King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by dbc5:
4.95/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
22 ounce bottle poured into 10 out Kentucky Bourbon Stout snifter.
A: Pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Held to light, some amber tones shine through. Color is beautiful (although I'm sure some would complain of it being too dark for the style). Very minimal head, even with fairly aggressive pour. No lacing to speak of, but do get some alcohol legs with each swirl of the glass.
S: So much going on in the nose. The bourbon is present and yet not overpowering, letting oak, vanilla, candied caramel, dark fruits, graham cracker, and a brown sugar sweetness push their way through. Phenomenal nose.
T: So much complexity. I am experiencing the beer differently with each sip. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, marshmallow, brown sugar, and of course bourbon. It seems that with each sip, a new flavor takes the prominent role. The use of dark malt (chocolate I believe) imparts an interesting element that isn't present in your typical English barleywine. I'm picking up some interesting flavor similarities between this and Dark Horse's BB Monster 29, although they are clearly different beers and the Monster 29 is far sweeter.
M: Sticky, thick, and tongue coating. Carbonation is mild and appropriate for a barrel aged barely of this size.
O: Hands down, the finest barleywine (barrel aged or otherwise) I have had to date. I'm honestly not sure that I have ever enjoyed a beer more than this one. Were there slightly more head and lacing, this might have been my first ever perfect 5. Simply phenomenal.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2013 00:56:58 | More by dbc5
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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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