Ommegang and HBO announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO. Take the Black Stout follows the highly coveted Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which flew off of shelves earlier this year. To satisfy the appetite of Game of Thrones fans, production of Take the Black Stout will more than double the final volumes of Iron Throne Blonde Ale.
Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.
Here’s my full review:
Final Rating: 4.08/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 25 oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.
Appearance – Pours a deep brown, coffee colored body with a huge, gushing, quickly rising light brown head that reduces very slowly to leave chunky, uneven fluffy foam and thick lacing. Don’t pour it too fast, it will foam up quickly and spill.
Smell- Has some stout characteristics on the nose – light coffee and smokey aromas. There are also some belgian aromas in there, particularly a light fruityness mixed with faint spices. Slightly metallic and not very aromatic.
Taste- Pretty fruity upfront, particularly banana. Somewhat sweet, burnt sugar and raisins dominate. The follow through and finish are more reminiscent of a stout.. coffee, charred malt, and a distinct smokeyness. Fairly complex and flavorful.
M – Medium body, medium carbonation.. pretty easy to drink.
I wouldn’t call this a stout, and I wouldn’t call it a Belgian dark. It lies somewhere in the middle, with characteristics of both. It’s definitely complex but could have used a little more flavor and balance. Worth a try if you’re presented the opportunity, but not worth seeking out just because it’s associated with Game of Thrones.