Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
950Ml poured into a tulip
A- Pours pitch black with a very large brown head.
S- Dark fruits. A slight cherry pit. A touch of that licorice and a bit of caramel.
T- A little different from what I expected. A bit of smokiness on the back end and a charred bit and and almost wood like character. A well blended beer, a well balanced roasty stout. The licorice isnt very strong but is noticeable a extenuates the other flavors. A slight twang from the Belgian yeast. A very bold flavor considering the ABV.
M- Very smooth and excellent carbonation. Easy drinking
O- Great stout. Very well rounded and well done
10-04-2013 02:17:39 | More by TwelveOunces
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a deep hazel and leaves a big, fluffy, light tan head which hangs around a long time. Attractive stout, relatively light head though.
Smell: Cloves, spices, bread, that good old belgian yeast smell, lightly roasted malts, some light cocoa, mild licorice. Fairly light aroma, as well as fairly complex. Pleasant.
Taste: Cloves, spices and bread first, but then the flavor quickly transforms into chocolate, licorice and slightly bitter roasted malts. None of the flavor is overwhelming. Pretty interesting profile. Pretty smooth finish to the flavor.
Mouth-feel: Very high carbonation with a slightly creamy, medium body. Carbonation is a tad high for me and it gives a spritzy-like feel to the beer.
Overall: This one surpassed my expectations. Nice subtle flavors, all pleasant, with a very interesting transformation mid-tasting. At 7% this is a nice, light belgian stout and is well-crafted. That said, I am a licorice fan so the licorice finish was pleasing for me.
10-03-2013 23:03:29 | More by Resuin
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
First off, I am a huge fan of both Ommegang and Game of Thrones so when I saw that there was a Take the Black stout, I almost lost it.
Beer pours oil black with creamy tan head that dissipated in a considerable amount of time. Standard look for a stout, wasn't expecting anything different from any other dark beer.
The aroma of the beer is hard hitting. Heavy presence of spice, sugars, liquorice, and coffee beans. Unlike many other stouts, this beer's smell is not dependent on the coffee/chocolate smell. I have to say, it smells much like what I imagine stout in the old days probably taste like, dark, bold and spiced.
Taste is dry and bitter, much like a dry rub. It dries out the tongue and leaves it feeling freshened from the herbs, which is predominately liquorice roots. Mouthfeel is on the thinner bodied side.
As far as quality of beer, this beer hits where I expected. It is by no means a "bad" beer but it also does not compare to Ommegang's usual brewings and this might have to do with the fact that it's a gimmick. I was not disappointed but I was not thoroughly impress neither.
10-03-2013 03:54:29 | More by usechopstix4soup
2.85/5 rDev -22.1%
750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork and detailed appealing label art acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes a few beers I've been fond of. Reviewed as a stout because it clearly identifies as such on the label (not to mention in the name). I see no evidence from Ommegang to suggest this is a Belgian Dark Ale. 7% ABV confirmed per the label. "Ale brewed with star anise & licorice root."
Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Cork popped by hand with relative ease. No beer surges up/out.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6 minutes.
Body colour is a predictable solid opaque black. No yeast particles are visible.
Looks pretty standard for a stout. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.
Sm: Obvious anise/licorice/fennel, to the point where it comes off off-puttingly medicinal. Cola notes/sassafras. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Caramel. Woody. Earthy herbal yeast notes - probably Belgian. Cream. I'm not getting any roast. It definitely evokes more of a Belgian dark ale vibe than a stout vibe. Cream. Cocoa powder. A hint of molasses. We'll call it a Belgian stout.
No alcohol or hop character is detectable. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.
T: Raisin, dark malts, fennel, anise. A bit of licorice and molasses. Herbal yeast. Sassafras. Caramel. Some chocolate malt/cocoa. Definitely Belgian in character, with obvious biscuity Belgian yeast notes. There's some vague mildly dark fruit, but it's hard to identify; dates, I guess? Prunes? I'm not sure. Some green apple on the climax. Lightly vinous, which I'm not fond of.
Overall, I'm not a big fan. It's got the bitter licorice/anise/fennel notes, which I personally despise in a beer. It's not all that well balanced, but it has some cohesion. Certainly not gestalt. There's fair complexity here, but it could certainly use more. Not much subtlety. It's a decent build for a Belgian stout, but I've definitely had better.
No yeast character or hop character comes through. I don't find any alcohol either.
Below average depth and intensity of flavour for the style. Average duration of flavour.
Mf: It's more coarse and dry up front, but gets smoother and wetter in the second act - retaining this feel through the finish. Slightly overcarbonated. Decent thickness and body. A bit powdery. Not as approachable or pleasant as it should be. It's lightly harsh; licorice has a way of doing that. It suits the flavour profile okay, but is far from custom-tailored specifically to it. Should be creamier.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.
Dr: Downable. Hides its ABV well. For a Belgian stout, it's decent. As much as I like Ommegang, this is far from their strongest work. I wouldn't get this again and it's pretty overpriced for its quality. I'll finish the bottle with some effort, but it's not the most drinkable stout out there. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Honestly, this one can safely be skipped. I definitely preferred their Iron Throne Blonde to this. All things considered, it's pretty average.
10-01-2013 00:34:27 | More by kojevergas
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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