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Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve

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Brewed by Old Chimneys
Style: Imperial Stout
Diss, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle; Unfiltered.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12361) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Thanks Bobby and Colin. Deep black color with a khaki head. A whole or roast, cocoa, and licorice. Some oak, soy, and a lot of red grape. Big time fruits. Flavor is a little on the sweet and fruity side. Cocoa, licorice, and grape jelly on the tongue. Nice burnt sugar on the palate. Pretty enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3403) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
Black pour with a thin and tight mocha head. Awesome rich oakiness with notes of vanilla and toasted coconut that blend beautifully with mild dark fruits, subtle coffee, brown sugar and toffee. The roastiness and touches of smoke and tannins keep this from getting too sweet. Amazing creamy and silky mouthfeel. Truly one of the best Imperial Stouts Ive tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2067) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
2012 - dark brown pour slight tan head dark fruit aroma slight heat in the taste. Itís a bit abrasive. Euro stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1473) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured almost black cola with light ring of beige. Aroma sweet dark fruit currant. Light carb med bod. Taste complex sweet fruit euro stout some wood tannic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2391) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle from Eebria [050214]
Pitch black, large tan head, some lacing
Aroma of rich deep dark malts, savoury soy, oak wood, leather, smooth deep mellow roast, complex, tad of dark fruits, woody
Taste of very rich dark malts, deep mellow roast, savoury notes, very oaky, dark chocolate, tar, complex, very savoury, yeast, too oaky for me
Palate - Full body, fairly sweet, alcohol a bit noticeable. Finish as main flavour, lingering rich dark malts, lots of oak
Overall - Well I tried it at last...very rich and complex but its too oaky and woody - and Iím not that keen on that oaky flavour - its a bit astringent. I prefer the plain GKH - itís more drinkable. Maybe other years are better. Going on this year alone itís not the best UK impy. I ordered 2 bottles and came to the same conclusion with both.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5575) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle from BenH as part of European local swap, many thanks. Vintage 2012. Almost black color with thick beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, wood. Coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, raisins, caramel in taste together with alcohol and wood. Tasty, well balanced sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. pour is like black ink with nearly no head at all, only a thin film of oil and faint floaties on top. Nose is chocolate and vanilla with a strong wood tannin aroma, like oak. Taste is chocolate and wood, just straight wood. Not much vanilla, and tastes almost a bit drying and astringent from the wood. Still a slick, full mouthfeel, accentuated by a lack of carbonation. Not still, but petulant, maybe. Overall, I think the wood steals the show here, but without any spirit character to bring it into the realm I enjoy, which is boozy. In this case, the wood doesnít do a huge favor to the beer, in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10268) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel and lightly charred oak. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (2749) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle (2011) during the hotel lobby share after the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of caramel, spice, chocolate, dark fruit. Tastes of chocolate, roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (682) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
2012 bottle in trade (thanks Erik!). Black with no head. Aroma is phenomenal - rich sweet tobacco, stewed dark fruits, mild aromatic anise. Taste is perfect balance of sweet and savoury - dark fruits, molasses, mild soy sauce, little oxidised but works for it; mild charred barrel, some easygoing port qualities coming through (itís still beer people!). Medium carbonation on the palate but not full bodied. Overall, great beer - was expecting something totally overhyped in the usual British beer tradition, but they nailed it!


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