I’ve been a Game of Thrones fan since the first season (as you can tell from my previous article on my trip to Dubrovnik, aka King’s Landing). And like a few other die hard fans out there, I love the Ommegang Game of Thrones beer that is released each year. I have gone out of my way since 2011 to find that special brew with the unique label, just so I could drink it while watching the newest season. And this year is no different.
Disclaimer: To be clear, I haven’t been able to find the “For the Throne” co-fermentation beer that was released by Brewery Ommegang in February. I will only be rating the Royal Reserve brews for the purpose of this article. I am also not a beer connoisseur, but I do have a sharp palette.
And this article is in no way paid for by Brewery Ommegang. I am just a big fan of their beers.
In 2019, there are four Royal Reserve Collection beers that have been released from Ommegang (as least that I have found wandering in New York City):
- Mother of Dragons
- King in the North
- Queen of the Seven Kingdoms
- Hand of the Queen
Each beer is a different type, respective to their names, and has their own unique flavor.
Mother of Dragons
Smoked Porter & Kriek Ale Blend
I was a little apprehensive of this brew after reading about the cherry kriek flavor (I’m not a cherry person), but I decided to give it a shot. This is Daenerys’ brew after all. There is a distinct porter taste to this brew, with mild carbonation and a cherry/ale aftertaste. However once I downed my first glass, I came to the conclusion that ale blends are not for me. I enjoyed the porter part of this beer, but once that cherry and ale blend hit my tongue I was down for the count.
King in the North
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
I’m a pretty big sucker for a smooth stout, and this was as smooth as they come; Jon Snow would be proud. At 11% alcohol content, I was drunk after my second glass (which is saying something). This is one of the lightest stouts I’ve ever tasted; I actually forgot I was drinking a dark beer. Even if you’re not a stout fan, this is a good brew for everyone. The Northerners know how to drink, and I don’t blame them with White Walkers almost at their doorstep.
Queen of the Seven Kingdoms
Sour Blonde Ale Blend
This ale is as blonde as Cersei’s pixie cut. This brew is smooth with a sour aftertaste that makes you forget you’re drinking a craft beer. It’s a nice blonde ale that the casual pilsner lover will enjoy. It’s a pity you can’t drink it while using a ballista to shoot spears at dragon skulls. Oh well, at least you can have a glass of this as you watch Cersei try to control a kingdom that loathes her on Sunday.
Hand of the Queen
If you like a nice, malty ale, this Game of Thrones brew is for you. This beer is smooth, sweet, and has a darker side, just like the half man himself. The malt taste is somewhat minimal, and there is almost no carbonation. I honestly thought I was drinking wine for a second. This is definitely my favorite brew this year. After all, Tyrion is known to drink and know things, and he knows how to pick a good ale.