RATINGS: 524   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8769) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (255) - 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 dont really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but its not overpowering. Also some of the flavor youll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass. This is really quite good. Id love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1525) - 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.

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