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
Ranking:
#30,894
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
1,276
pDev:
11.65%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -3.8%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of steevbr
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dbattey
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sabitu
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heynow007
1.99/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting something fuller since it's a black stout, but I was disappointed in the dullness of this beer. Very fizzy and no body at all. It tastes bland and un flavorful. I love stouts and this beer doesn't come close to Ten Fiddy, stone Black Russian, etc.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Split with others - consumed appropriately during Halloween.

Pours a ridiculously black Belgian-style stout, to say the very least. Nearly completely opaque with maybe some plum-tinged streaks at the rim. I was surprised how effective the bottle conditioning was at play here - a 5 finger off-khaki head rises all the way to the top of the glass, leaving behind sexy looking thick, oily streaks of foam that coat the entirety of the glass's walls. The head lasts a good long while, and the thickness of this beer in its appearance makes this immediately a pretty awesome looking offering. Top notch as far as the style goes.

The aroma is equally lovely, with excellent dark fruit and herbal notes that I enjoy in the best of these kinds of beers. Smells about as fresh as the dark ales you'd find closest to the source in Belgium - raisins, figs, and prunes, with notes of clove, mint, basil, and light anise. I'm not the largest fan of licorice flavors in my beer, but it's surprisingly mild here. There's a light roasted character from the malts that provides some notes of cocoa nibs and a little bit of coffee. Caramel is predominant as well. There's a lot of balance here, and combined with the light, herbal flavor provided from the hops (maybe sage), it's pretty terrific as far as a mass-produced beer of its kind goes.

While I enjoyed the aroma immensely, the flavor is a bit of a step down overall due to some roasted, smoky and herbal flavors that completely caught me off guard. At first, there's the same notes of prunes and raisins at first, which meld with dark chocolate and roasted grains. Then, after a bit of notes of damp soil and, vanilla, and caramel, this becomes quite smoky, with dried woody charred flavors mixed with toasted black licorice. Medicinal and smoky flavors are two that I have trouble fully enjoying in a beer, and this is loaded with them at the finish. Really reminds me of tobacco and light leather at the finish as well, which is surprising as there doesn't seem to be any oak on this. Definitely tastes extremely rustic as a result, but it cuts down what could have made this more enjoyable. It definitely became even more herbal as it warmed up (ranging towards grass and rosemary), but I managed to finish it with no problem. Thanks to the yeast, this feels like a far bigger beer than it is - creamy, thick, and succulent.

This reminds me in terms of flavor as a Scottish gruit rather than a classic Belgian dark ale - it definitely has the flavor profile of whatever people were probably drinking during the Dark Ages. Rustic, smoky, herbal, and roasted stuff. Really different from other Belgian-style dark beers I've had in recent memory. Not a bad beer, but definitely rather experimental to cater to such a large crowd as the Game of Thrones audience. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't recommend it to beginners of the style.

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Photo of jgammoniv
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of rydev24
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish brown almost black in color with a finger of tan head which quickly fizzed away. Smells a bit Bretty, saison yeast, lemongrass.. Not much stout profile on the nose. Flavor profile is a bit odd too, I think this is more of a black saison than a stout really.. No chocolate, coffee, no roasted grains.. Well maybe a bit subtle roast but mostly a peppery yeast profile, and some rye bread notes. Medium body with medium amount of carbonation, a bit on the high carb side actually.

Overall this is not really my pick for one of ommegang's better brews and I'm not sure why they'd use this for their GOT series which is basically marketing a non beer drinking crowd to lean towards these beers and giving off this beer as a "stout" would just steer people away from the traditional style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
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 papat444
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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