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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale

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389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Three Lick Spiker Ale is brewed with three different roasted malts creating chocolate flavors and full body taste. After fermentation has been completed with our top fermenting ale yeast we infuse our brew with bourbon oak aged chips and let the extended aging process take over. Hints of bourbon and vanilla from the oak come through the aroma and flavor.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009)
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Photo of Cameron89
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer from start to finish. Fully body beer especially for being a 9.1% alc/vol. easy drink ability an great to have with steaks or other food parings depending on your food preference. love the idea of aging on bourbon oak chips. Plus it being Minnesota brew scores more points in my book. Love all three varieties that Cold Spring Brewing offers!

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of benjamincarter
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BrandonDZ
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of match1112
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JOrtt
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Dark brown in the liquid portion in the thickest regions it's black with brown highlights. Dark tan cap with mostly small bubbles, not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is adequate to good. It's pretty roasty, a strong malt backbone, gives some slight hints of chocolate. However the strongest aromas are vanilla and oak.

Taste again has some roasted malt qualities. Oak, vanilla and some tannins. All meshes together pretty well, not overly strong though.

The mouthfeel is close to full, but a little thinner than I expected. Carbonation is slightly flat, but not too bad. Slight bite from the alcohol and a little bit of an earthy finish at the end, sort of acidic. Fairly drinkable, more of a sipper. Overall worth trying.

Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours ultra black, no head, with some floaties. wonder if i was supposed to pour that sediment in....?
smells thick and malty with dominating dark fruit.
a dryness at the finish. very light for what i was expecting from the aroma. and the abv. some fruit; well, lots of fruit but not 'fruit-y', and lots of roasted malt mixed with the fruit. seems to be lots of vanilla in the middle.
overall, a great brew with a great abv. nice, typical roasted malts, easy to bring down.

Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dfassino6
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BruceBruce
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jdhugeloser
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SerialHiker
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with caramel hues along the edges, not transparent at all…very little head formed or hangs around for the party…doesn’t really liven up much when I swirl it around…(3/5)

Smell: Bourbon oak aroma right off the bat, no doubting this spent some time maturing in a barrel…I’m also getting caramel, sweet fruit (cherry, strawberry), dark fruit (raisin, fig), alcohol heat, roasted malts, vanilla and some light chocolate notes playing delicately in the background…(3.75/5)

Taste: Hmm…lot’s going on here…there’s the obvious bourbon oak aged flavor, it’s very strong and right up front…sweet and dark fruits (cherry, strawberry, fig, raisin), alcohol, faint chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, yeast, faint green apple...maybe the faintest hint of citrus hops…it’s roasted and sweet all at the same time…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light carbonation…no real bitterness to speak of…melts away to a bourbon/oak/vanilla after taste…it’s a little weak in this department…(3.25/5)

Overall: Classic good, not great…tons of roasted malts and bourbon flavor going on here and playing well, but there’s something missing that would take this ale to another level…for the higher ABV, it’s very drinkable and light…if it were a little chewier, more of a “sipper” style brew, I think it would be rated much higher…as it is, it’s alright, but nothing that stands out…(3.5/5)

Photo of NeoZaZ
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JamesMN
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of TerryBunch
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of shockrocker65
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of chriszuma
5/5  rDev +34.8%

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.