John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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3.74/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-25-2013 20:06:57 | More by JamesMN
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.
Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a pitch black color with no clarity, but you can see bubbles coming up the top of the snifter.
Smell: bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, sweet aromas, and oak.
Taste: A nice blend of above flavors. Some lingering bitterness in the end and the boozy alcohol is hidden well too.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and a warming feeling on this cold winter day.
Overall: A nice ASA that does well with the addition of bourbon oak chips. Some slight off flavors, but still a good beer overall.
12-22-2012 20:58:13 | More by Flounder57
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
Served out of a 12oz bottle into my CCB snifter.
A: Pours like a stout. Dark, viscous and with minimal head.
S: Lots of roasted malts, some smoky oaky bourbon sweetness as well. The nose was very surprising. Scored high in this category.
T&M: Again, HUGE roasted malts right up front. Bourbon and oak are almost non existent. Maybe some oaky vanilla notes on the finish. Feel is a little numbing on the tongue.
O: I had no real expectations when I cracked this but was pleasantly surprised and am really glad I gave this beer a try. I would buy this again and would definitely recommend it to those who like roasted malt bombs.
12-21-2012 04:56:08 | More by RashyGrillCook
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured a deep clear brown with dark ruby highlights, a light creamy tan head.
Has a sweet caramel and chocolate nose with a touch of oak. Good just a bit mild.
A nice mixture of chocolate and caramel malts, a bit sweet with some light touches of oak and vanilla.
The mouthfeel has a nice silky creamy quality to it.
A pretty drinkable strong ale, drinks like a nice imperial vanilla porter to me, has more chocolate and vanilla qualities than it does bourbon, but the oak does come through a touch.
12-16-2012 00:40:58 | More by bashiba
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
What a beer! In MN we have some amazing breweries. Infact, we have so many new breweries we sometimes forget to step back and take a look at what craft beers have been around for some time. I was recently given a 4 pack and the appropriate glassware to enjoy John Henry with.
What a treat, We have a pretty popular brewery around the twin cities that really has the market on dark beer, and a smokey beer as well. While good for what they are...They certainly have not fused the two together nearly as well as Cold Spring Brewing has.
I have taken a bottle from the fridge and let it rest for about 12-15 minutes before I opened and poured. The reason I only gave a 4 on appearance was the lack of a thick dark rich foamy head on the beer. Now, I may be assuming what it should pour and look like, but I would love a creamy thicker foam.
Next the smell...No let down here at all. The beer promises bourbon barrel aged and its all there! Yet, compared to some others around its not sharp...In fact, its a pleasant mild experience that tends to linger on for a bit while you comment on this great experience. On the bottle in mentions bourbon barrel chips and I think that helps make this difference in aroma and taste! On your first through last sip, as the beer warms a bit you notice a slight change in taste, aroma and levels of flavor.
This brings up the taste...the real reason I have decided to put up a review. This beer was a gold medal winner many times over. I can see why.
If you decide to try something new and are reading these reviews...
Dark, Rich, Smooth, Amazing balance of oak, smoke and bourbon all come together in a fantastic beer!
12-03-2012 22:36:23 | More by jermarley
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, oaky and a small bourbon like presence. In the taste, oaky, notes of bourbon, a touch watery but decent. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and small bourbon presence in the aftertaste. A bit thin and a touch watery, with a decent flavor. Not to shabby.
11-23-2012 16:38:54 | More by OWSLEY069
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
A bourbon beer that wasn't bad, its like a black beer. Malts, including chocolate malts, made it pretty drinkable. aged just under a year. Black body, with a nice licorice spice.
Medium mouthfeel, and understated carbonation.Bottle from Flanders Ned.
11-18-2012 04:23:43 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: murky, extremely dark brown hue with a one-finger cap of frothy tan foam. Dark for a beer of the style, but I like it.
Smell: rich, roasty aroma with a nice dark fruit component of plum and date, along with a hint of raspberry and cherry. Reminds me of a dubbel or quadrupel; good stuff.
Taste: chocolatey, roasty and a little bit fruity. There's not a lot of dynamism in the flavor here, but the first wallop is pretty attractive to me.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a good carbonation and a nice, smooth, silky creaminess. Good.
Overall: I quite like this beer. I'm rating it a lot higher than other reviewers, but despite its provenance (Cold Spring isn't necessarily a strong-ale powerhouse), this beer has a lot of good flavor and a smooth drinkability. Good on ya, Cold Spring!
11-05-2012 07:12:47 | More by flagmantho
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.