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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,247 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,689
Gots: 498 | 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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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

10-07-2012 03:13:56 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Bottle pour provided by ehammond1 at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is exactly the same with an alcohol kick in the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine that is worth the hype surrounding it. This beer was the unanimous winner of the blind tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:43:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -15.1%

06-24-2012 01:23:20 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Lunch.

Pours a dark copper-caramel color with a good off-white head. The nose brings some very smooth bourbon. So smooth. Great vanilla and caramel in the background. Flavor hits smooth bourbon and light oak tannin. Body is incredibly smooth with a great bourbon character. Really delicious. Absolutely fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:53:18 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011 release

Appearance: A small head caps the fudge colored liquid and quickly becomes a ringlet without leaving much lace behind

Smell: Caramel, figs, dates and chocolate

Taste: Caramel and chocolate, up front, with both citrus and bourbon elements arriving by mid-palate; the bourbon dominates the finish, though there is plenty of caramel to go around

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit of heat in the gullet

Overall: This beer packs a wallop of flavor but at this stage of its development, it is rather hot; I imagine this will improve dramatically over the next year or so

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:42:54 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +6.2%

07-14-2012 21:38:38 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As rich, powerful, and succulent as any Barleywine that I have tasted. But with exquisit balance and surpring smoothness- is this the premiere Barleywine going forward?

The beer opens with a rusty garnet pour, very viscous, the beer carries an oily visual texture with cordial-like legging upon modest foam light tan and slight orange barley stains. Its overall appearanc is that of rich ale meets brandy.

Mouthwatering and succulent flavors and aromas of bourbon-soaked plubs, dates, cherries, figs, dates, nuts, apples, raisons, and prunes all layer upon the rich barley malt flavor of toffee, maple, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate. Barrel-rich caramels, vanilla, and vinous woods also offer all the flavor of bourbon but with little of the associated fusal heat. An absolutely delicious staple that sets the bar extremely high for any barleywine wishing to compete for top honors.

Lush textures depend on the sheer weight of the ale plus the creamy and rich medium carbonation that gives an English-like robust textrue that chases the flavors from start to finish. Growing heat rises to provide a long and tawny finish of Port and Sherry with a long and moderate dryness in finish.

I have never been saddened more to see an empty glass as I was after this one finished. I'm an absolute sucker for sweet barleywines and this one delivers with the perfect culmination of all the Barleywine flavors that I appreciate the most. Marvelous on all fronts!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 19:14:59 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

06-24-2012 15:39:01 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Dan.

Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. Rich bourbon aroma as well as plenty of dark fruits such as raisins and plums. A nice caramel and brown sugar aroma, too. A strong flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Heavy on the brown sugar and toffee as well as some dark fruit notes. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 18:09:00 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-11-2012 23:13:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

07-18-2012 16:23:27 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-18-2012 01:23:54 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

5/5  rDev +6.2%

08-24-2013 14:00:31 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

11-27-2011 17:17:49 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-12-2011 04:02:48 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was sent to me by mjmadsen21, big thanks on this one. This poured out as a very dark burgundy color with a fizzy tan head head on top. The head doesn't last long and only leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not the most impressive looking beer that's for sure. The smell is big, lots of bourbon, sweet fruity malts and plenty of ethenal heat filling the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet, loaded with dense malt and plenty of sweetness. Elements of vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and oily thickness with some bubbles that gently dance on the tongue. The beer is smooth and sticky. Overall it's huge, very boozy even after sitting in the bottle for a couple years. Really nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:24:44 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Thought I was gonna miss out on this bad boy, but Mike graciously shared with us for the Super Bowl party. It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by about a half-finger or so of off-tan foam. The nose comprises plum, caramel, oak, toffee, light bourbon, brown sugar, clove, light vanilla, dark fruit, and a twinge of madeira. The taste brings in more of the same, but there's a strong gust of booze that topples all in its wake. Some of the complexity remains underneath, but it's all colored by the heat. The body is a strong medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a generally solid b-wine, but one that is far too hot at the moment (relatively fresh). I can tell, though, that age will treat this guy very, very well...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:36:16 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a burgundy color with little to no head. It did leave some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, vanilla and oak. It had some sweet caramel and toffee notes, too.

T - It tasted very malt and sweet with caramel and sweet toffee. Nice vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors show off the aging.

M - It was crisp, sharp and relatively smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a delicious English Barleywine. Goose Island can still bring it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:40:58 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Healthy pour into a tulip glass yields a thin layer of ecru foam on the surface that fades away quickly. Given the ABV, it's no surprise there's not much head retention. Color is a stunning deep crimson when backlit, otherwise a dark reddish copper with perfect clarity.

Sweet and confectionary aromas of rich toffee and bourbon caramel syrup.
Mellow traces of wood and vanilla from the re-used bourbon barrels.

Pralines, toffee, toasted almonds, toasted coconut, vanilla, cajeta. Trace oak woodiness and bourbon traces blend seamlessly, though there is a hint of spirit that bites just a tiny bit. Low carb, somewhat tannic and oaky, lip smackingly sweet upfront like homemade toffee, impossible richness. The flavor lingers so long, it could easily be 5 min. between sips, just savoring it. It may not be Wooden Hell, but it's on the same level for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:58:39 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-15-2012 18:39:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another fine tick shared by womencantsail. Thanks, Andrew.

Mahogany body topped by a lasting leather hued crust.

Smells pretty damn great, nutty and caramelized with subtle barrel notes. Bourbon is still surprisingly present for second use barrels, lending a great richness to an already rich foundation.

The palate is boozier than the aroma, but still really nice. Nutty, lightly oxidized with a big caramel malt backbone. Little bit of earthiness, somewhat tobacco/cigar-like. Bit of dried fig fruitiness. Full-bodied, rich, decidedly sweet and malty but not cloying by any means. Nice fruit-oak-caramel finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:26:13 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

01-02-2012 17:44:40 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

03-08-2012 02:12:17 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to the release too late to actually buy bottles, so I just went straight to the pub and got a 5oz sample. Served in a Goose Island taster pint.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a thick collar, a few wisps, and minimal spotty lacing. The body is an attractive brown-ruby color that reveals some transparency when held to the light.

S - Toffee, caramel, red fruits, burnt sugars, oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, a bit of spicy alcohol, and very faint bourbon notes.

T - Taste has less barrel presence, and is heavier on the sweet stuff with intense treacle, toffee, red licorice, Sultana raisins, burnt brown sugar, toasted malts, and a bit of oaky vanilla and coconut. Again, overt bourbon presence is low.

M - Sticky, full body, with an extremely chewy and viscous texture. Stickiness lingers indefinitely actually. Lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A very good barrel-aged barleywine that has a lot in common with the base beer. The barrels were second use, so this didn't pick up a lot of additional alcohol, resulting in a nice aged, mellow character. Not quite top-tier, but worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:20:33 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into a couple of snifters. Massive thanks go to wishuwerebeer for sharing this guy.

Pours a deep ruby in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of dark mocha head. This maintains some rich ringing around the edges and thin wisps that skim the center, leaving back a good bit of sudsy spotty lacing. The aroma smells OMG dense with delicious notes of brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, and then a wee bit of charred oak on the edges. This is just so smooth and flavorful in the nose and is hands down one of the best noses on a beer that I smelled in a LONG time!

The taste is similar to that already fantastic aroma, with notes of cocoa, brown sugar, coconut (which I usually have trouble picking up), roast, and then dry tannic char and a touch of spicy alcohol on the finish. The flavors here are so smooth. I can’t stress that enough. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a mellow prickle to it but then works its way into more of a chewy creaminess along the back. That 13% is just beautifully hid has well and might overall be one of the smoothest feels for a beer this big that I’ve had.

What a phenomenal BA Barleywine this is! When I first added this to the database 2 years ago it was great (this was the version that had just been barrel-aged in regular BCS barrels) but this Rare-aged version just takes things to a brand new level. The brown sugar, vanilla, and coconut flavors just SOAK the profiles and I’m hard pressed to think of a barrel-aged beer that I’ve enjoyed more than this one in quite a while. I’m so glad that I finally got to check this out in the bottle. Thanks again for sharing Bryan!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 14:36:32 | More by Kegatron
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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.