“Venture beyond the wall with this Imperial White Ale! Creamy white chocolate dominates the palate with a gentle warming finish and an almost icy looking pour. Best enjoyed North of the Wall! Brewed to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Game of Thrones.”
Appearance: Kinda burnished orange with a finger of off white head. It slowly deconstructs and forms a halo which struggles to produce any lace.
Aroma: Very rich and moreish. Obviously the white chocolate is front and centre with its irresistibly sweet and creamy notes but we’re also picking a jammy raspberry quality which works in beautifully. Anything else we’re getting is slightly nuanced…ripe orange, vanilla, fresh herbs and white petalled flowers like orchids or daisies. Very nice!
Flavour: Follows on from the nose with a tonne of creamy vanilla-laden white chocolate, raspberry coulis, subtle orange and sweet malts entering the fray as well – caramel/toffee and a hint of cookie dough. From here it turns a little syrupy and cloying though, finishing with a slightly acrid booze and artificial white chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Super creamy and smooth. A little sharp and astringent late in the piece. Low-ish Co2 and medium body. As we mentioned the 9% ABV is a little overzealous.
Overall: Although we’re not fans of Game Of Thrones we were instantly keen to try this (and it’s darker pairing – the chilli Stout). The fundamental idea, the artwork and edgy beer styles are all very clever. The actual beer itself is good too, some faults here and there but essentially it’s pretty impressive.