King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.75/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A 22 ounce bottle from fortsambo; I can't thank you enough for this one. Split into tulips to share just prior to our Thanksgiving meal.
Pours a brown, ruby color with about a centimeter of fluffy tan head. Not much in the way of lacing or retention, but given the ABV, I’m not shocked. Some mahogany and even burnt orange hues in the light.
The aroma is wonderfully complex. The first thing I get is some toasted marshmallow and a bit of brown sugar, almost like a graham cracker. Warm bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, melted chocolate, some faded hop citrus notes follow. There is a distinct “bcbs” item in there as well.
The flavor is sublime, beginning with toasted marshmallow, caramel, hazelnut, and a bit of vanilla. Oak, bourbon, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and citrus are all present as well. Again, there’s a faint “stout” quality to it, as well as a bit of maple syrup.
Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and just lively enough from the carbonation to keep it velvety and delicate. There is a warming sensation, but not ethanol burn. All the best flavors linger for just the right amount of time, with a vanilla-hazelnut flavor being the last to go.
This beer is unlike anything I’ve had before. So incredibly complex, and I can’t help but feeling there are aromas/flavors I’m missing and unable to describe. It embodies everything that I want and love in an English barleywine, and it pains me to think I probably won’t have this again.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2012 18:52:31 | More by eclipse54
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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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