For you Game of Thrones fans out there, and those who just like a good beer, Ommegang has a special brew that will debut in stores on March 31st. A bottle happened to find its way to me recently. I love it when that happens. When beer knocks on your door, you don’t turn it away.
This from the brewery website:
“FIRE AND BLOOD: Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO. Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys’ feared dragons. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles. On sale March 31, in time for the debut of Season 4, Fire and Blood makes for the perfect season premiere pairing. The beer is available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.
TASTING NOTES Fire and Blood has a deep, dark red hue with a persistent, creamy off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, malt and slight spice, followed by a slightly floral and spicy hop character. A fruity, sweetish malt taste gives way to faint drying provided by the hops and rye. Underlying flavors of raisin and prune from the ancho chilies give way to a balanced malty and spicy finish.”
My tasting companions and I agreed that this is a very nicely done beer, with an amberish/dark red color. It has a fine maltiness, enough hops to balance the malt, and subtle spiciness. The rye is not overdone, which is good. There is no burn from the Ancho chilies. The brew is very easy drinking for its 6.8% abv, and there are definite notes of dried fruits such as plums and raisins. Another winner from Brewery Ommegang. For more info, see here.
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