Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen
Brewery Ommegang

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English Barleywine
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The QueenGame Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen
Notes: A beer for Tyrion - A full-bodied expression of a classic rich and malty Barleywine ale. Brewed for those who drink, and know things.

31 IBU
Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 174 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a Ommegang signature glass at fridge temp 10.7% ABV. The beer pours hazy medium brown with some yeast sediment even on a gentle pour. The head is light khaki in color and recedes to a pencil thin ring and island of tiny bubbles. The aroma is burnt sugar caramel, oak and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is more burnt sugar caramel along with earthy hops, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. An unusual example of a "British" barleywine. Almost a hybrid with the American variety. Probably should not have left it in my cellar fridge for a year. Drink'em if you got em.

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyrion’s beer. If Tyrion drank beer. Hah.

Appearance: Deep opaque amber-rust, with light khaki head and no lace.

Aroma: Malty sweet with hints of fruit and leather. It is a barleywine, after all.

Taste: Faithful to style, this one is sweet and malty up front, with a fruity, lightly bitter finish. Really smooth-drinking. Solid.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE: June 2, 2019... OCCASION: a tough sports day for the boys but a beautiful day otherwise, so I will continue emptying the beer fridge while morning the loss of GoT... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... this pours a dark mahogany with a tinge of purple, glints of light seen at certain angles... its head is formidable, thick and frothy, brownish white and resiliently standing at a single finger--despite its 10.7 ABV... pleasant basement introduces the dank, wet oat malts and toasted warm bread that makes the essential aroma; subtle orange and citrus fight to the surface; likewise, hyacinth and lilac make a springy, floral presence... first sip is mellow, understated, and agreeable--little like Tyrion for much of the novels! Creamy, frothy, soft, and balanced: the teeth note its hop presence, while the throat holds a lingering warmth (the wine talking)... at this temperature, a perfect drink to unwind the night with... its flavor profile is an equally diverse mix between Dorne and Highgarden, with a spicy strength and a winelike consistency that endears it me... fig and raisin, yes... not as strong or dominant as some others in the style, it was worth its purchase price and bomber bottle consideration... the finishing alcohol becomes somewhat phenolic, but not enough to dissuade the next sip... substantial and intellectual, empowering and complex... yup, it's Tyrion's beer...

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4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great way to finish the show - I saved this for the last episode. I agree with one reviewer that it tastes more like an old ale than a barleywine, and I'm really fond of old ales, so this one hit the spot for me.

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4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Opaque brown in the center with light brown highlights around the edges with a large tan head that sticks around and leaves a solid amount of lacing behind.
S - Sweet malt and Belgian yeast with dark fruit notes, caramel, and vanilla
T - Largely follows the nose: sweet malt and Belgian yeast up front and throughout with notes of dark fruit (raisins, cherries), cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, some molasses and honey as well.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Soft.
O - An interesting barelywine - obviously Ommegang's on take on the style with an obvious Belgian flare. It's good on it's on, but for the style, it's somewhat lacking.

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4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle poured into an Ommegang Game of Thrones glass.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a huge light tan head over a mahogany body with nice lacing. Nose of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of chocolate. No discernible hops whatsoever. Tastes of chocolate, slight dark fruit, and even slighter bitterness from the late appearance-making hops. Nice feel and overall, I wish I had tried this earlier, but I bought the last one and wanted to save it for the last season. It really is quite delicious, but not in a barley wine kind of way; more like an Old Ale or even Stout. Cheers!

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3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see a date listed on the bottle or label.

Appearance: The body has a deep garnet red-brown color that is opaque in the center and more transparent towards the edges of the glass. The head is thick and fluffy with a light tan color. It is a pretty beer with great head retention and wonderful fluffy lacing.

Aroma: There is a moderately strong aroma off toffee mixed with burnt caramel and a hint of coffee. There is a hint of alcohol to the beer which is not a bad thing, given the "10.7% ALC./VOL." (as indicated by the label). Compared to many other Barleywines it does lack complexity.

Taste: The beer opens with a sweet kiss of soft caramel and confectioner's sugar. It is a flavor that the palate chases every time the beer is sipped consecutively. The center of the palate is met with a flavor of dark candy sugar and banana chips. This is quickly pushed aside by a bitter finish that tastes a bit like coffee, but a bit more like a dark tea. The aftertaste is simple and earthy.

Mouthfeel: The body feels medium-weight with an overarching sweetness that gives it more texture and less heat than the standard Barleywine. It finishes with a bit of texture but the beer is drinkable.

Overall: I do recommend trying this beer because it has a nice sweet character to it, that a person with a sweet tooth could find interesting. As a Barleywine it lacks some complexity, heat, and a good deal of attenuation. For that reason I wouldn't readily recommend it to the Barleywine enthusiast.

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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Ommegang tulip glass.

Deep mahogany red bodied, with hints of chestnut brown, and dark blood red mixing throughout in the body appearance. Khaki light colored topped head, slightly creamy with a nice two finger presentation, and light bowled one finger settling puck.

Very nice aroma. Excellent touches of crispy and brittle toffee notes, real nice dark plum adding to some of the balance in the mix as well. Good amounts of thick caramel, candy wafer like biscuit on the nose. A real fruity and thick toffee pleasure.

Palate takes things a bit simpler. Slightly light bodied with touches of more of whats hinted on the nose. Slightly crispy toffee, but with a bit of mineral like flavors. Mild prune and raisin with a bit of clove like spicy character. Slightly tannic a bit on the finish with a somewhat nutty dryness.

Good notes of dark fig to raisin like fruits, but the caramel and malty action is just a little dialed down. Otherwise pretty solid.

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My man Tyrion is not so bad at all...

Enjoyed this on the night of the GoT S8E1 premier and enjoyed it thoroughly. The coloration was a dark golden hue with lighter matching colored foam and no lacing. The odor from the glass was light on booze with hints of honey and the mouthfeel was mostly crisp with a distant hint of watery-ness mixed with carbonation that tamped down the enthusiam over the brew. I do love me a barelywine and I think I like them more boozier than less after trying this one out - as this one was not so booze-forward as others I have had. In the end, it's a great tasting beer, though you can taste the booze it's not overpowering and has a nice sweet finish. Another good job from Ommegang...

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a high sided tulip branded glass.

Look is a slightly hazy brown with an offwhite head.

Aroma is dark fruits almost like a an abbey dubbel.

Taste is more of that dark dubbel with maybe a little more roast from the malt.

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3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby-gold color, thick fluffy head. Aroma has lots of medicinal hop booze notes upfront, underneath there is actually some sweet German malt notes, kinda like a Weizenbock or even an Eisbock. Some latent sugar & fruitcake. Doesn’t quite coalesce

The taste is a little bit of a fusion between American & British style: it is hoppy upfront with notes of muscovado sugar, backend has some dry plum skin, some darker phenol notes and more hops. It just doesn’t nail either style, and doesn’t find balance between the hops & the sweeter elements. And too much of that sugar taste as well. It feels more like a watered down Quad or something. Not sure what they were shooting for here but if I hadn’t read the label I would not think of it as a Barleywine. Not terrible but missing pieces.

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4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opaque and brown in color, with amber highlights. Visible suspended sediment. A creamy tan head with excellent, and streaks of lacing.
Smells intensely of candied dates, figs, plum, raisin, dried sweet cherry; and brown sugar, toasted brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, tree bark, and a hint of pine.
The taste follows the nose, although a bit less intense. Dried and candied date, fig, plum, raisin, and cherry; brown sugar, toasted brown bread, molasses, toffee, oak, tree bark, and a touch of pine. Largely a rich, sweet beer, but with just a touch of balancing bitterness and possible tannins.
Medium-plus mouthfeel, well carbonated, slightly creamy. A bit thinner and weaker than I'd prefer, though. The palate is left coated with a fruity sugary gloss.

A delicious and wonderful English barleywine. Highly recommended!

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a darker brown with a small off-white head that ever so slowly dissipates down to a thin layer. In the nose, it is malt, with a touch of caramel. In the mouth, it is caramel malt with a bite. Feels smooth in the mouth as well.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Master Brewer Steps Out Of Comfort Zone And Humanity Survives.
At least that is the historic headline I'd write for this barleywine.

Looks like a pretty chestnut to me... and more foam that typical of the style.
Smells are mostly malt, mostly caramel I surmise, with appropriate brewers sugar making the point about dark dried fruits.
Tastes follow in an integrated method. Balanced. Barely a trace of alcohol (until I stood up.)
I give a slight knock on the mouth; hops stay too long and texture typically is more viscous for the style.

I paired Hand of The Queen with a cheddar that was so dry that when I ate it, the cheese nearly ate me.
But the pairing was great... the bubbles (also high for the style) scrubbed the palate and helped me swallow.
I learned about pairing high quality with higher quality.

This was my first of four from the Royal Reserve Collection which includes a "Game of Thrones" Ommegang glass. It also has the best gift packaging I've ever seen in the beer business (and it might even rival Tiffany's, although I'm certain I never been in there... but I may have paid for some bauble, but that is another story when I was young and foolish.)

I also should confess my cultural ignorance and note that I have never seen one bit of this seven season series that had some 50 million viewers worldwide across all platforms in its last episode. It has now 130% more viewers per episode than HOB's #2 (The Sopranos, which I also never saw.) Soooo... Do I qualify as beer nerd or am I missing something ?

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brown color with a decent head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malty and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with slight malty and fruity flavors
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent Barleywine

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, best by 02/2021 stamped on the bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky burnt orange/brown color with about an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, toffee, bready malt and raisins. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, with caramel, toffee, molasses, apricot, bready malt, raisin and herbal flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a solid overall brew, certainly worth a try!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed pokal.

Deep chestnut with mahogany highlights. Light carbonation. Good clarity. 1 finger of rich tan head.

Caramel, toffee, buttery cookie dough, roasted barley, brown sugar, and raisin.

Caramel, molasses, toffee, and earth. Prune and raisin. Roasted barley. Light brown sugar and a roasty char.

Medium bodied, sticky, oily, toasty, and bitter.

Decent tasting Barleywine, however it comes off fairly simple and way too bitter to style.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chocolate brown color with golden highlights at the edges. The head is tight and creamy, leaving a solid ring around the glass.

The aroma is mostly sweet. Caramel and honey standout. Some raisin. There is a musty and metallic note as well.

The taste is quite sweet on the palate. Again, caramel, honey and candied dark fruit. Some berry like fruitiness as well. A bit of a toasted brown bread. Some grassy hop flavor.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. It’s sweet but between the toasted malt and active carbonation, it’s not cloying. Some boozy presence and stickiness in the finish. Quite drinkable considering the ABV.

A pretty balanced barley wine. Flavors are good not great but the beer drinks easy.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to have picked this up in the Game of Thrones mixed four pack. Into a pint.
A - Looks like a pretty dark Barleywine very brown hazy with some chestnut hues at base. Head is minimal just a 1/2 inch of opaque foam that settles to a very light ring.
S - Smell is good no biting ethanol which is a major plus for a higher octane Barleywine. Very sweet smelling honey and caramel mostly.
T - Mixed flavor mostly sweet with toffee and caramel but has some dark fruits with some apricot maybe some roast? Really quite an interesting Barleywine.
M - Best part smooth, semi bitter and doesn't have any biting boozy tones the style is known for.

Overall one of the better beers in the variety pack not as good as the BBA Imperial but still very smooth. I would buy it again if released at a reasonable price (retail 6 dollars 12oz bottle)

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My better half got me this as part of a Game of Thrones gift pack (with branded glass) at Costo. I have always been a fan of Ommegang's beers and this is the first barleywine that I've truly loved. Every beer in the four-bottle pack was excellent but this bottle, in particular, struck me as an amazing example of the type. I've had a lot of barleywines that were so boozy with flavor profiles that were so all over the place (Does that make sense? A beer maybe having too much going on at once flavorwise?) and complicated that they were undrinkable. But I absolutely loved this. Would and probably will grab at least one or two more of these gift packs, for myself, because tis the season.

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a bubbly half finger head that quickly dissipates. Color is prune like. If they were going for a wine-like color, I feel they got pretty close. Lots of sediment floating around.

S: Sweet, honey, caramel, dark fruits. Malty

T: Light for such a drink. The fruitiness permeates the entire profile while the toffee, bready, bitter hoppy flavors show up in the middle with a bang.

O: One review said it has qualities of a red and I'd agree. The alcohol is well hidden. This isn't bad, but it's not winning me over.

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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark but clear acorn-copper with a very large airy foam settling to a persistent tan blanket leaving spotty lace all over the glass.

Smell is a little metallic and piney with caramel shortbread and cinnamon dates.

Almost Quad-like, I get graham biscuit and ginger snaps with dark fruits and a boozy heat that, much like King in the North, is nondescript. A bit of zucchini bread and toffee come out at temp.

The body is medium with a crackly dry carbonation and a boozy finish.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and sherry. Body is full and slightly crisp. Caramel malt, dark fruit, herbal hops and alcohol fill the mouth. Finish is long, heavy and dry. Great brew.

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somehow this reminds me of Founder's Curmudgeon's, but less maple and no bourbon hit. Same smooth, round mouthfeel and a strong maple and brown sugar type aroma.

Was expecting it to be more fruity due to Tyrion's wine addiction.

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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color was a darker shade of brown, and the body cloudier than typical for the style, making the pour look more like a Belgian Dubbel than a Barleywine. The smell was sweet, with honey coming to mind right away, followed by brown sugar. The taste was unlike most Barleywines I have ever had, as this tasted vaguely spiced, bready, vinous, and quite watery. The mouthfeel was on the thinner side of most beers of the style. The alcohol was well hidden though, and drinkability was quite high. An unusual style for Ommegang, and sadly it shows.

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Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 174 ratings