John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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3.56/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark cola color. It *almost* looks like a stout, but not quite. The head is about a fingers worth of mocha shaded head, with some nice creaminess. Retention isn't fantastic, though some decent (if thin looking) lacing is left behind.
S: Sweet and bourbon-y. The sweet (most noticeably vanilla) and the bourbon-y notes upon opening it up are quite pleasant, later being supplanted by caramel, toffee, and cherries. Aromatically, it's a bit too mild, but has decent (if not stunning) depth.
T: At first, it starts with a barrage of vanilla sweetness. It introduces the same problem I had with Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, its flavor is overly reminiscent of cola, Dr. Pepper in this case. The bourbon character is there (if rudimentary), but there's no oak character, either. After the vanilla sweetness opens the palate, it shifts somewhat abruptly to a roasted nut character and afterwards, into a clean yet dry toffee laden finish. Actually, the finish has a strange bitter element to it; it's also a touch leathery as well. Thankfully it's not boozy in the least. Good complexity - in an unrefined, messy way that is. Having said that, there's just something very, very likeable about this brew. Warts and all, I'm genuinely enjoying this a lot.
M: The feel is airy, decently carbonated, and somewhat light. A thicker, creamier feel would help suit the sweetness better. Then again, with the light feel, dry finish, and lack of alcohol, it's surprisingly drinkable. It's lack of a decadent feel is its biggest problem.
O: Flawed yet endearing. That's my takeaway from this. It's hardly perfect, and honestly, that's why I enjoy it so much. This is one of those few beers that take you on a wild ride - some of the stops on the journey aren't the greatest, but the end result is something that leaves you craving for more. I could do another bottle of this, honestly.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2013 21:40:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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.
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