Brewery Ommegang Mother of Dragons – Smoked Beer at 6.6% ABV | 24 IBU

Brewery Ommegang Mother of Dragons Smoked Beer at 6.6% ABV | 24 IBU (C$15.99 at Okotoks Co-Op, 750 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 28-Apr-2019, reviewed 28-Apr-2019)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with two fat fingers of rocky beige head, good retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart cherry, bready malt, chocolate, light smoke. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart, light smoke. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration lightly tart finish. (4/5)

I wasn’t certain what to expect from a “Smoked Porter and Kriek Ale Blend”, but it ended up being quite pleasant. The Porter and Kriek flavours work pretty seamlessly together, with an overall effect not unlike chocolate-covered cherries. I certainly don’t dislike smoked beers, but feel that the light character of the smoke here was nicely done, playing to the whole “dragons” thing without detracting from the overall effect. The relatively light body also worked well with the restrained sweetness, making for a surprisingly approachable beer overall. (16/20)

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