John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RoyalT:
4.58/5 rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance - This is a super-dark brown with a nice tan head that showed good retention.
Smell - I poured this in my Arrogant Bastard glass and it showed some similarities to the classic AB. The malt is much sweeter though like fresh caramel right off the stove. There are actually some hops in this nose as well which again reminds me of the AB.
Taste - The roasted nature of the malt comes out more at the taste and the woody bourbon, which I picked up at the nose but failed to mention, comes on very strong in the mouth. It would be too much in most beers but the malts here are so roasted that it seems to balance.
Readers of my reviews will note that I am not a big fan of wood, but here this works exceptionally well. It's one of the few occasions where I think it is appropriate because the malts are so substantial. The stiff vanilla, which again normally offends my taste buds, seems right at home here. This is a big, aggressive flavor profile.
Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied and hides well the 9+ ABV. The giant flavors balance each other out so it goes down dangerously well.
Drinkability - I usually hate the idea of a woody, oaky, vanilla-laden ASO with this and the oak-aged AB being the exception. This is a quality ale, done right by no accident, that stands apart from the pack.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2011 02:18:07 | More by RoyalT
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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.