King Henry | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.71/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: British 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
1,491
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
Wants:
1,746
Gots:
490
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,491 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of Mikaveli
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Buck89
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. A murky rusty, muddy copper-brown color with a modest tan head, Nice scant lacing in the glass. The aroma was smooth whiskey, caramel, sweet malt, and cherries. The taste was incredible. Silky smooth caramel and stone fruit but balanced perfectly with a subtle bitterness and ever so slightly tart cherry note. Vanilla and toffee on the finish. The 13% ABV virtually disappeared on the finish. Just incredible.

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Photo of Winston3737
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BartS
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rristow
4.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Pours dark brown with little to no tan head. Huge aroma of toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, honey. Taste is heavily sweet with no alcohol taste what so ever. Chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of brown sugar, honey, bourbon, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, dark fruits like cherries, and a little nutty flavor. Probably the best barleywine I’ve had.

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Photo of BEER88
4.31/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a barelywine guy, but it was broke out at a bottleshare so I had to taste it. Classic barleywine look on the pour. The smell is sweet molasses, figs, dark fruits, fudge, oak, smoke, candy, bourbon. The taste to me was sweet and boozy, lots of dark fruit and bourbon, and heat. Feel was liter but not lite or weak. Overall not my style but the others enjoyed it lots!

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at barley wine tasting. Murky brown pour, small ring of head. Nice mellow sweetness, maple, molasses and woody barrel notes. Taste brings some booziness, more sweet heat, syrupy, slick, smooth. Great all the way around.

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Photo of Eddiehop
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bonna
4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TboneRN
4.68/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whitenads
4.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyrushire
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbaker67
4.84/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coorsy
4.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rmpic82
4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jlang2012
4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 1,491 ratings