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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,474 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of SpicyHippo73
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jbrianlee88
4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kerry4porters
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Brian29
4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KevBot89
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark, murky brown. Burnt caramel, dark fruits (plums and raisins), figs and dates, tobacco, toffee. Some bourbon, significant oak but not overwhelming. Some earthy and herbal notes in the background. The mouthfeel is super creamy. Somehow, after all this time, there's still a slightly boozy presence both on nose and taste.

This beer is worldly. Very glad I got to try it.

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

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

Photo of fthegiants
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Shared with JLindros. He's already had this, but, this is #3000 and I can't think of another person I'd like to share this with.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clearish darker brown hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, super rich bourbon, malt sweetness, nice dark fruits, nice vanilla. Quite aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Loads of caramel, nice malt sweetness. Really good bourbon notes that are really pleasant and sweet. Loads of vanilla too with tons of juicy bourbon and barrel.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall, this was an excellent barleywine. That being said it was still rather sweet, heavy malts. Realistically, this beer is past it's prime. There is good dark fruit with nicer sticky toffee. The bourbon here shines though.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, sweet, alcohol hidden well but it was a bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was really good, great bourbon notes. That being said it really is a shell of the beer it once was. Delicious barleywine though with great bourbon qualities.

Serving type: bottle

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

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

Photo of Eziel
4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mattreitz49
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This is the first 5/5 I have given out since April '15 (DB Hunahpu). This is unquestionably the best barleywine I have ever had, and it is drinking amazingly well right now. Now is the time to open it. Do it, you can thank me later.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -30.7%
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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Photo of MisterMike
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Bferber
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kidzord
4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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