Game Of Thrones: Mother Of Dragons
Brewery Ommegang

Game Of Thrones: Mother Of DragonsGame Of Thrones: Mother Of Dragons
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Porter - Smoked
3.88 | pDev: 7.99%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Game Of Thrones: Mother Of DragonsGame Of Thrones: Mother Of Dragons
Notes: Smoked Porter & Kriek Ale Blend

A beer for Daenarys. A blend of delicately smoked porter and tart cherry kriek. Brewed for those who nurture dragons.

As the war for the Seven Kingdoms rages to a climax, Ommegang presents the "Royal Reserve Collection." This collection of four exclusive and extremely limited release ales available in 2018, is brewed as an homage to the four epic figures still standing against the annihilation of mankind.

"Mother of Dragons" -- a beer for Daenerys -- is a richly complex blend of smoked porter and Belgian kriek. It pours a deep ruby-brown with alluring aromas of tart cherry, dark roast and hints of smoke.

"Mother of Dragons" is the third release in our Royal Reserve Collection. These are the beers representing what a court brewer would offer a noble lord or lady, perfect balance and pure drinking pleasure.
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stortore from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 2/6/19.

Pours near black and opaque with a two inch plus foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of cherries, chocolate, malt, light smoke and char, some vanilla, a little bit of an herbal aroma as it warms. The flavor is more focused- cherries, malt, chocolate, some vanilla, light smoke. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

The Kriek side comes through a little more than the porter side, but this really doesn’t seem like a combination of the two. And that’s a shame, because it sounded really good. The cherries are good, but it’s not very smoky, and considering the mix of styles, there’s no real depth of flavor. Not bad, but not exciting.

Feb 18, 2020
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Beejay from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown in color with Ruby hues, a nice tan head.

S: chocolate and smoke.

T: Smokey up front, with sweet cherry notes. Slight Belgian, with slight hint of chocolate.

M: medium light, with moderate carbonation.

O: overall pretty good. Very interesting.

Aug 31, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer for Daenerys. If Daenerys drank beer. Hah.

Appearance: Deep, blackened with slightly fiery (oops! meant ruby) highlights. Huge khaki head of smoke, I mean suds. No lace.

Aroma: Definite trace of cherries and smoke.

Taste: Cherries and smoky malts carry the flavor here. Good beer, perhaps not the best from this far-ranging series, but worthy.

Jul 19, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Deep brown, almost black with mahogany highlights around the edges with a large tan head that dissipates slowly leaving behind a thin cap and a decent amount of lacing. Ommegang really does know how to make a good looking beer.
S - Smoked malt and barely, chocolate, coffee, tart cherries - it smells like it should, but I don't know how good it smells overall. A little mineral-y
T - Smoked malt and barely as well as wood up front followed by notes of chocolate and coffee quickly followed by sweet, tart cherry - the cherry definitely overwhelms the back-end.
F - Medium to bull bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy.
O - An overall interesting brew, but overall I'm not entirely sure if the flavors really complement each other.

May 20, 2019
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Ommegang GoT flute glass.

Appearance: Thin dark to almost black body with medium to heavy bubbles with a tan head rising almost two fingers length and had to walk away and wait for it to settle before continuing to pour.

Smell: Light cherry scent. I am not try to bash the beer but the scent alone feels a bit like soda. Cherry and light.

Taste: Complex cherry and light chocolate. It's ridiculously tarty, like a candy and sour also. Palates are a bit messed up.

Mouth: Sticky beer but not everyone's cup of tea. Medium carbonation and a semi full body.

Overall: For me this brew is one and done. Picked it up in a variety pack promo and so far my least favorite from the collection. Salud.

May 13, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off-white head that it dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark brown with a red hue to it. It looks nice and interesting.
The smell is pretty good. The kriek notes have a nice sweetness and light tartness to it that is stronger than the light smoked porter note which has more of a roasted note to it.
The taste is good. It has a good balance between the kriek notes and porter notes. The kriek note is mainly tart and overwhelm the porter notes such that only a little chocolate comes out.
The feel is good and is unusually light bodied. There is a lot of strong carbonation that results in a dry finish.

Overall, pretty good and interesting combination.

Apr 29, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into snifter.

Dark brown with a huge tan head. Lengthy head retention.

Nose: mostly tart cherry. Some bready undertones. Not much smoke or porter character.

Taste: cherry is milder than the nose. Some bready malt and yeast on the finish. Porter component gets overshadowed.

Feel: extremely drinkable. Ligt-bodies, dry with strong carbonation.

Apr 29, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for $14.95 CDN. Served cool into a Chimay chalice. Best before Halloween 2020. Listed as 6.6% ABV.

Appearance - Pours dark brown with a thick and soapy two fingers of light tan foam. Very good staying power and limited retention. Red hues in the light.

Smell - Lots of cherry, with a touch of wood, vanilla and brown sugar. Faint hint of smoke too. Quite subtle.

Taste - Cherry initially, with some wood, sweet flavors like brown sugar before turn a little more smokey and ashy and having wood shine through. Quite complex and tasty although if anything I wish the flavors were a little more intense. Medium bitterness that fluctuates between not bitter and fairly bitter. Hits of chocolate towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, soft velvety and with the sour cherries that is an unusual but delicious texture. Body is medium-heavy but just right for the smoldering cherry and smoke goodness.

Overall - Really nice brew that is a little off the beaten path but an interesting combo of sour cherries and a smoke porter. Worth the steep price, well to buy it regularly maybe not but worth the price of admission at least once.

Apr 25, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Ommegang glass.

Fine light khaki to tan colored head, almost nitro looking and with a flat top appearance. Dark mahogany brown body with touches of light chestnut brown, and maybe just a hint of red. Some clarity as well.

Interesting aroma. A little bit light on the malt department, but hints of light whispy dark roast but has more of a faint cherry quality that is a bit fleeting. Not too much smokey character on this either.

Palate is a bit more enjoyable. Light bodied touching hits of cherry and soft malt. Malt quality really opens up on the finish. Dark chocolate flavors on the swallow with a solid milky texture. Hints a little black-forest cake but with a bit of salty wood thrown in the mix.

Interesting taking beer a little subdued though, probably that was the intention.

Apr 19, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: The body appears dark brown while pouring and black in the glass. It has a light khaki head that is very large, frothy, and really accentuates the beer. Great head formation, retention, and lacing.

Aroma: There is a light aroma of cherries and just a hint of chocolate. It smells a lot like a cherry cordial.

Taste: There is a nice cherry flavor that the beer opens with. It feels fruity but also very earthy; perhaps similar to a cherry tea. The beer hints at a woody or twiggy flavor. It would make a great fall beer. There is a very light bit of chocolate flavor to the beer.

Mouthfeel: It has a body that rests on the edge of medium and light. It is extremely easy to drink. Carbonation is fairly high and bitterness is extremely low.

Overall: This beer is a blend, as indicated by label which states that this is a "SMOKED PORTER & KRIEK ALE BLEND." This beer is a bit of a conundrum because although it tastes like cherries it doesn't quite have that sourness that comes from a Kriek. It tastes nothing like a Smoked Porter. This could mean that the two ales were blended so expertly that they created something entirely new, or that the base beers weren't made well enough to highlight their individual styles. Either way the beer as a whole speaks for itself and it is fantastic. There is this cherry flavor mixed in with an earthy overtone delivered gently to the palate in the form of a lighter-bodied beer. The airiness and effervescent carbonation seem to amplify the flavors. I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

Apr 19, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 13, 2019... OCCASION: watching the Hulk with the family and prepping for the final season of Game of Thrones... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... pours a piled-high three-fingered head of frothy light brown head--almost creamy as a milk stout... it sits atop a black body with flecks of red glinting like a dragon's eye... a sweet, smoky aroma--not of bacon, more of firewood--delicately mingles with cherries to form an attractive aroma... toffee, peat, and some lactic milkiness that rounds out the profile... my goodness, is this smooth! Thick but pliant, active at the throat and resilient in its finish... at 6.6%, an easy sipper... a dessertif in itself, with hints of chocolate, cream, tart cherry, toffee, and wooden earthiness.... this beer is worthy of the Kaleesi, though at ten bucks, it may be slightly above its price point... a worthy addition to the lineup, for certain...

Apr 14, 2019
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a jet-black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of raisin and anise. Similar overall flavor profile.

Apr 11, 2019
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bwhittva from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark pour with a little hint of cherry color. Minimal cherry sensed in the aroma. I thought the cherry kriek balances the smoked porter perfectly. Cherry overrode the smoked flavor. Dry overall. Got a lot more from the smoke in the finish the longer it sat and warmed up. I liked this one as I have all the other Game of Thrones series. Looking forward to the next one.

Mar 27, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This had plenty of carbonation with what seemed to be a slightly thin body. The carbonation seemed off with left a not so favorable feel
Aroma is malt,dried cherries, some fresh cherry juice and black coffee. There's a little smoke/ash aroma that seems artificial.
Taste is odd, porter doesnt have huge impact, smoke is barely there and the cherry comes off a little tart and sour
I think in all fairness this is one of those beers that will make some happy,some not,and me it left a vague uncertain taste in my mouth
Taste wasn't all that pleasing to me

Mar 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i love the idea of blending these two styles together, some sweet from the cherry to offset the bitter earthy smoke, and the dark malt to give an almost chocolate dipped character to it. im not sure i love the execution as much as the idea here, which is insanely rare for ommegang, who almost always hits when they try something ambitious. i found the smoke to be a little too subtle, and the kriek to be a little sweet. i wonder if they use the liefmans kriek for it the way they do with three philosophers, i think i liked that beer better before they joined up with duvel and made their own. here the sweetness, like liefmans has, is robust throughout it, and its a little more residual sugar than i want here. no real lambic funk from the kriek is here either, definitely a sweeter, more fruit forward than fermentation forward example of the style making up that part of the blend. the porter is nice underneath the cherry, even if its a bit modest. the smoke is a nice wrinkle with the dark chocolate aspect of the malt, and more of it would be cool. lots of body though, needed bitterness, and light molasses and raisin layers. the two go pretty well together, but either the kriek needs to be drier and funkier, or the porter needs to be smokier or higher in proportion than it is. as much as i dont think the balance is quite right, i admire this beer and appreciate it. this series has been a lot of fun so far, i hope they keep it going!

Mar 08, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Poured out a very, very dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of sour black cherry, subtle smokiness and toffee. Nice tart cherry taste with a hint of smoked malt.

Mar 08, 2019
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To say this is an odd beer may be putting it in the best light possible.

Look is the best part, dark with ruby tints and a lovely three finger off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is...well,it smells like a kreik. Cherry and then some malts. Pretty standard.

Taste is a letdown. I find the flavors muddled together and only after a few sips am I able to get hints of cherry. No smoke that I can taste...which is disappointing.

Feel is a firmly in the middle with a decent amount of carbonation and a weirdly roasty cherry finish.

Well I am going to score this one a miss for me. I had hoped for more, and at the price ($14 cdn) I can find much better two Thomas Hardy's.

Feb 25, 2019
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Hunter from Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark black ale with the barest hint of red. No real head to speak of, what's there is caramel in color and it vanishes fast.
Smell: Faint aroma of cherries, little else.
Taste: Smooth, taste of coffee/chocolate fruit.
Feel: Smooth, clean aftertaste

Overall: Not bad. Not terribly complex, might appeal to those who don't otherwise go in for darker ales.

Feb 23, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, cherries, light smoke, dark fruit, and a touch of tartness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, tart cherries, dark fruit, and very light smoke. Finishes with lingering tartness and light char

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. On the prickly side

O: A decent blend. I'd say the kriek wins out over the smoked porter, both in the taste and feel. Definitely interesting

Feb 21, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz draft poured into a tulip glass boasts an almost purple-brown body and floats a 1/4in head of cream colored medium-sized bubbles leaving stepped lacing.

Aromas include berries: straw; red and black rasp; and blue, with a hint of smokey malt.

Flavors match with a touch of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a nice lighter leaning medium that coats the mouth and disappears.

Overall a really nice mix of porter and fruit.

Feb 16, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with hints of ruby, very thick & foamy head. Aroma has musty cherries, yeast and some chocolate malt in the background, but as a whole is a tad weak. Taste is a little huskier but does manage the contrasts well - mild burnt chocolate malt, a little tart cherry & dry yeast. Just a whisper of smoke on the finish. It is good, and a nice change of pace, but the flavors still seem a little timid (maybe to avoid any of them dominating the others?)

Feb 03, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of the show, I love the idea behind this one. A new era of fire and blood indeed! Basically a smoked porter base with sour cherry in the middle. Supporting flavors include, tobacco, soil, dark chocolate, apricot, raisin and pepper. Smell is similar to taste but with more smoke and cherry. Little harsh on the finish all together. Otherwise a fun twist on the style.

Jan 28, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

75 cl

Pours opaque black, pillowy light tan head dissipates slowly to suds.

Smells of cherry, smoked wood and walnut.

Flavor is of tart and sweet cherry over bitter smokey wood notes. Toast and almond.

Medium to full body, fluffy carbonation with a light sting.

Decent brew, good enough flavor. Probably won't have it again but glad I tried it.

Jan 26, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a brownish color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a fruity flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A well done porter

Jan 20, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Very cool bottle artwork.

L: Nearly black pour... ruby red around the edges when held up to light. Massive fluffy off-white head. Ridiculous retention and lacing.

S: Tart cherry, roast, and light smoke.

T/F: Sweet/tart cherry juice up front... faint smoke... moderate roast character with burned sugars and grains. Very mild cocoa in the background. A pretty unique blend of styles... medium to light bodied. More fruit tartness and smoke at the finish.

O: A pretty awesome beer... never had anything like it, and it really is a mixture of a kriek with a smoked porter. Light enough on the ABV to be drinkable. Cool beer... works with the dragon theme. Well done Ommegang.

Jan 15, 2019
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 144 ratings