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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
firstsip (752) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Ah, finally had this in honor of the first snow of the season (winter is coming). On pour, dense brown foam that doesn’t last. Nose of banana and dark fruit esters. Solid mouthfeel. Tastes like a solidly good stout. Nice and chocolatey without being too unbalanced or sweet. As the beer warms, more tastes of banana and dark fruit. Was a bit disappointed not to taste too much quality of anise or licorice, as promised, but definitely a good beer. Great with something chocolate.

2.9
RABinCO (1707) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle into a goblet. Pours a nice near black with a huge, thick dark tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is bitter coffe and chocolate, metal, raisins. Taste is coffe, chocolate, bitter, burned malts, lightly buttery. Ash. Cigarette butts. Meh.

2.8
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Big punch of roasted (over-roasted?) malts upfront. Medium body with slight creaminess. Bit of a hop finish but no lingering bitterness.

3.7
samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 10, 2013
Aroma Is woody, dark coffee, some yeast. Dark black, thick tan head. Bubble. Taste is bitter chocolate, pepper, toasted malt, Belgian Wang. Good carbonation for a stout. Started Off harsh, but it?s growing on me. A lot of flavor here. Winter is Coming.

3.7
blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Medium roasted malts, light spices and dark fruits, chocolate, and nice lingering roastiness. Good stuff.

4.1
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Lovely drop of stuff. Dark chocolate and grains that are served up by a lively carbonation . Hopped fairly aggressively for a stout, but not overly so. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
camborne (1029) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Nice toasted malt and chocolate nose. Lots of chocolate and licorice on palate. Some hops help balance this one out. Really nice

4
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Chocolate, roasted malt, dark caramel, figs, a touch of anise. Dark brown/black with a large oatmeal colored head. Sweetness balanced by carbonation, roast and appropriate bitterness.

4.6
mcnealc31 (258) - Elida, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
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 don’t really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but it’s not overpowering. Also some of the flavor you’ll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass. This is really quite good. I’d love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!

4.5
Fastmedic (11) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Amazing stout. Strong roasted malt aroma. Nice head and lacing. So smooth and flavorful. One of my favorite stouts. Ommegang has a winner here.


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