And here we have my final Game of Thrones beer! It seems only appropriate that I hung on to this beer until the very end, though in all honesty my uncertainty about drinking a pepper-based beer had something to do with that. I won’t say a thing about the episode since I feel like a beer review isn’t an appropriate venue for spoilers, but I am quite ready to talk about the beer!
Beer Name: Fire and Blood
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
Style: Red Ale with Ancho Chillies
Description: Long-time readers of the blog may recall that I got this bottle back at the end of 2017 as part of the same gift set that also contained the glass I’ve been using for these posts. Named in honor of the House Targaryan motto and Dany’s three dragons (these were relatively happier times), this red ale stays true to its inspiration by featuring wheat flakes, rye, and de-seeded Ancho chili peppers to spice things up a bit.
Appearance: It poured a dark reddish-brown body that was topped by a thick layer of fluffy, light tan foam.
Smell: Sweet, with lightly toasted malt and a hint of hot pepper on the edge.
Taste: Light to moderate dark fruit sweetness upfront, followed by lingering notes of lightly toasted malt and rye. There’s a clean yeasty presence at the end that nicely accentuates the slowly appearing spice from the chili peppers. A very complementary blend of flavors overall.
Mouthfeel: Roughly medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation.
Hype: Same as usual I guess, though I did want to go out strong. Personally I wasn’t very excited about this one going in since I’ve had some less than stellar experiences with hot pepper beers.
Overall: Despite my initial (and long-lasting) reservations, I actually quite enjoyed this. The peppers were definitely present in the beer, but they didn’t dominate the taste instead serving more to enhance the finish and “edges” of the sip. I don’t know if my experience would have been any different had I drank this with less age on it, but as it was I picked a very nice beer to end the series with.