Last night (1/3/2016) I tried Ommegang’s Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout from the Brewery Ommegang and Game of Thrones limited edition gift pack which also included Ommegang’s Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne and a commemorative Game of Thrones glass. This gift pack was part of the initial beer stockpile (#618 for more info) from Habersham Beverage (Savannah, Georgia, USA). Take The Black Stout is a 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) beer brewed and bottled by Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York, USA).
Ommegang’s Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout came in a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz (750 mL) bottle with a grey and black label depicting a weirwood/heart tree. I had to look it up but a weirwood is a “a species of deciduous tree found all over Westeros; it has white bark with five-pointed, blood-red leaves and sap. The heart trees are weirwood trees with faces carved on their barks found in the center of godswoods. The Children of the Forest are thought to have carved the faces that decorated the heart trees.” – Game of Thrones Wiki
According to Ommegang’s website, Take The Black Stout was brewed using a robust amount of specialty malt, Chocolate Malt, Midnight Wheat and Roasted Barley; Northern Brewer and Columbus hops; licorice root; and star anise. They even suggest pairing this beer with barbequed chicken, oysters and strong cheeses such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola and blue cheese, as well as desserts like cheesecake, chocolate, creme brulee and vanilla ice cream.
As far as styles go, Take The Black Stout is considered a Belgian Dark Ale by BeerAdvocate, a Stout by ratebeer, and a Stout – Other by UNTAPPD. Below is the commercial example of Ommegang’s Game Of Thrones: Take The Black Stout:
“Take the Black Stout has a deep black, almost opaque, hue with a full tan head. Deep aromas of dark chocolate, caramel malt and earthy hops, with light roastiness and a touch of fruitiness. Rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers a rich malt sweetness giving way to spicy earthiness.” – Brewery Ommegang
I also tried a few more chocolates from the Moonstruck Chocolate Co.’s Oregon Craft Brewers Collection I received for Christmas. These chocolates are shaped like the top of a beer bottle and include hops, water, yeast, malted barley, malted wheat, calcium sulphate, hazelnut extract, gypsum salt, Whirfloc, and zinc sulfate from the beers they were named after.
The ones I tried last night were Widmer Brothers Brewing Hefeweizen Truffle (far left) and Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar Truffle (far right). The photos above are from the first time I tried them so no chocolates had been eaten yet.
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