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King Henry by Goose Island
American Barleywine
13.40 % ABV

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.  

Review by rhoadsrage on 04/24/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 12 20 4 10 2011
(Served in a snifter)
10/09/11 on bottle
A- This beer pours a deep hued walnut body with a nice thick head of light tan that last for most of the beer.

S- The full aroma has some spun sugar aromas blending into toffee and dark prune hints that lead to a luscious caramel malt finish with some hints of golden raisins. There is a slight buttery aroma to the caramel that comes through as it opens and makes it hard to stop sniffing and start drinking.

T- A big sugary flavor but not overly sweet starts as a maple burnt sugar malt flavor with a more light roasted malt underneath and some buttery oak barrel flavor that really comes alive in the finish. The finish has a nice sweetness that is balanced by a bourbon barrel character that is not really alcoholic but does cut the sweetness nicely.

M- This beer has s medium-full mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz and a gentle alcohol warmth that shows through when it is pretty warm.

O- This is a big luscious barleywine that is sweet and tasty with layers of big barrel and bourbon character that keep coming out as the beer opens. It was sad to see this one end. Thanks emerge for sharing.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 09/15/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 5 9 2011
22 oz bottle thanks to the great kpruim. Thanks, fool. Served up in a 10oz snifter.

A: Pours up an incredibly dark brown color that is seemingly black. Held to the light, plenty of light pushes through and makes the color an almost dark burgundy. Fancy. Pour got me about half a finger of mocha colored head. It is loose and bubbly. Recedes to a tight ring that just adds contrast to the very dark body. That ring lasts the entire experience but the beer is too slick on the glass to allow any sticking for lace.

S: Simple and beautiful. Bourbon. Just fills the air with sweet, boozy bourbon. Caramel and toffee dominate. There is some woodiness to it. Does have a clear alcohol smell (only downfall in this department). Finishes roasty and lovely.

T: Bourbon is whats up here. Lots of toffee, and it works well. Rich caramel, dark and toasty. Brown sugar, maple syrup and a touch of bitter dark chocolate. Like the nose, it has that booziness to it but it doesn't kill anything in the flavor. Wood notes are nice and contributing. Light dark fruit flavors are on the back end with booze soaked dates, raisins. Finishes with a light note of roasty goodness.

M: Full bodied with a mild carbonation. Sweet on the palate and the palate is just coated with a sugary stickiness that just slowly melts away and allows all flavors to be known. ABV is boozy and brings some heat on the throat and light touch in the belly. Aftertaste is all caramel, toffee and roast.

OA: Very tasty. The bourbon is the star of the show here, but it is tempered well. Those flavors are allowed to be big enough to be explored, but it doesn't keep any other flavors from being able to be noticed. It has layers and just isn't all booze. Has big flavors and aromas but remains relatively easy to drink. Mouthfeel is just ridiculously spot on for the experience. Mighty fine beer and I couldn't have picked a better brew for my birthday.

Served In: Snifter

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