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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle: Black, ruby edged....large dark tan head. Smoky chocolate, licorice aroma. Taste is sweet, chocolate/caramel. Light ashy bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottled sample. Black in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are of black liquorice, sweet woodsmoke, dried cherries, and dark chocolate. More of the dried fruit and anise combo on the palate, with a chalky, ashy, and herbal finish. Fairly light bodied for a stout. Alright, but I wish there was a bit more chocolate and caramel to balance out the fruit an roast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (6515) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Ken during some Bohnanza. Pours a black body with fizzy brown lacing. Aroma is wet dog and spicy chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat airy with tons of spice and yeast upfront, followed by chocolate malt, ash, roast, bitter cocoa and grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3606) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Black,large tan head.Yeasty roasted nose.Perfumey belgian yeast ,bubblegum notes complete a big complex dry roast palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (9287) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Cherry, chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut with large head. Sweet dark chocolate, light ash, and cherry malt flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamP01 (638) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
750ml corked bottle. A deep black with a large lasting broun head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, caramel, cacao and hints of coffee and dark fruit essence fill the senses. Taste is of dark roasted caramel malt with cacao and coffee flavors and some dark fruit and mild licorice undertones, a mild roasted bitterness. Palate is a smooth medium body with good carbonation. The finish is an unmistakable roasted dark malt, caramel, cacao and mild coffee, a bit of licorice with a mild roasted malt bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good enjoyable brew to sit down and relax with, not to aggressive and nicely balance. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1710) - Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on 12/21/2013 split with Scott.

Appearance: Pours dark mostly opaque black with light red head.
Aroma: Aroma of licorice, light chocolate.
Taste: Licorice, light chocolate, very faint roast.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: I had to try this beer as it’s the second in the GoT series. It was solid, and I guess being a normal stout "ie not imperial", it was lighter in flavor than I expected. But nonetheless, pretty solid.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Berard (481) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Draft. Pours black with creme colored head. Boozy aroma with little carbonation. Boozy wheat flavor up front with coffee flavors. Sour taste on back. Not my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Dark black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate upfront, licorice and anise in the finish. Chalky. Belgian yeast? Great lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3826) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
750 ml bottle. Brown-- near black-- with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, roast, mild wood and hop bitterness. Some anise and licorice, touches of spicy belgian yeast. Flavor is a confluence of chocoolate and roast notes, sweet and spicy yeast, and faint hop bitterness. Nice, balanced, lingers a bit on the palate. Lively carbonation, as is typical of Ommegang. Medium finish, focused on roasted malt. Overall, fairly nice.

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