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

Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight anise aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid earth and char qualities, but the mouthfeel on this one is a bit too carbonated for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ommegang is another brewery that can really do no wrong in my eyes. while i have no idea what game of thrones is, i know the beer in the glass is fantastic. this one has a cool inky black color to it, spot on with the name there, and a nice big airy belgian looking head to it. i dont smell anything belgian in the yeast, but i do smell an awesome autumnal spice complexion, led for sure by anise, which i think this was brewed with. you really get its unique aroma pretty strong up front with the bitter roast and chocolate notes, as well as a licorice thing. i get burnt leather and anise in the flavor, with some nice charred carbon thing going on, and a mild hint of orange peel. mild mulling spices and bitter barley on the back end. there is just a thin vein of sweet running though this, where the belgian influence can be spotted flashing in and out of the darkness, and a little vanilla creeps in. its dry and big in the finish, but never boozy. this is a really unique beer, very ommegang in nature, these guys keep pushing the envelope with stuff like this. its slick in feel and well carbonated, drinks easy for what it is, and lingers long despite being dry. love the spice and the malt together. very well made beer, lucky to try it on tap!

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some notes of anise.
T: The taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of anise and hints of black licorice. There is a light amount of bitterness. Hints of roasted malts also become noticeable as the beer warms.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are perceptible towards the finish; the dryness becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
O: This is a nice Belgian Dark Ale if you like beers that aren't that heavy and are dry on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. This stuff has been available around town of late, for about $10 per 10oz pour - to hell with that - for the same price, I get this sturdy serving, with label imagery redolent of Tolkien Ents, or something (I haven't watched or read the titular show or books).

This beer pours a rather solid black, with pervasive basal cola highlights, and a rising, untamed tower of puffy (duh), thinly foamy, and tightly bubbly beige head, which leaves some extensive pockmarked limestone cliff face lace around the glass after it spends a coon's age displaying its retention qualities.

It smells of dry, somewhat meaty roasted caramel malt, earthy, almost funky Belgian yeast, a soft black fruit fleshiness, oily nuts, bittersweet cocoa powder, mild black licorice notes, muddled earthy spice, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is rather sour, grainy, and toasted bready malt, a touch of burnt caramel, edgy, gritty yeast, those dry Scandinavian licorice 'candies', bitter baking chocolate, dark fruit - prune and sour cherry, mostly - mild clove-heavy spice, and subdued earthy, leafy hops. A bit of alcohol heat becomes evident as things warm.

The bubbles are content to lie low, and provide a speck of hiccuping effervescence here and there, the body a lacking medium weight, and a bit too edgy from various corners to be considered all that smooth. It finishes pretty dry, the roast, yeast, and even fruit having had it with all things saccharine, it would seem safe to say.

As the label sez, in no uncertain terms, 'stout', it was a tad concerning to see the listing here as a BDA. Now after careful and thorough consideration (i.e. drinking a fair share of it), I have to agree, it may be very 'dry stoutish', but the yeast component, she (yeast is feminine en Francais) be strong, so, until Belgian Stout is a thing, this is it. At any rate, this offering still leaves me nonplussed, irrespective of style - dry and yeasty isn't what I'm looking for, I guess, and the guest ingredient gets unfortunately lost in the mire.

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3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a nutshell, this second installment of the HBO "Game of Thrones" collaboration ale starts ominously dark and springs to life with expressive carbonation to highlight its delicate fruit and spice balance. Hints of licorice and plumb peak through as the ale turns roasty and dry in finish.

The Belgian Stout shows off its dark and roasty grains by lacing it with the carbonation that's normally reserved for Belgian-style ales. Looking like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, except with darker and richer hues, the ale billows with a strong column of foam in Belgian-esque fashion and laces exceptionally well.

Siding heavily toward Stout, the beer's roasty aromas are of heavy toast, burnt embers, cocoa, dark-roast coffee and roasted walnuts. Only as the beer warms does the Belgian fruit esters and yeast spices rise to give glimpses of fennel, aniseed and plumb.

Its dry and roasty taste continues in taste, even as the background malt sweetness carries a burnt toffee flavor. This hearty sweetness weaves in nicely to the coffee, cocoa, and charred flavors that waken at middle palate. Just before finish, its distinctive spicy-sweet note of licorice broadens for an earthy, pepper and near-smoky taste in finish. With little hop bitterness to mention, much of the beer's balance lies in its roasty, coffee-like bitterness and its light rummy warmth.

Medium-full on the palate, its easy to anticipate a heavier weight on the mouth, but its manageable strength and high effervescence pushes the beer from the tongue for a creamy but dry start. Roasty and perhaps a bit powdery with a pep of ash, its finish is arid as the beer seems to effortlessly dissolve above the tongue.

Take the Black Stout is a fantastic collaboration as it captures all the whimsical magistracy of the Game of Thrones. From color, to its bold taste and its surprising mouthfeel, there's surprises around each corner- just like the show.

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2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
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.


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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light residual sugar notes. Taste is pretty dry with some roasted malt notes and light residuals sugar traces are noticeable. The liquorice and star anises did not make such a huge impact. Body is pretty full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good but not close to the best this brewery can offer.

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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, clove, herbal, light pepper, wood, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and moderate licorice notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, clove, herbal, light pepper, wood, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, clove, pepper, licorice, wood, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate licorice flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/chalky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast ester, and moderate licorice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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