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King Henry

13.4% ABV. Dated 10/08/11. Barleywine from Goose Island Beer Co. Chicago, Illinois. Loosely based off of Goose Island’s 2000th brew at their production facility, they revived this hybrid American / English Barley Wine for a special treat. Coming out of the tanks they 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. The original release saw an 11% ABV, with this bottling seeing closer to 13.4%. 2011 vintage. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a burgundy-hued color along with a very thin off-white head with extremely little lacing that lasted throughout. Aromas of yeast, dark fruit (cherries), vanilla, and nuts. Flavor was packed with some hot heat up front, dark fruit (cherries), come caramel, and vanilla. Smooth and amazing thin to medium mouthfeel. Malty. Good carbonation throughout. Excellent barleywine and so glad to have this in my cellar!
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