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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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
Hammy78 (879) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours quite obviously black, dark khaki head, some lacing, dies down to an oily film with yeast rings. Nose is sweet and all roasted malt, but not very strong, a touch of vanilla. Tastes not what I normally expect from a stout, itís actually rather thin. Roast, bitter, sweet, a touch of cinnamon too. Itís okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3323) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
750 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a nice ashen-mocha head. Aroma: Dark-roasted malts with nice Belgian ester character, chocolate, vanilla and coconut, quite friendly. Palate: Medium+ body with fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Dark-roasted malts, dark dried fruits and lots of Belgian yeast character, quite nice; dry with sufficient bitterness for balance and a long, chocolate and Belgian yeast finish.

Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"Started off season 3 DVD with this bad boy. Big notes of anise and licorice, roasted malt, coffee. chocolate. Darker than expected, but a little too high on te carbonation (as expected). A little swirling tames it a little bit but the body is the only slight fault in this solid take on a Belgian stout. Well done!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Dark black in color, thick tan head. Big flavors and tons of chocolate flavor and aroma. This was a nice stout with a good finish. I was impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (844) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Poured opaque black with a 2-finger dark tan head. Aroma of dark-roasted coffee with a note of anise beneath. Thick and full-bodied, with an oily note to the finish. Flavor of coffee with a note of anise that appears at the back. A caramel note shows as it warms, along with a lightly bitter hop note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
2014-08-01. Black body with a nice foamy tan head. 4+ Aroma of lightly dry roast over sweet lightly fruity dark malt. Whisper of earthy not quite smoke caracter. The flavour is pleasant, lightly fruity core malt has vinous tangy undertones. Average plus bodied palate, smooth moderate carbonation. Decent but just okay, it doesnít quite come together harmoniously for me. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

Overheard: "The chicken sexers thatís what they do... They sex the chickens..."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3882)
- Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Big malt and coffee aroma. Lots of roasted malts with some very bittersweet chocolate under it. Flavor is roasty and bitter at the start with some light mocha notes coming up near the end. Bitter and lingering coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
miyauchi38 (769) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2014
スタウト さっ& 甘みは抑えめ スタウトにし&

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (593) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Solid ommegang......perfect after it warmed up at room temp for about half hour....good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Corked and Caged 750mL. Pours black with a nice tan head. Roast aromas, caramel, toffee, and smoke. Star anise....thank goodness....is not prevalent. Dark dried fruit and burnt coffee and chocolate, definitely interesting. Finishes sweet and earthy.

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