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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: 398
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 16
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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

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.
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown into the glass with minimal head on a gentle pour. What head there is is a light brown, with good retention and some lacing.

Smell - Strong notes of molasses, bourbon and a mild oakiness. Some malt comes through the nose as well. No aroma hops detected.

Taste - Really pleasant mix of maltiness, some malt sweatness, and molasses. Good bittering hops level. Hints of toffee too.

Mouthfeel - Great sticking power on your tongue and mouth. Gives it a wonderful sweat after-taste. Appropriate (low) carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. Maybe not quite to style, but it's quite tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Can barely see through it as I pour. Jet black in the Duvel tulip. A slight tan minimal head. Settles to a wispiness with a thick creamy ring on the side.

S-Not much fragrance here. What there is smells like burnt meat, dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet bakers chocolate.

T&MF-Delicious burnt smokey flavors with a touch of maple syrup sweetness. Has a striking similarity to corn beef. The burnt flavors tone down as you drink and the pleasent malt sweetness takes over. Would expect a bit more fullness to this beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

O- I was suprised by this beer. Its very well crafted and a lot better then most other bourbon barrel attempts.

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark shade of gold almost a brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was malty, rich and roasted, not much of a hoppiness there. The taste of the beer was decent, as it warmed up there were some really interesting vanilla flavors that came through. The mouthfeel of the beer was average to me, it had a good body but I just felt it was missing something. Overall I was a little bit surprised by this beer, I was glad I tried it.

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot darker than I expected, I was anticipating a dark golden color not brownish/black. Minimal head, probably due to the high abv.
Smells malty/roasty...I like that.
Cant taste the oak as much as I hoped, thats sort of a dissapointment but its still good. I cant quite tell what it is exactly but theres something unique in the after taste.
Medium body, I think this beer would be better with slightly less carbination.
Overall not too bad. Im not sure Ill buy it again anytime soon but its worth the try.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, code on bottle but no freshness date, purchased 12/2011 from a local bottle shop.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a rather thin head which rapidly reduces to a very thin film.
Black opaque color

Has a malty, black roasted aroma to it. Molasses and yeast. No noticeable wood but there is soom bourbon. It’s good.

Nice crisp entry on the palate, followed by malt and molasses, after some warming the bourbon/oak kicks in, but is relatively tame compared to its peers. The 9.1% ABV is never noticeable.
Full mouth feel with mild balanced carbonation.

Overall a good drink but not anything exciting. Needs to be at least 55 degrees for anything meaningful in the aroma or taste to come forward.
I am glad that I tried this brew, but that being said it’s not one I will search for.
It’s enjoyable enough, if priced right. I paid $11 a 4/pack, which is fair.

Photo of karait95
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a strong dark beverage, even the alcohol is high is not disgusting as with some beers with high content.

A: Color looks very dark it is a dark brown almost not translucent, body looks thick, carbonation is not too rich, the head is poor as could be and dissipates a little fast not leaving enough traces behind, the color is a medium brown.

S: The bourbon oak container where this one was aged is very present, the malts are also present, toasted barley of course.

T: The flavor of this one is good, showing barley character and of course all the tasting of the oaks or bourbon like, the malts are toasted and the alcohol is well blended in the mixture.

M: Not the easiest beer to drink but the character of this one is good enough for enjoying it.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad shared this one with me about 3 months ago- decided it was time to give it a shot.

Pours a very dark brown color- the only touch of light that makes its' way through is at the very top, which has a dark orange tint. Bubbles showed up and left very quick.

Smell is absent. Being that this is aged in bourbon, I expected there to be a burst of aroma. Maybe the slightest hint of bourbon and chocolate, but that is pushing it. Definitely a little disappointing.

Taste has notes of the oak right off the bat, which I really liked. With that said, the flavor after is flat- slightest marshmallow and marmalade jam notes. Surprisingly, there is not much alcohol flavor, which really surprised me.

Overall this is a brew that could do with with some age. I was very surprised how aroma was missing from this brew. Anyone who likes oak, might enjoy this brew.


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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 Lick Spiker ale, 9.1%, bottle poured into brandy snifter

A - Pours a very dark brown into the glass with minimal head on a gentle pour. Sitting in the glass, it almost looks like an (under-carbonated) imperial stout.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, oak. The smell warns that this beer may be overly sweet.

T - Follows the nose with an almost syrup-like quality. It's like they added a dollop of liquid molasses to every bottle. That being said, the alc is hidden incredibly well.

M - Decent but a bit low on carbonation. Doesn't really have the staying power of many other strong ales.

O - Good beer but not great. Could really benefit from the full treatment of barrel-aging, instead of just aging it with oak chips. I support MN microbrewing best I can, but I usually have to look to a company outside the state to find something I can really enjoy.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept. 17th 2011 (from notes)


A - super black/brown, hardly any deep tan head and some lacing

S - lots of sugar, alcohol, toasted, smells like a black lager or imperial stout a bit, bourbon, molasses, very bright smells, fresh and lots of oak and earth

T - very oaky, alcohol, tons of huge malts, lots of sugar, toasted everything, very earthy, some bourbon and more alcohol

M - full bodied, low acidity, nice complexity, well balanced and long finish

D - for having a high abv and lots of flavor. This is a very drinkable beer. Every malt head should love this unless they don't like tons of alcohol

Final thought - 9.1 abv is nice but the price at $11 a sixer is not my fav

Photo of hdelavega
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sent as a bonus by Baldo, thanks bud.
Pours a deep rich brown with a thin light tan head that settles toa thin film. Very little lacing.
Nice aroma, has a barleywine like sweetness to it, I defiantly pick up some bourbon and wood, I also get some candy sugar, tobacco, and sweet dark fruit.
The taste is lacking a bit compared to the nose. I get more of the tobacco and some leather. I am getting brown ale like maltieness, some bourbon, defiantly some more sweet dark fruit, a bit of prune, a bit more bourbon on the finish.
I the nose really lead me to believe there would be more body to this guy. There are a lot of great flavors to this beer but the center is hollow. The taste is thin on the front with a decent center and a big finish.
This is a pretty good beer but could really be improved if it was a little more balanced. I feel the body was the most lacking part of this beer. I don't know if that is fixable without negatively changing the flavor. Overall worth a try, another good American Strong Ale from California.

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