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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 +9.7%
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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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Ommegang brewery cafe yesterday.Poured into a snifter near jet black with a one finger frothy beige head atop.Aromas of black licorice and roast mainly,quite yeasty.Flavors of light yeasty phenols,dark roast,and more of the black licorice,with a dryer earthy finish.Not bad and not overly yeasty/phenolic.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple weeks ago at the release party, poured into my Game of Thrones tulip.

Pours a mocha colored 1 finger foamy bubbly but fluffy head that fades semi slowly with wafts of airy lacing, just about pitch black beer that barely lets light through at the thin part that goes partway into the stem.

Nose brings an interesting blend of stout and Belgian yeast characters, a typical Ommegang Belgian yeast with a bit of booze that makes it seem like there's more but doesn't get too boozy, with that comes some phenols, hints of spices too. Dark malts are a plenty, with some mild roast, some dark crystal malts with hint of caramel like, hint of very bitter dark baker's chocolate, little biscuit like too. There is a mild earthiness to it as well.

Taste brings dark malts right off, almost black malts, with a little roasty character, dark earthy almost scorched tannic roast, heavy crystal malts and a little black malt or maybe carafa, and a dry slightly acrid powdered cocoa like character. Mild chocolate but very bitter dark baker's choc, hint of caramel, little biscuit, and even a little roasted coffee. Yeast brings more Belgian characters again, a little booze warmth with a nice phenolic profile and hint of baking spices. Hops come in with a mild spicy profile, some earthiness too, and fair bitterness that is some from the dark malts too. Finish is dry and bitter, more mild earthy spicy hops and little tannic dark malt like roast, little very bitter cocoa, little booze and phenolic character lingering too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, mild warming booze, too much carbonation as it is very loud on the tongue and even gets in the way.

Overall not bad, the malts are a bit too dark and tannic, burnt like without a huge roast but enough bitterness to be a little off, esp combined with the earthy spicy hops, but still pretty tasty, and I like the Belgian yeast characters although they are pretty much the same as most Ommegang beers. Carbonation is the biggest bad note as it's way too much.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap and listed as a "Belgian stout".
Thick, essentially black body topped by a large and durable tan head.
Rather straightforward up front, but complex, yeasty spiciness kick in mid-taste and carry forward into the aftertaste. There's some hoppy spiciness too, plus a faint touch of smoke/char.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/2/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains chocolate, Belgian yeast, some spice, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty roasted malt character followed by flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and some spice. The hops presence mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Really black in the 9 oz snifter. They call it a "Belgian black stout." Flavor is charred malt and a hint of barbeque sauce with scorched oatmeal. There is an odd gummy taste. Library paste, pumpernickel, and a touch of licorice.

Some mineral flavors mark this as a real oddity. The Belgian yeast adds a dry feeling but some slight sweetness sticks around. The yeasty bitterness finally takes control. Truly a strange mouthful of flavors. Very bitter aftertaste.

This is my least favorite Ommegang beer ever. On tap at the Regal Beagle in San Diego for $6. [notes from Oct. 11, 2013 tasting]

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $8.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pour a near black body with a tall, tan head with some good staying power.

Smell: Roasty malts with noted fragrant licorice tones, deep sniffs of dark fruit (prune, black cherry), a little cocoa powder, earthy roasted nuttiness, and cutting, jutting phenols.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, some softer, softened chocolate and lightly sweetish caramel. Not much sweetness, really. Herbal, licorice with a touch of spearmint. A bit smokey. Dark fruitiness throughout. Yeasty phenolics. Burnt, ground walnut. A little bitterness. Drying, roasty with a little singe of spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth yet nimble on the tongue.

Overall: Tried at the end of a very, very long work week. Made me think of a Belgian-esque Irish Dry Stout with a pumpernickel vibe. I apologize, as I write this, I am very, very tired.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Crazy head retention & lacing

S: Faint dark fruit notes & maybe some anise & little hint of juicy-fruit

T: Faint anise notes, a little bit of char & figs up front. Carob & fig as this warms, a touch of caramel, faint leafy hoppyness, a bit more anise & a little green appleskin. Finishes fruity (pears, figs & little bit of green apple), a touch of charred grain, dry with a bit of caramel

MF: Light/medium bodied with gentle carbonation, skews towards creamy as this warms. Warming as this reaches room temp

A solid Belgian Dark, was hoping for more, drinks easy enough; opened up as this warmed up; plays a little bit to my wheelhouse to be sure

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed a snifter of this on tap, served chilled at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown

The color is black with opaque clarity and thick tan cap with tight bead and thick lace. The smell has a dark malt nose with mild raisin and molasses with a woody hop or yeast nose with light spice and coffee accent and the Belgian yeast has a phenolic ester. The feel is dry and moderately bitter with a nutty texture and mild alcohol with semi-dry w/ very dry carbonation w/ low sweetness.

The taste is good with a dark roasted flavor with molasses and woody yeasty taste with slight coffee element and dark toffee with mild herbal tinge with a light phenol and and taste with subtle hint of dark bread and rye toastiness of crust.
Overall I liked this but it didn't live up to expectations--probably the most 'Belgian Stout' I have had and more like an Imperial black saison with the dark dry character and I would say worth a try if you haven't had it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Superb 4+ finger head. Beige. Lumpy fade--good dome. Plenty of chunky lace.

Belgian yeast aroma with a mild chalkiness. Some darker malts but no coffee or burnt smells.

The yeast flavor is the most notable part of the taste. Relatively thin body for the style. Think Belgian ale combined with a thin stout/brown ale. Sour cocoa aftertaste.

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Tan lacing get showing with leaving rings of lace down the glass, liquid is pitch black. Hints of unsweetened dark chocolate and faint espresso in the nose. Crisp, a bit of sweetness to start. Dark sugar meets spice, roasty with a highly toasted bread and some dried dark fruit. Hints of medicinal phenols and spice in the middle. Some fruity esters and more roastiness in the finish. Well done.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 11/03/13 notes. I had a pour of this at the last BBF in September, but being the GoT fans my girlfriend and I are, I bought another bottle for her for the bottle. 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers plus of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like an awesome stout.

s - Smells of spices, pepper, roasted malts, toasted malts, licorice, dark bitter chocolate, Belgian yeast, and burnt malts. Nice nose, a little more spice than I remember it having.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, bitter dark chocolate, more bitter hops, burnt malts, roasted malts, and licorice.More bitter than I remember it being, and more hoppy. Step down from the nose, though not bad.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. No heat but a bit over-carbonated.

o - Overall a decent Belgian stout, but I didn't like it as much as I remembered liking it at BBF (in the middle of a beer fest). Worth checking out if you like Ommegang or Belgian stouts, but not my favorite offering of theirs.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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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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 johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of roasted grains, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, and spicy fruity yeast esters. The flavor is caramel and dark chocolate up front with a huge roasted grain presence that at times feels a bit ashy. Licorice and an earthy hop flavor meld with a touch of dark pitted fruit. Long lingering earthy roasted bitterness sits on my palette long after each sip. Medium to thick body with a bubbly roasty mouthfeel and a spirited level of carbonation. Nice brew, a bit bubbly and carbonated for my tastes, but quaffable just the same.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Game of Thrones: Take the black stout was decent. It poured an opque black with tan head that did not lace. The scent had a hop bitterness mixed with roast. The taste was more bitter than expected and came off the pallet clean. Definitely some roast presence but bitter hops ruled. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and it had decent carbonation. Overall it was ok.

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Photo of jwc215
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into the Ommegang "Game of Thrones" glass it came with.

Pours black with a lasting, creamy tan head. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate, a touch of banana, coffee, dark candy - anise/licorice. Earthy/rooty.

The taste is of chocolate covered bananas, mild roasted coffee, dark candy - anise/licorice. It has a balancing herbal dryness in the finish.

It is somewhat effervescent without being fizzy. Smooth.

A nicely balanced with subtle complexity. A pleasant, enjoyable dark Belgian-style brew!

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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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