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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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992 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 25
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013)
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Photo of freemanj
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

freemanj, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Lynn, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque brown pour was nearly pitch black in the glass, kicking up a few fingers of dark foam from a center-pour.

S: dark roasted malts and dark fruit notes; hints of earth and herb

T: mellow bittersweetness, roasty; buried fruits of fig and plum; airs of licorice, and currents of cold espresso

M: light and smooth, wet and dry moments interchange, low carbonation, slick; left a mild coat; slightest stickiness

O: a very good stout/porter-ish kind of beer, here a Belgian dark ale - Belgian accents and impressions create a compelling brew sure to be enjoyed by BAs and fans of the show.

Greywulfken, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

xdefeatsy, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Angryzen
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Angryzen, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is jet black with chestnut highlights and a tall, frothy, foamy, light tan head. Aromas of subtle caramel, subtle chocolate, coriander spice, woody highlights, and some fruity highlights. Flavors are roasted and smoked, with a strong bitter undertone of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a woody backbone. Very bitter build at the end of the palate, into a woody, roasted, and bitter aftertaste. Light, robust body into a dry, bitter linger finish. Robust, tasty, and drinkable.

GarthDanielson, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

rab53, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ripweblo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ripweblo, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tobelerone, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a massive half glass brown head from a careful pour. Aroma dominated by licorice and dark malt, spicy and inviting. Flavor is clove, licorice, quite bitter, but the dark and toasted malt flavors and a hint of chocolate develop later in the taste, then fade to a spice and hop bitter finish that is not quite supported by the malt body. A hint of smoke seems to be hovering beneath the surface. Medium bodied with spicy active carbonation. This is a different take on a Belgian stout, with the Belgian characteristis at the fore (which I'd expect from Ommegang). I found the spicing to be intriguing, but would have been a little better with some more malt support. It grew on me as I drank it, but it does remind me of my first encounter with baker's chocolate (a flavor that is present here); almost too bitter to appreciate the chocolate base. But like that experience this does grow on me with time. Interesting, but not what I expected. I've only watched a few episodes of this series, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of those rough but refined folks would drink something like this.

LiquidAmber, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of tjumfrid
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this in total wine, almost died of ecstasy. I'm a huge 'A Song of Ice and Fire' and 'Game of Thrones" fan.. so was pretty excited to find this on the shelf..

A 25 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Dark, pitch black death. A quarter-inch head left on the top.

S: Sour, burnt hops, a smidgen of marshmallow.

T: Tastes sour, dark oak and chocolate.

M: Foamy, breezy, fluffy. Delicious.

O: Very nice beer. I would recommend it. AND read the books too.

tjumfrid, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ZachKelly, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml. Dark almost black pour, finger of head layered from tan to almost brown looking as it sinks in. Retained quite well.

Aroma, Some red fruit and prune. Roast malt, a little earty peaty-ness. Discernable Belgian yeast.

Taste, Some prune, then clove is quite present up front. Earthy and almost funky yeast. FInishes with a nice nutty roast and just faint anise.

Solid medium body, ample carbonation due to the Belgian methods used. Not much warming, drinks quite easily. Different but I enjoyed it.
This one grew on me. Middle through finish is the best part of this for me. Worth trying if the price is right.

Bung, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ctodda
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ctodda, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

WanderingFool, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Artjsantos, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of mjforres
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mjforres, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ambruns1979, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

TwelveOunces, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of KJ2013
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Resuin, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

brauseboof, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of BrewYorker85
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

BrewYorker85, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

usechopstix4soup, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

CaptDavyJones, Oct 03, 2013
Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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