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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draft at Biergarden/Portsmouth. Milky black and visibly well-bodied. Drinks with a bountiful, creamy feel and a fun, chocolatey appeal. It also has an interesting almost anise-like twist, subtly folded into the mix. Delish stuff. (#5295, 10/12/2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8601) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours thick black with tan head. Nose was roasty dark malts, dark choc, molasses, hops, funk. Tasted rich, with notes of roasty dark malt, molasses, licorice, yeasty funk, hops, and a complex finish. This one paired well with my maduro 5 Vegas 13th Anniv cigar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle from Walter and Sarah. Thick black pour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, mocha, and a ton of baking spice. Taste is the same gig. Awkward finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5248) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
750mL bottle, corked and caged. Strong nose of sweet chocolate, heavy roast (more of burned roasted barley), licorice, anise. Spice, light fruit, and throwing off some strange Hefeweizen yeast esters (very faint banana, for instance). Darkest brown pours with a pitch sheen in the glass and a very large, rocky light brown head, lots of lace. Inky, solid medium body with ash and burned notes in the mouth, low coffee-style bitterness but a really pleasant small hop character, wooden and lightly spicy. Light earth and licorice, faint anise, even some lavender and rose hips! The subtle spice is the star contributor for me, ahead of the strong but dull and muffled chocolate and roast; it’s hoppy but has more of a rye character. Likewise, the surprising woody and earthen tones carry a lot of water where the more traditional stoutish elements fail (although the very mild smacking acidic is quite nice). Alcohol tamed, hint of banana replaced with hint of clove -- Ommegang using a particularly awesome Foreign Stout yeast or a house Belgian? On the whole, a very nice beer with broad appeal and some dynamite eccentricities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours as black as the night watch with voluminous tan head, Aromas of coffee chocolate caramel and roasted malt. Taste is moderately sweet with only hints of bitter near the finish. Overall pretty damm good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3020) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
The aroma is Belgian yeast, spicy, chocolate, caramel. The appearance is deep black, off white head. The flavor is yeasty, spicy, chocolate, caramel. The finish is spicy, pepper, sweet. Medium in body. Decent. The yeast strain really dominated this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Good roast a touch chalky healthy coffee style bitterness. Enjoyed this. Dry finish lighter than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4743) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2013
750ml C&C bottle. Poured a pitch black silky with an average sized beige foamy head. Aroma of licorice, Belgian yeast, dark candi sugar, dark chocolate, dark fruits, wet burnt toast. Great body that is full and creamy withjust the right amount of carbonation. Flavor of yeast, licorice, anise, dark chocolate, spice, pepper, dark toast and cloves. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2560) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2013
750ml bottle shared by dmac! Thanks bro! Pours black with a thick fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate, toast, roasted malt, and Belgian yeast. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (424) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Notes of coffee, licorice, some roastiness, and oak. Fruity finish. Smooth, thick mouthfeel. I like it.

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