King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.55/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle dated 10/08/11 0840
A: Pours a dark reddish brown with just a tiny light brown head. Fizzes away to nothing almost immediately. No lacing.
S: Wow. Super rich and sweet with loads of caramel, toffee and molasses. Hint of brown sugar. Heavy dark fruits too, raisin, fig and cherries. Maybe even a little grape skin? Boozy but not overly so. A bit of oaky vanilla envelops it all. Wonderfully strong aroma.
T: Wow again. Up front there is tons of vanilla, toffee and then molasses. Touch of brown sugar in there again. Stinging alcohol and then the oak kicks in in the middle along with some more vanilla. Finishes with oak and toffee. Lingering oak and coconut in the aftertaste. Caramel pervades throughout the brew kicking up the sweetness a notch. Not as fruity as in the nose but I get hints of dark fruits everywhere. There are even hints of chocolate throughout as I drink it some more.
M: Thick, heavy, almost syrupy but not quite there.
O: Well, this is by far the best english barleywine I've ever had so how can I rate it anything but a 5? A huge, complex and balanced barleywine to say the least.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2012 03:39:20 | More by Dope
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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
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
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