Goose Island King Henry

Goose Island King Henry

Rated 3.667 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Goose Island Beer Company

Chicago, IL, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

13.4% Alcohol by Volume

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Barrel Aged Barleywine. 11% ABV, 60 IBUs. Loosely based off our 2000th brew at our production facility,we revived this hybrid American / English Barley Wine for a special treat. Coming out of the tanks we aged it in barrels previously used for Bourbon County Rare Stout (Pappy Van Winkel 23 Year) to add another layer of complexity. The original release of this beer (2010) was done in regular bourbon barrels. The 2011 and bottle release saw the use of the barrels formerly used for Bourbon County Rare. We are not seperating these as I do not believe the bottles will clarify this. The original release also saw an 11% ABV, with the bottling seeing closer to 13.4%

ID: 46784 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 10 years ago

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Overall Rank1292
Overall Percentile97.4
Style Rank34 of 358
Style Percentile90.5
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.333
Weighted Score3.667
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    what kind of asshole wears metal on his shoes? .. pours a deep molasses plum .. . quite hot, burns the tongue a touch - toffee mostly, burnt toffee and barrel notes .. . to hot to be good, but in a year or two- should be amazing .. . . your basic crib job.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Mahogany colored pour with a nice sized cap and heavy lacing. Extremely rich and soothing, especially for a beer of this size. Layers of malts provide an underlying depth of hearty sweetness. Dank fruit undertones and a big toffee and toast content help provide for even more components. And then the barrel treatment enters the picture and takes this already stunning brew to the next level.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    this dark ruby hued brew went head to head with Firestone Walker Abacus and lived to tell the tale. Abacus held a slight edge only at first due to the aroma but man oh man did this beer open up nicely. two of the best barleywines i;ve ever had. this one manages to taste sticky sweet without actually being sticky sweet. as smooth as a beer can be at over 13%. fruity esters, malty, no real hop presence, and a distinct bourbon (pappy 23!) aroma and flavor, with a little kick of sweet and spice at the end that puts this one over the top in the head to head. they are both elite brews for sure. this has a complexity that defies beleife and will go down (maybe forever if they don't ever redo it) as the best barleywine ever. i can see myself bumping this up a point if the next bottle is as good as the first!

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