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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. This had a lot going on, and while I did enjoy this brew, I didnít think they had a perfect blend with all those ingredients. Nice notes of earth, coffee, chocolate, roast , fruit, licorice and hop. Just needed to be blended better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (836) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, a couple of fruit notes like black cherry and blackberry and a bit of brown sugar. Average strenght. Appearance: Black, opaque. Thick, dense, creamy head, very long lasting. Sticking well to glass but remaining concentrated. Taste: We can feel roasted coffee very well with subtle notes of caramel and a touch of anice; with an earthy and dry final. Balance is pleasant, texture is thick and substancial. Sparkling is average. Taste remains in his excellent mix of wild fruits, anice and roasted accents. Superbly balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (876) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
draught. Pours dark brown/black. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel. Flavor of cocoa, earthiness, licorice, dark cherry, molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1254) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
Dark rich browns.... tan fluffy head. aroma is a little mute but had hints of stewed sweet fruits with burnt chocolates. Flavour was equal to the aroma with a strange aftertaste getting back into the fruitiness but nice bitters. Body seems a little weak for my liking, slight thicker would have been nice.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - 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 donít have a clue about Game of Thrones, but this is a nicely spicy, and rustic (somehow), roasted, dark stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperTiti33 (855) - 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.

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