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:
1,267
Reviews:
240
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
310
For Trade:
17
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Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with three fingers worth of tan head that sticks to the glass

S-rich malt, bit of char, Belgian yeast, and dark fruit

T-roasted malt, chocolate, bitter dark coffee, Belgian yeast. As the beer warms the dark fruits appear.

M-medium body, prickly carbonation, roasted mouthfeel

Overall a fitting beer for the name. A perfect beer to serve at Castle Black.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BiteTheBullet
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pair of pint glasses (because our other glassware is dirty).

Pours black with a gigantic light brown head -- gigantic to the point of being a bit of a turnoff. Smell is a little Belgian, a bit yeasty, some coffee, but overall not too notable.

Taste is totally Belgian. Fruity, cloves, bananas, black licorice, coffee. Creamy.

Mouthfeel is fluffy. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Guinness glass

A- With an aggressive pour there is a huge light brown head that takes a while to settle. seems a bit overcarbed to me. The beer is very dark and fitting it being in a Guinness glass, think it would do will on a nitro tap.

S- Sweet, light roast with some dark dried fruit and a bit of alcohol coming through. do they use Belgian yeasts in all their beers.

T- Much of the same with the aroma, the alcohol comes through a bit more as does the roast, the licorice root that is in hear is not too big, very well incorporated, like with the other licorice stout that I've had Bell's Dagger Stout.

M- Pretty light a bit more than Guinness

O- This is a pretty solid beer with a bit more flavor complexity than other Guinness type beers I can recall. Not outstanding, but a solid beer non the less.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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