King Henry | Goose Island Beer Co.

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100
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1,475 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:
1,475
Reviews:
325
Avg:
4.62
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
1,746
Gots:
491
For Trade:
23
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of kidzord
4.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftsb41
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Armando_Perez
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of freshcarl
4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TGanyone
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Looks exactly as you would want a barrel aged, English Barleywine to look. Brown, yet clear.

Smell was a great combination of roast, dark stone fruits and brown sugar. I could smell this all day during the winter.

Taste, a perfect example of this style. How you hope the barrel would add to a barleywine without taking anything away. So smooth. Sweet without being overly so. Everything someone who likes a good barleywine and good bourbon could hope for.

Feel exactly as I expect this style to be. Smooth, with a little alcohol heat at the end, but not overly so.

Overall, an amazing beer. I'd heard this was starting to fall off. Well, if this is falling off, I'm happy to go with it. A great beer and the best BA English barleywine I've ever had. It was a treat to try this and I recommend anyone who has the chance to, do so.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xtonytx
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of AshevilleHomebrewer
4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bagman007
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of strohme2
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cultclassic89
4.61/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Having this for no good reason on a Monday afternoon. Why? Because screw it, that's why!

A - Almost completely black, but actually dark burgundy with zero head

S - Overpowering dark fruits: figs, raisins, plums. Sweet, sweet bourbon, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and a fair share of malts.

T - Sweet, sticky bourbon first and foremost followed by some vanilla, toasted coconut, and caramel. Heavy malt presence with a slight alcohol sting.

M - Smooth as all hell. Pretty thick and viscous like a stout. Some lingering malt flavors and a minor warmth on each sip

O - I mean, overall, this is a fantastic BA Barleywine, but I can't help but think the hype precedes it. Again, it's superb in every way, but just don't sell the farm to get a bottle. Bourbon County Barley wine is just as good and won't cost you an arm and a leg.

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Photo of Beersmuggler
4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of radio2525
4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Kevlee722
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

King Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.62 out of 5 based on 1,475 ratings.
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