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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: 369
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kkmiller76, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

MNBeerGeek, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BeerOps, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

p-wagz, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Allurex, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Yeroc, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

apasternak, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jmdrpi, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of ckollias
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a thick black hue with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail ending in wispy lace.

S: Strong bourbon scent with a malt backbone.

T: Sweet bourbon and malt flavor that has a smooth middle and finishes on the dry side of boozy.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – nice bourbon malt mix.

ckollias, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

LumpkinBrews, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jrohrbacher, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev +7.8%

- Pours black out of the bottle. Small head that leaves a soapy film as you drink

S- Notes of soft bourbon, oak and vanilla. Caramel .

T- Bourbon, vanilla and even chocolate. You would never guess this is 9.1ABV

MF- Very creamy, heavy body. Smooth...

O- Very nice, balanced and flavorful. Many times with a Strong Ale you taste the Alcohol, not with this. Very Nice. Could get into trouble fast with this one..

chicagoish, Oct 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kylehay2004, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

sweemzander, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -4%

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark cola color. It *almost* looks like a stout, but not quite. The head is about a fingers worth of mocha shaded head, with some nice creaminess. Retention isn't fantastic, though some decent (if thin looking) lacing is left behind.

S: Sweet and bourbon-y. The sweet (most noticeably vanilla) and the bourbon-y notes upon opening it up are quite pleasant, later being supplanted by caramel, toffee, and cherries. Aromatically, it's a bit too mild, but has decent (if not stunning) depth.

T: At first, it starts with a barrage of vanilla sweetness. It introduces the same problem I had with Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, its flavor is overly reminiscent of cola, Dr. Pepper in this case. The bourbon character is there (if rudimentary), but there's no oak character, either. After the vanilla sweetness opens the palate, it shifts somewhat abruptly to a roasted nut character and afterwards, into a clean yet dry toffee laden finish. Actually, the finish has a strange bitter element to it; it's also a touch leathery as well. Thankfully it's not boozy in the least. Good complexity - in an unrefined, messy way that is. Having said that, there's just something very, very likeable about this brew. Warts and all, I'm genuinely enjoying this a lot.

M: The feel is airy, decently carbonated, and somewhat light. A thicker, creamier feel would help suit the sweetness better. Then again, with the light feel, dry finish, and lack of alcohol, it's surprisingly drinkable. It's lack of a decadent feel is its biggest problem.

O: Flawed yet endearing. That's my takeaway from this. It's hardly perfect, and honestly, that's why I enjoy it so much. This is one of those few beers that take you on a wild ride - some of the stops on the journey aren't the greatest, but the end result is something that leaves you craving for more. I could do another bottle of this, honestly.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

dragomni, Sep 29, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

From a 750ml wine-bottle shaped container, the beer pours an intense dark brown...with hints of ruby when held to the light....tan foam tops the beer. The smell is malt and alcohol...some caramel and slightly bunt toffee. The taste is sugary...sweet and boozy. Firm bitterness in the finish. The beer is very full in body, and a little sweet at times.

Suds, Sep 29, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

So crazy a bourbon oak chip aged beer would be a twist off. I press on.

A - A very dark brown black so deep must be the darkest strong ale I ever seen. Head is a 1/4 inch that settles to just a lace ring.
S - Not very much bourbon in the smell but it's not barrel aged just chips so its not going to be heavy. Mild sweet malts, some caramel malt, and a mild twang of oak in the smell.
T - Ah yes the taste does in fact have some bourbon in the taste. Then some chocolate sweetness followed by your typical caramel and toffee taste you expect in a strong ale with no oak though.
M - Medium bodied, silky smooth, easy drinking.

Overall far from the best bourbon ale but quite a steal at just $2.69 a bottle. Taste is smooth!

DrDemento456, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

admonster00, Sep 26, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

I'll just call this beer black. It poured with virtually no head. The few bubbles that briefly appeared were mocha colored.

I smelled some bourbon when I poured it. I nose into it it and get some chocolate and vanilla to go with a mild bourbon scent.

I taste the bourbon and vanilla up front and get some chocolate and roasted malt in the aftertaste.

It is very smooth with very little carbonation. It had a screw top, and I have had it for over a year. Maybe some carbonation leaked. I had no idea it was a screw top or I would have consumed it earlier.

This is not a bad beer. It kind of reminds me of a roasted malt version of Kentucky Bourbon Ale. I would definitely drink it again.

buschbeer, Sep 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

SlightlyGrey, Sep 12, 2013
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.