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 Jeffo
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Think I got this one from hopsolutely back in the summer of 2014. It sat in my basement until the summer of 2015 when I drank it while watching episode 1 of season 1. That's right. I just started watching the series recently, and I drank this beer to kick it off...

From a corked and caged 750 into a snifter
Best Before 9 September 2015
Belgian stout with star anise and licorice root

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a big, 3+ finger, medium looking, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy, foamy wisp leaving chunky lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end with touches of lacing falling as the glass empties.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, phenols and spicy yeast aromas. Light licorice but very much in the background.

TASTE: Dark fruit, licorice and caramel sweetness up front. Phenolic flavors through the middle into a bold and lingering finish of spicy yeast, phenols again, some roasted grain and light cocoa. Bitter chocolate and spicy yeast accompany the lingering licorice.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, mostly foamy, goes down fine and finishes dry. Too carbonated and foamy for a stout.

OVERALL: Alright I guess. Mostly a Belgian ale with some roasted grain thrown in. I'm still not sure the stout style needs to be Belgian, as the phenolic yeast tends to get in the way of the grain, and it usually ends up making the carbonation come out rather foamy. This works for Belgian ales, but not so much for stout. In any case, I enjoyed the show much more than I did the beer. A few months and a big move later, I'm half way through season three. I crave more episodes, but not more of this.

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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 Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice stout pours a muddy blackish brown with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick layer and ring with great lacing. Nose of roasted chocolate malts, anise, and some light yeasty funk. Flavors exceed the nose with roasted chocolate malts to all sides, light anise fades from the middle to back with medium char notes, and some light subtle cream mingles with a dry yeasty note on the back and aftertaste. Moderately bitter deeply roasted malt aftertaste. Solid for the style with good carbonation and lively mouth feel.

Very nice.....cheers Mr. Snow.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As someone who isn't a fan of licorice, I like how its restrained in lieu of its dark fruit, black pepper, and bready qualities. If I focus though, I still pick it up, along with a touch of roast. Its flavor is somewhat lacking, as nothing really stands out. I have to focus to get the primary notes - licorice, bread, and some minor roast. Taking a large swallow seemed to magnify its fruity finish, though. That, and it drinks easily (with its dry finish and airy feel). Not Ommegang's finest work, but hardly a bad brew.

3.23/5: Just okay; spicy, though rather muddled

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Agreeing with most other recent reviews, this demonstrates more Stout qualities than a Belgian dark. Drinking it at 55F, thinking it would bring out more of the stout/dark malt qualities. Label states it is brewed with star anise and licorice root, but you really need to dig deep to find it.

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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 T-34-85
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure why this is classified as a Belgian dark ale. Look, smell, taste, and even the feel of this beer says "stout" to me, not Belgian.

Overall, this is a pretty uninspiring beer, be it a stout or a Belgian dark ale. Love Ommegang beers, but this one just doesn't really do anything. Not a bad beer, but just not good,...if you know what I mean.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, in a snifter
Looked promising, a deep black but with little head
Taste is a good but unremarkable stout, woody, some chocolate an coffee
Nothing to warrant the Belgian Dark classification, not Belgian yeast flavors
The most disappointing lack is in carbonation and mouthfeel

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Opaque black in color with a 2 finger head of tan foam. The head eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer, leaving behind a good amount of lacing in the process.

S: Subdued aromas of roasted malts that are barely present even as the beer warms. Really not getting much else on the nose, sadly.

T: Subtle roastiness with a bit of what seems like oak. There is also a very light fruitiness which I'm assuming is from the belgian yeast. A very faint bit of anise comes out as the beer gets up to room temperature.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high amount of carbonation and a crisp, somewhat thin mouthfeel. There is a high amount of dryness/bitterness on the finish that I was not a fan of.

O: Being that stouts and many Belgian styles are some of my favorites, I figured a stout brewed with a Belgian yeast strain would be phenomenal. However, I was a bit let down. The roastiness seemed a bit too subtle in both the aroma and the taste. The subtle fruitiness from the yeast also didn't meld with the roastiness as well as I thought it would. Brewery Ommegang is one of my favorite breweries, but I will not be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewery Ommegang - Game of Thrones: Take The Black Stout. 7% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours pitch black, with huge brown head from aggressive pour.

Smell: Slight coffee and chocolate smell behind hops and spice aromas.

Feel: Carbonated and heavy, but very smooth and easy to drink.

Taste: Not really any prominent flavors I could detect; somewhat bland. Slight coffee and chocolate tasting up front, with some oak and hop flavors on the back end, and into the aftertaste.

Overall: My brother picked this up earlier this week, and we split it tonight. Neither of us aspire to watch the show or read the books, but he picked this up because it looked interesting. We figured it was a stout, but its actually a Belgian Dark Ale. It was a little disappointing, and seemed to be lacking in smell and taste. It was easily drinkable, but not, by any means, remarkable.

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Photo of do_ob
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Duvel glass. Dark brown on the pour and settles black in the glass. Massive 4 finger head of bubbly, mocha-colored foam. Moderate aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, spice, and light notes of coffee and baking spices. Light notes of sweet chocolate and roasted malt on the taste with backing hints of hops, cinammon, ginger, nutmeg, and candied sugar. Pretty watery on the feel with a respectable creaminess. Lacking in taste, in my opinion. Not bad, but not that great.

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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 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 Sleeb
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Solid obsidian with a finger tan frothy head

S-A bit of chocolate and walnut

T-hint of coffee, a bit smoky finish

F- A dry finish with some carbonation

O- A solid enjoyable stout that seem more than just a marketing ploy.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 09/01/15. Best By 09/2017. Beautiful khaki pillow cap with etches of lacing. Aroma of anise. Tastes like licorice. Medium feel. Drinkable for sure, but just not for me.

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

This is a completely black stout. The head is incredible: full, thick and chocolate-milk in color. The aroma is an interesting mix of yeast, roasted grain, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Some plastic-scents as well. It is a dry beer, with some interesting flavors. It is brewed with anise, which comes through as you drink the beer, but is not overpowering. Full in body and interesting.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bitter, dry, and sour. Heavy malts, chocolate, espresso, hint of oak or something, and a sour hint that tastes like grapefruit and cherry. It's's very drinkable and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, near black with a persistent tan head. Has a more or less typical stout medium mouthfeel, noted carbonation. Aroma is malty with a coffee presence. Has a smoky licorice like taste with a definite Belgian yeast note. Finishes a little sweet, maybe raisins? A complex stout and a good compliment to the other brews in the GOT series.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Probably Batch #2 - 2015. Sampled on October 23, 2015.

The pour is a deep dark brown to near black with a lo g lasting tan head. Opaque.

The aroma has a kind of coffee grinds element along with sweet dark malts. A sort of crisp, clean earthy hop presence.

Medium body.

The taste tends to brings out some of those licorice and smoky elements that I simply did not pick up on the nose. $13 fort the bottle. Very good but maybe not worth that much. But, hey, you're buying the Game of Thrones logo.

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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 Vixie
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice and black with a huge head. This is one of the darkest heads I have seen on any beer, it is a darker shade of tan.

Fairly sweet smell here. Seems to have some malt, chocolate, raisin, and anise.

Chocolate and licorice dominate up front, along with a good amount of smokiness. The anise and licorice root really come through after the initial chocolate, and it finishes a bit on the bitter side.

Not as thick as the dark color might hint at, but still pretty solid going down, and no really noticing much in the way of carbonation.

Definitely a really good beer. I'm not sure I'd call this a Belgian ale, too much hop flavor for that, seems to be more of a stout, which is what the label claims. Still, a well rounded and unusual stout, like pretty much anything from Ommegang, worth trying.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 23rd, 2013 - I knew nothing about this beer, Jon Snow, before seeing it at a local bottle shop. Given our regular worship of the show every Sunday evenings, it was a simple decision to hand over the monies and bring it back across the wall to my thirsty colleagues back home. Unfortunately, this wasn't timed well for actually watching the show, so we enjoyed it as a party of three while watching the equally dark and stormy television show Bob's Burgers. The body is crow feather black, and the foam a heady topping of cork colored bubbles. The aroma is deep and sweet, with more than two scoops of raisins and brown sugar, pushing the sweeter dimension to a healthy extreme. There's jellied fig too, but it is easily eclipsed by raisins and raisin-based desserts. Oatmeal raisin cookie might be a good descriptor here, blending grains and fruits in harmony. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation, maybe even a little soft or muddy like a Belgian Strong Ale, but it pairs well with the flavors: starting sweet with berries, wood and cheese. But then it "Takes the Black", as it were, hunkering down to a huskier, maltier slow burn. The aftertaste is more monotone in its malt sweetness, but retrains that thin cord of raisin flavor, simmering with a sugary, smoldering note before extinguishing itself with a sudden last flicker of raisin.

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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 avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, light hops, and caramel.

T: Tasted of some Belgian yeast, malt, hops, caramel, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Very earthy, especially in the finish. Not a typical Belgian Dark Ale flavor. The earthy finish does not do the flavor any favors, but aside from that it's decent.

F: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a flawed beer, but not without its charms. Worth a try.

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