Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout
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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black StoutGame Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout
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Stout - Foreign / Export
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Game Of Thrones: Take The Black StoutGame Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout
Notes: Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO. Take the Black Stout follows the highly coveted Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which flew off of shelves earlier this year. To satisfy the appetite of Game of Thrones fans, production of Take the Black Stout will more than double the final volumes of Iron Throne Blonde Ale.

Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.

In time for the holidays, Take the Black Stout makes for the perfect gift. Shipping to distributors in September 2013, the beer is available in 750 ML bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle as part of gift box. Inky black pour, lasting creamy beige head. Roasty aroma, dark chocolate, licorice. Roast malts up front in the taste, bitter, licorice flavors coming in behind, some chocolate. Dry at the finish

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sjrider from California

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle - dark as night with khaki head leaving minimal lacing.Nose is oddly bland with hints of roasty malt and faint licorice. Taste follows more or less ,weirdly bland again. Finish is on the dry side with not much else going on. Unusually boring for a stout .

Dec 06, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark, black body with reddish brown hues with a tan head with nice retention and lacing
S: roasted chocolate notes with hints of sweet licorice
T: ok, sweet roasted notes with some licorice notes in the aftertaste
M: light bodied; a little thin
O: ok beer overall; not much too it, but interesting with the licorice finish

Aug 08, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't love this one. I drank my share of it, and I did enjoy the last sip more than the first, so that's saying something. But it was probably my least favorite of the GoT beers from Ommegang that I've tried (and I've tried a lot). The flavors just didn't come together cohesively for me - the spices and malts and hops flavors weren't playing as a team. I did appreciate the smoothness and medium body of the beer, and it had a perfectly nice look to it. But the rest was underwhelming - I wouldn't seek this one out again (although it's retired anyway!)

Apr 14, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Take the Black stout was part of my gift set of three from Ommegang. The stout is highly carbonated and tangy. Licorice root and bark is present in the profile. Star anise is another flavor in this stout.

The beer finishes dry and root bitterness lingers throughout the entirety of the experience.

An average beer, and I would seek out the Fire & Blood if you are looking for a GoT beer.


Mar 28, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-jet black bottle pour with a creamy, tan foam cap and a light licorice aroma. The flavor is mild with licorice and a bit of leather noted. It is slightly sweet and toasted malt is most prominent. The finish is smooth. This is a lighter bodied stout.

Feb 23, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 25.9 oz (750 ml) corked and caged bottle into a custom, Game of Thrones flute glass; no production information.
A: Pours the darkest brown to black with mahogany highlights, a three to four finger, light brown head, gorgeous retention, and solid, persistent, truly Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of dark roast coffee beans, dark, unsweetened chocolate, dark berry fruit, licorice, black pepper, and toffee with multiple spicy notes.
T: Dry. Flavor derive from the nose and start more like a foreign extra with roasty coffee >> chocolate flavor. Spices seem to be cloves, maybe cardamom, but, of course, front and center licorice/star anise that meshes very seamlessly with the peppery bitterness and leaves a spice laden tingling on the palate and back of the tongue.
M: Full bodied which is enhanced by assertive effervescence.
O: Complex and increasingly interesting as it warms. Definitely in the foreign/extra stout range, but with spices. Sad that this will not be available going forward. A rock solid, domestic version of the style.

Feb 21, 2020
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argock from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bland except for heavy black licorice. Malt backbone has faded over the 1-2 years I have held this beer. A little bit of medium caramel sneaks through. Light bodied for the style. Disappointing.

Mar 02, 2019
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rgk3 from Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 5 years, poured into stout glass. THICK and creamy head over a pitch-black beauty of a beer. Aroma is a bit musty after years of aging. Upfront hint of licorice, wonderful dark-roasted grain throughout, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate at the end. Excellent mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable. Kind of wish I had another stored away.

Feb 24, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tar pit black with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Very faint smell of roasted and charred grain; milk and bitter chocolate. Some dull, stale baker's chocolate flavors; cocoa; some fruity esters, strawberry; bitter. Heavy body; dense and velvety; despite the residual sugars, an overall dry quality to the finish.

An approachable if somewhat scrambled stout. The aroma was very hard to pick up, but one does find some decent possibilities with what one does pick up. The taste seemed more like a dry stout in spirit with a somewhat odd (though not disagreeable) estery quality. Then again, being about five years old, some things like the smell may have diminished and the flavors may have shifted, so perhaps back in the day, this beer may have gotten a slightly better rating. Regardless, the beer is still quite drinkable.

Feb 20, 2018
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briandschorr from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like this one. The Stout is deep, dark and complex. Just like beer fans. I found the taste to be well balanced. The mouthfeel was quite good. The smell is woody, dark, with some nice coffee and yeast notes. You will notice a thick tan head with good carbonation. Back to taste. For me, the flavors pack a good punch. The hops come first and then I got pine, citrus, and roasted coffee.

Aug 07, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours aggressive with a huge brown head that dissipates in a few minutes. The nose is thick and complex with notes of roasted malt, coffee, mixed nuts, and cream.

The taste shows some fairly intense flavors featuring hops at the forefront. Pine, citrus, and medicinal qualities feature in the front, before being shoved aside by the familiar roasted and coffee. Texture is light for a stout but the body and aftertaste help counteract this.

This is rich and flavorful, with more balance than I would expect. Not delicious, but complex and interesting.

Jun 17, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really haven't been a fan of these Game of Thrones beers and this one hasn't convinced me otherwise. They certainly aren't bad but they don't live up to their name.

Nov 27, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to goblet.
Aroma Is woody, dark coffee, some yeast.
Dark black, thick tan head. Big Bubbles.
Taste is bitter chocolate, pepper, toasted malt, Belgian Wang.
Good carbonation for a stout.

Started Off harsh, but it's growing on me. A lot of flavor here.
Winter is Coming.

Oct 22, 2016
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong Belgian but the char and coffee overpower everything else. Can't taste much of the licorice even as it warms. Roasted malts are a nice touch. Smell is pleasant with a little alcohol smell showing through. Solid stout that I wished had a little more balance.

Sep 05, 2016
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datalager from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid stout. I think, perhaps, it pales in comparison to some of Gang's pure Belgian style ales, but it's a worthy ale nonetheless. Noteworthy of this beer is the head. I cut a large bottle of this into two glasses when I got home from work, and placed one of them on my bedroom endtable. Meanwhile I consumed the first glass while settling in, doing chores, catching up on Conan and news. Two hours later I returned to my bedroom, and WHOA! The damn beer still had a two inch head!!!

Jul 25, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Game Of Thrones Take The Black Stout, 7% ABV, unknown IBU, style is listed as Belgian Dark Ale but this is a stout. Pours medium thickness, black, with a bunch of fingers of tan head that leaves excellent lacing. Nose is roast malt and coffee, taste follows, with some licorice and a bitter coffee close. Good mouthfeel, overall a decent coffee stout.

Jul 11, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"A stout as dark as the winters that once engulfed Westeros. As robust as the men who swear their oaths at the weirwood tree. Chocolate & caramel sweetness are balanced by hop bitterness, Roasty, woodsy notes, and an earthy finish." Brewed in the style of an American Stout with Anise & Licorice root, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Release #2 in the Game of Thrones series.

Poured from a 750ml. bottles to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a medium brown tone over a very dark brown body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Malt profiles of chocolate, caramel syrups with subtleties of mild roasted barley, toasted grains and vanilla bean, fairly accessible aroma overall. Little to no licorice or anise character in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Far more rich roast character and char flavors up front, with a more reserved sweetness of light chocolate and caramel. Adding complexity and depth to the roast is a very discernible earthy dose of licorice flavors. Finishes moderately dry with a lingering roasted grain finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness, modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter, roasty and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is certainly more a stout than a Belgian Dark Ale. There's a very rich impact of earthy stout flavors, and a welcome undertone of licorice and anise character that adds some depth of this beer. Pretty flavorful for a stout but not quite at the Imperial level, however this one was quite enjoyable and very rich for a standard American Stout. 3.75

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Jun 03, 2016
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a stout glass while watching GoT and being a nerdy fanboy. Color was just what youd want, dark, rich brown, thick, with a nice tan head. People on here have raved about the complexity, but either my palate has become suddenly basic, or people are tasting ghosts. Any licorice or anise that this may have been brewed with are overpowered by toasted bread, malt, and coffee notes. Very basic flavor, holds strong, but nothing special. The mouthfeel was very smooth, one of the beer's finer qualities.

May 21, 2016
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ivehadthatbrew from Nevada

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (4): It looks absolutely beautiful! Dark jet black and a big fluffy tan head. The bubbles retain very well.

Smell (3.5): Dark chocolate and a big coffee aroma. Some dark licorice and cedar is also there.

Taste (3.5) The chocolate is there but not as much as I was hoping. The licorice flavor is huge as well as some wood flavors. The coffee is also a big overwhelming.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Creamy and silky like. Medium plus to full bodied. On the sweeter side for a stout. This is definitely the best part about this brew!

Overall (3.75) While this beer might be lacking the and smell and taste department, it definitely makes up for its flaws in other areas. Especially the GoT theme it has going on!

Apr 25, 2016
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BethanyB from New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Giant, long lasting, tightly beaded dark tan head and an opaque mahogany body. Thick layers of spotty lacing linger along the walls of the glass.

Smell: A balanced blend of spice (white pepper and coriander), gently roasted malt, and dark dried fruit.

Taste: Again, the balance is worth noting as dark mocha, toasted bread crusts, herbal hops, prunes, sweet dried cranberries and even a sliver of jalapeño play equally notable roles in this highly drinkable recipe. Moderate bitterness lasts well into the ripe finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, and does as good a job as possible to hold up the heavy flavors while still remaining an unusually refreshing stout.

Overall: It may not be mind blowing, but it is more than solid, and is by far one of the better Game of Thrones beers from Ommegang I've had. No surprises, but good complexity nonetheless, with expert balance highlighting a wide variety of flavors while also substantiating a quality blend overall.

Apr 15, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

So black, khaki head. Massive bubbles in head
Funky yeast, anise, unsweetened black licorice, black coffee, banana
Subtle banana, black coffee. Dry tobacco as it warms, anise
Smooth, then dry. Its a bit filmy. Not cloying though

The most complex dark beer i think ive had to date. Its not bad but as a former smoker the tobacco flavor in this beer is, i wouldn't say sickening, but it really throws my brain off.

Apr 14, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/3...pours dark black with 1/2 inch tan foam. Heavy lacing. Chocolate nose, more sweet than bitter. Milky bitter, light sweet, hearty coffee roasted flavors. Smooth beyond all reasonable doubt. Sneaky sublime.

Mar 27, 2016
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CHickman from New York

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick whipped foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and brown speckles. The head dissipated very slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of cocoa powder, coffee grinds, dark chocolate bar, piney hops, black licorice, pepper, light spices, yeast, caramel, toasted grains, earthy notes, peat moss and what must be the anise since the bottle states "Ale brewed with Star Anise & Licorice Root". Aroma is just as much stout as it is Belgian Dark Ale with nice balance and a lot of complexities that bring out chocolate, malts and toffee as it fades.

Tastes very similar to the nose with cocoa powder, toffee, coffee grinds, dark chocolate, black licorice, pepper, light spices like cumin and cinnamon, ash, smoked grains, peat moss, faint vanilla, toasted coconut, metallic yeast, tea leaf, coriander, orange peel, peat moss and anise. The cocoa, char and earthy flavors come out the most as it warms up with the hop bitterness adding a nice sweetness which almost seems to transform this into a stout. This brew has a identity crisis, but I like the bipolar flavor personality.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with a slick feel as it slides down, mild fizzy carbonation, a medium to chewy body and a nice sweet aftertaste that has a mix of char, floral hops, coffee grinds and a slight bitterness.

Overall this was very enjoyable. Even though the style seemed to change from stout to Belgian Dark Ale with each sip, it was really tasty and malt driven with just enough hops and spices to keep it Belgian while bordering on a stout with the rich charred chocolate malts. This hid the 7% ABV completely and got better as it warmed.

Mar 25, 2016
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SaxmanRick from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit hesitant with this one, as I am not a huge Belgian Ale fan. Poured from 750ml bomber.

The look was luscious with its dark tan solid head. Smell was somewhat faint with a nice roast aroma and a hint of Belgian yeast. The flavor was quite enjoyable - roasted malts,, chocolate, herbal complexities (held in check nicely), and a modest level of Belgian yeast. At that level, the yeast perfectly matched the other flavors - complimenting, not overpowering. Oh, and the mouthfeel was spot on...nicely creamy and chewy.

It is always great to be pleasantly surprised and this one succeeded. Now, on to the Blonde Ale.

Mar 01, 2016
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