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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,248 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,689
Gots: 500 | FT: 17
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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russwbeck

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber to brown pour that you can see through at points. Only a hint of off white head, but hardly any builds up at all. Some bubbles are noted racing to the top of the glass.

S: Everybody seems to be picking up some soy sauce on the taste, which I can see, but I don't think it's overwhelming. I get mostly caramel malt, only hints of bourbon that are well masked, but come out at random points. Sweet malts are certainly the focus for me. As the beer warms the alcohol on the aroma is WAY more noticeable. It almost drowns out everything else.

T: The taste is very well blended. It doesn't hit on being too sweet, but that's the focus for me. Lots of bourbon and vanilla, which hide the alcohol well. Caramel malts and chocolate add to the sweetness, but also to the balance. The beer has a great balance, but I can't say it's completely knocking my socks off. As it warms up the alcohol comes out more as it did on the aroma.

MF: Medium body with a low to average amount of carbonation and a syrupy quality. The balance and my love for Bourbon make this really drinkable for me, but I would say it might be a bit better after another year or so.

O: Considering the hype around this beer and its 100 rating, I have to say I'm a little disappointed. This beer is phenomenal don't get me wrong, I just thought it was going to blow me away and it didn't. One of the best barleywines I've had, but not one of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 02:05:22 | More by russwbeck
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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.