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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a smaller sized tan head. Chocolate, roast, and lots of licorice and anise. For me the licorice and anise was too much as Iím not crazy about them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Mild malty aroma. Dark brown with a smallish tan head. Pretty heavy lacing. Balanced malt and hop flavor with a little chocolate. Very smooth skim milk like texture. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (657) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours black with a foamy brown head. Rich sweet chocolaty aroma. Deep roasted malt flavor with chocolate and caramel notes. Full bodied with lingering roasty sweet finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of licorice/fennel/anise, vanilla, and lemon. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Reasonably pleasant aroma (although the anise-like odor does threaten to overpower the rest), but itís a bit sour in the mouth so I didnít really enjoy drinking very much of it. Nothing special but not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ajcanon711 (35) - - OCT 16, 2013
Chocolately, somewhat dry, and sweet. Overall tasty and enjoyable. Would buy again. ---AJ's Approval

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2013
750ml corked bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Beautiful looking brew that looks like a stout but tastes more like a Belgian strong ale. Hints of chocolate and smoke but the most significant flavors are licorice and anise. Very tasty and with itís own unique character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 16, 2013
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Opaque, brown-black with a tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, licorice, chocolate and mild fruity hops. Taste of chocolate, roasted grain, light fruit, roasted coffee, figs, raisins , anise and pine. Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Draft. Medium beige head with nice lacing atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light Belgian yeast spicy, banana. Taste is moderately sweet, Belgian spicy, some bittersweet chocolate, light grapefruit. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Well I did not know what to make of this one. Is it a Belgian Strong Dark Ale or is it a stout? It pours completely opaque and the darkest brown like black walnut. It has hues that show themselves at the edges of the glass when held to the light. Huge mocha colored head of sticky lasting foam. The nose is delicate and beautiful. Some light sweetness greets you first and it has dried fig and dark fruit on it with a brighter lighter fruit scent as well . Then a bit of malt sweetness . The brisk scent of anise and a bit of char. Itís light and airy with a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder and a mellow, woody yeast. Fragrant fennel as it warms. Taste is scrumptious. The malt is roasted and dry. A touch bitter on itís own and the anise and fennel lightly permeate the drink. The fruits keep it sweet enough with a light molasses . The cocoa powder adds a touch of heavenly lightness and the body is creamy and delicate. Thereís just enough dry bitter from the malt to really excite the palate.

It drinks smooth and creamy and could be a desert beer like a stout. it drinks earthy and mellow with itís dark malt character and dryness and you could pair it with savory and rustic foods like an ale. It has a floral quality to the nose thatís almost ethereal. Finishes with a bit of spice and burnt grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a thick black with a tan head leaving heavy lacing. Very mild roasted malt and a little chocolate in the nose. Surprisingly hoppy though very mild for a stout, roasted malts with a little licorice and chocolate in the misddle and end, similar notes to a belgian abbey with more maltiness.

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