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It’s taking everything I have right now to not talk about that episode, but no matter how much this big, bold brew may have loosened my tongue you won’t see any spoilers from me.  On to the beer!

That’s what I do. I drink and I know things. – Tyrion Lannister

Beer Name: Hand of the Queen

Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)

Style: Barleywine

ABV: 11.0%

Description: Brewed in honor of Tyrion Lannister, a man who loves his wine and has no shortage of witty quotes about his fondness of drink – along with some other things we won’t get into here.  This barleywine was brewed to balance light sweetness and a large amount of heat, as the brewers so eloquently discuss here.

Appearance: Poured to a reddish-brown body with a thick head of light tan foam.

Smell: Huge nose of candy/caramel yeast with warming alcohol in back.

Taste: Huge, rich caramel malts upfront followed by notes of toffee and a sweet dark fruits.  It picked up a heavy alcohol presence towards the finish that left a pleasant, warming aftertaste following the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with low carbonation.

Hype: I was particularly excited about this beer.  Not only was it named in honor of one of my favorite characters, but it is also a style that usually manages to intrigue me.  

Overall: This beer did not disappoint.  I loved the interplay of rich sweetness and heavy alcohol presence.  Definitely something I’d want a supply of up in Winterfell!