Several readers have asked me about the Game of Thrones beer I tweeted about last night. (I find it hard to sit through a three-hour awards show completely sober.)
In March I sampled the first in Brewery Ommegang's series of Thrones brews. While I enjoyed "Iron Throne Ale," I noted that something a little darker and more intense might better relate to the show.
Well, I gotta tell you, I can't think of a beer darker or more intense than "Take the Black Stout," which just arrived in stores and eateries. Brewed with star anise and licorice root, this beverage is what I'd classify as a "dessert beer" - though, heck, it could probably make a meal on its own.
The flavor was inspired by the Night's Watch and "was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north." If you're a Guinness fan, you're likely to appreciate this, though be aware of its face-numbing 7% ABV.
Because of Iron Throne Ale's massive popularity, Ommegang says it's ramping up production of this variety. The beer comes in 750-milliliter bottles that retail for $8.50 each.
To locate the brew near you, head to Ommegang's handy beer finder.