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.
Pair the somber faces of disgraced nobles with roasted and barbequed chicken, oysters and strong cheeses such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola and blue cheese. Pairs great with desserts including cheesecake, chocolate, creme brulee and vanilla ice cream.