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Game Of Thrones: Fire & Blood - Brewery Ommegang

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 933
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 153 | FT: 5
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kojevergas on 03-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

Fire & Blood is a 6.8% ABV Red ale, brewed with pilsner, Cara-60, Midnight Wheat, flaked rye and spelt. Assertive hopping includes CTZ, Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops. Spiced with de-seeded Ancho chilies. Fire & Blood has a deep, dark red hue with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, malt & 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 & rye.
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Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another awesome looking Ommegang beer. Big towering froth over an auburn colored beer with some red glow to it. Big cakey head and clumpy lace patches. Retention holds on in the form of nearly a 1/2" high foam pile. Aroma is nutty grains, something like musky coffee, tart green apple, belgian yeastiness, dank juiciness, and full caramel-bread maltiness. Earthy something going on as well...root tea and sweet potatoes perhaps. Taste brings further interest. A very Ommegang beer with the addition of spicy red pepper. Interesting situation between the belgian yeast and pepper. Zesty, fruity, malty, floral, leafy, and casual hot red pepper spice. This beer does fit its dragon theme well. Should possibly be smokey too but I'm not entirely sure that would work great. Again the earthiness comes through....wet decomposing leaves and tea. Sweet chewy malt, both dry and wet, finely carbonated, and a smidge chalky. Overall the words fun, experimental, belgian, and zesty come to mind. Not bad.

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Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of a chestnut brown color than red with a tall head of whipped-up frothiness that is slow to deflate. Smells distinctly Ommegang upfront with its fruity house yeast esters...nuts, bread, dried fruit, floral hops, and far-off chilis. The flavor reveals more of the Ancho chilis right away, though things never really get spicy and give way to more straightforward yeast and malt flavors. Apple, raisin, clove-like phenolics, nutty grain, and black pepper. Pretty well carbonated, which fluffs up the body a little, leading to a dry finish. No lingering heat from this chili beer. Nothing particularly memorable, but solid.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours super dark brown-reddish color. some lacing and thick head.
S: Belgium skunk-ish profile that overpowers all else for me.
T: a strong belgium-profile that does not sit well for me. The only tastes I can pull out are some banana, molded bread and bittering herbs. Not a big fan
M: medium-heavy to heavy. odd for the style
O: Not a fan at all of how heavy and skunky they made this. Not a Red or amber in my mind but dont have another good category for it.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2013. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, toast, brown bread, rye, light caramel, herbal, pepper, light clove, light chile, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, yeast ester, and light chile notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, toast, brown bread, rye, light caramel, pepper, herbal, light clove, light chile, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, toast, brown bread, rye, light caramel, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I would have liked much more presence from the ancho chiles that were advertised, but otherwise this was a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from corked bottle into tulip. Massive fluffy head on an amber brown color...looks really nice. Earthy, spicy, wheaty, rustic, maybe funky aroma...Belgian of course. Taste of malty, spicy, earthy and slightly hoppy caramel...a slight dose of heat in the finish. Very dry mouthfeel, spicy, full - really nice. Overall, I think this is a fantastic brew. Not sure why the low-ish ratings here, but this is a very unique, well-crafted, brew.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 oz brown bomber like bottle. Corked and capped. Game of Thrones inspired label with one of the 3 Dragons of House Targaryen. Just in time for the new season! Can't say I'm a huge fan of the tv series, but I am however a geek when it comes to the books. This label is very Thrones like, and is very classy regardless of the HBO ad on it. Poured into an Ommegang stemmed tulip.

A - pours a deep hazy dark reddish color with hints of fiery copper when held to the light. Hence the fire and blood theme. Head poured very large and provided a slow paced spectacle of off white stick.

S - lovely Belgian yeast notes with hints of all sorts of spices. Dark fruits let off an anazing aroma. soft rye, Clove, coriander lead the way with a sharp hint of those chili peppers described on the bottle. A real wheat and breaded malt do nice in balancing the spices.

T - bread and caramel malt give this initial flavor some sweetness before letting off some solid dark fruit notes. The spices in the flavor lend a little more to the chili pepper than the clove and coriander though all were still detected. Rye and wheat only add to the overall character of this unique flavor. Ommegang style yeast in the finish.

M - medium bodied with a good but not great texture. Finish is dry with spice. Flavorful no question about it. Just not quite as thick as I was expecting. Good overall feel though.

O - unfortunately we didn't get the first 2 from this series and that's upsetting, but this was a very good experience and I can only hope we get any future Ommegang GoT themed brews. This is one that may come off a bit unique, but for me its exactly what Daenerys Targaryen would be drinking during her evenings plotting and watching those 3 dragons of hers flying in a land the Dothraki people call home.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep ruby color with active bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass and a thick head with huge bubbles. Smell is cherry, chile peppers, and Belgian yeast. Feel is thick and chewy with mouth-filling carbonation at first but flattend and thins out as it sits. The taste is bold, with the spices complementing but not overpowering the yeastiness. The finish is dry with a touch of licorice. Overall, this is good, but it starts off much better than it finishes.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, dark fruits and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that hints of spicy ancho peppers and rye are noticeable towards the finish. The chili peppers seem to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. As the beer warms up, the chilies lend a little heat towards the mouthfeel in the finish.
O: This beer may start out seeming a little bland, but once it warms up and the peppery finish kicks in, the taste becomes interesting.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a bit of orange, a two-finger lingering head and plenty of carbonation
S: There's a lot going on but nothing stands out & as such it comes across jumbled. A bit nutty, some malt, some hops, some spice and chili, and brown sugar/dried fruit
T: Here the ancho chili comes through more but that kind of clashes with a slight underlying sweetness from Ommgang's Belgian influences. IMO for the chili to work it should be drier
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet, fairly smooth with light carbonation and a bit of bitterness on the backend
O: Interesting, not disappointing but not something I'd seek out again

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Stone Grille in York PA , served chilled in a goblet.

The color is dark red with crimson hue and has good clarity with white cap which creates a web of lace w/ fine bead. The smell is yeast phenols with light toast and slight smell of malt and spice. The feel is toasted in texture with dry body and moderately carbonated with light sweetness and mineral element with low alcohol influence.

The flavor is yeast driven with more of a mineral taste than the nose lets on with light malt flavor that has a dry and toasted grain accent to the spice and phenolic yeast dominance in the taste with gentle nuttiness and light herbal and twiggy essence toward the finish. Overall I was not thrilled with the flavor, a bit lacking in body and balance it is a very dry red ale which is ok, but I would not purchase this again either on draft or in the bottle.

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Photo of Rope
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is red, and it has a nice head. If poured correctly not too hazy.

Very sweet.

A good malt, the sweetness is thankfully diminished and slightly tart. The peppers leave a nice finish.

Feels like a corked beer should, closer to champagne.

A Lazy review, because I just got home from work and just want to watch game of thrones.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A Neither fire nor blood, but still a lovely copper hue. Fine carbonation and nice head. Lacing present.

S like every other a Ommegang beer. Nothing special in those nose. Malty, sweet, house yeast.

T/M sticky and sweet. Almost candied. As it warms, I toasted nuttiness is there. Know what isn't there? Fire. Weird vegetal flavors emerge, but I would not call them clearly peppers. It felt like they wanted to be peppers, but never made it there. Finishes dry.

O I hesitate to call this a fail, but can't say it succeeded on any level after the pour. Ambitious? Nah, just average.

Pair with ham and pepper jack so you actually get peppers and the saltiness the ham matches the malt.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep red color, with perhaps just a bit of haze to it. Head is incredibly big and fluffy, tan colored. Good retention on the head with some lacing.
S- The aroma is sweet and honey like with some toasted bread notes rather prevalent. A bit of fruit as well, but this apricot like aroma is secondary.
T- Not so sweet on the tongue. A little bit of honey up front, but I am getting more of a nuttyness and a grapelike flavor in the midsip and finish. Not a typical red ale.
M- Smooth body, dry finish.
O- A good beer and I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of Zachior
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Going into this beer you should be prepared for what they claim to deliver, and embrace these exotic spicy notes from an exotic pepper and hops. I was disappointed when I saw such mediocre scores for a good beer like this. A dark brownish red unfiltered hue posed immediately that I was in for a rich brew. The tender dark spices tingle the top of your tongue washing around your mouth enhancing the carbonation almost. With so much spice, the drier finish was expected, and only leaves notes of the unique peppery flavors to be noted almost in stages. Very dry after thoughts as I continued through my 750ml making me think maybe best shared or tended to as more of a dessert. A great spring drink, and every step of this beer is smoothly melted into the next to give you something to really enjoy and ponder on.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy hue of reddish-orange. Beautiful, almost like it hasn't been filtered. Quite a substantial off-white head leaves a bit but not too much lacing on the glass. Decent amount of carbonation at first but it slowly dwindles.

S: Simple. sweet malt with a little hint of alcohol. Touch of musky earth. Pretty much what a amber/red ale should be. Nothing off-putting.

T: Like Easter sweetbread from the malts, but no real hop qualities are there. For the lack of hops, this is surprisingly well balanced. The ancho chilies aren't very pronounced, but still leave a slight singe on the back of the palate. The chilies are very mild, even as it begins to warm up. Quite enjoyable.

M: Crisp and clean. Not thick or heavy in the least bit. Leaves the lightest slickness about the mouth. Enough carbonation to sizzle the tongue and feel the heat of the chilies.

O: Not a crazy or truly out of the ordinary brew. Mild would be the best way to describe it. I've had a few beers in the past that have used chilies/peppers as ingredients and this was much more session-able. If you didn't know they used the chilies, you probably wouldn't be able to pick out the flavor. Overall though, this was a very good and enjoyable red ale. Simple and delicious.

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Photo of socialleper
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I missed the first two GoT special releases from Ommegang so I was very happy to jump on this one before it disappeared like its predecessor.
Of course the entire thing is a shameless marketing ploy to get people to watch a show and to buy a beer. Done and done. The tie in is pretty pointless, but for fantasy nuts or beer collectors its a chance to get your hands on some classy booze with a pop culture reference tied in. For collectors/traders, this beer may be worth picking up for popularity of the show, making it valuable. For drinkers, this is a good beer with a neat bottle.
Ommegang has a very good reputation as a quality American craft brewery that does justice to Belgian classics. So far they are the only US made Quad that I think does the style justice, and I also love their Rare Vos.
The Fire and Blood Red Ale pours a deep crimson, almost brown, is a little murky, and if poured "vigorously" as the bottle suggests, you get a thick tan head.
The aroma of this ale definitely reminds me of Belgian yeasts. If you put it in a tulip glass it would be very easy to confuse with a Duvel. There is something else there that may be the peppers the brewer alludes to, or possibly the rye. I've never had a beer with either in it, so it may be confusing my sniffer. Very aromatic, very pleasant.
The mouthfeel is pretty heavy. Not quite oatmeal stout territory, but definitely headed in that direction. Its smooth on the tongue and invites the drinkers to swirl it around and let it hit all of your taste buds.
The flavor is super complex, without any one riding high over the others. The malts and hops are in perfect balance for me, your IPA hop heads may find it too sweet. The finish is nice a clean, not cloying or lingering around, with a hint of what I again assume is the rye since it has a savory bite to it that is maybe salty in nature. To say the ancho peppers add a lot of "fire" to it would be over estimating its bite a little, however it is inviting and goads the drinker into going in for more.
This is a great beer. I wish they would do something similar in a regular release. Barring that I may need to go get another bottle and hold on to it for a special occasion.

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Photo of emyers
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a thick 1-inch beige head. Great head retention, leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Very pleasant - fruity Belgian yeast esters, coriander, lemon zest. A touch of caramel. No alcohol. Aroma is very strong.

Taste: Similar to the smell but a bit toned down. Still has a nice fruity yeast profile along with a touch of caramel malt. Excellent balance. No alcohol heat. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth. Medium to low carbonation. Really nails it in the mouthfeel department.

Overall: I generally drink the Game of Thrones beers solely because I like Game of Thrones and typically don't expect to be impressed, but this one definitely impressed me. Damn good beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22o caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with red tint. Monster 3 inch foamy head, tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, yeasts, smoke pepper, lots of spices. Grapes, raisin, lemon. Bready malts, a little rye.

Taste - Very yeasty and floral, sweet fruits like orange, lemon, and tangerine are upfront. Lots of spices with a little rye mix. Though there is a lot of flavor, its a little muted. The added peppers provide some warmth and are more noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets floral fruits, yeasts and some spices. Palate gets more floral fruits and yeasts, bready malts and some pepper. Aftertaste is floral with some pepper warmth.

Overall - Not bad, a little light and easy drinking. Has good flavor yet its just a little tamed down. The peppers add a nice touch, but are a little to tame. A good beer, glad I got to try just nothing world class.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy murky dark copper color, nice looking red. Head is light tan with very good retention that leaves some good lace.

Aroma is nice lightly tart notes on a good fruity malty base. Good earthy brew might be something i could believe that would be available back in those days tartness from what ever wild-lings may be floating around.

Taste is like the nose, good farm house tartness. Nice malt base good fruit bananas, tart cherries good spice cloves mainly with some good herbal notes. Weird its in the American amber style I would say its a Farmhouse Ale.

Mouthfeel is nice a medium with lightly peppy carbonation. I would say the mouthfeel is on par for the style I would put this brew in, but a tad to peppy for an amber.

Overall I like this one for the price its a pretty decent farmhouse ale that I would buy again if I could.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance; color is a hazy, light brown/deep tan, pours a finger of off white head comprised of surprisingly larger bubbles, giving the foam a suds-like appearance and texture, retains well. constant stream of bubbles in the beer itself.

smell; belgian yeast, dark fruit, black pepper, rye bread.

taste; not unlike smell, you get the classic belgian yeast and dark fruit notes along with black pepper, sweet malt character, as well as an unidentifiable, oat like flavor, (possibly from the spelt?),
and a nice kick from the chili in the finish.

mouthfeel; medium/ full body, very carbonated, the sticky foam lingers on the tongue.

overall; a tasty, unique experience, can be described as a nice, belgian dark ale with a kick of heat in the end with actually works pretty well. they held back a bit on the ancho, the spiciness was present but mild and i didn't detect any smokiness at all. i don't think this is a bad thing. just that the description makes the beer seem "riskier" then it is.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date of 12/04/2013 printed on the bottleneck. Best by 12/2015 also printed there. This will be my third beer from Brewery Ommegang, and the second of their Game Of Thrones themed beers. I've never seen the show, and don't care, I'm just here for the beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice coppery ruby reddish colored body with four plus fingers of frothy tan head. Very excellent head retention, and it leaves nice fat sheets of bubbly lace. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is interesting, but not as pronounced as I had hoped. Belgian yeast is apparent, some citrusy / wine-like notes - grapes, cherries, lemon. This must be the "dark fruit" the label describes, but it's not as much as I'd like. Earthy caramel / red malt.

T - The taste follows the aroma - it's nice, but it's lacking something. Grainy / earthy red malts, Belgian yeast, carbonation, bubblegum, and maybe some bitter hop presence, but I wouldn't say there is really any ancho chile noticeable on the aroma or taste.

M - The feel is very crisp and spritzy. Very carbonated, but it mellows as the beer sits. Very bready, dry, and sticky on the finish. Medium-full bodied with high carb. Very drinkable stuff, either way.

Overall, it's a nice red ale, and a poor chile beer, but I suppose it's right where I wanted it to be. Interesting enough, but simple and not overly unique or complex. Worth a try, but not something I would go out of my way for to have again.

Brewery Ommegang Game Of Thrones Fire And Blood Red Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of teromous
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Way, way, way over-carbonated. The cork practically popped itself off, and pouring only a bare trickle caused the entire glass to foam up. Beneath the mountainous off-white head of fluffy foam, there is a very nice, clear, dark shade reddish-brown body. Tons of lacing because it eats my glass from tip to tail. Anyway the beer looks really good. It has too much head though. I never thought I'd say that about any beer.

S: Spicy. There's a lot of spice on this one. It's very yeasty smelling. Smells like cedar and some noble hops, some scents that I really can't place, but it has a spicy earthy character to it. Very interesting. I'd say it's pretty amazing to sit here and smell it trying to figure it out.

T: More of what I got on the nose. Lots of cedar like chewing on a pencil, fresh hop flavor but very low on bitterness. Yeast flavor. It's a very rich tasting beer. Not something I could drink more than one of. It has decent hop flavor but it seems to get pushed out of the way by the other spices, or at least muddied by the other flavors.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Spritzy with good bitterness. Definitely an American Red with the hop bitterness and everything else going on.

O: This is a very interesting beer to drink. It's not something I got bored of drinking, because it had so much going on. I don't know that I would recommend it as an American Red Ale, but rather a spiced or herb ale. It has quite a bit of spicy herbal flavor to it. It certainly has the American Red style going on, but I think the forward focus seems to be on the spice. It's very hard for me to really pin a score on this so I'm just going to go with my gut. It's a very fun beer to drink. The head is huge and can literally float out of the top of the glass without causing spillage, the scent is very inciting, and the flavor is confusing enough to the palate to make it an interesting beer to taste, much like reading a big novel.It's a beer that I would recommend a person try at least once, but it really isn't something I could drink more than one of. It's like a meal that has numerous good flavors, but is just too rich and has too much going on. The fact that I've been thinking so hardly about how to rate this beer should say something about its complexity but also about the caution the drinker should take. It is complex and tasty, but very rich and rambunctious.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - The body borders between crimson and sienna in hue. The head is both fizzy and frothy, and dissipates relatively quickly at first, but the last ring hangs around for some time.

S - Dates, caramel, and rooibos. Just a hint of smoke and peppery spice.

T - This beer has a very complex mix of flavors. Brown sugar, cinnamon, orange rind, and clove all intermingle. The hops are a tad underwhelming, but have a pleasant spice character. Then comes hints of earthy pepper spice from the ancho chile. When a bit of the spice catches some carbonation, you can really taste it. But most the of the time the spices are subdued. The finish has an fleeting smoky note.

M - Pleasantly medium bodied, with a notable fizz from the carbonation.

O - Better than I expected - especially for what is essentially a novelty beer. It is hard to balance the spice level in chile-infused beers, but I wish the ancho was a bit more pronounced. Ommegang deserves credit for taking risks with the Game of Thrones brews. The artwork on the bottles is pretty cool, too. However, one of these was enough for me!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with tons of tight small bubbles in the head. Lasts a long time. Smell a little briny and bitter... not my favorite aspect. Taste is nice, good malt, fruity, good bittering finish. Mouthfeel is medium, good carb, ok balance. Not a beer I would probably pursue again, but not bad.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with lots of foam. Hilly-topped head with a commitment to lacing. The beer itself is a dark red-amber. Very hazy with yeast suspension.

Belgian amber malt and yeast aromas. It has a dirty musty quality with some off-putting notes. Faint pomme and toast.

Musty malts with contributions from the spelt and rye. Not particularly fruity, but there are notes of apple and berry. The spiciness is shortcoming, as there is hardly a trace of heat and just the most sparing note of ancho. Maybe more like a whisper of smoke along with the spiciness of the rye. Reminds me a little of Scythe and Sickle, but not nearly as rewarding.

A decent feel. Soft and easy. Carbonation mostly escaped, but the body is good.

It's much better than when I had it on draft. Still, a very passable ale.

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Game Of Thrones: Fire & Blood from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.