How is King Henry drinking right now?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by ironchefmiyagi13, Aug 15, 2013.

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  1. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Tennessee

    Well, it appears the King has finally arrived at his vacation house located in the corner of my room in my beer cellar. Seeing as how I am 2 years late to the party and have never cracked a crown off an Ol King Henry, has anyone had one recently to see if could get a little bit better with time on it, or it should be drunk RIGHT MEOW?

    Thanks brohs and brahs

    Cheers!
     
  2. whiskey

    whiskey Disciple (308) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    It's fallen WAY off...send it to me and I'll drain pour it for you. No need to thank me.
     
  3. M1A2

    M1A2 Disciple (327) Jan 15, 2012 Ohio
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    Drink now and enjoy you wont regret it IMO!!!!
     
  4. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    I'd drink it now but then again I've had it a few times and have 2 in the basement still.

    edit: I would say it isn't going to get any better, hence drink it now.
     
  5. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Tennessee

    Whew, that's such a relief! I was afraid that shelf turd was going to stink up the rest of my cooler ;-)
     
  6. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,570) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Well it's already aged two year now so how long do you want to hold, fondle, and look at it before popping the top?
     
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  7. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota

    Had one last week with friends and it was tasting mellow and smooth! :slight_smile:
     
  8. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    Its really in that zone where previous storage means a lot. I had one 6 months ago that was stored intelligently that was sublime. I had one 3 months ago that was probably stored terribly and it was an oxidized mess.
     
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  9. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2010 North Carolina

    The correct answer is he isn't because he is dead:wink:
     
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  10. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (450) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I think it's more complex than that.
     
  11. errantnight

    errantnight Savant (970) Jul 7, 2005 Iowa
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    While humorous this ignores all sorts of other reasons why reviewers give poor/inaccurate reviews and it also serves as a quick, mindless dismissal to actually think about and evaluate beers by automatically assigning ulterior motives.

    Besides, you missed one.

    8.)The reviews has multiples in the cellar, has had one recently, but the beer does not have any particular trade value and they're stuck with whatever they have left.
     
  12. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    i had KH three times last year. it was delicious all three times. have not had it since. i would personally say drink now, or at least soon.
     
  13. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Tennessee

    Thank you all for your comments. Labor Day weekend coming is the busiest time in the restaurant business, so I think I will crack it open to celebrate the end of a successful summer :-)
     
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  14. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota


    Had once, loved it, probably will never have again. Would suggest drinking now but I also think it could age more. Certainly not going to fall off anytime soon. Probably ages as well as BCBS.
     
  15. JasonLovesBeer

    JasonLovesBeer Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 British Columbia (Canada)

    Always worth drinking sooner than later if you only have one - unless there's been unanimous feedback that it's not ready. But that's very uncommon, much more uncommon than this forum would lead you to believe.
     
  16. JmH

    JmH Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Illinois

    you could get hit by a bus tomorrow

    yolo, bro
     
  17. chronie

    chronie Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2011 Illinois

    I have one about every six months. I thought it tasted the best right around Nov 2011 (right when it was released). It's still very good now, more smooth and less bourbon bite.
     
  18. Rasputin

    Rasputin Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2004 Illinois

    I just had one last week, it was fantastic. If you've not tried it before, I say to ahead and drink the one you have.
     
  19. Hophead717

    Hophead717 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Have had pours from four bottles. Fresh was the best, the second time was second best, the third time was third best, and the most recent time (two months ago) was fourth best. Good on all occasions, but best fresh.
     
  20. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Trade it for a better beer like Bligh's.
     
  21. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,570) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    You have a Bligh's? :slight_smile:
     
  22. iadler

    iadler Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2009 Illinois

    Personally, I thought it was best fresh. I have had a couple bottles in the last year and while it's still really tasty, it's not going to get any better. Drink up!
     
  23. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (572) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota

    We had one last week.

    As soon as I took one smell, I knew I was in for something epic.
    Best barleywine I've had to date...by a long shot.
     
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  24. Johnnyhitch

    Johnnyhitch Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 New York

    Quick question here...
    Got offered a BT and melange 3 for the king, should i take it???
     
  25. atoulouk

    atoulouk Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2011 Indiana

    I would not, but I've had all 3 and KH is the best of the 3 beers IMO. If you've had KH and want to try the other 2 its not an unfair deal IMO.
     
  26. Johnnyhitch

    Johnnyhitch Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 New York

    What if it was BT and Fruet, ive had a miniscule tasting of king henry but it was eons ago.

    Thx for the response!
     
  27. EvilAsh

    EvilAsh Aspirant (227) Nov 5, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It had eluded me so far, hopefully I'll get lucky some day!
     
  28. striker2160

    striker2160 Disciple (337) May 5, 2013 Minnesota

    I have never had it fresh. We split one four ways a couple of weeks ago and it was the best barlywine I gave ever had. It was amazingly smooth. I do gave a 2011 MOAS in the cellar but it can't be that good.
     
  29. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    yes it could...

    seriously though im not a huge barlywine fan but after having a 2012 MOAS's I liked it just as much as king henry.
     
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