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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2730) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
Pours a dark brown colour with a big foamy mocha-coloured head that stays long and has thick soapy lace. Roasted malt aromas blended with apples notes. Hints of dark fruits, but overall mild with some wood and vanilla. The mouthfeel is pretty nice with some wetness at start, going down nicely, to end up with a mildly dry finish. Roasted malts and light grass lingers. Caramel base, but not too sweet. More on the bitter side. Not bad, but not my favourite Missing some coffee and chocolate. Seems like these come out slightly with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Drank 16 Oct 2013, the day I found out I was going to be based in Minot after initial training. This was a dark and mysterious stout. Definitely fits what my mindís eye would expect this beer to be from the name and series. Dark, a little sweet, hint of roast, firm hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is bready malt, wood, and light roast. Medium mouthfeel with flavors matching nose with light bitter finish, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Tap. Black with one finger head. Roasted malt with chocolate. A bit of dark fruit. Solid complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2811) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
On tap at Dexters, pours a very dark brown almost black with a thin light brown head and spotty lacing, the aroma has a kick of coffee mixed in with some sweetness of caramel and malt, the flavor has a coffee like front end with a chocolate touch in the finish, pretty easy drinking, enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1764) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2015
Draft pour at special brews. Pours black with a tan fizz head. Slight coffee and roasted malt aroma. High carb flavor with a lot of chocolate. Some espresso late in the palate. Unique stout for sure, though I canít quite explain why. Very tasty. Nicely done

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2015
Highly carbonated, moderately roasty with a light belgian yeast character. Brown color with an off-white head. Notes: GABF

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Randy4Beer (399) - - APR 6, 2015
My first beer from Ommegangís Game of Thrones series. Looked promising out of the gate with an opaque black body, crowned by a beautiful, pillowy mocha head. The nose was a letdown though, with some mild vanilla cream, and not much else. Mouth feel was similar to most stouts Iíve had, if a little on the sweet side. Taste wise, there was nothing Iíve experienced in the last two dozen stouts Iíve had, as in no mocha, no cocoa nibs, no chocolate, no coffee. The label says Star Anise and licorice root, but Iím not getting that either. There is a bit of almost, but not quite, hoppy bitterness on the swallow, but it is a generally an uneventful beer, and one of the least interesting stouts I have ever drank. Best before date is 5 months from now, so Iím sure itís fine, just not to my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap at Town Hall Tap, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, anise, dark fruit, smoke into a bit of roasted malt,slight spicy notes. Taste was a mix of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, anise, hints of smoke into a bit of spice, touch of yeast, finishing fairly sweet, yeasty and spicy as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (645) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Pours a deep brown-black with a thick brown head. Smells of toasted bread, chocolate, coffee. Taste is bitter and sweet, hint of anise/licorice, chocolate and good hop finish.

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