As Daenerys Targaryen would say, those in power are just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. Now it’s her turn to take the top spot – perhaps in Westeros, but most definitely as the inspiration behind the latest Game of Thrones beer from HBO and Brewery Ommegang.
The new Mother of Dragons brew marks the third beer in the Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four limited edition beers for 2018, each designed and brewed in homage to four of the most epic characters engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms. We previously tasted (and very much enjoyed) the second release, inspired by Cersei Lannister. Mother of Dragons offers a completely different flavor profile: a blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek, representing the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents.
Before we get into the tasting, take a look at how gorgeous the label design is. As always, Ommegang does a fantastic job of making these limited edition beers something collectable and very high quality.
Now that we’ve taken a moment to appreciate those distinctly Targaryen touches on the outside, here are the official tasting notes:
Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries intertwine with subtle smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and full, and the finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of smoke and cherry sweetness. Mother of Dragons is 6.5% ABV and pairs well with smoked gouda and charcuterie, braised meats, and rich desserts like flourless chocolate cake and cherry cheesecake.
As with the Cersei beer, I found that I really enjoyed Mother of Dragons despite not usually being a fan of some elements of the tasting notes in my beer selections. “Smoky” is something I tend to avoid in food and drink, full stop. However, here the smokiness is well-balanced with the other flavors, so I didn’t find it overpowering at all. I definitely got the taste of tart cherries up front, which gives way to a milder, malty taste and then sweeter cherry on the finish.
Mother of Dragons seems to me like a great dessert beer, whether you go the route of a cheeseboard or rich chocolate on the side. While I didn’t have a chance to try the recommended pairings, the cherry notes made me wish I had some flourless chocolate cake in my life. I think that combination would be sinfully good.
I have always been very impressed by what Ommegang achieves in their Game of Thrones beer lineup, and this latest addition did not disappoint. Even when I am skeptical that I will like some of the styles or tasting notes, I am always pleasantly surprised. There was no way I was going to miss out on this one, inspired by my favorite character in the series. I encourage you to check out Mother of Dragons and take what is yours – with fire, blood, and beer.
Mother of Dragons is available now throughout Ommegang’s distribution network, both on draft and in 750ml bottles (suggested retail price: $12.99). Stay tuned for details on the final beer in the Royal Reserve Collection.
Samples provided by HBO Licensing & Retail and Brewery Ommegang. As always, opinions are our own.
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