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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,263 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,684
Gots: 495 | FT: 18
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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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-08-2011 16:21:57 | More by Wisconsinality
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nknauz

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-08-2011 14:42:27 | More by nknauz
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-07-2011 18:30:15 | More by imperialking
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leprakhan

California

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-07-2011 08:54:22 | More by leprakhan
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StevenSpringer

California

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-07-2011 03:54:16 | More by StevenSpringer
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Durb777

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-06-2011 21:04:55 | More by Durb777
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

Vermont

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-06-2011 05:28:06 | More by SFLpunk
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normyk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-06-2011 01:12:08 | More by normyk
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hawks10

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottled October 8th, 2011 - Poured into a Goose Island taster...

Pours a nice clear, dark burgundy color with a bit of light tan head that sticks around for a while...

Wow, this beer smells delicious! Rich, sweet caramel and toffee, dark sugars and even a bit of chocolate. The bourbon aspect of this beer, while strong, is so smooth and mellow it is remarkable. The best smelling Barleywine I can remember and one of the better smelling beers period.

This Barleywine tastes as if I have kept it in my cellar for at least two years. Damn. This beer is smooth, any rough edges or sharp corners have been rounded down to give you a smooth decedent treat. Brown sugar and toffee dominate with some creamy vanilla peaking its head out. The bourbon is here in flavor but not in heat, sweet and smooth. Redundant yes, but the beer is just so damn smooth...

Full bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy and coating with just a tiny bit of heat in the end...

This beer is the real deal. The aroma and flavor are spot on for what a barrel aged beer should bring to the table. This beer also shows that better barrels = better barrel aged beer. I only wish I had known how good this was so I could've driven around a bit trying to find another bottle...

12-06-2011 00:05:34 | More by hawks10
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mcc1654

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-05-2011 22:54:18 | More by mcc1654
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-05-2011 22:28:31 | More by Miamilice
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev -5.1%

12/02/2011

Bottle shared by Dan at Strong Ale 2011, thanks!

A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge and an inch of light brown froth.

S: Decadence itself. Dark toffee blends with caramel and brown sugar. Bourbon is evident and complements the traditional English Barleywine characteristics. I get a little earth and vanilla.

T: Sweet toffee with pronounced brown sugar and well integrated bourbon. Vanilla blends with oak and a light coconut presence. Alcohol is evident but not inappropriate for such a potent ABV. Very nice.

M: Upper medium in body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: Very good. I'd love to try this again.

12-05-2011 17:46:19 | More by HopHead84
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smithm1970

Ohio

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-05-2011 07:07:51 | More by smithm1970
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thanmad

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-05-2011 01:52:30 | More by thanmad
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Orchids

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-05-2011 00:45:33 | More by Orchids
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bradner

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-04-2011 22:28:26 | More by bradner
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mconz

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-04-2011 19:30:29 | More by mconz
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Higgity

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-04-2011 19:02:44 | More by Higgity
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-04-2011 14:43:25 | More by Photekut
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.47/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours black with a thin and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is fudge and toffee but not incredibly rich, just smooth and inviting. The flavor is sweet and rich and hot. Luscious caramel, marshmallow, and fudge. The body is full and carbonation is on point for the style.

Although this style has grown somewhat tiring for me, this beer is clearly a standout and worthy of praise it receives.

12-04-2011 01:28:31 | More by alcstradamus
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kenm2118

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-03-2011 05:42:22 | More by kenm2118
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OttoBomb

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-03-2011 04:58:46 | More by OttoBomb
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DirtBoy929

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev -5.9%

Haven't had a barrel-aged barley wine in a while. Nice beer to make a reintroduction. Pours a silky deep brown that turns translucent carmel at the edges when swirled. A little fizzy carbonation escapes on the pour, but no head develops.
Lovely light molasses and bourbon nose, bourbon is subtle. Mouth feel is thick and sweet and not as dry as some bourbon stouts I've had recently. Flavor is also reminiscent of molasses with a lightly earthy touch, and an earthy bitterness like dark chocolate. Of course there is a note of bourbon, but not hot like the liquor. Taste is more boozy than the smell but pleasantly rounded. Appropriately clean and dry finish. Should develop well in the bottle, I hope the sweetness becomes more dry and adds to the already abundant depth of flavor.

12-03-2011 03:14:28 | More by DirtBoy929
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JoeJ1986

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

12-03-2011 01:15:11 | More by JoeJ1986
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.