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RATINGS: 494   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2013
750 ml. Pour is jet black, milk chocolate head, unbelievable lacing. Smell is dark roast with notes of coffee and bakers chocolate. Slight licorice note with the spicy Belgian yeast coming through. Taste is bold and bitter with coffee, dark chocolate and spice with the Belgian yeast. Great balance and drinkability. This brewery rarely disappoints, no exception here. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mac95860 (17) - - OCT 30, 2013
Delcious! Smells of chocolate, malt, some dried fruits ( couldn’t say what specifically). Pours a dark color with brown head. Taste of chocolate, caramel, and hops. After taste a nice balance of hops and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nielsedd (79) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a huge, foamy beige head. Smells like Belgian yeast, green apples, vanilla, and some chocolate. Tastes of raisins, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee, with notes of wood and, of course, Belgian yeast. Overall a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2013
10/30/13 Big earthy, cola scent. Beauty of a pour, black as night. Medium carbo feel. Hoppy earthy front, powerful, with that cola like note to a bitter chocolate. Overall, a decent stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (4086) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Tap at Bearded Lady. Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma has raisins, roasted malt, sweet berries and homebrew. Flavor is sweet fruit, raisins, very dry notes and tart fruit. Hmm, really does remind me of a old homebrew I made. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 Draft - Roast malts, raisins and some soy sauce. Jet black with a thin beige head. Dark fruits and a bit of liquorice and coffee. A little thin for a stout but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (675) - Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2013
On tap at Flanny’s. Deep obsidian in appearance with a big, muddy brown head and spotty lacing. Plums, apples, vanilla, and caramel combine for an interesting aroma. Quite fruity on the first sip, with plums, currants, and tangy green apple tones swirling into a very roasty background with a hint of chocolate and anise. There’s a touch of ash at the end before an abrupt, bone-dry finish that’s cleaner than any stout I’ve had before. Medium body with a slightly tangy mouthfeel. I feared this would be a cheap gimmick beer, but this stout is solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2612) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2013
750ml bottle - pours very dark brown with brown head and decent lacing.. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, and pepe nero. Sip adds smoke, licorice, and coffee. For a while I forgot this was an Ommegang beer, but the usual brewer’s yeast came through. A ton of character for a stout. A strange brew ingredients-wise. Not something I would drink regularly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (623) - Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2013
From a bomber during the great Reno blizzard of 2013. Pours black with tan head decent retention. Coffee and licorice on the nose. Mostly roasty malts and coffee on the palate. A respectable stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1053) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Nice roast aroma with notes of licorice, dark grains, carbonation and faint yeast. Blackish mahogany appearance with pretty nice lacing. Very strong burst of carbonation giving way to a really dark roasted barley and dark grainy overtone. Complexity finds its way throughout your palate bringing notes of sweet, dark fruits, alcohol warmth, juicy blackberry and a fantastic licorice character which lingers on the finish. Overall, this caught me off guard. I was not expecting this to be so flavorful and well balanced. Really nice stuff. A+ rating.

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