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RATINGS: 512   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1915) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Appearance: near black with one finger of creamy, rocky light tan head, with good legs and decent lacing. Aroma: very herbal aroma, with mint, anise seed, licorice, earth, rosemary, and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste: smooth and chocolatey, with black licorice, a hint of vanilla, sour cream, and black bread. Finish: roasty, with a bit of herb garden and licorice. Palate is full and rich without being thick; the beer is not a sipper, and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Notes: Didnít much care for the aroma--too herbal--but otherwise this was a darn solid beer. Not usually a fan of gimmick beers, but this one stands on its own merits. At least its not a Scandal tie in or something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
750ml brown bottle, corked. Black pour, good sized lumpy looking brown foam on top. Nose has a bit of roast. Taste has big roast and dark chocolate and a bit of a licorice. Aftertaste is same with big notes of dark choclate and roast. Mellow mouthfeel. Quite nice, no sign of the alcohol. enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. The aroma has lots of toasty malt and some chocolate along with licorice. The flavor is toasted malt and chocolate throughout along with what must be the anise. It has a long sweet finish over a medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle from Canalís. Pours out a well....prettymuch black color with a big, fluffy tan head. Aroma is of molasses, vanilla, light licorice, dried fruits, light roasty notes and some chocolate. Taste is very complex, dark roasty malts, light earthy notes, molasses, vanilla, burnt grains, licorice/anise notes and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Really solid beer, to compliment an awesome show.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3082) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Lovely stout! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, brown head that slowly settled and a bit of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, dark ripe fruit, spices, bananas, hint of roast. Flavorís substantially different than nose, with roast coming out much more, along with dark malts and carbonic tang. Quite dry. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, very long, and has some alcohol warmth. Very good drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nsanders (994) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2013
750 mL. Black with a tall mocha head. Belgian yeasts, soft black licorice, ash, and malt aromas. Taste is lightly sweet with a mild dry bitterness to balance. Body is heavier with a foamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2672) - 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 (6088) - 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 (8339) - 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 (7146) - 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.

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