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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 32
Gots: 184 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a tannish brown head. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Leaves a nice layer of head for a long time.

S: Belgian yeast and dark fruits are the first thing I notice. Some sweetness. Roasted malts, a hint of chocolate as well.

T: Pretty complex blend going on here. Starts with a dark fruit and belgian taste, then a dose of anise and licorice come in. The aftertaste has chocolate notes, fruitiness and yeast.

M: Full body with low carbonation on the tongue but a crisp carbonated finish. Isnt too sticky. Booze adds a touch of heat.

Overall its a good take on a Belgian type stout. Has great yeast characteristics to it and the licorice aspect is very interesting. Worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured pretty slowly into a snifter.

A: massive tan head that takes its time dissipating. Luxurious looking and bonus points for the cool label on the bottle.

S: licorice chocolate sugary and dark fruits.

T: burnt, roasted malts licorice. Pretty earthy

M: medium bodied dry finish.

O: nice beer, but this does not drink like a stout. More like a porter or Belgian dark.

Photo of bgjohnston
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

While it calls itself a stout, it drinks more like a Belgian strong dark in that it is very dry and the body is a bit thin for what I would call a proper stout. That said, it is still an enjoyable beer.

Pours very dark and with an aggressive tan head. Aromas are distinct, with the characteristic Belgian yeast and the roasted malts. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a beer from this brewer, but it has a comfortable familiarity if you like Ommegang's beers.

I like that it isn't any stronger, as at this level the alcohol remains well concealed by the strong flavors. It does seem overly dry and bitter from the roasted malts, but in the end I think this is better than allowing any cloying sweetness to remain on the palate.

I am glad I got to try this one, and look forward to their future efforts for this series.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of screamking
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of corby112
2.19/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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