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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (754) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Dark brown pour. Aroma of lactic leather. Tastes choco roasty smokey chipotle peppers. Nice spicy dry palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Errl (1595) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pour is dark with thin white head..Nose is licorice, spice, chocolate, burnt..Taste is roast, licorice, dry chocolate, caramel;

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Black with a tan head. The aroma has some licorice notes as well as some chocolate. The flavor is also strong on the licorice, which I am not a fan of. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
Served in a 12oz tulip glass at the Beer Revolutionís Oliver Square location pouring black in color with a small light beige head which leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild with roasted grains and chocolate and perhaps a hint of licorice. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with traces of fruit and a light roasted grain bitterness with a smooth dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Certainly a unique and interesting stout as I am getting some kind of Belgian feel from it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
Found this creation on tap at the Underground. Horribly dark Brown with a limited cap floating on top. Taste and aroma are basically the same so no need to bore with descriptions of both. Banana bomb stout? Kind of makes my think of a Hefe mixed with a heavy stout. Wheaty like malts, limited coffee and chocolate, moderately sweet, earthy, and full of light spice. The more I drink the more I think this is stout trying hard to be a Belgian. Fresh almost green banana keeps showing up. Not a single real complaint can be made against this beer. Sweetness builds and starts to border on to sweet but never makes it across that line. This like most beers will fall into the category of great beer I will never purchase again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimsal27 (244) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Pours dark black with nice tan head. Some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and something I could place like a spice. Taste was same with that unknown element. Overal this was just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2013
I was very excited to score one of these bottles this time around, I had missed out on the blonde. TTBS pours a very deep brown with a rather large lacy tan head. After the head settled in my tulip glass this beer looked gorgeous. Diving in for the aroma I get a lot of blackberry. blueberry fruit notes, dusty cocoa, airy CO2, a hint of roast, and the anise almost mingles with leather notes. The incredibly thin body is what takes me a different direction upon first sip, but ends with a fruity semi dry belgian finish. Iím almost getting Belgian Stout, or Quad qualities which makes me curious as to what yeast they used.The thin body and the 7% abv makes TTBS pretty easy drinking but the licorice is a little loud at times. I find this stout to be different, itís fruity, displays flavors of floral lavender and dark chocolate itís yummy but they could of cut back of the star anise a little. This beer could easily be called Take the Black Licorice instead?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Draft. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate and caramel aroma. Medium to heavy chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a very good beer that exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dr_MedievAle (167) - Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2013
aroma: loads of worn leather, some burnt coffee. appearance: pours a used motor oil. thick and foamy khaki colored head. haphazard lacing. taste: a strange sweet and astringent chocolate taste that quickly gives way to an overwhelming burnt coffee bitterness. maybe even the blackest of burnt toast is a way to describe this flavor. I want to enjoy it as a kind of roastiness, but thatís just not an accurate to describe the experience. palate: thin and creamy. starts astringent and finishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
On tap at Mister Goodbar. All licorice and some roast. Just too much of it and therefore not so drinkable. Lacy.

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