King Henry | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
100
world-class
1,474 Ratings
King HenryKing Henry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Kegatron on 08-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,474
Reviews:
325
Avg:
4.62
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
1,746
Gots:
491
For Trade:
23
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4.03/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At DLD, buddy saved me a pour of this whale from the early am bottle sharing in line. The BEST and I mean the BEST friend ever as this isn't the first time he has saved a pour of a whale for me to try. Had a beautiful rustic orange brown color and even looked thick. Had a great balance of the barleywine flavors with the used BCBS Bourbon barrels. Just something else I can't describe partially due to lots of other beers during DLD. But easily this was the one I recall and stood out from all the other great beers. That alone tells ya how great this one is.

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Photo of ellswrth
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rmpic82
4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cola color with burnt orange outer rim when held to light. Beautiful butterscotch on the nose. Luscious, full front palate that fades a bit too quickly. Perhaps the age is starting to get to it, but I was looking for more depth and mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and a very solid BW.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.98/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jlang2012
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours dark brown, medium syrup looking thickness, no head
S: sweet and sharp dark fruit, mellow bourbon.
T: big flavors...not lacking at all after 5 years. Big sweetness, bourbon still hugely present. Still has a bit of alcohol bite, not harsh but not as smooth as I figured / hoped.
F: medium thickness, smooth as can be. Coats well.
O: an awesome babw! But a step behind Ba vermilion's richness and thickness.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- The beer poured a murky brown color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The beer had a muted sweet malt nose.

Taste - The sweetness of the barley wine and bourbon blend together perfectly. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, sweet malts, and candied prunes are present. Any burn from the bourbon is masked. It may be the aging but any hotness is gone.

Mouthfeel- With the style in mind, the feel is both malty and creamy. Any sense of carbonation has disappeared.

Overall- For purposes of comparison, I would've liked to of tried this fresh. Even five years later, this is a darn good beer.

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Photo of YvesB
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Docrock
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nawpnawp
4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very flat brown that let's a little bit of light through. The smell is very sweet raisin, vanilla and Rare like; a lot of the barrel comes through on this. Surprisingly there is still some heat in the nose. The taste is a lot of the same. It is impressive how well it has held up for 5 years. It could easily do another 5 IMO.

Honestly, I don't think it's much better than a BCBBW -- not in the way Rare triumphs over regular BCBS. If I were given one of the two randomly, I don't think I'd be able to get the answer right every time. I'm happy to have gotten to try it, but for what it takes to get one, I'll have a BCBBW instead.

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Photo of Klourie
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jaunty
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/08/2011 Bottle of King Henry. Opaque sable brown poured, creamy 1/4 inch head. The aroma was delicious. Just heavenly! Taste- Nutty, caramel, bourbon. Like a smooth liquor, warmed me to my soul. Substantial mouthfeel, but not too thick. Syrupy smooth and very fine. Shared with friends, all had enthusiast words of praise. Wish I had another, but the first taste of the fruit will always be the best.

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Photo of Tertullian007
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of calcnerd
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Winterborn
4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xdtfx
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.62 out of 5 based on 1,474 ratings.
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