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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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mac95860 (17) - - OCT 30, 2013
Delcious! Smells of chocolate, malt, some dried fruits ( couldn’t say what specifically). Pours a dark color with brown head. Taste of chocolate, caramel, and hops. After taste a nice balance of hops and chocolate.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1424) - - SEP 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-25-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter glass Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown, nearly pitch black color with just some hints of light shining through. Upon pouring there is a thick three finger brown colored head. The head has an amazing level of retention persisting for over 5 minutes, eventually dwindling to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is big of roasted malts and lots of smoke and earthy smells. Along with these smells are some chocolate and coffee smells as well as some oaky and woody smells. There is a little bit of sweetness of molasses that rounds out some of the darker and drier aromas. Aromas of licorice and anise are there as well and little bit of a boozy smell, overall creating a wonderful dark and warming aroma. Taste – The taste starts out with a drier and very roasted malt and toast taste. A moderately strong coffee flavor is present upfront. The coffee fades a bit more toward the middle of the taste, but surges heavily toward the end. The anise and licorice that were in the nose, appear in the middle of the taste, with the licorice growing strongest midway through the taste and the anise heaviest at the end. Some chocolate, oak, and smoke flavors are present at the start growing stronger as the taste advances and getting moderately pronounced toward the end. While the oak, coffee and smoke grow stronger the roasted malt and toast tastes fade a bit. A small amount of a dark fruit flavor and a bit of molasses develop at the end of the taste sweetening it near the end. With all the flavor transitions and a little bit of earthy hop and alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, a rather woodsy, smoky, and roasty warming flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the on the average, to slightly thinner side, with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation would likely have suited all the roasty flavor of the brew quite a bit better and the slightly thin body and higher carbonation didn’t accentuate or support all the rather robust flavors well. Overall – A quite complex and decent drier stout, but really nothing that is all that spectacular. It was worth a try, but not really worth the price of ~ $9.50.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EcnarM (86) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Ok. I admit it. I bought it to drink during the season finale of the show. However it really didn't disappoint at all. A solid stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle… Pours black with a small, semi-creamy, fat-bubbled, beige head. The aroma consists of deeply-roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel with a whisper of damp leather. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and adequate carbonation. The flavor is very nicely balanced and roasty with a carbonic, charred finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mashek88 (1) - - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
Great beer for those long winter nights. Very easy to enjoy. This beer is my favorite of the game of thrones series from the Ommegang brewery. Very impressed!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (739) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours quite obviously black, dark khaki head, some lacing, dies down to an oily film with yeast rings. Nose is sweet and all roasted malt, but not very strong, a touch of vanilla. Tastes not what I normally expect from a stout, it’s actually rather thin. Roast, bitter, sweet, a touch of cinnamon too. It’s okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (2924) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
750 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a nice ashen-mocha head. Aroma: Dark-roasted malts with nice Belgian ester character, chocolate, vanilla and coconut, quite friendly. Palate: Medium+ body with fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Dark-roasted malts, dark dried fruits and lots of Belgian yeast character, quite nice; dry with sufficient bitterness for balance and a long, chocolate and Belgian yeast finish.

Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"Started off season 3 DVD with this bad boy. Big notes of anise and licorice, roasted malt, coffee. chocolate. Darker than expected, but a little too high on te carbonation (as expected). A little swirling tames it a little bit but the body is the only slight fault in this solid take on a Belgian stout. Well done!"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5003) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Dark black in color, thick tan head. Big flavors and tons of chocolate flavor and aroma. This was a nice stout with a good finish. I was impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Poured opaque black with a 2-finger dark tan head. Aroma of dark-roasted coffee with a note of anise beneath. Thick and full-bodied, with an oily note to the finish. Flavor of coffee with a note of anise that appears at the back. A caramel note shows as it warms, along with a lightly bitter hop note.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
2014-08-01. Black body with a nice foamy tan head. 4+ Aroma of lightly dry roast over sweet lightly fruity dark malt. Whisper of earthy not quite smoke caracter. The flavour is pleasant, lightly fruity core malt has vinous tangy undertones. Average plus bodied palate, smooth moderate carbonation. Decent but just okay, it doesn’t quite come together harmoniously for me. Bottle from the LCBO, Toronto

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