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RATINGS: 506   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2576) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Near black with a thick, long-lasting head. (Thatís what she said.) Aroma is very roasty with licorice and chocolate. Taste is similar with stronger unsweetened chocolate notes and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5770) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2013
750 bottle. Pitch black with superior head retention. Nose is Ommegang house yeast, chocolate, hints of anise and light smoke. Flavor adds mostly the same, smoke, licorice, hints of chocolate and coffee. Also the brewerís yeast came through with some spiciness. Mouthfeel and body is medium to maybe a little thin, with a creamy coating over the tongue. The flavors mingle very well together. After sipping this I remember how much I enjoy this brewery. Some craft beer nerds may say this brewery has gotten to bigÖ I canít argue that maybe true but for $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle; this is really good. Iím happy to drink this and Iím glad I got another bottle in my cellar. If you like Belgian stouts, grab a bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8012) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2013
750 from Belmont. Pours a black color with a large beige head. A light fruity spicy nose. Dry, cocoa, metal and big Belgian spices even some banana. Liquorice and anise. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6673) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Black pour with a thin sticky beige head. Nose has some molasses and roasted coffee as well as a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate. The flavor is great, with a start of dry ish chocolate malt biscuitiness, some roast, and a bit of earthy dark coffee notes. A bit too roasty for its own good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at Craft Beer Market Vancouver, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma brings out cocoa notes, roasted malt and subdued coffee. Flavour brings out dark fruits, highly roasted malts, and cocoa powder. Very full-bodied and creamy, finishing burnt and slightly fruity. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8848) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle. Belgian yeast nose, licorice, chocolate. Quite spicy with some orange and cherry and some phenols. Very spicy flavor, lots of licorice, some anise too I guess though it is hard to tell them apart. Nice carbonation, small but persistent bubbles. A bit too spicy, but nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
o_Merlin_o (200) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Do I really have to give up women when I "take the black"? The beer pours motor oil black. Off white head rapidly dissipates. Aroma of metal and plums. Tasty. Definite metallic aftertaste. Is that from the weirwood tree branch in this great beer? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4937) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Whole Foods, Bowery 750ml ($10): Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with some spice, earthiness, licorice, and a bunch of coffee. Taste is quite roasted. Somewhat sweet. Wide array of flavors all hitting up my mouth. This is quite a good beer, and it was plenty easy to drink as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3249) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of yeast, light sweet fruitiness, estery, with some banana note. Medium dark brown. Light fizzy chocolate, some licorice (or anise), and a little phenolic finish. Medium body, fizzy on the tongue. Pleasant, light, fruity stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2887) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Malty sour aroma. Taste is the same. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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