Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve | Old Chimneys Brewery

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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:
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Added by rastaman on 09-10-2003

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Ratings:
68
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the ever elusive Good King Henry Special Reserve from Old Chimneys Brewery out of England.

Score: 93

275 ml bottle. Brewed 09/11/2011, best before 09/11/2021. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/04/14 while camping out for Great Taste tickets. Review is from iPhone notes. Major thank you and shout out to Adam C. for hooking me up with this long time, personal white whale.

Appearance: Pours an ink black color with a thin layer of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Oaky vanilla, dates, fruity oxidation, dark fruit, tannic woodiness/sherry/red wine, and chocolate. Black currant and cherry comes through more and more as the beer warms up. Also present is a hint of coffee and licorice. Really nice mix of chocolate, dark fruit and positive fruity oxidation that is well-integrated. 4.75/5

Taste: Chocolate, red wine, oak, black currant, cherry and dates. Some licorice towards the finish as well, but this beer is not an anise bomb by any stretch. Lasting fruitiness and oak. Nom nom nom. The nose integrated better than the taste, but the flavor profile is still quite nice. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Oily, slick mouthfeel. Very mild sweetness overall. 4.25

Overall: A really lovely stout that, while not one of the best out there, was quite delicious. Ample dark fruit/licorice and red wine define this stout. I would drink this one again, but not go too far out of my way to seek it out.

Cost: Unknown.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 on the bottle. Pour is jet black with a small amount of very tight caramel brown head. Nose is full and well balanced, lots of oak with hints of vanilla and a nice brownie batter aroma. A bit of booze in the back. Taste has much less barrel, a sweetness in back that wasn't there in the nose. Light wood, some rich malt mid palate and berry sweetness takes over. Very full bodied with a boozy finish linger and fairly assertive carbonation. Quite a dry finish with a touch of sweetness lingering.

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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Pacamacca for this long time want!

275ml bottle with black pressure cap; label says that this beer was brewed on 3.11.2010.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head that is 1 full finger high. Head drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: roasty coffee, bitter bakers cocoa, and very woody and oaky. Meaty smoke and ripe dark fruits. Surprisingly, I smell some cinnamon.

Taste: This stout starts out with lots of meaty smoke and dark fruits especially prunes. A hint of soy sauce and black licorice gives this beer an oxidized and vinous flavor profile like a port wine or sherry. Notes of vanilla, tobacco, and molasses offer some sweet and rich flavors. Dark chocolates and woody oak. Peat moss and earthiness. As this beer nears room temperature, all these flavors seem to blend together and balance in an exceptional and unique way. I like how the smoke mellows out and other flavors become predominant as the beer opens up.

Mouthfeel: medium almost full bodied beer with low carbonation. Thick, chewy, oily, creamy, and silky mouthfeel accompanies the flavors of this stout. Such a smooth drinking sipping beer. A slightly dry finish on this stout. The beer thins out a little bit as it warms up.

Overall: This is a really unique RIS. Its not like most RIS that I have tried. Well integrated and balanced stout flavors once this beer opens up. I thought this beer was too smokey when it was cold, the beer get much beer as it warms. This RIS definately has a non-american feel to it. That smoky whiskey barrel notes is something that screams England.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of EdKing
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a batch of 2009 picked up personally at Old Chimneys, Suffolk. Black oil out of the bottle. Dark brown at the edges, brown tan head, slight carbonation. Nose is very complex. Deep dark chocolate and black coffee. Vanilla and touch of sweet whiskey off the oak. Leather, cedar wood. Taste is potent, then gives way to some very beautifully balanced yet complex flavours. First was wood smoke, then pure dark chocolate, coffee. Possibly some red berry sour notes coming and going. Tobacco on the tongue. Finish is dark bitter chocolate. But it’s soft on the palate, unlike a lot of US barrel aged ISs. Very good. Grows on the palate with each taste. Something nostalgic about these flavours. Great Christmas beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 03.11.10. 275 ml bottle poured into a small snifter. Black body, tudor brown head, low retention. Mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes leather, beef jerky, soy sauce, dates, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, prune. Mouthfeel is exremely thick and viscous. Warming but alcohol is very well hidden, very smooth for the abv. Tastes closely follow aromas. Nicely treated imperial stout with high drinkability.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

275 mL bottle to a Kate the Great snifter. 2009 vintage, brewed 11/16/2009 (a), whatever the (a) means. Huge thanks to Paul for this bottle.

Appearance - Viscous looking black with almost no bubbles until I begin to pour into the glass vertically. A mocha ring around the beer with some lovely legs.

Smell - Oh my. Easily one of the most compelling stouts I've ever smelled. Chocolate malt and probably the two most dominant aromas, but dark fruits pierce through with oak and a slight smokiness that adds an earthy complexity that is just wonderful.

Taste - Perhaps the nose was a high standard to set. It lacks a bit of the refinement of the aroma. Oak immediately permeates a dark chocolate flavor that becomes bitter and smokey as it lingers. The oak dominates the aftertaste, giving it a slight astringent and vinous character.

Mouthfeel - If I'm honest, I feel it's a touch thin. Maybe the oak makes it feel that way. Low carbonation helps simulate some body.

Overall - It would be unfair to say I was let down by the taste, but it just smells so wonderful. The flavors are all there in the taste, but at different proportions from the aroma. If it lived up to the nose, it would be one of the best stouts out there.

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