King Henry | Goose Island Beer Co.

1,476 Ratings
King HenryKing Henry

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

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.

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4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber split 5 ways at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A:Ochre bronze, clear and attractive with a bare tan head.

S&T: Sweet and rich, but not conspicuously. Fig and coconut brulee, vanilla Coke, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pappy characteristics are quite prominent but the base beer is lacking in stature in comparison with BCS.

Lightly syrupy with tingly carbonation. Not overly big or full for the style. Decent alcohol heat, but wanted.

Solid BA barleywine. Easy, not outrageous but a bit tamer than it could be with a ballsier base. Probably why I think Rare is the better beer.

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Lightly carbonated, dark brown, good clarity, minima head and no lacing.

Boozy heat is the only distraction. Bourbon barrel, rich caramel, pruney/rasiny dark fruit.

Rich sweet caramel, dark fruit, a bit of boozy heat, chocolate, and vanilla. Elements play well with others. Lovely. Damned near perfect.

Light but adequate carbonation, full body, highly viscous, with a surprisingly clean finish.

Okay. I give it a 5 for overall. It's a little boozy, but that's to be expected for a 13% beer. Aside from that it is perfect. I've never scored anything a perfect 5, ever. And this is no exception. But it ranks right up there.

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King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.62 out of 5 based on 1,476 ratings.
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