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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
83
good

921 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 158 | FT: 19
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013)
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

09-29-2013 14:43:36 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-29-2013 12:42:57 | More by TheNightwatchman
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-29-2013 04:15:02 | More by MNBeerGeek
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-29-2013 02:37:52 | More by teamwiggum
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joeykratz

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-29-2013 01:02:48 | More by joeykratz
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 08/07/13, best by 08/2015. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan cola-like head that fizzled away after a little bit. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, caramel, and some earthiness and anise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and coating. Carbonation starts off high, but eases down some as the beer warms. I liked this, definitely worth a try. $7.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:57:11 | More by bluejacket74
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

09-28-2013 20:52:31 | More by IrishColonial
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Crimsonfloods

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-28-2013 19:11:11 | More by Crimsonfloods
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DES8888

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-28-2013 14:46:43 | More by DES8888
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alexm1309

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-28-2013 13:12:33 | More by alexm1309
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in a an impressively styled wire caged, and cork sealed bomber, and the Game of Thrones insignia was an unbelievably enticing draw to me. Deep brown pour was opaque, and the beer quickly formed an impressive looking, four finger thick khaki head in the Duvel tulip glass. The smell was a mix of Belgian Dark and American Stout styles, with some sweet fruits like cherries, and plum, mixed in with aromas of coffee and hops. The taste was closer to the Belgian side of things, as the fruits observed in the nose were the most prominent flavors, until a grainy and astringent bitterness began to assert itself somewhat and ended in a note of American hops. The finish was pretty much mostly roasted grain. While intriguing, the two flavors were somewhat of a clashing influence upon each other. The mouthfeel was full and silky at first, before turning grainy. A good beer inspired by the best show ever.

It's not easy being drunk all the time. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:58:14 | More by rajendra82
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calcutron

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-28-2013 01:04:55 | More by calcutron
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-28-2013 00:38:15 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-27-2013 23:33:26 | More by 2dogbrew
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DustinSWB

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-27-2013 21:47:42 | More by DustinSWB
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-26-2013 21:23:36 | More by Mattyb79
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As I stare into the abyss of the North, I pour this into my goblet.

Look: It's cold here, as well as dark. The brew exhibits both of these traits. The head is so thick and pillow-like, I wish I could take a break from my watch for just a second, rest my head on it's embrace, and take a rest.

Aroma: Spices galore! The smells remind me of the woods just to the south, in what I use to think was the north. There is a light sense of licorice as well. They claim there is anise, but I do not detect it as of yet. Perhaps in the tasting itself?

Taste: Perhaps I detect the anise, perhaps. Luckily for me, there is only a slight sense of the licorice. Mostly, I get the malty sweetness, with a bit of bitterness on the end. Decently balanced.

Feel: It warms me as it goes down, which is greatly desired. Soon, I will have to trek into the blinding snow for my fellow rangers, and this will keep my heart beating, I know it. It's medium bodied and accompanied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Although this isn't the greatest brew in westeros by a long shot, it does keep me warm when the night is dark, and full of terrors. Now if I can just keep the Big Bear from drinking it all...

Yep, I'm a nerd. And?

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:12:01 | More by JackMcAwesome
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HopMeisterFlex

New Caledonia

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

So I have finally "Taken the Black"...

Appearance (4.0): At first glance, the thick, creamy, tan head with super solid retention and an amazingly sticky lacing seemed as though it would not fit into my mouth. I really thought it would be a challenging swallow but I have definitely "Taken the Black" before but just not quite like this. OH MY!

Smell (2.0): Well, as you'd imagine, it smells terrible. I mean after "Taking the Black" and all, one should know just how bad this rating would be.

Taste (2.0) : Again, after all of the havoc wrought, one would imagine that the taste would not be on par with other similar offerings.

Mouthfeel (5.0): The mighty shaft feels so good when it hits my lips! YEAH!

Overall (3.25 Yes, I actually did the math.):

Once you have taken the black, chances are, you will never go back! A very "SOLID" performance by Ommegang! "OMG"

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 20:10:44 | More by HopMeisterFlex
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed a snifter of this on tap, served chilled at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown

The color is black with opaque clarity and thick tan cap with tight bead and thick lace. The smell has a dark malt nose with mild raisin and molasses with a woody hop or yeast nose with light spice and coffee accent and the Belgian yeast has a phenolic ester. The feel is dry and moderately bitter with a nutty texture and mild alcohol with semi-dry w/ very dry carbonation w/ low sweetness.

The taste is good with a dark roasted flavor with molasses and woody yeasty taste with slight coffee element and dark toffee with mild herbal tinge with a light phenol and and taste with subtle hint of dark bread and rye toastiness of crust.
Overall I liked this but it didn't live up to expectations--probably the most 'Belgian Stout' I have had and more like an Imperial black saison with the dark dry character and I would say worth a try if you haven't had it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 14:00:11 | More by Slatetank
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-26-2013 13:54:11 | More by CampusCrew
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jsurfs82

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-26-2013 06:46:33 | More by jsurfs82
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-26-2013 04:01:32 | More by Hallertau
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

09-26-2013 00:19:04 | More by random846
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jschwei

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-25-2013 23:53:49 | More by jschwei
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-25-2013 23:12:06 | More by EigenBeer
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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