Prince Henry | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prince Henry is an English Style Barleywine brewed with four different kinds of malt. The majority of this beer went into Bourbon barrels to be aged for an end of the year release as King Henry but we put some into kegs to serve at this event (Paddy Long's tap takeover) without barrel aging. The beer is sweet, and malty with notes of caramel and toffee.

Added by emerge077 on 07-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Hanger Room, poured into a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark red with minimal head and light penetration. The little head that was present left a thick, clear coating in its path.

S- Dark fruits and bourbon.

T- Bourbon up front that fades to a raisin-like sweetness, then goes back to bourbon with some faint cinnamon-like spice.

M- Mouth-coating, almost cognac-like, although there was some carbonation present that helped to subdue it.

O- I am usually not too big on the style. The way everything came together had me at first sip. I hope this is something that will make it to bottles.

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Photo of Agold
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hanger Room.

A dark copper/light brown color with a creamy cap of foam that retains very well and leaves some nice lacing.

Big sweet malty smell with notes of caramel, toffee and some brown sugar. Light hops in there as well.

Huge, malty and sweet. The hops are there, but really take a back seat to the caramel and toffee sweetness from all of the malt. The great thing about this is that there is zero alcohol present and no harshness like some young barleywines can have. The taste is just perfect for the style.

Full bodied and sticky smooth all around.

This has to be one of the best representations of the style that I have ever consumed. So tasty with zero harshness nor booze. Would love to have this again, especially in the barrel aged version.

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Hanger Room in Willernie (yes, that's a real city, I looked it up, I'm as surprised as you are). Great place, if it were a bit closer I could visualize my ass bellied up to the bar fairly often. Thanks to translucent for calling out this tapping!

Anyways, the beer is delivered, 8-10 ounces of deep red flecked with brown, quiet in the glass. Aroma is subtle, lots of warm dark fruit & sweet malts. Maybe too subtle. I have to dredge hard to come up with much.

Prince Henry makes up for it on the taste. Good lord this is a beautiful beer. The initial onslaught is raisins soaked in plum juice, both of which were steeped in sticky-sweet malts for an eon or so. Big malts in the middle, then again, then on the finish, leaving a caramel lick on the tongue, more fruit, & a distant glimpse of rye-like spicing. Huge body serves the brew well & per the taste, there's clearly no alcohol in it. Woohoo! I can drink it all night then.

This qualifies as one of the finest English Barleywines I've every set moist lips to. Apparently this is the non-BA version, & most of the brew went into barrels & is currently soaking up bourbon...hey, I love a good barrel as much as the next guy, but why bother? This beer is already fantastic. I wonder if that keg at the Hanger Room is still alive...

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Prince Henry from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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