Game Of Thrones: King In The North
Brewery Ommegang

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.06 | pDev: 7.88%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Game Of Thrones: King In The NorthGame Of Thrones: King In The North
Notes: 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.
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the very old bottle, it pours a very dark brown, almost black with a light brown head that quickly becomes a ring and thin layer. In the nose, it is chocolate, dark fruits and (initially) alcohol. In the mouth, it is easy drinking (!) and smooth, with tastes of chocolate, possibly bourbon, roasted and black malts. Nice!

May 28, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. From 4th quarter 2018, had 4/10/20.

Pours near black and mostly opaque, with a two inch foamy head with very good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of light roast malt, chocolate, caramel, bourbon, cocoa, oak, coffee, herbal hops, some raisins and licorice, some char, light vanilla. The flavors follow the aroma- malt, bourbon, herbal hops, licorice, coffee, vanilla, caramel, some cocoa, some char, light oak. Mostly smooth, a good full body but a little lighter for the style, well carbonated on the high side.

This gets better as you work through the bottle. An interesting take on an RIS, has a much different hop profile than you would expect. Good, but unremarkable outside of the hop thing. Certainly enjoyable.

Apr 16, 2020
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NYNorseman from New York

4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tucked away about ten of these bad boys in bombers a year or so ago and pulled one out tonight on a starkly cold, crisp, yet bright winter night. I am visiting my parents in Cooperstown, practically under the shadow of the brewery and this beer is fit for a King in the North. It is smooth, malty and complex. The bourbon barrel aging adds another level of sipping pleasure and the chocolate notes are divine. This retired beer is a wonderful choice for a night like tonight and I’m glad I have 5 or 6 more aging peacefully in my cellar. It has aged well and I look forward to pulling out some more in the future.

Feb 09, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I confess that I never saw the series (or read the book), but at least I drank the ales. It is likely I will only taste 6 of 15 of this brilliant marketing strategy to share well-crafted ales with another audience. I will presume this predominantly fast-food marketing tactic worked well enough for Ommegang, but I wish it would have worked better for me; tasting at least half of them would have been nice for me to participate in what I hope is a breakthrough.

The King has intriguing Looks, more red tinge than the typical barrel-aged opaque and no lace (which is suitable for a King.) Smells, as the best barrels go, are not complex; but they are honest and tell me most of what is coming. In the Taste, what is surprising is the dryness; which also is suitable should I, a lowly nerd, have ever sipped around the same campfire as a King. As for my OA rating, Ommegang is the best and remains my #1 desired visit on my American BBBL (Belgian Brewer Bucket List.)

Jan 05, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice to drink a couple of these more or less back to back, given that its over now. stoked to find this one, and reasonably priced under 14 bucks too, seems solid for a barrel aged stout at this strength. its a unique beer, lighter in color than just about all of them with some light able to peek in, tall headed and creamy looking though, less viscous than most too. aroma and flavor of barrel char, dry cocoa, and black barley, roasted not malted, there is almost no sweetness to this, and it has to be one of the most bitter and dry i have tasted in the style, oddly subtle too, like as dark and deep as it is, its not that robust, it just has a noticeable absence of sweet malt middle and vanilla barrel character from the whiskey, its just wood and burnt and ash and some black coffee, love the complexion, but really unexpected, and it seems less smooth and big and decadent than a lot of these right away, even though all the elements are here. cocoa dust, light campfire, baking chocolate, and maybe faint raisin, but this is dark while almost being nondescript, and while i can appreciate the barrel, its not all that influential here. overall kind of muted, good though, and strong without showing it, but a beer i think i thought would have a little more to it. stoked its so dry, but looking for a little more. the matte black bottles are straight fire though!

Dec 04, 2019
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first stout I had and the last stout I want to drink before I die.

I originally got this to celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones and I was hooked. I am no beer reviewer and have no experience in knowing what I am exactly tasting or seeing but this stout was a perfect 5 in my book. The head is my favorite part, thick, large with a deep tan color full of flavor and sticks around for a while. The flavor of the body was malty with chocolate notes.

That’s about all I can say other then I am conflicted whether to open up my last bottle in a year or more. or to just save it knowing I have a unopened bottle to cherish.

Sep 14, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer for Jon Snow, if Jon Snow drank beer. Hah! Maybe now that he's free and with the Wildlings?

Appearance: Black. Thick tan head and minor lace.

Aroma: Malty roasty fruit, coffee, cocoa and bourbon. Big and rich.

Taste: Lots of deep, dark cocoa and heavy-duty roastiness here. Finishes with a pretty heavy bourbon warmth. Superb brew for cold nights.

Jul 19, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Faint roastyness, some cocoa notes once warm along with figs

T: Brown bread, figs, oaky dryness, a touch of vanilla& a little banana up front. Roastyness & dryness as this warms, plus vanilla & some smokeyness as well. Finishes dry, smokey, with a little fig & roastyness

MF: Medium body & slight carbonation

ABV is well hidden, drinkable enough, the barrel was pretty restrained in this one. Hoped for more

Jul 07, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

2.72/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

It a stout. And not a great one. It doesn't do anything for me as I am not a fan of straight forward dark bitter with no character. I prefer something extra, like Founder's KBS or CBS...or even more so, Dieu du Ciel!'s Peche Mortel and New Holland's Dragon's Milk.
This one leaves me indifferent, if not downright turned off. And it's overpriced to booth.

Jul 04, 2019
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL Bottle. ABV 11%.
Appearance: Dark brown/black, Over a finger of frothy light toffee head, Dissipates at a reasonable pace, Thin cap remains.
Aroma: Roasted bready malts, Chocolate, Toffee, Nuts, Slight fruit, Slight bourbon, Slight vanilla, Slight molasses.
Mouthfeel: Very soft, Medium-Full body, Lingering alcohol burn on an off-dry finish.
Flavour: Sweet chocolate, Bitter coffee, Roasted bready malts, Molasses, Charred wood, Slight fruit.
Overall: This was a pretty decent stout with a nice aroma, though the taste was unbalanced. There was probably too much burn.

Review: 37

Jun 08, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp into a Game of Thrones glass. Pours jet black with a considerable amount of light brown head. Nose is straight up stout. Licorice, roasted malts, brown sugar, tobacco, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate. Not picking up much barrel on the nose. Taste is really smooth. A touch sweet and a bit bitter on the back end. Notes of charred wood, dark chocolate, black licorice, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, and chewing tobacco. Really nice stuff. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and viscous. Overall, this is a solid stout without a heck of a lot of barrel.

May 27, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, pitch black with nearly no highlights and a large light tan head that sticks around and leaves behind a ton of lacing.
S - Roasted malt and barely along with notes of semi-sweet chocolate and rich bourbon
T - Follows the nose: roasted malt and barely along with notes of rich semi sweet chocolate and bourbon. Some vanilla and charred wood notes as well.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth and creamy
O - A pretty solid BBS - doesn't really deviate too much from the formula, but it works. Solid flavor profile all around.

May 25, 2019
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sjrider from California

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, dark as a moonless night with thick khaki head receding into finely bubbled lacing. Nose is mild roasty malt ,barrel char,vanilla and cocoa,with a hint of bourbon.Taste follows more or less. Finish is on the thin side, but still quite tasty.

May 20, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On the night of the final series episode, this was a decent way to bring it all to an end...

The look was definitely superb - black with tanned, thick head and some lacing to boot. The smell was malty with a hint of cinnamon and even cardamon. Mouthfeel though carbonated was smooth and silky with a taste that somewhat followed the malty flavoring. Overall I found this to be enjoyable if not spectacular.

May 20, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with a 2 inch tan head.

Nose: roasted malt, cocoa powder. Barrel presence is muted but present.

Taste: similar to the nose but the bourbon barrel is much more present which is appreciated.

Feel: fairly light body for the style. Clean, very drinkable.

May 20, 2019
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tonight is the finale for Game of Thrones, so I'm finally opening this bottle. Although, it does feel weird to be drinking such a heavy stout when it feels like summer outside. I guess Winter didn't come?

For such a boozy beer, you don't taste the booze, which is a good thing. I taste lots of coffee and bitter chocolate.

May 19, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: March 17, 2019... OCCASION: another good drink in preparation for the last episode Sunday... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours from a frosted black bomber a jet black body, opaquely framing a finger's worth of creamy brown head--imperial indeed... rich, thick vanilla and chocolate, bourbon, aromatic cookie dough, lactose, ... heavy, frothy and creamy--a dessert in itself--with a full-bodied texture from start to finish... despite its bourbon overtones, the 11% ABV is well masked, providing heat at the back end but tempering that temperature with a lasting lactic, malty coating... the vanilla and sweet malts make this a desirable draw, and though the warmth intensifies, the flavor strengthens into bold, chewy, and whisky-tinged--this stings but salves at the same time... caramel and leather are also discernible... halfway through, this is worthy of John Snow's journey past the wall... this rivals the best of the Ommegang beer series, evoking the grit and power of its best episodes.... could hold up to a cigar, for sure...

May 18, 2019
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haazer from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rising crackly, big bubble tan head. Bubbles rise from the beer line to the top and fizzes down somewhat quickly. Slight lacing left. This beer is dark and full of terrors.... very dark though. Opaque black.

First whiff the chocolate is very present. Pick up notes of vanilla undertones. Nice bourbon aroma with a faint wood profile. Roast, and maybe even some cinnamon oddly enough.

Charred dark roast coffee. Dark chocolate. Bourbon is here but a little subdued. I get the alcohol taste too, followed by vanilla. A little smoky. Can’t taste the wood but the barrels were definitely burnt.

Creamy thick mouthfeel, palate coating. Good bit of heat from the booze.

A little boozier than I’d like, and the burnt barrel comes through more than the bourbon does. This would definitely keep you warm on a bitter night in Winterfell, but not suited for a king. Ok in all seriousness still good though.

May 13, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle

Pours opaque black, tan head is firm and pillowy. Dissipates slowly to a sudsy lacing.

Aroma of toast, coffee, walnut, molasses, mesquite and anise.

Flavor is of rich mesquite, molasses, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, toasted bread malt and burnt oak.

Full body, stinging carbonation and boozy warmth.

Very tasty stout. Rich, full, slow-drinking. Definitely my favorite of the four Royal Reserves if not of the entire GOT collection. Hopefully I can get one more of these before it's all said and done.

May 13, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a friend - thanks, Bean!

Barrel sugars and vanillin kind of drown out the base beer. Not getting any coconut notes, genuine vanilla bean, or toasty oak.

Competent, but not amongst the best in the surprisingly delicious Game of Thrones series.


May 06, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: dark roasted malts, smoked, semi sweet, coffee, boozy notes. Rich bready, chocolate malt molasses nose. Black/brown, semi clear, tan delicate lace and head. Medium/full body. 40 IBUs

Apr 27, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker, thick frothy head with great lacing and good retention, very dark basically black color

Nose light stout, milk chocolate lactose, biscuity cookie wafer, a touch of roast and roasted coffee grounds, light vinous like with alcohol, big roasted coffee, very light barrel, barrel spices and light vanilla and very very little whiskey

Taste very rich malt, roasty char, not quite acrid but very salty briny like roast, a bit of dark and milk chocolate, more roasted coffee grounds, charred malt and a little charred barrel, bit of cookie dough, barrel baking spices, pretty much no whiskey though, some vanilla spice, sticky finish, bit more alcohol and lingering spicy bitter hops and roasted malts, and more briny like flavor

Mouth is fuller bod, rich, good creamy carb, some warming alcohol, little astringent bitterness

Overall not a very good stout. Lack of whiskey and muted barrel was bad to start, but the briny roasty salty thing was really detracting, plus it was light for an imperial stout and somewhat like chocolate milk, and no fruits for a RIS, just not an impressive beer for Ommegang

Apr 27, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a tan head that mostly fades away. Dark and roasty with coffee and bitter chocolate. The bourbon takes a backseat, playing a complementary role along with hints of smokiness and dark fruit while the booze creeps in toward the end. Overall a decent beer that lacks balance.

Apr 24, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black no real light getting through nice big tan head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is roasted malts, nice dark fruit notes jump out right away with coffee lying underneath with vanilla, light bourbon for being in barrels 6 months. also hints of earthy and smoke notes from somewhere. Very smooth and balanced smelling.

Taste is well not as great and smoothly balanced as the nose but good not great. Roasted malts, bigger bourbon in the flavor, coffee bitterness along with anise like notes more so then dark fruits that were so pleasant in the nose. Finish is lingering coffee and hop bitterness along with more vanilla, smoke notes and lingering bourbon. Its a good stout maybe my taste is skewed by how yummy my nose though it would be.

Mouthfeel is strange to seems to light to be a big 11% with carbonation that makes it lightly tingly which may add to the lighter feel.

Overall not a bad beer one redeeming quality is it was cheap, a good stout just not a great mind blowing one.

Apr 22, 2019
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Verona Inn. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and espresso. Similar overall flavor profile.

Apr 19, 2019
Game Of Thrones: King In The North from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 196 ratings