King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.8/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Poured from bomber into tulip glass.
A- black but not quite jet black if that makes sense. Abiut half inch of head but it wasn't as frothy as I expected it to be. The head dissipates rather quickly as well.
S- tons of bourbon with some fruity undertones. Lots of sweet malt xoming forward as well.
T- delicious. The bourbon hits first strong even after 3 years. Then there is a smooth sweet malt that follows and really holds this beer together. The aftertaste is definitely fruity but not like backyard rye or actual fruit, if that makes sense. Hint of vanilla and oak in there as well.
M - a little bit thinner than I thought it would be but still has a medium body feel and little carbonation. The sweetness of the beer is a little strong but it just makes it a sipper.
O- extrenely well made beer. I can definitely see the hype behind it. Glad I got a few in the trade!
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 03:18:15 | More by mlhyatt
4.74/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Wow, thanks Curran for the big ol 11 oz pour of this. Big time want.
Pours an opaque, murky brown, small film-like head, under a quarter inch, and no lacing.
Smells like dark fruit, smooth seductive bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee, in large amounts. Smells quite concentrated and sweet.
Even at 3 years out, the flavors here are so bright and vibrant. Very, very sweet, almost to the point of cloying, but it finishes slightly dry, keeping it from being too much. The bourbon flavor here is to die for, as expected given the PVW 23 3rd use barrels used. Even though it's 3 years later and 3rd use barrels, the bourbon is still present and forward. Huge notes of maple syrup, toffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, dates, figs, raisins, port, chocolate covered cherries, with a slight boozy twinge that integrates well with everything else and warms you right up. Sipping this on a porch on this cool summer night was just about perfect.
Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, there's a bit of tingly booze and woody bitterness on the lips throughout the session for me. A slow sipper for sure, due to ABV and strong flavors.
This is everything I hoped it would be. At times it was a tiny bit too sweet, but that's the only knock for me. Otherwise, perfection.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 02:18:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.