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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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Stout - Foreign / Export
3.69 | pDev: 11.92%
Feb 12, 2022
Sep 09, 2013
Game Of Thrones: Take The Black StoutGame Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout
Notes: Stout spiced with licorice root and star anise.

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.
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Ratings by RyanK252:
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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery snifter

A: Pours basically black with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasted malt, earthy char, espresso, a touch of dark chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, burnt sugar, super faint hints of licorice, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, a little char, earthy, molasses, a bit of dark fruit, a little spice, super faint licorice, burnt sugar, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing technically wrong with this one, but the adjuncts are near completely MIA. That could have something to do with them falling off with age, but still, you have to really look hard to find any licorice flavor. Drinkable, but disappointing.
*A buddy gave me this bottle, but I'm not quite sure how old it is.

Dec 12, 2021
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2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by xmanden from Michigan

Dark pour. Bright light shows through as dark, dark, ruby. My brew has stationary speckles floating in it. Served cold in a frozen mug as per the label (40F/5C). Smells un assuming with faint dark chocolate, tobacco, musty oat.
The taste doesn't offer anything special. Bitter dark but no high notes of anything that presents itself. I really expected more. Best I can figure is it could be similar to a tame Guinness... but not in a good way.

Feb 12, 2022
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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

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

Feb 28, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by sjrider from California

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
4.19 by TXRobbo from Texas on Nov 28, 2020
4 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Oct 06, 2020
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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

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
4.24 by trevormajor from Ohio on Jul 15, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pathman from Ohio

05/31/20 bottle @ home

May 31, 2020
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BeerBaronBear from New York

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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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

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
3.81 by wl2bill from Wisconsin on Mar 20, 2020
3.5 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Mar 07, 2020
Photo of Bluecrow
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bluecrow from New York

-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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4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by VoxRationis from New York

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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4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by IPAking121184

Got this in a gift set and first one I tried. Very bitter but flavorful. Brewed not too far from me.

Jan 10, 2020
3.96 by chiefz1 from New York on Dec 14, 2019
3.75 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on May 19, 2019
1.58 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 08, 2019
Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by argock from Virginia

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
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 10, 2018
3.82 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Sep 28, 2018
Photo of rgk3
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rgk3 from Arizona

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
Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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
3.75 by danoble1 from Indiana on Jan 07, 2018
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
2 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts on Nov 20, 2017
3.72 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Nov 19, 2017
3.62 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 09, 2017
3.65 by kingmaker from Louisiana on Aug 21, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by briandschorr from North Carolina

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
3.28 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2017
3.75 by Casey_L from Texas on Jul 04, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by daliandragon from Maryland

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
4.32 by GulDukat88 from New York on Jun 02, 2017
3.92 by NickFry9 from New York on Jun 01, 2017
3.71 by themegamancave from Illinois on May 03, 2017
3.34 by jeschaefer from Texas on Mar 12, 2017
3.12 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Mar 11, 2017
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Jan 25, 2017
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