Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 12-18-2017

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: A sort of unusual dark copper with slight yellow tones. It's hard to get a real feel on the color. Good white head that quickly turns into a ring.

Smell: Chocolate, fruits, sweet sugar, and a lot of alcohol.

Taste: Very mild for a barleywine. Milk chocolate, a bit of bitterness, and some spiciness backing the alcohol. Nowhere near as bold as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, average carbonation.

Overall: Like someone took a cheap brown ale and added milk chocolate and a splash of neutral grain spirit. Not a bad beer, but not worthy of the style name.

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Photo of Mass_hole
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Boring bottle with a cheap-looking label. The Brewery is going in the wrong direction with presentation of the GoT beers. The beer itself appeared to me to be an attractive amber shade. More red than brown. Someone else dubbed it a deep ruby brown. Either seems a close enough description. Thick head held up awhile.

Not sure how to describe the taste since I wasn’t able to identify specific flavors or notes (my lack of experience, not an indication of the beer lacking flavor). I suppose the most descriptive thought that comes to mind is that it has an earthy sweetness. Like something that is robustly tangy and sweet, such as sherry or bourbon-casked beer.

This was my first foray into barleywines and it was a success. I liked it a lot. Enough that I’d buy it again and it’ll encourage me to try other barleywines.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is deep ruby brown with a three finger head of off white head. Head lasts a good long time and on break there is a nice cap and collar and excellent lacing.

Smell is fruity, malty and oaky. Dark fruits and treacle dominate. The malts are a close second, and then a touch of oak.

Taste follows the nose, but there is a ton of booze on this one. I get all the flavors of the aroma, including some nice dark fruits.

Feel is a little light for the style, and there is a definite booze burn on this that takes away.

Not a bad beer, but this seems a bit out of place as an English barleywine.

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Photo of UniversalDiablo
4.84/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy light brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and musty toffee malt with some slightly tart fruit and alcohol. Bready Belgian notes come out as it warms

The flavor is sweet bready toffee and fruitcake with a boozy sharp bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting barley wine that's almost quad like. The flavors are a bit harsh and don't blend well together. Maybe nicer with some age?

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Photo of chiefz1
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M4CDO
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dre1966
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REVZEB
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells strongly of a cookie hybrid of oatmeal raisin cookie and snickerdoodle and booze. Taste is not sweet, but rather cereal bitter with a bit of booziness to boot. Some sips I enjoy, others, not so much. Has a bitter hay finish sometimes instead of the signature barley which is not ideal. Way too light, even for an english barleywine. But it looks great!

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown reddish color with a 2 finger foamy beige colored head that faded on the slow side, leaving minimal spotty lacing. Looks on par for an English Barleywine, nothing great, just standard.

Very malty nose with tons of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, syrup or French Toast, brown sugar, booze and basically an aroma that resembles bread pudding with rum. Thankfully the smell does not cross over into disgustingly sweet, it stays the course and remains committed to being a malt assault (yep, that rhyme was intentional).

Unlike the nose the flavor does come off as too sweet. The candied sugar, dark fruit, toffee, syrup and boozy sweetness just all seem to hit the same note with little to no hop spice or yeast counterpart to balance it out. Like the nose the overall impression I got was that it resembled bread pudding with rum and maple syrup or toffee drizzled on top, and while that tamed the alcohol it made it cloyingly sweet. Thankfully this bottle was not that expensive, but I wish I would have split the bomber with someone as it never let up on the sweetness.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BethanyB
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poofy and solid off-white head and a medium-brown body with surprisingly clear copper highlights.
Smell: Dark malt and heavy cherry cordial give off a somewhat medicinal scent, but not in the “off-flavor” sense. Still, it’s ragged. In contrast, a bright citrusy smell lingers on top, something akin to candied orange peels. Chocolate and vanilla swirl for sure, but this blend still fails to meet the complexity standard many other barley wines pose.
Taste: The layers are almost-but-not-quite round/balanced. We have a lot going on here: cacao, dark cherries, pound cake, oaky booze, orange rinds, vanilla bean...a bit of Bacardi Silver and Cola (yeah, not everyone’s thang). Not bad, but when we get down to it, somewhat cheap tasting. Barley wines are almost always a good time, but man oh man, are there ever better versions out there.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style, with moderate carbonation. Does not detract from the beer overall, perhaps because we already have equal hits and misses here.
Overall: Not bad, but HARDLY a highlight for the style, and while I haven’t been a fan of the GOT beers in general, this one is further toward the bottom of the pack. I tend to believe the GOT beers are designed to appeal to the masses, but a barley wine is always a surprise and a treat for folks unfamiliar with beer. This surprise could have been much more fun.

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Photo of mntlover
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark walnut color with good deep red hues when held to the light. Nice sized tan head that has holding power and laces very well. Pretty looking beer.

Aroma is malty and dark fruity, figs, prunes plums floating on a sweet Belgian smelling malty base. Light molasses , nutty notes and earthy hues under the dark sweat malts. No real hop aroma other then herbal notes. Smells more Belgian then English Barleywine but guess the tongue well tell the story.

Taste is like the nose lots of sweet malts, good big dark fruit notes. Earthy and herbal notes mingle through out the fruits and into the finish . Finish is some light hops to keep it from being cloying, dry herbal and earthy hop notes with nuttiness rising form the carbonation tingle at the end. Still not sure about the classification on this beer more Belgian notes then English Barleywine but maybe that shouldn't be surprising considering the brewery.

Mouthfeel is well starts a big full bodied medium but moves to a lighter medium in the finish.

Overall a good beer, if I was rating to style maybe not a great beer as it misses the mark but rating it for what it tastes like its good. Kind of little disappointing as a good English Barleywine seems hard to find now a days but this is still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber, nearly brown with a solid head

smell is very sweet, almost nut brown ale-y

taste is sweet and raisin-y, slight hop at the end and finishes with charred malt.

soft beer but nothing special, there are plenty of better Barleywines but this isn't bad

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Photo of Riff
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear, ruby red color with a thick, light tan head that is slow to fade. Smell is raisins, caramel, rich malts, smokey, Taste notes include molasses, dark fruits like plums, hop bitterness, alcohol, a little nutty, herbal hops notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Bitterness lingers after the finish. Decent, though almost feels like it's missing something to tie it together.

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Photo of bret717
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- pours chestnut brown nearing red, nice light brown head

Aroma- slightly smoky and woody, toffee, vanilla

Taste- still getting a little of that smoky wood and vanilla, along with some stone fruit and a mild herbal bitterness toward the end; as the beer warms it becomes bit boozy as well

Feel- medium-bodied with low carbonation; long sweet finish; mouth a bit numb from booze

Overall- really nice and smooth drinking English barley wine

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Photo of Commandophile
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 101 ratings