Fritz123 (809) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at BX Beer depot. Snifter. Deep brown pour with thick two finger head. Tan fluffy head. Caramel, chocolate, milk sugars on the nose. Taste is less exciting than the aroma. Cocoa, dark chocolate, coconut. Bitter finish. Medium body, little watery. Medium carb. Not bad. Love the bottle.
Cantabrian (763) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. ]
sturmthis (232) - USA - APR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Coffee and vanilla aroma. Taste is similar with the coffee more power
Jasond612 (229) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
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Bierkrug (2109) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
700 ml bottle at Vega in Pompano Beach, Fl. Pours a black color with a big brown head. Aroma is highly roasted with licorice and dark chocolate. Highly carbonated. Taste is lots of roasted malt, licorice, and dark berries. Palate is an almost creamy and slightly sweet.
jcnielsen (1716) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Roasty, malty, licorice aromas. Roasty, syrupy, licorice flavors.
TizzleJizzle (537) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer Addison. Poured black with thin tan head and beautiful lacing. Taste of roasted malts, raisins and slight smoke. High fizzy carbonation, medium body.
bekemeierk (6) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is what i expect from ommegang. Great Belgian stout. Great finish will be a goto
maley1 (664) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, slight fruitiness and faint smoke. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, slight caramel, and faint bitter hops. Full bodied, perfect carbonation, very well balanced nice solid stout.
Ratman197 (9061) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, licorice and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, licorice and light bakers cocoa with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.
nufan947 (1) - Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasty, with a bit of herbs and spice. Pours a black with minimal brown head. Medium sweetness with stout flavors as well as a bit of Belgian spice that you would expect from Ommegang. Full body with creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation, and long finish. Very good beer.