This taster’s note: Often tasting a new beer for the first time doesn’t match up with the second or third tastes, so don’t just rely on that first sip. As for tasters’ notes, remember, everyone’s palate is different so I suggest reading tasters’ notes after you taste the beer. I also enjoy beer at room temp as I find the suppleness of the beer opens up and you discover flavor in more depth. And, count me crazy, but I even like to taste beer when it goes flat. From my point of view, if a beer is delicious, it’ll stay delicious at every level.
Beer: Reserve Collection: Hand of the Queen Barleywine Ale, Game of Thrones Barleywine Ale*
Poured a rich chestnut color, warm toasty nose and tastes like it smells. Surprisingly not too malty with no discernible hops, a nice medium weight. This is an easy-to-drink ale.
* I have never seen Game of Thrones so I don’t know who this Tyrion is; so, I can’t report whether I think Tyrion, for who this beer was brewed, would approve. But I approve.