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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,269
Reviews:
240
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
310
For Trade:
17
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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark as night, with a thick brown head that dissipates after a few minutes to a layer of foam on the surface. Not much lacing.

Aroma: roasted malt and not much else, but it's a tasty smell nonetheless.

Taste: bitterness from both hops and roasted malt. Bittersweet, sweet, caramel, and a good dose of chocolate. Not much of the licorice root or star anise comes through, though I can detect some towards the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth and thick. It coats the tongue nicely.

Overall: delicious dark malt with a substantial bitterness. An ale fit for the Night's Watch for sure! The alcohol doesn't come through in the taste, but quickly warms you up for those long nights on The Wall.

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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is about average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: The nose is dominated by spicy yeast. Lots of pepper and nearly as much clove. Tons of dark fruits in the form of plum, currants, and black cherries. Bitter, unyielding roastiness. Hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness, but the roast is definitely the boss here.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Lots of spice, lots of fruit, and lots of roastiness. It's rather dry without much balancing malty sweetness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritzy component. Could be a bit creamier, but good overall.

3.25 D: I'm not the hugest fan of Belgian stouts, but this one is pretty good. Lots of roastiness that makes you take the black, whether you want to or not. Recommend watching GoT while drinking.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black. Big, fluffy mocha cap that settled over a couple minutes and left clumpy, streaky lacing on the glass. Good head retention after that. Malty aroma, dark malts and anise, herbal and earthy with a sweet edge. Slightly burnt, chocolate and a hint of toffee. Bitter from hops and grains, pretty solid throughout and lingering in the finish. Fruity sweetness up front, herbal and earthy, slight licorice, a bit spicy at the end. Dry malt texture with some astringency, plenty of carbonation. Pretty good overall and an interesting character.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ommegang is a good brewery and Game of Thrones is a quality show, so I hoped that the cross-branding would not be too much of a gimmick.

Take The Black Stout pours VERY dark with a nice thick brown head.

The scent is very Belgian, which, given the brewery, is not surprising...but it bears none of the dark notes of a stout...which is the first indication that this might not be an outstanding beer.

After a few sips, I can't tell if I've lost my sense of taste or if the beer has no flavor. It's almost like there's no front end. There's just a slightly bitter aftertaste.

I don't know what to make of this beer. One has the sense that every component of this beer is high quality...but the people who put it together couldn't get it right.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Absolutely black with a dark tan fluffy head. No light is getting through it.

S: Lot's of floral and hops coming from this. Definitely get the licorice and anise from it, which I'm not the biggest fan of, but it's pretty balanced with the roasted malts. a little sweet carmel and earthy tones going on as well.

T: Pretty much everything transfer over well. Can't get any of the booze, but 7% isn't really that hard to hide with this much character. The licorice pops out more as the beer warms as well, but the roasted malts don't allow it to get too out of hand.

M: It feels medium bodied but kind of thin at the same time, which is a bummer. Expected it to be more robust. Carbonation is super solid, though.

O: Not bad at all. Even if you're not a fan of the licorice flavor like me, it's worth a shot at least once. Plus, come one, it's Game of Thrones. It's nice for decoration at the very least.

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Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,269 ratings.
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