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Night gathers and it’s 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 Night’s 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
black with a very foamy (inch of beer, seven inches of foam) tan head. medium body with medium carbonation after it settled.

aroma: lots of minerality, with possible yeast infection. faint chocolate and roasted malt.

taste: nasty wild yeast character and ash tray, like drinking cigarette butts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Not that much like a stout. Has some dark fruit notes with a little bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
revolution2718 (266) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours black with frothy tan head. Nose is distinct ommegang yeast, dark fruits, raisin. Taste is a bite at the beginning from their yeast, then caramel malt, roasty, smokey woody earthy, dark chocolate, pretty sweet, coffee/toffee on the finish. Good not great stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1582) - Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750 ml bottle- Pours completely black with a huge five finger tan head that doesn’t want to go away, minutes later there is a rocky rootbeer float looking head. Aroma is chocolate, anise, leather, Belgian yeast . The taste is a full on Belgian chocolate stout, strong roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, anise, the hops are more there than I was expecting, more so than your normal Belgian beer, kind of distracting from the beer really. Body is medium and carbonation is high. This was okay, but I was hoping for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1854) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours opaque black with a huge 4-finger tan head that leaves chunky lacing down the glass. The nose is of chocolates, red vinous notes and whiskey. Flavors of chocolates, caramel, red vinous grapes, smoked malt, dark fruits, roasted coffee beans and muted grassy bitters, finishing with a dry woody finish. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with light carbonation and a medium-bodied toasted palate. An extremely pervasive stout that accents many of the "underlying" contingencies that make for a superb offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours a dark black and heavy light brown head. Has a coffee, chocolate and light sweet liquorish aroma. Has a nice mix of coffee, chocolate, slight prune, and some spices. Has a thick texture and slight malt and coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (543) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
DATE TASTED: November 29, 2013... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter...OCCASION: Game of Thrones book one finished--a beer hopefully worthy of its namesake... APPEARANCE: absolutely louse-like three-finger head; chunky and creamy, gray/brown; jet black (could it be any other?) body--ultimately intimidating... AROMA: caramel and wintry fair (nutmeg? cinnamon? allspice?) stir up hauntingly chocolaty flavors--alluring... PALATE: whoa--full-bodied and arresting at the throat--like a corpsed Othar--with effervescence at the teeth--a complete, Wall-worthy presence that sits long after the sip is taken; each breath releases an alcoholic sigh...TASTE: a wooded funk, not quite plasticine--but a somewhat appropriate description--as well as bold, complex spices--BIG, NASTY...OVERALL: a beer to occupy a night, jarring and aggressive with more than adequate complexity to demand a drinker’s attention--like the land north of the Wall...at $10.99, just about priced correctly...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Black pour from 22oz bottle from blackwells. Slight nutty and malt aroma. Black licorice, spicey, nutmeg, chocolate, and hoppy taste. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours black with brown head. Taste is light with a yeast flavor. Some roasted malts to finish it out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2361) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2013
750ml pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste is malts and chocolate . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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