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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Belgian Dark Ale
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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Photo of argock
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.

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Photo of rgk3
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.

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Photo of beergoot
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.

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Photo of briandschorr
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of Antg8989
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
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.

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Photo of GStone899
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.

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Photo of datalager
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!!!

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Photo of bbtkd
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
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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Game of Thrones: Take The Black Stout

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Photo of MarkQ617
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.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
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!

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Photo of BethanyB
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.

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Photo of Urk1127
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
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.

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Photo of Zylod
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say not always being a heavy hop is REALLY nice to find something like this out there. Pours a huge head with smell of chocolate, coffee and a little smoke mixed in. Taste follows suit, moderate abv is not apparent, silky smooth going down. A couple of bottles of this could put in the floor. Great stuff.

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Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A super dark opaque brown ale with a generous billowing head that stays for days and sticks to the sides nicely. The covering is constant.

To say the aroma is rich would be an understatement. Yes there's the usual suspects of bittersweet chocolate and coffee but so much more. The star anise and licorice show up here. Roasted malts and breadiness, Molasses and caramel. A great introduction to the upcoming experience.

Taste is a natural follow up to the nose. Chocolate mocha latte' is a nice start. Molasses caramel sweetness. Roasted malts give a dark bread and unfold to add a bit of char. Licorice and anise add so much complexity and depth. Yeast adds Belgian notes and take it to one of my happy places. Earth and spices in the the finish.

Feel is lunch and creamy with a lighter weight that recalls Guiness but not quite. Super drinkable and satisfying.

Excellent Belgian stout. Period

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown and nearly black with a big foam tan head and a bed of creamy lace. The nose is mostly sweet. I detected hints of chocolate and light alcohol. It reminded me of a subdued quadruple aroma. The taste is also mostly sweet but with some spiciness in the finish. The feel is amazingly smooth. It feels like it is on the low side of medium bodied because of how easy it is to put this one down.
I really liked this one and I'm surprised it hasn't rated better.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The initial pour results in a glass of beige foam - the entire glass! Let it settle.... wait......wait..... pour a little more; not too much lest it spill over..... wait and pour some more..... wait and pour. Okay, now we have a glass filled with a tar black liquid, dark and foreboding. Along the top and rim, there is a thick slab of gummy lacing. There is a faint nose of plum, toast and burnt wood. The taste does not slap you; it is subtle and draws you in with hints of wood, raisin and toasted malt. Nice and easy quaff. As you do so, some booziness rises and exits with a quick hoppy fade. I did like the smooth body with a nice texture: creamy beery goodness.

This is a pretty decent beer, a worthy quaff that does not overwhelm. NOTE: This one needs to reach room temperature for it to really stand out.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured black with a fingers worth of light tan head. The smell is dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. The flavor follows the nose as the dark fruit and earthiness comes out followed but chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of hoppiness that comes through, might be too much for a stout like this. The feel is medium with a lot of carbonation and not too thick. This beer had a chance to be great but misses on a few things. I love hops but it doesn't fit with the rest of the flavors properly in this one. I'm a huge fan of the show and will continue to try any beer that comes out from Ommegang, just wish this hit the mark.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black and stout like, dark mocha head is large and lasting

Nice milk chocolate note picked up on the sniff

This is a tasty and richly flavorful stout, lots of chocolate picked up....nicely done and well worth a try

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Willie! Near black body with a thick, soapy, beige head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, anise, licorice, as noted on the label. Similar flavor. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

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