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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: 397
Reviews: 168
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

mouthfeel: good

overall: a nice dark ale, enjoyable and drinkable.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black from the bottle. There is a very thin head that dissipates within a few minutes. The smell is of hops and very little oak, although it said that it was aged with oak chips, they didn't leave much of a mark on the beer. The alcohol is present although not overwhelming. The main focus of the beer is the malt flavor. A bit too noticeable when considering the total package. The mouth feel is nice and full, but the hop bite comes on toward the the back of the mouth.

Overall, it is a good strong ale, a bit hoppy and I have to get used to the dark color, but the mouth feel is nice and full making it an enjoyable drink. The alcohol is well hidden, but jumps up at you about half way through the glass. The flavors of the malts and hops are each pronounced and singular rather than being molded into a smooth blend sharing the glass.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had in Vegas at random bar. Haven't heard of Cold Springs brewery on east coast. This starts with a popping 9% and heavy bourbon smell right off he bat. This pours extremely dark with little to no head. Bourbon dominates here with a great malty presence. This separates itself from other strong ales as the alcohol doesn't overwhelm the drink. This would be perfect on a cold day. I will drink it until it gets cold out as a result. Great find

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Dark brown ale with a light brown head. Has a bourbon aroma and a strong bourbon flavor, with some toasty malts in the mix. Sits nice and warm in the stomach. The bourbon, for me, is a touch overpowering. Highly recommended for those who love the taste of bourbon. Still, I find this a good brew overall.

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A: Dark opaque brown with a creamy mocha head.

S: Dark fruit, malt, vanilla, caramel and oak in the nose.

T: Sweet nutty malt, plum, fig, dark fruit, orange, caramel, a touch of sweet milk chocolate, oak, vanilla.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Knowing nothing about the brewery, but being intrigued by the description of the beer itself, I didn't really have any expectations. That said, this is a great beer. Perhaps not the best of strong oaked/barrel aged beers, but a damn good beer. Definitely recommended if you can find it. I've only seen it at a couple places in the Sacramento area.

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