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Night gathers and itís time to announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones series. Take the Black Stout is named for the oath taken by those who stand the Nightís Watch at the Wall, defending Westeros against northern.

Take the Black Stout is a 7% beer, brewed with base, caramel, chocolate and roasted barley malts. Hopping includes Northern Brewer and Columbus; spices are licorice root and star anise. Hue is black with full tan head. Aromas include chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops, light roastiness, a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, coffee, rich malts, and balanced roastiness. Clean hop bitterness joins with slight woody character and spiciness; the finish offers sweet malt character leading to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
On tap at Sugar Maple. Brown to black with a dark brown slowly fading head that dissipates into a layer of pond scum. Aroma is earthy and roasty with dark malts, chocolate, mild licorice and peated malts. Taste is a bit sweeter and earthy with peated malts, chocolate, licorice, mild coffee and some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Sanderís in NYC. Pours deep brown with a foamy, beige head. Well toasted malts in the nose with burnt toffee, coal, Belgian yeast. Medium sweet flavor with dried berries, chocolate, raisins, good roast, ash, burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with moist ash, charcoal, Belgian yeast, burnt toast, charred toffee. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1032) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
On tap at Beer Revolution in #yeg. Pours a dark black, with a tan head with decent retention. Aroma is coffee grind, earthy fragant malt with notes of black licorice, chokecherry, and chocolate.On the palate is lots of earthy dry roasty maltiness, tempered with mild sweet notes of chocolate, and a minty licoricey herbal kick. Medium-full bodied, with the bitter roast malts drying the mildly spicy finish. I guess Iím on the Nightís Watch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a big dark tan head. Light roast and light spice aroma with light yeast. Licorice and light chocolate flavor with light roast and yeast. Medium bodied. Licorice and light chocolate linger with light roast, east, and light spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
750ml bottle - $8.49 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pour a near black body with a tall, tan head with some good staying power.

Smell: Roasty malts with noted fragrant licorice tones, deep sniffs of dark fruit (prune, black cherry), a little cocoa powder, earthy roasted nuttiness, and cutting, jutting phenols.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, some softer, softened chocolate and lightly sweetish caramel. Not much sweetness, really. Herbal, licorice with a touch of spearmint. A bit smokey. Dark fruitiness throughout. Yeasty phenolics. Burnt, ground walnut. A little bitterness. Drying, roasty with a little singe of spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth yet nimble on the tongue.

Overall: Tried at the end of a very, very long work week. Made me think of a Belgian-esque Irish Dry Stout with a pumpernickel vibe. I apologize, as I write this, I am very, very tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (1689) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
750 ml bottle corked and caged from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip. Black with a frothy, lasting, tan head and thick lacing. The aroma is licorice, dark fruity esters, light spice, roasted malts and chocolate. Similar flavor adding light caramel, coffee, light wood and some earthy hop bitterness. Pretty rich with a medium plus body and a clean mouth feel. Smooth, balanced flavor, pretty complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2487) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from The Beer Dispensary, Apex. Good aroma, smokey, roasty. Chocolate, licorice, little berry, earthy. Dark orangey brown color, real good head and lace. Medium body, creamy thick mouthfeel, bitter finish. Pretty nice. Looked great in the glass. Good aroma and flavor. Good offering even with the name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
On draught at The Daily Growler during the Brewery Ommegang Tap Invasion on 11/21/2013: Black pour with a medium foamy beige head that diminishes steadily to a wispy film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. Medium-bodied with flavors of dark chocolate, roast malt, anise and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is roasty with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1133) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Appearance: near black with one finger of creamy, rocky light tan head, with good legs and decent lacing. Aroma: very herbal aroma, with mint, anise seed, licorice, earth, rosemary, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste: smooth and chocolatey, with black licorice, a hint of vanilla, sour cream, and black bread. Finish: roasty, with a bit of herb garden and licorice. Palate is full and rich without being thick; the beer is not a sipper, and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Notes: Didnít much care for the aroma--too herbal--but otherwise this was a darn solid beer. Not usually a fan of gimmick beers, but this one stands on its own merits. At least its not a Scandal tie in or something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
750ml brown bottle, corked. Black pour, good sized lumpy looking brown foam on top. Nose has a bit of roast. Taste has big roast and dark chocolate and a bit of a licorice. Aftertaste is same with big notes of dark choclate and roast. Mellow mouthfeel. Quite nice, no sign of the alcohol. enjoyed this one a lot.

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