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King Henry - Goose Island Beer Co.

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100
world-class

1,263 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,685
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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SHODriver

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-30-2013 03:31:18 | More by SHODriver
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California

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-28-2013 01:48:41 | More by bird22
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eggs

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-25-2013 19:25:55 | More by eggs
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Kmccabe33

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-24-2013 21:22:57 | More by Kmccabe33
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Petrofessor

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-22-2013 03:16:08 | More by Petrofessor
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-17-2013 17:08:12 | More by mrandypandy
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Roger85

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-17-2013 00:20:38 | More by Roger85
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-16-2013 04:43:25 | More by josephwa
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.69/5  rDev -0.4%

Bottle

A - Dark brown and ruby body. Looks a bit like whiskey actually as it has a warming look to it.

S - Slight dates and dark fruit initially. The barrel really shines through as you get lots of sweet bourbon and a good oak presence

T - Dark fruit and a strong date presence comes through initially. There is a ton of bourbon and butterscotch that give it a nice sweetness along with a nice bourbon presence. There is the most chocolately barleywine that I've had as well which is where you can tell that this was aged in second use BCBS barrels. This adds such a nice complexity that you don't normally find in BW's. The finish is pure bourbon and oak.

M - Medium body with light stickiness that makes this easy to drink but helps deliver the flavor. The finish has lots of oaky spiciness to it.

O - Great barleywine with tons of barrel and chocolate presence to it. Definitely lived up to my expectations. This one is still drinking great and is super balanced.

06-15-2013 16:44:21 | More by jeonseh
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mindspin315

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +6.2%

This is seriously a beer to end all beers. If any barrel aged English BW can get better, let me know? (Ok, I see you lurking Kuhnhenn BBBW).

Appearance: Dark ruby hued brown body. A sort of head forms quickly and dissipates equally as fast. Lots of lacing and legs.

Smell: Huge fresh oak, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and hints of dark chocolate. Other aromas come through; such as dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum, black cherry), vanilla from the wood, toasted coconut, sweet apple skin, and a faint roasted nuttiness (pecans), tobacco. Light sherry and port wine presence as well. Incredible aroma. You could pull plenty of different aromas with each smell.

Taste: The light aroma presence of sherry/port wine comes out big in the flavor. Sweet apple skin, caramel, toffee, and figs upfront. One of the biggest tastes is toasted coconut. The palate is left with plenty of flavor. Everything from sweet caramel/toffee, dark fruits, bourbon, char, and vanilla. Along with a mild dark chocolate presence.

Feel: Low carb...not flat, but not gonna tickle your tongue. Incredibly smooth, glides across the palate with a heat that would never tell you this is 13%. Def knows how to coat the palate and stick around. Mild alcohol heat (incredible for the high ABV).

King Henry is absolutely amazing. It is worthy of all the hype it gets! From aroma to feel, I can't name a beer that does it better for the style. This is most def a sipper to be enjoyed with company. Although going solo on this wouldn't be a bad decision either!

[100/100]

06-15-2013 07:31:37 | More by mindspin315
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Ayelikebeer

Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

06-14-2013 17:53:13 | More by Ayelikebeer
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Wade5614

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-09-2013 05:30:58 | More by Wade5614
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Benny3000

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-09-2013 02:24:07 | More by Benny3000
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Bluecane

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

06-08-2013 02:41:32 | More by Bluecane
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Doogermeister

Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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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beernads

Florida

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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hopazoid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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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%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%

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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%

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.

05-31-2013 04:38:46 | More by writerLJBerg
King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.