Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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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

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013

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Photo of BlackDog
4.86/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a special Game of Thrones 12 ounce snifter glass, it is perfectly black with a big tan head. Lacing was on par while retention was a bit lacking.

The aroma is nice bouquet of roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and charcoal, with a slightly sweet finish. Little to no hops come through.

The taste is similar. Big notes of chocolate and roasted malts, and decently bitter on the back end. Again, there's a touch of woody sweetness in the mix, reminding me of a beer I once had that was aged on cedar wood. Overall, this is incredibly smooth and tasty.

The mouthfeel hides the 7.00% ABV very well. Medium-low carbonation, as the style dictates, is fairly fizzy as your mouth is coated by the thick body.

Beers like this tend to be overwhelming and undrinkable. This is the opposite. Take the Black is incredibly smooth but doesn't sacrifice any flavor to be so. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, charcoal, wood, and hop bitterness make for a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black body pours nicely into my bowl shaped chalice, large thicket of fine bubbled tan head. Looks great with nice retention on the foam that doesn't want to fade. Aroma hints of black licorice and anise, dark coffee roasted malt qualities, hints of chocolate and complex ripened fruits. Flavor hits hard with the coffee bitterness of the dark roasts, with hints of acidity from the dark fruit, anise, and licorice root additions. Very substantial filling beer, I'm enjoying every aspect of it thus far. Fantastic roasted malt, woody earthy characteristics flood the palate familiar notes of anise infused pitsella (Italian cookies made with a mini waffle iron). No Game of Thrones hype here, I've never seen it. However, this beer is bad ass, something I've been dying to see from Brewery Ommegang a big hearty Belgian style stout, none of this Adoration bullshit with loads of chocolate additions. Roasted chocolate malt is the signature flavor with so many nuances including coffee, dark fruit, wood barrel notes, earthiness between the hops and anise/licorice root additions. I'm a fan texture is perfect big bold bodied ale with a deep bottle matured natural level of carbonation, no cloying aspects a perfect creation they hit a homerun with this beer and Moortgart hit the homerun when they acquired Ommegang and most recently Boulevard Brewing.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.79/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This got a lot of mixed reviews, but I came out liking this one a lot. Maybe I wanted to because I love the show, but this brewery makes good stuff to start, so it doesn't surprise me that this stout was good.

A: Black and opaque with 1 1/2 fingers of chocolate milk-colored head. Good retention. Very nice lacing. Superb.

S: Dark roasted malt. Some smokiness, oak. Belgian yeast is present. Light booze. Overall kinda light...

T: Tasty, dark roasted malt with chocolate & mocha notes. I didn't get the licorice taste in this one, and thanks to that.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged this one a little over a year. This was my first beer I ever cellared and it was worth it. It turned out pretty mellow and easy to drink. I drank it out of my brewery ommegang game of thrones tulip glass to keep on theme. My only complaint is that I only had one bottle to cellar.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
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 McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops don't really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but it's not overpowering. Also some of the flavor you'll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.

This is really quite good. I'd love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!

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Photo of Auraan
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black, with two fingers of rich, tan head. It has the beautiful ebony visage of a fine stout. Scents of Belgian yeast funk, roast malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, roast nuts and slight black coffee. An excellent, stout-like scent, but with elements of a Belgian ale. Taste begins with a very faint bubblegum flavor and a bit of Belgian yeast funk, moves along into roast malt, black malt, black coffee, a slight hint of nuttiness, slight sour notes and finishes with hints of dark fruit and an aftertaste of bitter roast malt, dark chocolate and black coffee. As the beer warms a tiny hint of alcohol also creeps into the background. It's a rich, deep stout in flavor, but with the complexity of a Belgian ale added in for good measure. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation. It drinks most like a stout which makes it hard to drink slowly, even though this beer demands it to fully savor the aroma and flavor. It doesn't detract, but rather complements that side of the beer, by making it quite smooth to drink. Overall I highly recommend this beer if you can find it. It is a deep, rich, complex Belgian-style take on a stout that melds the two styles wonderfully.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle to tulip, pours a cola brown with a large brown head that stays for a very long time, leaving lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Strong roast with light dark candy front, and pretty intense Belgian yeast back.

T: Right in line with the smell, strong roast, candy, raisin, earthy, yeast flavor. It took some getting used to the yeast got much better the more I drank though.

M: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

O: Wasn't sure what to expect, would it be just a gimmick beer or a really good "Belgian" stout. I was pleasantly surprised, it was quite a different stout experience for me and might just grab another bottle before they are all gone.

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Photo of justinp444
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft into a snifter, it has a black body with a khaki head of 2 inches. Smell of roasted malt, chocolate, slight licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of stone fruit, slight licorice, fig, and caramel. Mouth feel is full, creamy, and rich with a nice thick body. I personally enjoyed it better in a bottle.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cracked this open to drink while reading one of Jon's chapters!

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head

S-dark grains and dark belgian sugars. I usually hate it when any stout with a touch of belgian is automatically thrown in to the BDA or BSDA category, but this definitely smells like a BDA. definitely a roasted character to it.

T-comes in with a mellow flavor of dark belgian sugars and dark malts and slowly fades in to a more chocolatey flavor. it's a roasted chocolate flavor and it lasts awhile in to the after-taste.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is actually pretty good. it definitely tastes like a BDA, but still has a lot of good stout characteristics to it. it has a lot of good stout/belgian flavor while still being semi-low on alcohol content. i'm glad i'm not sharing this.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark chocolate color. Smells like malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste like smoky chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Body is very rich. Overall good dark ale.

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely stout! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, brown head that slowly settled and a bit of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, dark ripe fruit, spices, bananas, hint of roast. Flavor's substantially different than nose, with roast coming out much more, along with dark malts and carbonic tang. Quite dry. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, very long, and has some alcohol warmth. Very good drinking beer.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bought as a bomber in full disclosure, I am a huge Game of Thrones fan, when poured, has a huge tan head with good lacing, color is black

S: only problem is that there's a "dryness" to the smell, more reminiscent of a drier belgian ale, which, to me, gives a sense of a metallic taste, I'm not picking up, on odor, the more typical burnt coffee, slight chocolate smells as with other stouts

T: Vindicated! Tremendous taste to this beer, heavy on the caramel-like taste with a smooth bitterness and just enough of a touch of hops - very different from other stouts, almost tastes like a doppelbock.

M: medium carbonation, thicker in the mouth than what it seems as I go through the beer (which is surprisingly light for a stout)

O: Excellent stout, different, compelling, surprising, just like Game of Thrones the show. I'll be looking for others out by this brewery.

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Photo of Zylod
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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 -MK-
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some people get the black licorice flavor from this, my girlfriend who I was with definitely did and loved it for that. This beer excels in all categories, and is very distinct among stouts. More flavor, spice, and character than most. It may be different in a bottle, as I had it on tap. Superb brew.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

God it looks good. Thick, dark pour, completely devoid of light anywhere. The head doesn't cascade but forms slowly. Early on it's brown bubbles but as they start to dissipate, they lighten in color. Really frothy had, looks like some root beers.

It smells amazing as well. Roasty nose with some chocolate and caramel, maybe a little coffee in the background.

A bit more of the roasty side of things in the taste as the malts are quickly offset by the hops. The chocolate is there for a split second but midsip on the hops dominate and linger.

Full bodied, there is a nice balance between the sweet and the bitter. While the alcohol isn't that high, there is some heat in the swallow.

Very drinkable stout. Good balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A roasty and sweet Belgian style stout aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and yeast. Upfront presence of Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spicing. Fruit hints of banana and slight bubblegum. Dark roasted barley malts with hints of cocoa, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, grains, and dough. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Anise licorice presence. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, dates, and slight cherry. Subtle earthy hop hints. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a sweet and roasty Belgian style stout taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and lots of yeast. Big Belgian yeast presence upfront along with notes of clove and pepper. Dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark cocoa, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, grains, caramel, toffee, and cookie dough. Fruit notes of banana and bubblegum. Sweet taste of brown sugar and slight molasses. Notes of anise licorice spicing. Dark fruit undertones of fig, dates, raisin, and cherry. Light notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, smooth, and somewhat bubbly. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good Belgian style spin on a stout. Good roasty and yeasty taste. Reminds me of Brooklyn's Black Ops with its big bottle conditioned yeast presence in a stout.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Take the Black hits on the exact notes you expect it to when you read the label and see how Ommegang brought it all together. It has a chocolately taste, but it's subtle because of the hops. A good beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark black color with a bit of brown with a light brown head.

The aroma has roasty malt, a creamy milk chocolate, with some spiciness from the anise and licorice .

The flavor follows as one of the more refined stouts. It packs tons of chocolate, roasty malt, a dark fruit ester, and a slight spice. There's a medium bit of carbonation to clean the beer up.

The beer is extremely well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of tjumfrid
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 29, 2013... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter...OCCASION: Game of Thrones book one finished--a beer hopefully worthy of its namesake... APPEARANCE: absolutely louse-like three-finger head; chunky and creamy, gray/brown; jet black (could it be any other?) body--ultimately intimidating... AROMA: caramel and wintry fair (nutmeg? cinnamon? allspice?) stir up hauntingly chocolaty flavors--alluring... PALATE: whoa--full-bodied and arresting at the throat--like a corpsed Othar--with effervescence at the teeth--a complete, Wall-worthy presence that sits long after the sip is taken; each breath releases an alcoholic sigh...TASTE: a wooded funk, not quite plasticine--but a somewhat appropriate description--as well as bold, complex spices--BIG, NASTY...OVERALL: a beer to occupy a night, jarring and aggressive with more than adequate complexity to demand a drinker's attention--like the land north of the $10.99, just about priced correctly...

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Photo of hosehead83
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "corked and caged" 750ml bottle into a "balloon" glass.
Inky black in color, with a big cloud deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast and subtle dark malt note
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast, black pepper, roasted malt, smoked beef jerky, wet, herbal earthiness. Great character and complexity.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't often say this, and I swear this is not due to its name... but 'Take the Black Stout' has got to be one of the deepest pitch black stouts I have ever laid eyes upon. It's also got a puffy, creaming looking head of dark tan foam. It leaves thick patterns of lacing on the glass as it is consumed. The aroma is an intriguing mix of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, molasses, taffy, and baby powder. The initial flavor is much spicier than one would expect, with clove, eucalyptus, and licorice notes. This first impression gradually fades out into a fairly balanced blend of roasted malt, fruit esters, and a bubble gum or taffy type of sweet flavor. The mouth feel is medium and the beer's finish is relatively crisp. Overall, this is very much a Belgian style beer, and I would recommend it for when you're in the mood for it.

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Photo of templar316
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that has made great strides in my cellar. Ommengangs yeast mellows beautifully and some really lovely vanilla notes are coming out. Goes down smooth and could be perfect be next seasons premier.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The consistency is quite viscous, the color a deep, solid brown, the head high, brown, and fluffy, leaving respectable remnants as it slowly fades. The beer has a surprisingly mild flavor, considering its thick appearance and pronounced, sweetish nose. The taste is actually on the savory side of maltiness, rather than the sweet. The beer's a shade thinner than it seems it should be. But wait! This is a mere 7% ABV, so perhaps it's richer, heartier, more flavorful than one has any right to expect! Unusual and worthy.

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