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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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King HenryKing Henry

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1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,729
Gots: 505 | 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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-16-2010

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.
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look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to chugalug06 for opening this one up.

Extremely dark, almost black. Doesn't really allow any light through. No real head or any other characteristics to speak of. Appearance falls a little flat, but that's definitely the least of my concerns.

Brown sugar and vanilla. Very sweet smelling. Oak, raisin, and dark fruit come around, but the sweeter notes are dominant.

Bourbon forward. Definite sipper. Again, the sweetness is there, but never cloying. Didn't want my glass to ever end. Full bodied, with just enough carbonation.

I will back the hype. Completely worth it! So glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's about that time... #5 for the night of cellar diving:

Nice snap from the bottle opening when let sit the bottle began to over flow with coffee colored foam. Brew is deep roasty mahogany. No lacing. Looks flat and mostly unappealing. Not as tanic as I imagined it would be.

Amazing aroma of sweet burnt oak with sides of deep vanilla and leaves a delightful scar in the nostrils.

Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Definitely due to the uniqueness it becomes a sipper. High carbonation, good sharp bite, bitterness is incredibly level and forgiving, sweetness is solid and forthcoming. Drinks almost as a stout; lots of milky chocolate.

Drinks great and super smooth. Better like whiskey though... E says. Lots of malty goodness buried within oaky vanilla. Lots of mouthy flavors that linger and continue to draw you back. Thanks for the stellar Bronco glassware Al!!!

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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.