The collaboration between Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) and HBO continues with the release of Take the Black Stout, the second beer in a series inspired by the critically-acclaimed drama "Game of Thrones".
Ommegang's creative involvement with "Game of Thrones" began earlier this year when Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and HBO collaborated on and released Iron Throne, a Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. The beer was a huge success with craft beer and "Game of Thrones" fans alike, and Iron Throne quickly disappeared off shelves shortly after release.
To keep up with demand, the brewery decided that the production numbers of the second installment in the series, Take the Black Stout, would be more than double that of Iron Throne. That should give you a pretty good idea of the popularity and hype surrounding these beers.
Take the Black is a 7% ABV Stout brewed with star anise and licorice root. Taking inspiration from the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, this stout was brewed to be "deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north". The label artwork displays the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow took the Night's Watch oath. Here is the label description for further details on the beer:
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 & caramel sweetness are balanced with hop bitterness. Roasty, woodsy notes, and an earthy finish.
Take the Black Stout is available on draft and in 750ml bottles. Brewery Ommegang has already started shipping the beer to distributors, and Alabama is slated for a release date of October 7 according to the official release calendar. Look for it at craft beer friendly stores in Alabama wherever you normally find Ommegang offerings. If you do not live in Alabama, click here to see the release date for your state.
If this sounds like the beer for you or the craft beer/"Game of Thrones" enthusiast in your life, make sure to grab a few bottles of Take the Black Stout when you see it because all indications are pointing toward another quick sellout. Take the Black should make for a great stocking stuffer this holiday or a good bottle to stash away for comfort in case they spring another Red Wedding on us. Prost!