Very good brew that is almost an IPA meets a stout. Has many properties to it that make it very unique. I say grab one while you can. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Kimbo1318
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kimbo1318, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Rand_ale_Thor, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Auraan
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black, with two fingers of rich, tan head. It has the beautiful ebony visage of a fine stout. Scents of Belgian yeast funk, roast malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, roast nuts and slight black coffee. An excellent, stout-like scent, but with elements of a Belgian ale. Taste begins with a very faint bubblegum flavor and a bit of Belgian yeast funk, moves along into roast malt, black malt, black coffee, a slight hint of nuttiness, slight sour notes and finishes with hints of dark fruit and an aftertaste of bitter roast malt, dark chocolate and black coffee. As the beer warms a tiny hint of alcohol also creeps into the background. It's a rich, deep stout in flavor, but with the complexity of a Belgian ale added in for good measure. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation. It drinks most like a stout which makes it hard to drink slowly, even though this beer demands it to fully savor the aroma and flavor. It doesn't detract, but rather complements that side of the beer, by making it quite smooth to drink. Overall I highly recommend this beer if you can find it. It is a deep, rich, complex Belgian-style take on a stout that melds the two styles wonderfully.

Auraan, Oct 08, 2013
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
81 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.