RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Night gathers and its 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 Nights 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1510) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Deep, opaque bowling-ball black. Massive, rocky, fluffy head. The lace on the side of the glass is like spackle. Reddish-brown at the edges. Wonderful. The aroma is burnt cookies and a very pungent Belgian funk. There are grapes and dates just bursting out of this thing. Somewhere between a porter and a Belgian dubbel. The aroma is somehow visceral; I can feel it affecting my endorphines with every whiff. The licorice is almost overwhelming. Wow. The alcohol is not hidden in any way: it burns the palate. The black licorice here is incredible. There is a major barnyard funk here. Raisins/plums like a mofo. There are hints of vanilla and perhaps maple. Feels slick and oily, but very very thick. This thing mellows out nicely after it airs out a bit. Its a superior beer, but boozy as all get-out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
A brown body with a tan head that had nice retention and lace. A slightly elevated presence of carbonation. Aroma had roasted and chocolate malts upfront. Bitter hops and a touch of molasses. Flavor had a nice roasted malt presence. The sweetness from the chocolate malts were more mild than the aroma indicated. Finish was slightly bitter and there was a hint of smoke to it in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 6, 2013
This is the best License beer ever. This thing has a huge body and I would have bought it on its own accord. I hope that it brings in a lot of craft brew fans from the license.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swesson (384) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Slightly bitter stout. Nice rounded taste. A little bit nutty and a hint of cocoa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On draft up in NYC while on vacation. Hard to find anything wrong with this brew. Its a solid stout but there isnt anything that stands out either. Great palate and mouth feel. But the flavor is a bit too standard. Very very good nonetheless. I shouldnt complain so much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1602) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Fruit, anise, roasted malts, milk chocolate, and suggestions of vanilla. Pours a inky black with a robust slowly diminishing khaki head and aboundent lacing. The taste is roasty, malty, woody, earthy, raisins, milk chocolate, all with a tempered bitter finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, round mouthfeel. Overall, a very rewarding and enjoyable stout that I would drink again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bahumat (151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
Alright, one, this isnt even a stout. It isnt. Its certainly a black lager or ale, but its not nearly sweet or silky enough to call itself a stout. The commercial description above is more or less correct, but the hoppy bitterness is just too intense and unwelcome in this beer. Its reasonably well made, but if its going to have this much hops it really needs to be sweeter to balance it out. Regretting this purchase. :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15268) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with big brown mocha head. Nose and taste of roasted barley, black licorice, anise, vanilla, dirty hop resin, roast coffee, spice and caramel. medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16111) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Black in color with a khaki head. Aroma is big on the roasted malt and smoke. Licorice, char, and some dark fruits. Kind of woody and herbal, a bit of earth and coffee grounds. Flavor is only mildly sweet with a pronounced bitterness. Smoke and roast dominate up front. Lots of licorice, mild fruit sweetness, some coffee, earth, woody herbs, and earth. Not a huge fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Poured a an opaque dark brown. Big tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Didn't get any licorice. Roasted malts and coffee with some dark fruits. Medium to full bodied. Nice beer.

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