Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve

 

4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL16/20

adamjackson (1915) – Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – JAN 26, 2014  [delete] [move]

The 33rd Imperial Stout on RateBeer of retired and non-retired beers. Leighton gave me this bottle in August, 2010 Brew-date and enjoyed in a stemmed glass at 50 Degrees F.A – Poured an oily pitch black and formed a tiny but persistent espresso colored thin ring of carbonation. Looks like oil in my glass, I couldn’t see through even on the pour.

S – Holy roasted chestnuts. Smells like I set fire to a canister of almonds and doused them in oak port barrels then smashed up some vanilla beans, hazelnuts and figs and threw those in the glass. The fig / prune nose is very persistent.

T – Very fruit forward with raisins and other dark fruits. Vanilla in the middle and the finish is an oak bomb lined with milk chocolate. Minor medicinal characters but the most impressive part of this taste is how well integrated every flavor is. Like these are all best friends chilling out in my glass.

M – One of the thickest imperial stouts I’ve ever had. Oily, thick, hearty and the tannic properties stick to my taste buds for about 10 minutes in between each sip.

O – This beer sits around Stone’s IRS and Goose Island’s Cherry Rye. I’d say that’s a solid place to be. It’s not mind blowing but it is integrated, smooth and, at 11% ABV, it’s perhaps the most flavorful imperial stout in that range. Very much enjoyed and I could drink this often.

Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve
Old Chimneys Good King Henry Special Reserve