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Tag Archives: New York
I’m not quite sure what to expect with Southern Tier Warlock. They already make what I consider the best pumpkin ale with Pumking, but can they balance the different malt and not lose the pumpkin and spices?
Blindfolded, I don’t think I would notice a difference in aroma between this and Pumking. But the flavor and texture and definitely different. It’s heavier, dryer, and the finish is definitely more stout-like. But those delicious spices that make Pumking outstanding are still there and hold up. There’s something almost pop-like to start. Overall, it’s a tad more aggressive and the roasted malt certainly comes out.
If I had to choose between Warlock and Pumking for the rest of my life, I’d go with Pumking. But this is a very tasty change of pace.
I an am unabashed Game of Thrones nerd, so I love that they’ve teamed up with Ommegang to do these special release beers. This season, they’re going with a red ale called Fire and Blood. There are three different labels featuring each of Daenerys’s dragons. This bottle is Rhaegal, but I’d love to get all three.
Onto the beer!
Pours a deep amber. I kind of expected something a bit more red considering it’s got blood in the title. The aroma has a lot more yeast present than you’d think for a red ale. However, when you consider the brewer, it makes sense. Yeast dominates the flavor, as well, but those smokey ancho chiles sneak in eventually. Maybe some rye in there, too.
Really tasty, if a bit more yeast-forward than I expected. And it’s Game of Thrones, so I’ll like it regardless!
(Cooperstown, NY) – The next beer in the Game of Thrones-inspired series is being readied for market, and the brew kettle at Brewery Ommegang is running hotter than ever.Brewery Ommegang and HBO jointly announce the third beer in their successful partnership, Fire and Blood Red Ale, will release in the run-up to the show’s return to air in spring 2014. The new beer, inspired by House Targaryen, features a series of labels, one for each of the three dragons on the show: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.
Fire and Blood follows Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013) and Take the Black Stout (available now) in the hugely popular and unique partnership between the network and Brewery Ommegang. The first beer in the series, Iron Throne, flew off retail shelves and poured through tap spigots at an unheard of pace, leading to two additional brews. Just released (and at 2.5x the scale of Iron Throne), Take the Black is enjoying similar success as fans of great beer are getting into stores early to ensure they don’t miss out. Timed for the launch of Season 4, Ommegang’s Fire and Blood is sure to find interest at a feverish pitch.
Fire and Blood Red Ale is brewed with pilsner, spelt, rye and other specialty malts. It’s hopped with Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops and spiced with ancho chilies for additional complexity. The hue is deep, dark red with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. Aromas include ripe fruit, raisins, slight spice and malt, with a slight floral, spicy hop character. Taste includes fruit with sweet malt character that gives way to faint dryness. The sweet malt is balanced by spicy rye and hop characters with an underlying raisin and prune note. The finish offers balanced malt and spicy characters from hops and rye.
“Once again, we really worked hard to ensure the beer tied nicely into the themes of the show,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang. “Obviously the use of ancho chilies pays homage to the dragons, but the use of rye and spelt wheat links back to the Dothraki people that Daenerys is leading – they are nomads of the plains and these are the grains that would be well at home there.”
“Our partnership with Brewery Ommegang has been a huge success, and we look forward to Fire and Blood being the hottest entry yet,” said Josh Goodstadt, Director of HBO Global Licensing. “Ommegang has consistently delivered superior quality beers that reflect a deep passion for the show and open up an entirely new facet of the series to its legion of fans and beer lovers alike.”
Fire and Blood Red Ale will be released in spring (exact launch date still TBC) in the lead-up to the debut of Season 4. It will be available nationwide on both draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $8.50 per bottle.
Unfortunately, I was unable to set my hands on the first beer, but I loved Take the Black Stout. I’ve become somewhat of a Game of Thrones nerd, having watched the show and just started the second book. Really excited about this one!
I was very excited when I found Ommegang Take the Black Stout. I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones show and I just finished the first book. Plus, with it being from Ommegang, I have high hopes for this one.
Really easy to pour a bit too aggressively. Pours black (it better!) with a rather dark khaki head. The aroma is full of dark fruit, smoke, and anise. Interesting flavor. Dark bread, dark fruit, a bit of char and smoke. Hops don’t really come in until the finish. There is a hint of anise in the background, but it’s not overpowering. Also some of the flavor you’ll get from yeast in other Belgian Dark Ales. Lacing so thick, it practically coats the entire glass.
This is really quite good. I’d love to enjoy a few of these once the show is back on!
Ommegang Hennepin is one of those beers that I’ve been meaning to try for years, but for some reason, I never pick it up. That is changing.
Pale, hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that nearly overran my glass. Aroma is both fruity and earthy. Very crisp on the tongue. Almost to the point of being sharp. Honey, ginger, orange, coriander, with earthy malt and hops. Finishes on the dry side. Just a little bit of funk from yeast at the end. That last sip was almost like an apple wine.
Amazing flavor, complexity, and balance. Wonderful
Here is another I have been trying to get my hands on for a while, Southern Tier Choklat.
Darker than expected with a tight, light brown head. As expected, however, the aroma is full of chocolate. Bitter chocolate is indeed the most pronounced flavor, but there is so much more going on. Vanilla, some coffee, and oak. Wouldn’t be surprised if this were barrel aged (but not bourbon barrel aged). Long, dry, chalky finish with hints of marshmallow. The 10% ABV really warms on the way down, too.
To recap, huge flavors, well balanced, great texture, and a heaping helping of booze. What else would you expect from Southern Tier? It’s excellent.
Lots of interesting flavor, even if it’s tough to figure out what all is there at first. Piney hops definitely come through, along with sweet citrus and caramel. This is positively bursting with hop flavor throughout. Including in a lasting, bitter finish.
A winter lager, but with none of the cinnamon and clove of others. It’s all hops and 9% ABV.
The biggest, baddest lager I’ve had
If the name has you thinking this is a straightforward chocolate stout, the aroma will let you know you’ve wandered into Imperial Stout territory with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.
The pour is as dark as you’ll find with a fluffy dark tan head. The smell is filled with toasted and charred malts, dark fruits, and dark rum. The flavor is complex and powerful. A hit of alcohol comes first, followed by charred marshmallows, dark fruit, and chocolate. Noticeable kick from the hops leads to a long, dry, woody, slightly sour finish.
Very big, very tasty. Grade: B
There is no doubt that Trappist Monks know a thing or two about brewing beer. So Ommegang Abbey Ale certainly has a lot to live up to with their interpretation of a world-class style of beer.
The color is spot on for a Dubbel. Deep ruby with a fluffy off white head. The familiar sweet malt and sour fruits fill the nose. The flavor is quite close, too. Sweet malt, fruit, lots of spice and black pepper. Maybe some anise, too. Full and creamy in the mouth with a pleasant alcohol warmth on the way down from the 8.5% ABV.
If there is any drawback, I’m getting an overly salty soy sauce flavor.
Overall, it’s outstanding, but I would put it a notch below similar offerings from true Trappist breweries.
Southern Tier makes some rather tasty dessert style beers like Pumking and Creme Brulee Stout. Mokah is another stand out. The aroma of chocolate, coffee, and booze will draw you in from the next room.
Supremely creamy, the slightly sweet chocolate takes over at first then leading to strong coffee and a boozy finish. It’s like letting a strong chocolate rum ball melt in your mouth. Loads of caramel. Toasted, but not charred. Hints of raisin, too. The hops provide a necessary kick at the end.
Another delightful, and huge, beer from Southern Tier. They’re quickly moving up my list of top breweries.