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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.

Beer Name: King in the North

Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.0%

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.