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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of Mojo
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into Highlands Brewing snifter

A - beautiful pour, mountainous khaki colored head, awesome retention, and lacing

S - mostly chocolate and coffee

T - caramel, raisins, cola, milk chocolate, coffee, licorice

M - thick and chewy, not much aftertaste

O - pretty fair beer!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

I had this on tap at George Keeley's on the Upper West Side. It was poured into a 12oz snifter.

The appearance was jet black with a large 2 three finger tan head. The first thing I smelt was caramel malt but as the beer warmed I mostly got unsweetened chocolate. The taste was more of the same. Malt hits first followed by dark chocolate. Didn't find much of a pronounced coffee flavor or heavy roastedness.

I was expecting this beer to have a sweeter taste profile along the lines of my favorite stouts however this wasn't as much stout as it was a dark ale. Still decent but I don't know if I'd seek it out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
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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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Figured this would make a decent first review. First day below freezing here, so it obviously was time to break this one out.

Served from the bottle in to a Half Acre belgian glass ~55°

A: Poured pitch black with a great tan head. Dissipated before too long but is keeping a nice tan film on top.

S: My first thought was that this has a smell almost reminiscent of Mad Elf/Naked Elf. Nice sweet, dark notes. Belgian yeasts?

T: Not a whole lot of forward tastes here for me. Really nice ending to this one though.

M: Although its got a nice mid to heavy body, its still a bit lighter than I expected. Also has a bit more effervescence than I had thought it would as well. A little bit of lingering stickiness starting to build.

O: Overall, I do really enjoy this beer for what it is. I think Ommegang did a great job making a beer that seems reminiscent of what the Jon Snow (although he knows nothing) and co. would have been drinking. I will be looking for the coming releases in this series, both for the gimmicks and some pretty solid beer.

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4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"If you choose to take the black
Bid farewell to comforts great and small
Those who do, don't come back
Prepare yourself for life on the wall "

To Take the Black - The Sword

Black like those fellas on the wall. Big, drifting foamy pile up festoons my glass in wavey lace. Smells like caramel, roast malt and brownie batter. Is that some leafy hop I detect? I do believe. Tastes like a stouty Belgian stout. Carmel, chocolate biscotti and roast malt. Roast malt gets an aggressive hoppy push forward.

I like my Belgian stouts more stouty and without the dark fruit huey of a BSDA. Take the Black fits that description. I haven't had it in awhile but this is in Black Albert territory.

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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Wegmans on East Avenue in Rochester NY.

Belgian stouts haven't always wowed me, due to the clashing of flavors between roasted malts and the Belgian yeast, so I'm unfortunately going into this review with very low expectations. The actual drinking of the beer didn't change my opinion on Belgian stouts, they still mostly don't work for me.

Pours a very dark black, with a surprising amount of bubbly carbonation. A half inch mocha-colored head forms, with a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells quite roasty, with some licorice smells as well. A bit of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

This tastes rather earthy, which doesn't wow me. I can't quite describe that flavors give off this "earthy" vibe, but there's some slightly tea-like and grassy flavors, along with lots of licorice, ash and smoke. My preferred stout flavors of chocolate and coffee hide in the background. Slightly nutty, as well.

Medium bodied, relatively thick, but not crazily so. Very high carbonation for a stout, but the carbonation level is more in line with a Belgian strong ale, I suppose. Creamy, but fizzy mouthfeel.

Ultimately a miss. I love Game of Thrones, but these tie-in beers have been mostly disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Just like the name implies, black, no light until the utmost edges. Good cafe colored head, decent lacing. Slight carbonation visible (inconclusive, however, due to the opaqueness). Bottle art is pretty badass.

S: Good aromas, but deviates slightly from the stout style. Sweet dark plums, some malt, a bit of floral notes. Still, overall it is pretty dark, with coffee and dark chocolate contributing significantly.

T: The plums dominate, some medium-bitter chocolate and coffee notes are in there too. The sweetness comes out over bitterness, which makes it pretty palatable. Finish is on the shorter side for a dark beer. Very flavorful, but it seems a little disjointed.

M: Surprisingly smooth, given how low the viscosity appears from looking at it. Ample carbonation gives it a lively feel.

O: A good beer, but not quite up my alley (not a plum fan), and not really a stout, as the label suggests. It had some stout-like qualities- ultra dark, coffee and chocolate notes that brought some good bitterness- but overall a misleading title. Definitely not just a marketing gimmick and has some thought behind it, but I won't endorse it more than that.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +16%
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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