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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Night gathers and it’s 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 Night’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
750ml bottle - $8.49 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pour a near black body with a tall, tan head with some good staying power.

Smell: Roasty malts with noted fragrant licorice tones, deep sniffs of dark fruit (prune, black cherry), a little cocoa powder, earthy roasted nuttiness, and cutting, jutting phenols.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, some softer, softened chocolate and lightly sweetish caramel. Not much sweetness, really. Herbal, licorice with a touch of spearmint. A bit smokey. Dark fruitiness throughout. Yeasty phenolics. Burnt, ground walnut. A little bitterness. Drying, roasty with a little singe of spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth yet nimble on the tongue.

Overall: Tried at the end of a very, very long work week. Made me think of a Belgian-esque Irish Dry Stout with a pumpernickel vibe. I apologize, as I write this, I am very, very tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
750 ml bottle corked and caged from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip. Black with a frothy, lasting, tan head and thick lacing. The aroma is licorice, dark fruity esters, light spice, roasted malts and chocolate. Similar flavor adding light caramel, coffee, light wood and some earthy hop bitterness. Pretty rich with a medium plus body and a clean mouth feel. Smooth, balanced flavor, pretty complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3266) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from The Beer Dispensary, Apex. Good aroma, smokey, roasty. Chocolate, licorice, little berry, earthy. Dark orangey brown color, real good head and lace. Medium body, creamy thick mouthfeel, bitter finish. Pretty nice. Looked great in the glass. Good aroma and flavor. Good offering even with the name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
On draught at The Daily Growler during the Brewery Ommegang Tap Invasion on 11/21/2013: Black pour with a medium foamy beige head that diminishes steadily to a wispy film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. Medium-bodied with flavors of dark chocolate, roast malt, anise and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is roasty with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - 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: Didn’t 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 (3328) - 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 (3091) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle from Canal’s. 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 (3177) - 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. Flavor’s 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 (1015) - 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.

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