UkrainPubCrawler (116) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very delicious dark stout. It was nice to try a different style from the Belgian styles Ommegang is known for. Very tasty.
Pixachii (4) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím not a fan of Game of Thrones, so I almost passed on this one. Iím glad I didnít, because I really like this beer. Take the Black pours dark as its namesake would indicate, with a thick and creamy head that lingers. It tastes like licorice, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Itís so smooth, and the foamy head perfectly compliments the sweet and rich flavor. 7% ABV is perfect for this beer. Itís enough alcohol to warm me up, but it doesnít have a powerful boozy flavor that easily could have killed this beer.
It does leave a bitter aftertaste that makes me think of cheap cigarettes and coffee grounds, but somehow that doesnít bother me. I guess itís this beerís way of relaxing from the richer head.
Iím glad I bought a few bottles, because this is one that Iíd love to share with some friends.
BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best License beer ever. This thing has a huge body and I would have bought it on itís own accord. I hope that it brings in a lot of craft brew fans from the license.
WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely opaque black with a tan head. Has a very subtle aroma of chocolate. Taste is sweet and malty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Has a very clean finish.
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops donít really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but itís not overpowering. Also some of the flavor youíll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.
This is really quite good. Iíd love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!
tsd08460 (820) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: licorice, roasty, caramel, chocolate, earthy, coffee
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some oatmeal roastiness in the aroma. The flavor on this is that of a simple but darn tasty stout. A hint of licorice and chocolate, with a heavyish body that isnít too heavy. really quite nice. Not too sweet.
Fastmedic (11) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing stout. Strong roasted malt aroma. Nice head and lacing. So smooth and flavorful. One of my favorite stouts. Ommegang has a winner here.
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely stout! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, brown head that slowly settled and a bit of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, dark ripe fruit, spices, bananas, hint of roast. Flavorís substantially different than nose, with roast coming out much more, along with dark malts and carbonic tang. Quite dry. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, very long, and has some alcohol warmth. Very good drinking beer.
Cantabrian (990) - 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 Nightís Watch. It was once a successful export, brewed by more than twelve of the Wallís 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 Brandonís 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 Nightís 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 Commanderís 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 goatís 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 Kingís 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. ]