Game Of Thrones: King In The North | Brewery Ommegang

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4.12/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
King in the north - a beer for Jon - is an imperial stout aged for over six months in bourbon barrels. The beer is black as pitch, with aromas of bourbon and chocolate. A fitting companion for a long dark night. "King In The North" is our final expression of what a court brewer would offer a noble lord or lady: perfect balance and pure drinking pleasure.

Added by superspak on 08-23-2018

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
12
Ratings:
23
pDev:
6.55%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of DamienArk
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great carbonation for the style. As other reviewer‘s have mentioned, barrel aging doesn’t overwhelm the profile of the beer. Lots of roast and chocolate from the base beer are present, and just a bit of sweet vanilla peeking through from the bourbon barrels. Tasty, drinkable winter brew that packs a punch at 11%. But very good price for the style and size of the bottle.Thinking about picking up another before it disappears.

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Photo of Edy-Cantarero
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly blak, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, bourbon and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, dark chocolate, hints of dark dried fruit and bourbon. Finishes with charry dark malt and chocolate with faint bourbon. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A solid Russian style imperial stout with robust dark malt, nice char with good chocolate and light bourbon notes. The barreling is not as dominant as in may barrel aged stouts, but the bourbon notes are clear and welcome. Fine balance and coverage of the ABV. One of the better beers from this series, which has been solid.

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Photo of Zopiac
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not coffee, but dark chocolate and dark fruit cordial. Blast of bitter up front, giving way to rich fruit and heavy, blackened malt. Love child of an 80% cocoa bar and Maker's Mark's boozy fruitiness.

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nephilium
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a moderate tan head. The aroma has notes of anise and roast coffee, with some barrel notes lurking in there. The bourbon comes through much more in the flavor, with notes of roast, vanilla, and oak coming through. Thinner body then I expected, but a decent winter sipper.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark translucent brown into my proprietary Ommegang Game of Thrones goblet, appearing black in the glass under an incredibly tall head of dark tan foam... As the foam subsides, leaving lace lines clinging to the glass interior, a dark cola-colored edge is apparent on the sip...

From the nose to the taste, it is immediately clear that this will be my favorite Game of Thrones release from Ommegang... Aromas of bourbon and wood, vaporous with tones of vanilla, preview a classic bourbon barrel stout flavor profile... While the body is relatively thin - something of a medium-weight, it is an acceptable feel and not uncommon to the stylings... Impressions of bittersweet dark chocolate malts are aired out with light boozy wood notes... Light cocoa and molasses sweetness mediates the bitter char and tannic wood-notes, and presents a refined and enjoyable ale, suitable for both the King in the North and Beer Advocates from here to Westeros... An $11.99 sticker at Total Wine makes this an approachable buy, too...

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pouring clear cola brown, this fills to dark brownish-black with an airy and quickly collapsing tan foam that settles to a sparse film and clinging collar.

Smell is surprisingly boozy but also sort of off-puttingly metallic. It's quite nutty and chocolatey, but also sort of pungent of orangey pine.

Taste is smoky roast, almond paste, baker's chocolate and a hint of banana bread with a splintery, boozy heat that doesn't seem to add a lot of character. Some molasses and bitter resin come out as it warms.

Feel is moderate of body, slick but with a crackly dry fizz and a chewy finish before a gut-warming heat.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the television rolls into their final season, the Brewery Ommegang also hits a crescendo with an imperial stout that has slumbered long and hard in bourbon barrels for the promise of vanilla, oak and spice. Its a taste that's fit for a king.

And just like that, King in the North is born- an espresso black beer with total opaqueness that rises with a billowing pillowy froth. Roast and spice also rises to the meet the nose with bold suggestions of dark roast coffee, cocoa, whisky spice and a bevy of dark fruit. Malt sweetness greets the tongue with a mix of molasses, hard candy and buckwheat honey.

As the ale embarks upon the middle palate, the full expression of espresso, dark chocolate, walnut and burnt toast rides on the back of bold carbonation for an element of arid char. Hints of smoke rise ahead of the grilled fruit flavors of plum, black cherry and red grape. A peppery spice with a powdery texture of wood spices shift the focus to the whisky fueled finish in a dry and ashy tone.

Full bodied but trending surprisingly dry, the Belgian influence is apparent as the stout's fruit and spice medley adds an array of complexity to compete with the bourbon barrel and bold roast character. Finishing long and robust, a sense of smoldering embers and whisky soaked fruit trails into a spicy afterglow.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine stout pours
a pitch black with a very nice head of tan foam that lingers long and
settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and shows excellent lacing. Nose
of dark chocolate, subtle vanilla, moderate coffee, and subtle dark
fruits with light bourbon notes. Flavors knock it out of the park with
dark coffee over a bed of semi sweet bakers chocolate touched
with light bourbon and dark fruit notes laid on mild vanilla and
earth oak notes. Excellent mouth feel; full body, low carbonation,
and a rich malt driven finish with a touch of herbal and subtle citrus
notes with warmth as well as a warming boozy finish that is lightly
dry.

Excellent

Cheers

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; bottled on 10/15/2018, best before 2023. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Great dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, licorice, raisin, fig, cherry, date, peppercorn, and pine; with lighter notes of coconut, smoke, char, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/roast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit more fruity/yeasty/spicy than aromas, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/black/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, fig, cherry, date, smoke, char, peppercorn, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/roast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, floral, grassy, roast, char bitterness; and peppery yeast, bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, coconut, licorice, dark fruits, smoke, char, peppercorn, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/roast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome hop/roast bitter/sweet, and yeast/bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and yeast/bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warming of 11%, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian style Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Outstandingly rich malt complexity, with great bourbon barrel presence/integration; nice fruity/spicy yeast and earthy hop presence against sweetness, without being overwhelming. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example.

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Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. The head is pillow like and head retention is excellent.

Smell: It starts with some dark chocolate aromas with plums and bourbon. There are some alcohol notes in the nose with roast and a hint of spiciness.

Taste: There are roasted flavors with dark chocolate and bourbon. There are low levels of plums and very low spice. There is also a low citrus flavor that blends well with the malts.

Feel: It has a full body with smooth alcohol warming. The bitterness has a bit of an edge to it, but not in an unpleasant way.

Overall, it has a great combination of flavors with hops that blends well with the esters and bourbon elements.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into a snifter with a full one finger deep beige head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass atop.Dark roast coffee,vanilla tinged bourbon,and chocolate in the nose,the bourbon doesn't hit you over the head it just lends a nice hand to the aroma profile.A slick easy going down feel,very lightly carbonated,slightly airy?Flavors start out with a bit of toast and bourbon followed by dark roast that lingers with a bit of tootsie roll-like chocolate in the finish.Man this goes down easy....To easy,a very well made barrel aged stout,again the bourbon doesn't have control over everything.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect look for an Imperial Stout, as the body was dark, opaque, and dense, and formed a brown head that was about a finger thick. The smell was full of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, and fit the style perfectly. The taste revealed a rich sweetness, like a dark chocolate, with the oak notes coming out mid palette, and roasted grans shining in the finish. The feel was quite dense and soft, and the alcohol warming very apparent. This was a good, sweet stout, with not much harshness to it.

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Photo of msscott1973
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Game Of Thrones: King In The North from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 23 ratings