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Winter Is Coming

Ommegang Take the Black Stout

Two of my favorite things in life are joining up once again, with Ommegang and HBO‘s second addition to the Game of Thrones series, Take the Black Stout. The label made an appearance over on BeerPulse this week, and I’m liking the look of this one. Take the Black Stout checks in at 7% ABV and seems very appropriately matched to recent turn of events in the show. Things in Westeros have gotten decidedly dark to end the past season, and this beer sounds like it will sync with the atmosphere. From the label:

A stout as dark as the winters that once engulfed Westeros, as robust as the men who swear their oaths at the Weirwood Tree. Chocolate and caramel sweetness are balanced by hop bitterness. Roasty, woodsy notes, and an earthy finish.

As I mentioned in my review of the inaugural beer in the series, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, Ommegang didn’t really seem to take any chances with the first beer. This does not seem to be the case with the release of Take the Black Stout, which is brewed with star anise and licorice root and most definitely won’t be intended as a light, easy drinker. Take the Black Stout is slated to hit shelves in the fall just in time for the inevitable winter, so grab an extra bottle to hang on to until the start of the fourth season next spring.


2 comments on “Winter Is Coming

  1. The Alemonger
    June 18, 2013

    Winter surely is coming because this is the second post I’ve seen today on this brew. While I’m often leery of pop culture, gimmick-laced beers, this one looks to have a chance. Ommegang is, after all, a legitimate craft brewer.

    Wonder what might be in the offing for the next in the series… White Walker Wit, perhaps?


    • dasalehaus
      June 18, 2013

      Yea, I saw the label yesterday and debated posting it, but since I reviewed (defended) the first beer I figured I’d toss it up.

      Personally, I was hoping for a Stark Stout, but GRRM didn’t allow them to last long enough for that to happen unfortunately. It looks like Ommegang will be taking more risks with this beer, which is good to see. The first one was a fine enough beer for everyone to enjoy, but craft beer drinkers know Ommegang is capable of much better. Hopefully this will see them live up to their regular line. A Belgian-style stout is definitely an interesting proposition.


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