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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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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Disease, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

stealth, Apr 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

KTracy, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of reyolb
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

reyolb, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Black/Dark Brown with a surprisingly dark brown head. This looks almost like a Porter or Imperial Stout sans the lacing.

Smell - Chocolate Orange, Oak, Figs, Caramel, Bourbon and Sweet malts. It's definitely an interesting yet good smell.

Taste - Oak, Chocolate, Spices, and Sweet and Roasted malts. It's like a porter but with some rather sweet characteristics to it.

Mouthfeel - This is a very heavy bodied ale and the carbonation is a couple notches above average. Not a beer you can drink in just a minute.

Overall - I remember visiting my friends at St. Cloud State a few years back. While I was there, I had an absolutely dreadful beer called Hackstein Light, which you could pick up a 24 pack for roughly $7 at one of the many college liquor stores. Hackstein was brewed by Cold Spring Brewery and I bring this up because I was surprised to see John Henry was made by thatsame brewery.

In general, this is a pretty good beer and considering Cold Spring made one of the worst beers I have ever tried, I can say at this point that I can forgive them for making Hackstein Light.

NuclearDolphin, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. I have been sitting on this one for a while. Like a year and a half.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with no head at all. A little transparency around the edges, but nothing else. No lacing.

Smell - Oak all over. Fruity aroma. Figs and raisins. Bourbon is an afterthought, but it's there. A nice aroma. Very oaky, though.

Taste - Falls short of the smell. Caramel malts and astringent oak. The fruits don't translate. A little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Faint, but earthy. The tannic oak character is overwhelming in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry and astringent in the finish. Makes it tough to drink. I don't think it's that boozy, but there's a bite.

Overall - Lots of things going for it in the aroma, but the taste falls flat. Tough to drink. Not something I'd drink again.

Alieniloquium, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BenSnowden, Apr 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

zonker17, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a black appearance. Short khaki colored head with weak retention. Bold, pungent aroma full of heavy molasses, espresso roast, cream, oak and bittersweet chocolate. First sip is an interesting, robust combination between oaked mahogany, rich coffee and thick molasses. flows into a big bodied, boozy, mildly nutty overall flavor. Hints of orange and maple make their way through eventually to a boozy, woody finish.

YouSkeete, Apr 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

EROCK75, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

edraz1224, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of 312HopBomb
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Evan for this one.

Poured into a Duval tulip.

Apperance Pours a dark brown with ruby tones against a bright backlight. Thin ring of tan creates little lacing.

Smell Rich oak and boozy aroma hit the olfactory.

Taste is like the nose...strong oak pairing with sweet caramel. Strong alcohol bite.

Medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

Overall A decent sipper. My first experience trying a Cold Spring brew.

312HopBomb, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, had to hold it up to a light to see the red hints. A medium mocha head leaves great lacing and flattens to a ring.

Smell is all bourbon and oak, with booze. A touch of vanilla is in there, but it's fighting for dear life.

Taste is woody, dark fruit, with roasted caramel malt on the finish.

Feels extremely heavy. A touch of burn, this is a one and done beer.

Glad I could try this, but won't do so again. Not because it's bad, but just a little hard to drink.


Drinkerofales, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

CelticAleMan, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

AaronBurr, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

jaidenjb, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of WEBBEER
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coffee that shows a cherry syrup color in strong light. Thin but dark khaki head, dissipates to a nice lace that lingers for the entire serving.
Strong coffee smell and roasted taste. Has sweet notes but not really picking up the raisin or plum mentioned by reviews. Some caramel
Great stout mouthfeel. Weak carbonation.

Aged in oak bourbon chips? Any trace of bourbon flavor or oak for that matter would be a hallucination although the label is marked "flavored ale"

John Henry is a 9.1% So it has a substantial alchohol flavor that pairs with dessert. That is how I will use this case. I feel like this beer would be outstanding at a pub on tap. The case was clearly marked "ale aged ON bourbon oak chips' so "my bad" it was a bit of a disappointment

WEBBEER, Mar 14, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twist top 12oz bottle into a nonic. Served cool.

Tan head, black walnut body.

Licorice, booze and chocolate smell.

Oaky, strong red wine tannin, beer flavored a bit subdued. Boozy finish.

Full, and light carbonation.

Very heavy oak flavor. Mutes most everything else. Not a thriller.

jneiswender, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

ptarmigan98, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of themind
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer with a strong bourbon aroma and taste. Pours a thin head and is very dark.

Decent beer that's aged with oak chips. I enjoyed it and it hides the 9.1% well. I have never tried a beer from this brewer and after trying this I would give another a run.

Bottom line: worth a try

themind, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a nearly non-existent head that disappears quickly. A little lacing but not much.

Smell: Smells like a strong ale. The alcohol is certainly present with a sweet grain character and some mellow hop aroma in the background.

Taste: Sweet and alcoholic. Molasses flavor. Nice balance between the malt and the hops. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer but not something I would buy again.

TaySuth, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of samyoung
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Cost Plus in Eastern market.

Poured into Duvel snifter. Dark brown with a quickly vanishing head. Smells of roasted malt with hints of smoked chocolate. Tastes buttery with a bit of whiskey; chocolate and smoke are again apparent. Not much mouthfeel; quickly dissipates with a pleasant, subtle aftertaste.

The best part of this beer is the ABV; it is very smooth considering higher alcohol levels. This style confounds me "bourbon oak chips"; the bourbon barrel branding is deceptive considering the minimal and weak presence of bourbon in the taste and smell. I'd rather have a truly barrel-aged beer that exudes bourbon character in a much better fashion.

samyoung, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

SHCC, Feb 22, 2012
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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