King Henry | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

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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.

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3.01/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think that part of our feeling about this is the hype behind it, and I don't feel like it lived up to it. The bourbon was overpowering, and I don't feel like the base beer really made an appearance. With beers like ADWTD, Aaron, and Leon the barrel is a compliment and adds complexity to the beer with King Henry, I feel like it completely took over. Also, the mouth feel was lacking. It seemed thin for a barleywine, let alone a BA barleywine. I'm very glad I got to try this, again, I just don't feel like it lives up to the hype. Maybe we just had a bad bottle.

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3.2/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, moves to red towards the edges. Small beige head. Boozy as hell aroma. Lots of roast. Not a lot of hops.

Taste, dude, for all the Pappy hype, Pappy barrels sure do seem hot. More toffee, more mouthfeel needed. Seriously. Needs some sweetness or something. A little bit of chocolate in it. Just hot and some dark fruit stuff to it. Don't believe the hype.

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3.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown liquid, some dark red edges throughout it, almost nothing in the way of head, a very small ring of tan head, but literally less than 1/16". Aroma was massive alcohol heat, for being a high end Pappy Van Winkle barrel, I found the aroma to be indistinguishable from some vagrant's choice plastic bottle purchased behind the counter at a quickie mart. Not so much an off-aroma type thing, just harsh. Wet barrel notes as well, not the dry, crisp type of wood, this was like a soggy piece in the wet rained out PacNW.

Taste, damn, if the heat just isn't all over this one as its number one flavor component. Search for it, you can pull out toffee, caramel, vanilla, but you're gonna have to wade through the massive amount of whiskey. Toffee just doens't seem to absorb 13% alcohol as much as high srm malts. Even though these barrels are on their second use, it really seems like the heat is more noticeable and heavier, perhaps because of the difference between the massive malt used in bourbon county the regular, and the base that has just as much in common with a belgian strong dark ale as it does an English barleywine at times (given the figgy presence, raisins, dark sugar, toffee, there was nothing approaching belgian yeast about it).

Ultimately, this beer was like drinking a boilermaker. None of the undercarraige flavors were off, they were just all subtle compared to the domineering presence of the alcohol.

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3.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to MrKennedy for supplying the bottle
Hype train comes to Sydney

A-- Poured a deep dark burgundy, nice ruby tints to this. Basically an off white film, when swirled got half a finger of head. Went back to film pretty quickly. Obvious alcohol legs to this and no lacing at all.

S-- Carmel, bourbon, brown sugar, butter, alcohol and dark fruits. Improved as it warmed but a very underwhelming smell and honestly quite disappointing.

T-- Carmel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, stewed dark fruits, and alcohol. Nice taste to this but nothing mind blowing at all. Not in the class of Rare and how that was.

M-- Slick and rich. Lots of bourbon and the pappy barrel notes. Nice carmel, vanilla finish. Once again it is nice but not crazy good at all.

O-- Utterly overhyped. Would take a few other barleywines over this in a minute. Barrel dominates this and it shows. Good barleywine but would take ABACUS, Arctic Devil, MOAS or a few others before this. Needs more of the base beer. Finished the beer feeling unfilled and disappointed with the hype.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mike. Thanks! Pours a ruddy brownish color with little head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, barrel, booze, and some grain. Heavy mouthfeel. Tastes like it smells. Its just really sweet. If I had to guess this could be Dark Lords cousin its so sweet. So time should do this beer some good.

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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 1,488 ratings