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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: 1,688
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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ryantho00

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saved this one for a bachelor party, first beer of the night! Thanks Mark for the opportunity to experience this legendary brew.

This pours a deep maroon, brownish deep almost black oily viscous liquid, with a small tan finger that fades quickly.

Boy oh boy what a wonderful nose! I get deep coffee, chocolate, an almost sweet ting from the bourbon and a nice sweet maltiness underneath.

Wow, I was expecting a harsh bourbon experience, but how pleasantly surprised I was to taste coffee, caramel, some vanilla, an almost marmite (english veggie spread) middle, marshmallow, oak, very nice maltiness, exceptional balance. Just a wonderful experience as promised.

Wow what a nice full mouthfeel that is one of the most balanced brews I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. It is superbly balanced with an array of masterful flavors throughout. I consider myself lucky to have tried this, excellent brew. I am not usually a fan of barleywines, (look at some of my previous reviews...) but I cannot find much of a flaw to this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 22:33:18 | More by ryantho00
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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.