King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.8/5 rDev +1.9%
22 oz bottled 10-08-2011 poured into my favorite 25 oz snifter. I can't thank Matt (match1112) enough for such a smooth and rewarding trade.
Chestnut hued with some milky haze, King Henry pours deep and mystifying with a small tan crown atop. Unlike old English Barleywines (J. W. Lees 10+ years old vintages), the crown of this King is very creamy and smooth. Retention is just as good as one could expect from a beer of this kind, and swirling results in legs rather than lace. It's potent and it doesn't hide its potency.
Aroma is filled with notes of my favorite dessert: buttery toffee. I imagine this is how it would smell in Old Delhi's sweet shops cooking sohan-halwa. Chocolate, figs and sweet alcohol follow. So smooth, so decadent. This is just as good as my favorite JW! Tastes sweet and rich with plenty of toffee and chocolate; can't say if the chocolate character is coming from its own malt bill or from Bourbon County and Pappy, but it's certainly doing the trick. Slightly tannic and cleansing at the back, very much reminiscent of figs and dates. Some toasted coconut here and there. Sure there is a lot of alcohol, and it's felt not only in the warmth, but also in the taste, and yet it is so smooth! Reminds me of Macallan, if that makes any sense.
The body is big but not syrupy, and the finish not as long as I desire. It seems that the high alcohol is having a cleansing effect on the palate. On a second thought, a Scotch like maltiness lingers, but it's faint and obscure. An incredibly bold and big beer, and just as good as my few favorite Barleywines. And this does not need an age either. I love it and so will you.
4, 5, 5, 4.5, 4.5
02-07-2012 18:13:40 | More by tewaris
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4.8/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
07-03-2014 03:18:15 | More by mlhyatt
4.74/5 rDev +0.6%
Wow, thanks Curran for the big ol 11 oz pour of this. Big time want.
Pours an opaque, murky brown, small film-like head, under a quarter inch, and no lacing.
Smells like dark fruit, smooth seductive bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee, in large amounts. Smells quite concentrated and sweet.
Even at 3 years out, the flavors here are so bright and vibrant. Very, very sweet, almost to the point of cloying, but it finishes slightly dry, keeping it from being too much. The bourbon flavor here is to die for, as expected given the PVW 23 3rd use barrels used. Even though it's 3 years later and 3rd use barrels, the bourbon is still present and forward. Huge notes of maple syrup, toffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, dates, figs, raisins, port, chocolate covered cherries, with a slight boozy twinge that integrates well with everything else and warms you right up. Sipping this on a porch on this cool summer night was just about perfect.
Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, there's a bit of tingly booze and woody bitterness on the lips throughout the session for me. A slow sipper for sure, due to ABV and strong flavors.
This is everything I hoped it would be. At times it was a tiny bit too sweet, but that's the only knock for me. Otherwise, perfection.
06-14-2014 02:18:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Huge thanks to Ron for opening this one with us... I don't know how he does it. Dark brown and mahogany on the pour, with a light-tan head that settles to a collar pretty quickly. Still, thick, somewhat viscous and slightly menacing as it sits in the glass quiety. Good clarity when held up to the light, with not much haze detectable at all.
The aroma is absolutely huge... whether it's good or not, that's one thing... but the size of it is captivating. Sticky caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet molasses, deep figs, heavy oak, prunes, a big, boozy underbody, handfuls of woodsy raisins and a polished dusting of cocoa and chocolate in the end. Huge. Robust. Sticky sweet and largely complex. The best nose on the planet? Probably not... but still, pretty damn fantastic.
I'm a little more blown away by the first sip, as the flavor is even more omnipotent and commanding than the aroma (and even a little better, if you ask me). Lots of oak up front, sticky, heavy toffee, molded vanilla and caramel drizzle, warm bourbon and booze, cavity-inducing brown sugar, more dark fruits like figs and prunes, with a mild touch of cola in the finish, quickly survived by a touch of chocolate and the faintest addition of roast.... Wow.
King Henry is a monster of a beer. I guess that's what happens when you take an already massive barleywine and age it in Pappy 23 barrels that previously held a badass stout for two years. The bourbon character itself is relatively tame, I'm guessing since this is the second usage of the barrels, but King Henry still retains that barleywine-ish boozy character throughout - not to a menacing degree, rather just enough to let you know exactly what you're dealing with here.
There's no doubt this beer is a slow sipper, and the mouth feel is more justification of that. Thick and viscous, such a large body that has a sticky and almost (I repeat, *almost*) syrup-like retention to all sides of your mouth, leaving you with the lasting impression of oak, dying dark fruits, and huge brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Something that must be savored, one sip at a time.
So - King Henry. What a damn fine barleywine. While I do believe the hype train took hold of this one long ago, and it still may be *slightly* over-hyped, it is still a fantastic beer... I just wouldn't give up the farm for a bottle. It still deserves recognition as an incredible beer, although it wanders pretty far from the realm of English barleywines. In any case, it was still a lovely treat and I can't thank Ron enough for letting me indulge.
09-27-2013 14:00:09 | More by tectactoe
4.88/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Pours a dark mahoganey color with a thin ring of cream colored head. Nice lacing.
S - Very nice barrel aged barleywine smell. Some lightly toasted malts, burnt brown sugars, caramel, slight hops and wonderful pappy barrel smell. The barrels bring out some mild vanilla, wood, and a touch of coconut.
T - Similar to the smell, very sweet. I can feel the carbonation and taste it. The spices are very prevalent in the taste along with some subtle bourbon notes. I am getting some oak here as well.
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. astringency from the hops. big boozy feel all over my mouth and throat.
O - Wow, this is easily the surprise of the year for me. I had no idea about this beer until last week and can now say with ease that this is in my top 5 of all-time. I just got into barley wines this year and didn't think anything could beat abacus and this blows it away.
12-14-2011 15:30:28 | More by SkiBum22
4.63/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date, also states that it will develop in the bottle over five years. Bottle #1028. 13.4% ABV ... this should be interesting.
LOOK: Opaque brown, head is virtually non-exsistant.
SMELL: Booze soaked fruit, barrel char, bourbon, vanilla, maple, wood, melon rind, peppery.
TASTE: Viscous, creamy, sherry, toasted wood, heavy char, ink, gritty, dark chocolate, bready, ripe cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, lost leafy hop bitterness, boozy, spicy peppercorn, barrel dryness in finish.
Does it live up to the hype? Hell yeah! Massively complex. English Barleywine meets American bourbon barrel-aging with a nod to Old Ales as a byproduct. Goose Island once again proves their mastery of maturing beer in wood. Even King Henry would be impressed.
03-08-2012 02:09:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.43/5 rDev -5.9%
Huge thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brown color with a very small tan head. The aroma has a ton of maple and bourbon in it, with some nice toffee and caramel notes thrown in. Even with all of the alcohol in the aroma, the beer manages to not smell that boozy. The flavor is great as well. I get a ton of molasses, whiskey, caramel and maple, as well as a good amount of oak. All of the notes go very well together making this an outstanding beer. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very happy I got to try this one.
06-16-2012 15:26:40 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-11-2012 16:24:54 | More by kingcrowing
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
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