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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (518) - 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 (2705) - 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 (1111) - 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 (2081) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3409) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
750 ml bottle shared at Dave’s tasting. Pours black with an excessive tan head. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with chocolate and a bit of anise. The flavor is roasted malt with chocolate followed by some moderate hops and roast bitterness. The anise emerges in the aftertaste and lingers on the palate and I frankly did not care for it. Overcarbonated and prickly on the palate, which is not what I want in a stout. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (631) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Tap pour - comes to the table black (shocker) with a deep tan, foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, hint of bitterness, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, yeastiness - good and inviting. Flavor is more of the same, but some pretty notable hop bitterness, lots of roasted character, good chocolate presence, and I can catch some of the licorice in the background, but it performs well as a non-dominant flavor. Palate is very smooth and creamy. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought this beer was very solid and exceeded my ’unsure’ expectations...great interpretation of the style, even if it doesn’t completely conform...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (513) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Poured from 750mL bottle. Black with beige head. Yeast aroma and flavour. Tastes more like a Unibroue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammer (1042) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Dark black pour from bottle. Taste is burnt wood, ashe, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Complex and very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (1786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light head. Aromas of dry coffee and burnt malts. Flavors of spice/licorice, phenol, black coffee, and a little black chocolate. Quite carbonated. Bitter finish. Expecting more for all the hype. Seems more of a spiced black IPA than a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScoWRee (381) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. A nice tab head. More foamy than most stouts. Aroma is deep roasty. A hint of coffee. Taste is coffeeish. Very crisp, kind of hoppy. An interesting stout!!

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