exeter (259) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes of prunes and cloves is quite present up front. Earthy and almost funky yeast. Finishes with a nice nutty roast and just faint anise.
mnurda (1115) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled sample from Mlcc. Was expecting something sweeter. Sour tasting. Was not too fond of this one
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ben4321 (3807) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 750 ml bottle, 5/19/14, While watching Episode 6 of Season 4, Palindromic Rating #3663
Aroma: The nose has licorice and roasted malts/coffee, with some sweet notes, spice, and chocolate
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a frothy brown head and fairly heavy lace
Flavor: It is roasty and a little sweet, fruity notes and lots of malty flavor, but it gets a bit muddled
Palate: It is light-medium bodied, has more carbonation than youíd expect, and a slight stickiness
I thought this beer was solid. The mouthfeel is fine, not great, but not bad. The flavor is alright too, but it is too muddled. The flavors just donít quite come together like they could have. Still, this is a decent beer.
Masterkush7 (501) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque coffee with thin tan head that lasts and laces. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, pepper, and vanilla. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering bitterness. Medium bodied
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Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where and how: bottle 750 ml LCBO
Aroma neat aromatic front, gentle herbal top, mild note of fig. Very nice.8-
Top: large foamy cap. Thick , very thick in its density. Nice lace presented.
Base: dark brown.
Palate : mellow, soft, smooth. Creamy, tad slick.
Taste: mid Belgian vibe with somewhat fruity funk. Mild ash like roast weaved on. Straight stout character shows up with time.
Other notes instant classic.
maxwelldeux (3500) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a near black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose has some slight souring to it that reminds me a lot more of a RIS, along with a lot of roasting. Taste is very roasty and slightly bitter. This just didnít stand out as anything awesome to me.
cattaneopapa (146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle from LCBO. East York, ON. Pours an opaque black colour with one finger of lasting beige head
It has a coffee and dark chocolaty aroma. Taste is pleasantly bitter with notes of coffee and chocolate malt.
Creamy body with moderate carbonation. Beautiful lacing clinging to the side of the glass.
Natai (87) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a creamy tan head and good lacing. Light aroma of caramel, coffee and roasted nut. Extremely smooth and creamy, but a little light in terms of aroma and taste.
Sledutah (4314) - Utah, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle picked up at North Boulder Liquors
Black with a big tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark malts, dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, smokey, ashy, dark malts with a dry finish
Cantabrian (781) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from a sleek Lysine smuggler in Sunset corner, in Dorne. This pirate had skin as dark as ebony and an uncanny resemblance to Lord Samuel, of House Jackson. He was utterly reluctant to admit the existence of a bottle hidden somewhere in the back of his yard, but one must needs be insistent, and it shall cost more than a single silver stag for a trip to the cellar.
Take the Black follows an almost millenary recipe, carefully kept in icy secret by the sworn brothers of the Nightís Watch. It was once a successful export, brewed by more than twelve of the Wallís castles, but with the abandonment and shrinkage of most of these fortresses, the brewing has been reduced to a single bronze kettle in the cellars of Castle Black, made from helmets of hundreds of Thenns killed in battle. And no matter how hard and merciless life has been along the monumental ice construction, Take the Black is no brute, but a lovely black ale, carefully crafted with fine ingredients, and with the most round and velvety palate of all the beers in Westeros. Besides rumours and hearsay, very little is known about the true ingredients of this masterpiece. The yeast is generally accepted to have been brought from the greatest bakeries in Pentos, giving the stout a foreign twist, while the grain appears to involve mixture of local harvest at Brandonís Gift, plus emmer and spelt from the valleys in the Frostfangs. The beer tolerates storage thanks to Dornish hemp, perhaps hops, and heather from the Shadow Tower. The first whiff weakens the legs, with the most wonderfully seductive aroma of those sweet and bitter roasted Xhokho-Yatl nuts of the Summer Isles and giant black currants, which could be found right on Bear Island. Indeed many of the aromas and flavours suggest such exotic origins, but it is believed that some important trade routes have survived wars and alliances, guaranteeing the survival of this beauty. Oily black with a brownish grey head, it is not pungent leathery, one would doubt that the casks are conditioned with the repellent seal fat, but most likely with sea cow blubber. The flavour is pure Xhokho-Yatl and Ibbenese Salmiak, but never spicy, just totally smooth and agreeable to the palate, with a drop of honey, Qartheen red wine-vinegar and dried cranberries. The palate is as creamy as the skin of the silkyest of Kings Landing whores. On the one hand, one should consider the sacrifices and privations on the life of a sworn brother of the Nightís Watch, and the very little in terms of indulgence and comforts those brave men can enjoy. But really? Considering their rich meals to break their fast and the daily change of sheets of the Lord Commanderís bed, one can find it lamentable that Take the Black rarely makes it to anyone else than those spoiled, lazy black cloaks. Luckily some bottles make it to Eastwatch, but most ships will take them to the Port of Ibben, as those sturdy men will kill for these beers. I would.
[Point of clarification: although it has a completely different origin, Take the Black is the ale that mostly resembles the historic and extinct Lordly Stout, a black, sweet and salty beauty produced by the Fishfoot Yard Brewery and sold to the rich families of Braavos. That was before cheap forgeries flooded the market across the Narrow Sea, brewed by opportunistic taverns all around the Bite, from Karhold, through the Three Sisters, all the way to Coldwater Burn. These black beers, later known as Bytish Porters, were highly variable in quality, some cloying sweet with the addition of sugar beet molasses, and others sour and lumpy, with vinegar and unclotted goatís blood. The Braavosi Sealord alone could not justify the limited demand for the original White Harbour beauty, and the decrease in intake lead the brewery to ruin. I should also ad that this stout has nothing to do with Kingís Landing, a dark peaty ale that is still produced by Lord Martin, of House Townshend, who coincidently gets his barrels from what is believed to be Fishfoot Yard. ]