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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,700
Gots: 502 | FT: 21
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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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a long summer in the restaurant business, Labor Day is the time when we finally get a moment to ourselves, and I wanted to spend it with my good friend, King Henry.

I honestly don't have any bad things to say about this beer. At 2 years old, I don't think that it could have possibly fallen off. Anything this delicious and perfect at 2 years must have been even better or not yet at its peak when it first came out.

Big vanilla, charred oak, chocolate, toffee and caramel in the aroma and taste. Finish is long and even the next day I can smell and taste it.

A wonderful experience and as close to perfection as it gets.


ironchefmiyagi13, Sep 03, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had an opportunity to crack open a bottle purchased several years ago at Fishpaws in Md.

The beer pours a tawny, caramel amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is very impressive as well, as I pick up cosiderable vanilla, chcolate, caramel and light coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but if anything, is even better. The beer is sweet of course, but it's not at all overdone, and the soft creamy mouthfeel in this beer is amazaing. This is like drinking some decadent creamy candy nougat, but again, one where the sweetness doesn't overpower the rest of the flavors in the candy. Also, it's nothing short of amazing that this beer is so drinkable for a 13.4% beer. Certainly you can tell the alcohol is up there, but the beer is not at all hot, heavy or tiring on the palate. I can see where drinking an entire bottle of this might be a chore, but otherwise, it's amazing how easy this is to drink.

Very, very impressive, and clearly the two years in bottle has done this beer no harm. This beer is very deserving of all the accolades it's received over the years, and I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

John_M, Aug 30, 2013
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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.