John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.74/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Black with decent clarity even though you can't see through it because of the color. Thin light brown head with some nice froth around the edges.
Aroma: A lot of nice characteristics here, all slightly subdued. Vanilla, oak, roasted malt, char, caramel, and a touch of pineapple.
Taste: Starts with lightly roasted malts that really aren't all that special. The special part of this one is all in the finish. Right away after each sip there is a warmth on the palate and then a smokey flavor emerges that is quite interesting. A mix of smoked oak and alcohol. Not getting too much bourbon flavor. Very moderate bitterness here. I think I'd file this one more under Imperial Brown Ale.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for 9.1% ABV but that lends to an ease of drinkability. The effervescence can be a bit much. I would not session this as one is plenty.
Final Thoughts: For what it is and the price point ($8.99 for a four pack) it's not a bad deal. It would work well as an introductory beer for someone just getting into oak aged ales. However, it doesn't pack the bourbon punch that was expected and lacks in body. Would I drink it again? Let's put it this way, I wouldn't seek it out.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2013 20:06:57 | More by JamesMN
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4.14/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, March 2014. Poured into a pint, served cool.
appearance: opaque lignite brown with a 1 finger khaki head.
smell: Bourbon, Brown Sugar, Molasses, vanilla.
taste: toasted brown malt, some charred barley with some burnt toast bitterness.
overall: taste doesn't live up to aroma but it is a nice dark ale, enjoyable and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 12:42:10 | More by fx20736
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.