With the final season of Game of Thrones finally upon us, I figured it was time to break out my stash of Ommegang’s theme brews to celebrate these last episodes. Don’t worry, I won’t turn this into yet another place you all need to worry about spoilers, but I will be posting a new beer review after each episode. All I’ll say is that this week I at least made an appropriate choice.
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Description: Per the brewery website, this barrel-aged imperial stout was brewed in honor fan-favorite Jon Snow. Aged for over six months in bourbon barrels and featuring plenty of chocolate and bourbon notes, this beer was designed to with a need to stay warm through a long, dark winter in mind.
Appearance: Poured a deep dark brown, effectively black body with a wispy tan head.
Smell: Slightly sweet with notes of light roast malt.
Taste: Started out with a rich, creamy malt profile followed by a light amount of roastiness. It then picked up a mild to moderate amount of bourbon before coming to a warm, slightly sweet finish with some lingering hints of roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus but not quite as thick as I would have thought it would have been. Very low but barely noticeable carbonation.
Hype: Maybe not hype necessarily, but this is a pretty high-profile series from a well-respected brewery.
Overall: Very good. It was pretty smooth and well-balanced, and, given the high ABV and flavor content, it was remarkably easy drinking.