If you’re a regular watcher of HBO’s serial snuff flick Game of Thrones, you’ve become used to seeing what’s inside of the people you like; their blood, their bones, or maybe just the little pieces Ramsay Boldin clips off of them.
Apparently the folks at Ommegang understand that the show has taken a dark turn, and have themed their second Game of Thrones beer appropriately. It’s called “Take the Black Stout.”
According to its label, which just popped up over on BeerPulse.com, Take the Black is a 7% ABV ale brewed with star anise and licorice root, so it should be a rich and spicy little number. The label describes the beer as:
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 ans an earthy finish.
This type of beer is right in Ommegang’s wheel house, and I’m sure it’ll be excellent. My only complaint is about the ABV. They should know that any Game of Thrones beer should be 10 percent ABV or higher, if only to help ease the pain of watching the future march mercilessly forward.
Readers of the book series might feel the need to chime in here and explain just what “Take the Black” means, just like they cheerily filmed their less literate friends freaking out to the festivities of the “Red Wedding.”
To that, as always, we say NO SPOILERS!! Just because you’re impatient and own a Kindle doesn’t mean you have to ruin the chance to watch the story unfold on the screen for the rest of us mouthbreathers.
Take the Black Stout should be out in the fall of this year, just in time to pick it up off the shelf and slowly turn to the shopper next to you, hissing a seasonally-appropriate “winter is coming.” It’s a great way to meet new people!