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:
1,490
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
Wants:
1,746
Gots:
490
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,490 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Docrock
4.99/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nawpnawp
4.55/5  rDev -3.4%
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 3-Ball
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jaunty
5/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dddddddd
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Winterborn
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Viperman1316
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpicyHippo73
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jbrianlee88
4.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kerry4porters
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Brian29
4.68/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KevBot89
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 1,490 ratings