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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 24
Gots: 163 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

JohnnyMc, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Kerrie, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Texasfan549, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

kjkinsey, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

balinor, Oct 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

DeeMalloy, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.


kojevergas, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

SeanBond, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

earlholman, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Jame515, Sep 30, 2013
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EB1, Sep 29, 2013
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jbeervt, Sep 29, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a dark khaki foamy head. Great lacing.

S: There is a scent of roasted grain, a bit of what reminds me of root beer, and it has a slightly woody scent. Not a whole lot going on.

T: The taste is fantastic. There's this light carbon flavor that tastes similar to the crust on a grilled steak. There is a peppery flavor, and a bit of dark herbal flavor like bay leaves as well. It is nice because it has a bitterness that isn't too strong. I really like this beer and its spiciness.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. It has a great full presence in the mouth. When I'm drinking it, I get a nice full sensation. It just feels like a high-quality beer. It has great carbonation.

O: First off I wasn't sure what to expect from the beer. I knew that it was more of a gimmick beer being brewed for Game of Thrones. I was thrilled when I drank this beer. It is a very well made stout that has fantastic flavor. I'm hoping that they put this one out again even if it's under another name. It has a great balance of roasted flavor and spice. I looked around and didn't find any mention of the beer being a Belgian Dark Ale. The bottle calls it a Stout, Ommegang calls it a Stout...if you're a stout lover you will love this beer.

teromous, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

tree777, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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teamwiggum, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

joeykratz, Sep 29, 2013
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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.

bluejacket74, Sep 28, 2013
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