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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,192 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1192
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 9.34%


Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewer's notes:
Aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23 bourbon barrels, previously used to age Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout. King Henry is a burgundy hued English-style barleywine with aromas of vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Caramel and toffee flavors blend together with bold notes of bourbon delivered in a smooth body followed by a malty finish. No matter the occasion, King Henry promises a regal drinking experience.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-16-2010)
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kingcrowing

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4.33/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a sampler.

Pours a deep Ruby/dark brown with really no head at all. Nose is sweet and a bit winey and boozy.

Taste is sweet caramel, oak, vanilla, booze and Bourbon. Mouthfeel is is full and rich, a nice bitterness on the finish. Really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 16:24:54 | More by kingcrowing
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What I notice that differentiates the beer is that it has a more aggressive complexity of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and more fruit character. It has longer lingering character of bourbon on the end.

It is surprising that the beer has more complexity and depth of flavor. I am curious however whether Bourbon County with age will change into this King.

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A:Ochre bronze, clear and attractive with a bare tan head.

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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.