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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: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle; Unfiltered.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2370) - 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 I’m not that keen on that oaky flavour - its a bit astringent. I prefer the plain GKH - it’s more drinkable. Maybe other years are better. Going on this year alone it’s 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 (5441) - 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 (2437) - 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 doesn’t 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 (9992) - , 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 (2580) - 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 (668) - 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 (it’s 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!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (1179) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Tasted at RBWG post-grand tasting. Last beer of the night…probably didn’t give it the respect it deserved. Black pour. Extremely rich. Boozy, ashy, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, leathery. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Tasted during RBWG post-grand tasting shit-show hotel-tasting. Small bottle. Black color. Minimal off-white head. Bits of lace. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Light carbonation. Bigger roast malt, some dark fruit. Bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter. Mild heat. A pretty solid english imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4921) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2011 bottle thanks to Colin! Pours a black with small beige head. The aroma is oak, cocoa, booze, ash, char. Medium mouth, nice roast, char, light bourbon, smoke finish, very impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdiBeer (1758) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
Aroma: intense chocolate, dark cacao, sweet, ripe berries, black forest cake. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: dark chocolate continues, very sweet, cacao, very light coffee, soft carbonation, full body. Overall: exceptional Imperial Stout, chocolate flavours in aroma and palate are remarkable. Bottle from the brewery via Eebria, Diss.


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