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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a brandy snifter after letting it warm up outside the fridge for a half hour or so. Pours a near black with a big, fluffy khaki colored head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has bitter roast and char qualities, some smoke, and licorice. The taste is earthy, roasty, and bitter. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. One of the better Ommegang beers Iíve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
As a huge ASOIAF fan (and stout fan) I had to give this a go. Drank in a hotel lobby in an Ommegang glass for the full effect. I am not a huge licorice fan, but I tasted more of the hops and caramel flavor. I didnít detect too much of the chocolate and the Anise kind of hit at the end. Overall, I enjoyed the beer as I do most anything from Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle and on tap, again at National. Dark and dusty in appearance and flavor. A bit dusty and not as sexy on the palate as #1.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Black with a light creamy chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate pudding, roasted malts, dates, fig. Medium-light bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, mildly sweet on the palate with some roast on the finish. Flavours are chocolate, toast, dates, mixed roasted nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4731) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Draught @ Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival 2014, Vancouver, BC

Black, roasty and chocolatey with some coffee, berries and spicy notes. Pretty balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mittenator (1605) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bomber. Near black with a beige head. Light malt and chocolate aromas. Starts out ok then goes to battery licking flavor...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Black body with a dense/craterlike tan head.
Aroma: Currants instantly come to mind with a subtle nuttiness. Hints of banana, sort of port wine like also, with a hint of caramel. Very nice and complex sweet leaning aroma.
Taste: The intro is much of the port wine like sweetness with a dash of nuttiness. The anise picks up quickly and ruins the beer for me. Black licorice flavors ugh.
Palate: Near full-bodied, soft carbonation.
Overall: Thanks for throwing anise into what smells like it should have been a great stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gravemachine (1) - - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
I found the beer slightly dissapointing. It starts out with the promise of a great tasting stout, then withers away to a dry dull ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
exeter (454) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Tastes of prunes and cloves is quite present up front. Earthy and almost funky yeast. Finishes with a nice nutty roast and just faint anise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1193) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottled sample from Mlcc. Was expecting something sweeter. Sour tasting. Was not too fond of this one ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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