Ommegang Brewery has announced that the fourth and final beer in their Royal Reserve Collection will launch this November with an appropriately wintery name: King in the North!
The beer is a reference, of course, to the current King in the North, Jon Snow. Ommegang chose a barrel-aged imperial stout for their tribute to the solemn leader.
It pours jet black with a thick tan head (whether that was a deliberate joke about Jon remains to be seen). Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate blend with those of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor is rich and full with notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt up front followed by smooth bourbon and a hint of oak. The finish is thick and chewy with oatmeal creaminess, and pleasant lingering roast. King in the North pairs well with funky aged cheeses, rich dark meats and decadent desserts. It also makes a great dessert on its own.
“There was only one character with whom we could end the Royal Reserve Collection,” said Brewery Ommegang president, Doug Campbell. “I don’t think we’re alone in our hopes for Jon Snow.
“We expect this one to bring our fans to their feet to toast the King in the North!” said Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing & retail at HBO.
The King in the North will be available for purchase at the brewery and at retail as of November 23 aka Black Friday (in case you needed something else to remind you of Jon’s solo stand against the Bolton army at the Battle of the Bastards), on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price per bottle is $12.99.
Thus the Royal Reserve Collection comes to a close. If you’ve also enjoyed the other beers in Ommegang’s collection Hand of the Queen, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and Mother of Dragons, be sure to check out the one-of-a-kind gift pack just in time for the holidays, which will feature one 12-ounce bottle of each of the four Royal Reserve Collection beers and a collectible Game of Thrones glass. The suggested retail price for a gift pack is $24.99.