Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve | Old Chimneys Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special ReserveOld Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
BA SCORE
4.39/5
Outstanding
72 Ratings
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special ReserveOld Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Chimneys Brewery
England, United Kingdom
oldchimneysbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,434
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
72
pDev:
8.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
164
Gots:
17
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage.

13 characters

Photo of stevoj
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Colin. Absolutely superb! Sublime, mellow , catches up to you fast. Woody, sweet aroma. Taste is a melange is so many flavors, lovely textures, beautiful mouth feel. Heat creeps on you and slowly glows. Just perfect all around.

 239 characters

Photo of davesnowskate
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Paradigm of the style. Thick, creamy - no gimmicks - just a perfectly executed Russian Imperial Stout. Full bodied and roasty. Bitterness balanced with sweetness. Lovely alcohol heat for days.

 194 characters

Photo of Fux
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black, oily, viscous texture. I feared it would be completely flat but a small dark brown head formed after pouring, that actually has a pretty good retention, leaving a thin collar and some lacings long after.
S: Smell is rich and pretty incredible. It has dominant notes of dark chocolate but most of its complexity comes from its fruit character: mainly dark fruits, prunes, plumes, grapes but also ripe fruits and dry fruits like figs and currants.
T: Taste follows, stronger on the dark chocolate, with cherry and fudge coming next. Dark fruits and ripe fruits are still there, then the barrel character shine through with a dominant vanilla sweetness, notes of grapes skin and cherries. All this being delicately balanced. Finishes on dried fruits and candy sugar with a long aftertaste.
M: High body, oily, velvety mouthfeel, surprisingly mot much sticky despite a high residual sweetness and a low carbonation.
O: Beautiful beer which builds a bridge between classic traditional malty, yeasty beers, like old stouts or Belgian quadruples and more recent experimentations of the craft scene with a subtle but really nice barrel twist.

 1,156 characters

Photo of captaincoffee
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours practically black with a full brown head that is dense and leaves spotty lace. Nose is quite chocolatey, with a bit of bourbon as well and a touch of smoke. Nicely rounded. Taste is also not as huge as you might expect from a big beer like this, but it has nice rounded chocolate, coffee, and very mild booze. Mouthfeel is sensational...silky like a warm hug on your tongue. Overall a great beer but I found myself wanting it to be a bit bigger.
Edit: The above was the 2012 version, which I was able to get along with the 2014 release. Now that I've had the fresh 2014 as well, I would say the primary difference is that the bourbon is certainly more pronounced in the nose of the fresher beer. It is also a touch boozier, but not in a way that makes it less pleasant.

 783 characters

Photo of Mar02x
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have to say that I expected more. I just had the base beer before this one and that was beer was fantastic. So my expectations were high. Not that the reserve was bad, it just wasn't my taste I suppose. To much honey influence in the taste and it overpowered the barrel character.

 282 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with some retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with nice black chocolates notes is pretty awesome. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate malt with light roasted malt with limited oak presence that rounds off any rough edges to this beer. Body is full with oily like texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is pretty quintessential English style stout with smooth flavours and easy drinking notes and without any extreme cloying flavours.

 551 characters

Photo of halo3one
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros on my birthday. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave sticky lacing and fat legs. Great retention.

S Aromas of oak, light smoke, almost meat like smoke, earthy, dark fruits and chocolates are very subdued. The tannins are rather up front. No alcohol on the nose

T Taste is similar to the nose, loads of sticky dark fruits, caramel, toffee, light chocolate. The oak is pretty potent, loads of presumably port, sweet red wine vinous notes. Very nice mellow well rounded.

M Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, silky, alcohol hidden well

O - Overall this beer was rather interesting. Really different from the base beer with loads of oak and port to the point that it kind of washes out the base beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

 819 characters

Photo of hdtrice
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another thanks to rudzud for his birthday. 2011 vintage.

Thick creamy lush dark head fades semi slowly, little lacing and thick sticky legs again, still darker than pitch black.

Nose brings a lot of oak, oak tannins, little red wine thing on there, back to big roasty dark malts, char but not acrid that plays into a bit of a smoke like smoked meat, dusty barrel, the dark fruits are way in the background, nice carb choc cocoa, hint fluffy nougat.

Taste brings lots more oak again, sharp oak tannins and fresh oak, little dusty barrel, a sweet red wine mix with the dark fruits raisin date like, which are all background. More dark roasty malts, dark choc and cocoa, less than the original, thick lush chocolate, chewy, decent bitter hops in the background. Finish dry little sticky, mild bitterness, dark choc, bitter oak tannins lingering.

Mouth nice creamy lush, decent carb, no booze.

Overall pretty nice but the original was a bit better, the sharp oak tannins ripped through the great base beer, need to soak the chips in water first to pull the tannins out. Otherwise a great beer.

 1,095 characters

Photo of 1600eman
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atpca
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is amongst the oddest barrel aged stouts I've ever had but it's so Damn good and complex. It starts with peanut brittle, caramel, toffee, honey and honey candy. It slowly moves to molasses, sorghum, and heavy malts. Wow!

 225 characters

Photo of JackNip
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So incredibly balanced!! Everything is there that should be and in the perfect proportions. Ryan, you are the fucking man despite what they say!

144 characters

Photo of thereal_adam
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Deltoro
4.39/5  rDev 0%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of pknyc
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a 2011 bottle with a best before date of 09 Nov 2021

A: Three finger espresso crema colored head with an aggressive pour. The head is finer than that experienced with the Good King Henry and dissipates into a ring with a slight film which leaves minimal lacing. The body, like the GKH, is black. I am not seeing any light coming through, even along the sides.

S: While pouring, there was a huge hit of oak. Quite a bit of alcohol, roast, chocolate, anise. I'm not getting the dark fruit that I had in regular GKH. Oak is predominate. Maybe a little peat? It all really blends together very well.

T: Wow. Lots of stuff going on here, and nothing seems to be muddled. Oak, roast, chocolate, alcohol. The oak is supported by a very nice grain bill. There is a touch of vanilla in there as well.

MF: Slick, coating, silky. There is a little more carbonation than I like in the style, but it is fresh in GKHSR terms.

O: This is probably the best English beer I've had, and belongs with the best of the oak aged stouts.

 1,040 characters

Photo of larbush
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve from Old Chimneys Brewery
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 72 ratings