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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: 190 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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
Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of arthurbdavis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of Kimbo1318
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma-Midnight black with luxurious thick tan head.
Smell-Chocolate, earthy and roasty aromas.
Taste-The flavor is rich chocolate but also very bitter. The liquorice is light but adds to the bitterness.
Mouth feel- Full bodied with a long bitter finish.
Overall good but a bit harsh and bitter hard to drink the whole bottle.

Photo of g_jenkins
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Braz
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pure darkness. Huge Rocky tan head. Aromas of rain and moss. Kind of dry with a tease of sweetness that never really comes. A little bland and the character is hard to place. Little bitterness and little sweetness. Mouth feel is fine with subtle carbonation. This isn't bad by any means but the best thing about it is the cool label.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, three finger tan head, well carbonated.

S-Roasted, almost burnt malt, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits.

T-Follows the nose, but the burnt malt seems to dominate too much, good deal of dark fruits as well.

M-Lighter for a "stout" creamy, not as much carbonation as I was expecting.

O-The lack of balance hurts the beer. An improvement over the first GoT beer though.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep brown pour. A creamy light brown head shows superb retention and coats the glass in an even, unbroken sheet of lacing.

S: Clove and yeasty spice up front. Bakers chocolate. Soft charcoal scent. Plum and black currant dark fruit buried deeply. Black licorice comes out as the beer warms.

T: Lots of roasted malt character up front. Char and smoke. Bakers chocolate. Very dry throughout, very well attenuated. Yeast lays a lot of spiciness on the palate. Clove and pepper come on strong. Plum and black cherry remain stifled. Anise and black licorice come to the forefront on the back end. Good dose of oily hop bitterness. Quick bite of alcohol. Very dry finish of char and smoke.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Sits very lightly on the palate, no weight at all thanks to the high level of attenuation. Stiff, scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but it comes on a bit strong and rough. Not as polished as other Ommegang offerings, and not the most drinkable. A little more body and sweetness might have actually improved it.

Photo of Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't wait for this!

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Poured black as night, but it didn't look like melted chocolate pouring from the bottle... more light a Schwarzbier. Huge, sticky, mocha head.

S: Definitely quite a Belgian character on this bad boy. Not sure how I feel about that. This was more roasty than most of the biggest, baddest porters on the market.

T: Right off the bat: Smooth silky, champagne-esque finish. The darker part in on the front and middle with some coffee notes, some wood, and some much appreciated caramel to circumvent the Belgian yeast.

M: Thick enough, but what I did like a lot was the spritzy, Brooklyn Black Ops-esque silkiness to this. Lots of sudsy lacing left on the glass and a fairly clean palate to boot. The mouthfeel was the star here to my mind.

O: This is the best stout I've ever had from Ommegang, and that's saying something, considering I usually don't like Belgian stouts.

Photo of hagbergl
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

As a huge fan of the show, Game of Thrones, and Ommegang, I had high hopes for this beer. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed. Served in my DFH snifter.

Appearance (4/5): Huge pillowy khaki head of three fingers. Highly active carbonation, as to be expected from a bottle conditioned beer.

Smell (3/5): Peppery Belgian yeast scent. Not sweet at all. Plenty of roasty and burnt notes, some dark chocolate. Little to none of the coffee scent I expect from a stout.

Taste (2.75/5): Belgian yeast gives a peppery flavor to the foretaste, similar to the yeast flavor in Unibroue's Trois Pistoles. Dark chocolate. Major bitterness, to point of being extreme, from the black licorice root and star anise. Dry. It gets sweeter as it warms, and good thing, too. It's hard to drink at first. Fairly complex. This is a mediocre beer that has some seriously off-flavors. The licorice and anise make it much harsher than it should be.

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): Dry and smooth, medium-light body.

Overall (2.75): I simply did not like this beer very much. The harshness of the licorice root and star anise really did not work in my opinion. Perhaps the brewers' approach was inspired by the austerity of the lives of the soldiers who have "taken the black", and that's cool, but I think the beer could have been conceptualized a lot better. Oh well, maybe the next Game of Thrones-inspired beer will be better.

Photo of Andonato
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of trnabout
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JT99125
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while tailgating for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Nerdy, I know. Served out of a brown cork & cage 750 mL bottle and poured into a plastic solo cup. No dating that I can see, but this is the one-time September/October 2013 release from Ommegang, so it was bottled recently.

Appearance - At first pours with a ton of thick, meringue-like head the color of chocolate mousse, but eventually settles down. Still leaves a thick two finger head atop a dark brown, almost black, body. No translucence that I can see. Foamy head starts to pock a bit and leaves heavy lacing and lingers for quite a bit.

Smell - The star anise and licorice root blend quite well with the Belgian yeast. Elements of clove, anise, spice, and some fruity phenols like raisin and maybe fig make for a pleasant aroma. Certainly no roasted element as one would expect from a stout, so I'm not sure why Ommegang called it one. The BA classification seems more on target, at least in terms of smell.

Taste - Again, the roasted characteristics that are typical of a stout are not present, but that doesn't hurt it. Pepper, licorice, cardamom and other generic yeasty notes compliment a dry creaminess that finally hints at some very faint semisweet chocolate, finally hinting at the bitterness that a stout would bring from roasted malt. Still, as a Belgian dark ale, this is quite good. But it's no stout.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and light to medium bodied, with tons of carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

Overall, a quaffable beer, and one that is a nice aromatic take on the Belgian Dark Ale, which is a style I haven't had much of. Most of the Belgian darks I have are of the strong variety, and I think the lower alcohol lends a certain drinkability to this one. Will be interested to see how the second bottle ages over time.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth pour produces a rather impressive 2-finger head that has solid retention. Impressively dark with a sexy, brow head, this beer has a decent overall look. It leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass which is pretty impressive all things considered.

Dark-malt bomb when you get up close to it, this is one of those beers that you have to re-visit every once in a while to make sure you catch everything. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts dominate the front. A small trace of Belgian yeast can be found if one gets adventurous enough (performing the “Belgian dip” if you will). There’s also a thin trail of dark fruits to be found, but it’s so faint that I would hardly even call it there. Not that incredible, to be honest.

Velvety body with very mellow carbonation carries a bittersweet flavor straight to the tongue. Hints of chocolate with a coffee-like undertone hit initially but then things start to change. It really morphs into a very heavy smokiness, probably the result of the roasting process. It also has a bit of a wooden character which is something different. I don’t know if it’s necessarily good, but I like the variety. This is multi-faceted and interesting overall, but the combination of flavors isn’t the greatest I’ve ever had. One word to describe it would be robust. The picture of the heart tree on the label is incredibly appropriate what with the woody undertones and the fact that this would make a great winter brew.

I enjoyed this beer for the most part. While the flavors weren’t all there for me, it kept me interested. It’s one of those types of brews that grows on you as you go on. Hey, it’s perfect for the ‘theme’ of the project. A stranger becoming a friend. Recommended to all but the most up-tight of Northern bastards.
And now my drink has ended.

Photo of Rick778
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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