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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma is roasty malts. Lots of good malt character, chocolate, maybe a little coffee. little bit of spice and some piney hops. pretty good stout, nothing to great though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Black pour with a tall, frothy tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma of roast, licorice, dark caramel, raw yeast, dough, spice and light char. Flavor is licorice, roast, light smoke and char, light dark fruit, juniper, over roasted nuts and some fruity Belgian-like yeast. Medium body, dry, but slightly oily entry light to medium carbonation and dry maybe slightly astringent finish. Good stuff, maybe a little brash for a 7% stout without enough depth to back it up. Smells and look great, though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Flavor of dark roasted malts, chocolate, black licorice, coffee and had some earthy spices.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours black with thick frothed tan head that laces the glass a little. Aroma is strong - caramel, chocolate. Taste is complex, and smooth starts with chocolate/coffee and ends out a little bit sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a three finger thick, brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark concentrated brown, almost black color that shows a hint of an amber hue through its dark opaqueness when held up to the light. The aroma has a ton of sweet smelling spice and fruit character; lots of licorice notes, some dark plum notes, and some raisin like notes are quite noticeable. Supporting notes of toasted, brown, whole-grain character, perhaps a hint of smokiness, a spicy whole grain character, an earthy base note, and perhaps a touch of rounded coffee character. As the beer warms up a bit of nose warming alcohol becomes noticeable, but the spice character is still the dominant note here.

This has a nice creamy, lush mouthfeel, but with a prickly carbonation to it as well, and it is not overly heavy so works quite well. The flavors are of roasted and toasted malt mixed with expressive spice character that leans towards allspice, ample licorice, floral in a clove / cardamom type way, as well as touches of ginger towards the finish, and some lingering clove. Roasted notes contribute flavors of burnt toast, some lingering burnt grain husk notes, and, in combination with the fermentation character, a light smokiness, perhaps a hint of dark cocoa powder, and some cold, black coffee like notes.

I don’t have a clue about Game of Thrones, but this is a nicely spicy, and rustic (somehow), roasted, dark stout.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Noir. Collet beige. Nez: Café froid. Cendré. Réglisse. Bouche: un peu mince. café. Très Torréfié. Fine amertume. Toast brûlé. Noisette. Légèrement métallique. Pas mauvaise.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a lovely opaque black with a tan head. Has a very subtle aroma of chocolate. Taste is sweet and malty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Has a very clean finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (2281) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2014
75 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Winnipeg. Raisin and faint chocolate aroma with some sweet vanilla. Smooth, sweet prune and some black cherry. Finish has some cocoa and more prune. Very interesting, more Belgian Ale in character than stout but great either way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (964) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2014
This pours a dark brown/black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is fully of malty tones. The taste is the bold robust taste that you would expect from a good stout. Despite the use of unique ingredients, the taste is pretty normal compared to any other stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
chucklemation (1401) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Dark brown stout with a massively foamy off-white head. Smells like fruit. Taste is more fruit than licorice, and there’s also some roasty malts, chocolate, and a tad bit of bitterness. Smooth, has a very nice feel. Overall pretty good.


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