Ommegang Game of Thrones #2 - Take the Black Stout

RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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nuplastikk (6652) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2018
750ml bottle shared with Anndiesel. Big beige head on top of an opaque black body. Full bodied, roasty, well balanced. A really well done Stout. I could have probably done without the Anise and Licorice Root but they are mild and well incorporated. Really well executed. Solid.

bergstaden (3452) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2017
Black with a brown head - Good coffee, vanilla and dark malts in the aroma - Malt body with some roasted notes with some coffee and vanilla notes - The dark malts goes into the finish with som bitterness - This was good

gunnfryd (15652) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2017
KRS 110317. THX to Bergstaden. Dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, licorice, alcohol, caramel. Flavor is the same. Full body. Very nice beer.

Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2017
750 ml bottle
I am not into Game of Thrones but something about this release caught my eye. I finally got around to sampling it a few weeks ago. The beer has held up surprisingly well though I would not recommend waiting too much longer. I might even have to spring for one or two more special Ommegang releases in the future.

Aroma / Appearance - Inky black liquid consumes the glass. A sticky leg of dusty colored head crawls downwards. Black coffee, malts, and licorice enrich the air with a clear message - this beer will be an intense stout.

Flavor / Palate - Malt, coffee, and black raspberries slowly unfold on the tip of the tongue. They then blossom into a dense texture with few bells and whistles beyond the flavors you get on the first sip. Even so as long as thi line remains affordable I might grab one from time to time for novelty’s sake.

rayaron (2185) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Lior’s place. Thanks DSG. Opaque black with brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, wood, some cherry and licorice, a bit smoked. Sweetish flavor, alcoholic with notes of licorice, anice, wood, bitterish, lots of roastiness, ash. Very carbonated, full-bodied. Very nice.

DSG (15623) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2017
Bottle shared at a tasting at Lior D’s place. Thanks Alexey for this bottle! Black with a beige head. Roast, caramel, chocolate, some licorice, light smokiness, some ash, bittersweet. Medium-bodied. Good.

yngwie (17480) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, 75cl corked, shared by bergstaden. A dark brown beer with a dense, finger-thick beige head. The aroma has a good dash of licorice, with chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and mocha. It’s full-bodied, smooth and lightly warming, with a nice carbonation level. Roasted malts, prunes and figs, mocha, oatmeal cookies and some licorice in the flavor, followed by a good dash of bitterness. Lasting roasted and pleasantly bittered finish. Nice indeed, but there’s something missing that I can’t pin point. 170311

Meilby (11830) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle 750ml @ geokkjer
[Courtesy of bergstaden] Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, chocolate, licorice and some spices. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, dried fruity, caramel and licorice finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

Geokkjer (7676) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, courtesy of bergstaden. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of licorice, malt, coffee and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted notes, slight pine, bitterness and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

BREWMUSKCLES (2778) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2017
deep and dark with a mellow cocoa roast and some malt and hop. kind of a lot going on at once. some spice and a good full mouth feel that is on the velvet side. some red wine near the finish like a muscatel.

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