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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,249 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,689
Gots: 500 | 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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Doogermeister

Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark/dark amber almost black color.

Smell is mild when comparing it to a BCBS but has a similar aroma to it.

Taste is a much smoother more refined bourbon county. The beer I feel is like a grand reserve BCBS but with little bourbon barrel flavor. One of the greatest stouts I've ever had and at 50 dollars a pop, still well worth it.

The mouthfeel starts out thick then rapidly thins out due to high alcohol content. The mouthfeel isn't as thick or as syrupy as a BCBS. I feel that it is much more refined. In every way

King Henry is one of those super rare beers that should never be passed up at almost any price. It is a rare find and well worth the money. Best stout I've had, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:35:56 | More by Doogermeister
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-06-2013 00:14:59 | More by savagepm
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Florida

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-05-2013 09:09:03 | More by beernads
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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-05-2013 02:01:40 | More by hopazoid
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weaksauce

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

06-05-2013 01:59:33 | More by weaksauce
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JerryM1984

Michigan

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-04-2013 02:00:25 | More by JerryM1984
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redsand22

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-03-2013 19:02:50 | More by redsand22
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marcgo2

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-03-2013 18:23:02 | More by marcgo2
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-03-2013 02:31:31 | More by millelacsmark
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anhigdon

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-01-2013 01:22:50 | More by anhigdon
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of claspada. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Placid dark mahogany color with a barely discernible head. Stains the glass with brown sludge.

N: Can smell the caramel and vanilla from halfway across the room. Lots of honey, brown sugar, and a touch of licorice. Candied pecans. Very well rounded.

T: Balanced and well put together. Lots of interplay between the sweetness of bourbon and the underlying bourbon. There's a slight cocoa to this and similar oak flavors to Sucaba. It's a natural for the style.

M: Rich, filling, and the alcohol is actually well-hidden.

O: This is a beer worth lingering over, but it's very much a dessert. In fact, after so much apparent praise above, the reason this isn't getting higher marks is that by the end of my half of the bottle, I'm fairly sick of drinking this. It's really good upon the first impression and through the first 4 oz, but this is not one that goes the distance for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:38:46 | More by writerLJBerg
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-28-2013 16:20:55 | More by stereosforgeeks
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-26-2013 17:02:44 | More by CarolinaKevin
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-25-2013 01:14:37 | More by nrs207
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weonfire

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 10/08/11

A - Dark Brown/Mahogany, tiny amount of head around rim, tiny amount of carbonation rising, zero head.

S - Sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, carmel, brown sugar, touch of biscuit, aged fruits: prune, figs,

T - Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate. Finish: dry biscuit, bitter vanilla and booze (4/10)

M - Heavy, extremely thick, very full body, super cream, frothy, syrup, chest gets warm from booze

O - This is the heaviest, fullest, closest to syrup beer I've ever consumed. So much that it wasn't even drinkable until just about room temperature. Yes, the nose is excellent. The taste doesn't have the bourbon one would expect but is very pleasant, vanilla is very dry and bitter with a rather hot finish. No matter- the overwhelming characteristic is the over exceeding thickness, syrup. I cannot get past that.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 23:03:18 | More by weonfire
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Texas

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

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Texas

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-19-2013 23:03:38 | More by Ak555667
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Iowa

5/5  rDev +6.2%

05-19-2013 11:52:45 | More by davesway10
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.