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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,318 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,699
Gots: 502 | FT: 23
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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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

pperez38, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mohagany color. It appears to be a deep brown unless some light peeks in. The head is off white with a quick lifespan.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, soy, vanilla, coconut, cola, in no particular order. It's a whirlwind of aromas with no single one dominating.

Wow. What a complexity in the flavor. Vanilla, brown sugar, and oak are at the front, butterscotch, caramel, finished by a cola aftertaste. The most amazing part of the taste is that this is 13.4% abv, aged in bourbon barrels, yet it extracts the flavors without being abrasive.

The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and mellow. Again, I'm amazed at how little of a burn there is. It's still a sipper because it's heavy and complex so I want to savor every sip.

This is an awesome, awesome beer. I'm going to lay another bottle down for a while and see what it does for it. Put this up near the top of my list of favorites.

Vonerichs, Dec 09, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - burgundy colored body with a thin off white head that settles quickly but whats left has good lacing.

S - big whiffs of bourbon oak alcohol heat and a bit of dark fruit in the back.

T - huge tastes of chocolate raisins bourbon coffee. grass hop finish oh man this thing is intense and amazing.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation. astringency from the hops. big boozy feel all over my mouth and throat.

O - wow when i first poured this i was not too impressed but man is this one big amazing beer.

celticfutblclub, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

GimmeGumballHead, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Atlas1977, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Wisconsinality, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

nknauz, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

imperialking, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

leprakhan, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

StevenSpringer, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Durb777, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

SFLpunk, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

normyk, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of hawks10
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

hawks10, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

mcc1654, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Miamilice, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

HopHead84, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

smithm1970, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

thanmad, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Orchids, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

bradner, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

mconz, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Higgity, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Photekut, Dec 04, 2011
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.