Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The QueenGame Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen

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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: 82 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of BethanyB
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +6.9%
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 +7.2%
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 -0.3%
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 +6.1%
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 +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brownish orange. Like a rust color burnt orange. The beer is clear and glows sweetly from the middle. Fat head of beige foam that falls slowly but not completely to lace in sheets that dwindle and fall to spots. The head refreshes on each tip of the glass. At the first pour the scents are hoppy. Lemony citrusy hops and breaddy rich malt. Firm caramel comes forward as it warms. Brown bread with it's sweet richness, cherries, and raisins. Hop floral , citrusy hops and grasses and light toast. Hints of toffee as it warms. Finishes with hops prevalent in the flavor and mouthfeel.a touch of warmth and bitterness from alcohol shows me a balanced and careful finish. Dark fruits do not outshine the hop character. Soft malt texture that seems to want to give way to complex malt flavors but lemony hops preside. Sweet not dry finish but not cloying. Caramel becomes more prevalent but does not take over the beer as you drink and it does seem to lose that cherry scent that I was noticing at first. A little nutty flavor also comes forward as the beer warms but that too is muted by the citrusy hops and their floral. The spice I am tasting in the finish is from hops not malt flavors or alcohol. There is no diacetyl in this beer.

I think this is an American style barleywine and I like it very much.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knickfan3
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big Game of Thrones fan, and when I first got into beer, Ommegang (and Unibroue) were go-to brewers... Unfortunately, the Ommegang Game of Thrones beers have been mediocre, and after trying a couple of their beers, I gave up on the series. This purchase marks my willingness to latch onto anything Game of Thrones-inspired, as I wait the long winter, as such, until the final season is released in 2019...

Respectable enough pour, deep brown, nearly black at a glance - with a finger or so of tan foam... Fruity, boozy molasses on the nose is followed by much of the same on the sip... You get the plum, date, raisin, prune, and fig, with suggestions of brown sugar, vanilla, and cherry... Medium-full-bodied, softly carbonated, a little sticky, sweet, not bitter... Leaves a mild shellac across the palate...

All of that might sound good - and it isn't bad - but this beer in no way elevates itself above the other Game of Thrones releases from Ommegang - it's just a barleywine, which might score some points for the abv and gravity of it all, but it is not an exceptional barleywine. That said, I think this would have been a good choice for the bourbon barrel, to air out the fruits with some graceful wood and whiskey notes, but I could probably make that argument for most English barleywines - I just like 'em barrel-aged - lol...

Not particularly expensive - $11.99 at Total Wine, so, for the 10.7% abv, not a bad buy, but its still rather unremarkable at any price-point...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The whole family stopped into The Grille Next Door on Friday, 18MAY18, to celebrate Caitlin receiving her Masters Degree! I started with a 12oz pour of this, at $7.00.

The small tulip held a brew with a lovely, clear chestnut color. Had some scattered carbo, and the head was a thin layer of light tan foam, with decent lacing. Aroma had a mix of raisins, brown sugar and caramel, with hopping on the light side. Body was medium, and it had a decent feel on the tongue.

Taste had more caramel, plus some caramelized brown sugar and toffee. Also got smidges of molasses and tobacco, with some earthy hops at the finish. Nice, but needs more "oomph". Prosit!

3.87/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still has some around the rim of the glass. The beer itself is an clear ruby red with a bit of purple. It has a nice look but nothing awe inspiring.

The smell is good. It has a nice and light caramel note with a rich dark fruit note to it. It's a nice smell and delicious.
The taste is decent. It has the same dark fruit and caramel note up front but has a jarring bitter, burnt malt note along with a bitter hop note.

The feel is decent. It feels unusually thin for the style despite having a heavy and slightly thick body.

Overall, it's a decent beer and worth going for if you want to complete the series. Otherwise, it's nothing special.

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Photo of kinmundy77
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_42
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with not much of a head

Smell is molasses and dark fruits.

Taste is brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and a cloying sweetness on the back end I can't really place. A lot of booze.

Mouthfeel warm and medium MF

A little too boozy for me but a decent barley wine

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

Photo of hopsputin
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: dark murky brown color with a hint of ruby red. A thin tan head

S: molasses, brown sugar, fig, grassy hops, alcohol, huge bready liquid bread a hint of leather

T: huge bready malts, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol tinge, grassy hops, and some leather. A bit more sticky sweetness to finish

M: heavy mouthfeel with a big sticky presence. Low carbonation

O: tasty brew, but not the best English Barleywine I’ve ever had. Could use a touch more depth, but still an enjoyable sipper

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Photo of AngusOg
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, w/o bottling date/vintage info.

Pour darker amber, dark khaki cap and leaving loose low sheeting and moderate scattered lacing.

Vanilla, honey and darker grains on the nose.

Tasty BW, lots of honey, vanilla, maple and malty goodness going on here, gotta love a well crafted, smooth and highly enjoyable English style barley wine....big and bold, smooth and decent value for a brew of this quality and strength....gonna consider putting bottles of this one away for a few years....worth a try

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Photo of Zonian1
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang "Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen"
1 PT 9.4 FL. OZ. frosted brown glass bottle, seemingly without production codes or freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: A delicate pour delivers a cloudy mahogany brown body with a ruby sheen - yes, there's visible particulate in suspension. A creamy tan head tops it. The aroma expresses a combination of caramelish malt, fruity yeast, and mildly leafy, earthy, herbal, and grassy hops - are they East Kent Goldings? Because they seem like it. It's a pleasant and fairly complex aroma. It's almost like a kettle of wort boiling. Unfortunately the head has already dropped, although that's fairly common with strong beers. On to the flavor, it's exactly as the nose suggests it will be with a beautifully balanced combination of yeasty fruitiness, tea-like/leafy/grassy/herbal happiness, and darkly caramelish maltiness. Its solid bitterness in combination with a bit of alcohol, perhaps the hand of the queen in this case, brings it to a dry conclusion with plenty of leafy, tea-like, and herbal hops lingering. Hmmm, there's a lot of bitterness lingering as well, perhaps too much. In the mouth it's medium in body with a median but fine bubbled carbonation that's only gently crisp. Is it naturally carbonated? Overall it's a fairly nicely done, strong barleywine done in the English style.
Review# 5,987

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Game Of Thrones: Hand Of The Queen from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 82 ratings