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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4330) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Location: 750 ml bottle, 5/19/14, While watching Episode 6 of Season 4, Palindromic Rating #3663

Aroma: The nose has licorice and roasted malts/coffee, with some sweet notes, spice, and chocolate
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a frothy brown head and fairly heavy lace
Flavor: It is roasty and a little sweet, fruity notes and lots of malty flavor, but it gets a bit muddled
Palate: It is light-medium bodied, has more carbonation than you’d expect, and a slight stickiness
Overall Impression: I thought this beer was solid. The mouthfeel is fine, not great, but not bad. The flavor is alright too, but it is too muddled. The flavors just don’t quite come together like they could have. Still, this is a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Masterkush7 (575) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Pours opaque coffee with thin tan head that lasts and laces. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, pepper, and vanilla. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering bitterness. Medium bodied ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 7, 2014
Where and how: bottle 750 ml LCBO
Aroma neat aromatic front, gentle herbal top, mild note of fig. Very nice.8-
Appearance :
Top: large foamy cap. Thick , very thick in its density. Nice lace presented.
Base: dark brown.
Palate : mellow, soft, smooth. Creamy, tad slick.
Taste: mid Belgian vibe with somewhat fruity funk. Mild ash like roast weaved on. Straight stout character shows up with time.
Other notes instant classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3964) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Draught. Pours a near black color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose has some slight souring to it that reminds me a lot more of a RIS, along with a lot of roasting. Taste is very roasty and slightly bitter. This just didn’t stand out as anything awesome to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (213) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
750 ml bottle from LCBO. East York, ON. Pours an opaque black colour with one finger of lasting beige head It has a coffee and dark chocolaty aroma. Taste is pleasantly bitter with notes of coffee and chocolate malt. Creamy body with moderate carbonation. Beautiful lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Natai (102) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2014
Pours black with a creamy tan head and good lacing. Light aroma of caramel, coffee and roasted nut. Extremely smooth and creamy, but a little light in terms of aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - APR 28, 2014
750ml bottle picked up at North Boulder Liquors
Black with a big tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark malts, dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, smokey, ashy, dark malts with a dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cantabrian (903) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2014
Bottle, from a sleek Lysine smuggler in Sunset corner, in Dorne. This pirate had skin as dark as ebony and an uncanny resemblance to Lord Samuel, of House Jackson. He was utterly reluctant to admit the existence of a bottle hidden somewhere in the back of his yard, but one must needs be insistent, and it shall cost more than a single silver stag for a trip to the cellar. Take the Black follows an almost millenary recipe, carefully kept in icy secret by the sworn brothers of the Night’s Watch. It was once a successful export, brewed by more than twelve of the Wall’s castles, but with the abandonment and shrinkage of most of these fortresses, the brewing has been reduced to a single bronze kettle in the cellars of Castle Black, made from helmets of hundreds of Thenns killed in battle. And no matter how hard and merciless life has been along the monumental ice construction, Take the Black is no brute, but a lovely black ale, carefully crafted with fine ingredients, and with the most round and velvety palate of all the beers in Westeros. Besides rumours and hearsay, very little is known about the true ingredients of this masterpiece. The yeast is generally accepted to have been brought from the greatest bakeries in Pentos, giving the stout a foreign twist, while the grain appears to involve mixture of local harvest at Brandon’s Gift, plus emmer and spelt from the valleys in the Frostfangs. The beer tolerates storage thanks to Dornish hemp, perhaps hops, and heather from the Shadow Tower. The first whiff weakens the legs, with the most wonderfully seductive aroma of those sweet and bitter roasted Xhokho-Yatl nuts of the Summer Isles and giant black currants, which could be found right on Bear Island. Indeed many of the aromas and flavours suggest such exotic origins, but it is believed that some important trade routes have survived wars and alliances, guaranteeing the survival of this beauty. Oily black with a brownish grey head, it is not pungent leathery, one would doubt that the casks are conditioned with the repellent seal fat, but most likely with sea cow blubber. The flavour is pure Xhokho-Yatl and Ibbenese Salmiak, but never spicy, just totally smooth and agreeable to the palate, with a drop of honey, Qartheen red wine-vinegar and dried cranberries. The palate is as creamy as the skin of the silkyest of Kings Landing whores. On the one hand, one should consider the sacrifices and privations on the life of a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch, and the very little in terms of indulgence and comforts those brave men can enjoy. But really? Considering their rich meals to break their fast and the daily change of sheets of the Lord Commander’s bed, one can find it lamentable that Take the Black rarely makes it to anyone else than those spoiled, lazy black cloaks. Luckily some bottles make it to Eastwatch, but most ships will take them to the Port of Ibben, as those sturdy men will kill for these beers. I would. [Point of clarification: although it has a completely different origin, Take the Black is the ale that mostly resembles the historic and extinct Lordly Stout, a black, sweet and salty beauty produced by the Fishfoot Yard Brewery and sold to the rich families of Braavos. That was before cheap forgeries flooded the market across the Narrow Sea, brewed by opportunistic taverns all around the Bite, from Karhold, through the Three Sisters, all the way to Coldwater Burn. These black beers, later known as Bytish Porters, were highly variable in quality, some cloying sweet with the addition of sugar beet molasses, and others sour and lumpy, with vinegar and unclotted goat’s blood. The Braavosi Sealord alone could not justify the limited demand for the original White Harbour beauty, and the decrease in intake lead the brewery to ruin. I should also ad that this stout has nothing to do with King’s Landing, a dark peaty ale that is still produced by Lord Martin, of House Townshend, who coincidently gets his barrels from what is believed to be Fishfoot Yard. ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (703) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Coffee and vanilla aroma. Taste is similar with the coffee more power

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2014
4/6/14 $11.99 from CBO. Drank during the premier of GoT season 4. Flavor has the black licorice, choc, coffee dark fruits I expected. Not a bad beer at all ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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