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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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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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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JLeege

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as a free throw in on my last trip to the beer store. Lets give it a whirl.

Appearance- pours deep brown w/ tan head. Little lacing.

Smell- roasted malt, some vanilla, some soy.

Taste- dark fruits, roasted malt, a bit of bourbon from the oak chips, caramel. The alcohol is hid nicely. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel- much thinner than i was expecting.

Overall- Not bad. Fairly complex actually, but just didnt do much for me. I wouldn't spend my money on this, but for free I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 05:01:23 | More by JLeege
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JDizzle

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

It's a deep brown to black color with a brown head that chills around the glass like a fresh brewed coffee would.

It smells pretty good, malty with a little bit of oak. Promising?

Here is where it lets you down. It has a good bit of oakiness that makes you think it's special, but the it doesn't deliver as a oak aged ale should. It's hoppy up front with a big carmel backbone but just doesn't deliver. It's bitter and has a good plum taste to it with a smokey malt feel, but comes up short.

Drinkability is good considering a 9.1% abv. It's priced good as well-$9.99 4-pack

Overall, I would seek this out again if I had nothing else close in the sto that compares. It does not leave a lasting impression, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:49:03 | More by JDizzle
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a 1 finger tan head with decent retention. Smells of oak, vanilla, booze, and caramel. The aromas are not very strong.

The taste is just like the aroma, oak, vanilla, booze, and caramel. Not very strong with flavor, but decent for what it is. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Nothing to get to excited about. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:12:53 | More by hardy008
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InfernoBoss

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-22-2013 22:01:01 | More by InfernoBoss
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-03-2013 21:16:22 | More by apasternak
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jdhugeloser

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-09-2013 18:39:01 | More by jdhugeloser
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radiofish

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-10-2013 04:03:42 | More by radiofish
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Allurex

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-21-2013 06:25:24 | More by Allurex
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a wispy head that break apart immediately.

Smell: roasted malt and bourbon is easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, bourbon, oak, prunes, and a bit of chocolate are most notable. Alcohol and a moderate bitterenss rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting bourbon and alcohol flavored aftertaste.

Overall: this beer was decent but the flavor profile seemed a bit disjointed to me. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:42:40 | More by Gavage
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dalahodson

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-21-2013 01:05:48 | More by dalahodson
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-07-2013 04:51:57 | More by Zbeetleman
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-01-2012 22:43:20 | More by mkennedy119
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-22-2012 15:51:51 | More by Hopstout
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out dark brown with two fingers of tan head that lasts for about two minutes, receding back without leaving any lacing. Oddly thin body for a strong ale, medium carbonation levels.

Smells quite boozey with bourbon, but it's not really a sort of well-balanced bourbon aroma. It's more chocolate-vanilla smell than wood smell and unusually sweet and ripe in tone, reminding me more of a rail bourbon than a name brand. The flavor is similar to the nose, but at a relatively muted level and somewhat drier compared to the nose. And the malts are somewhat lost in the shuffle at times underneath the bourbon. It's an average sort of beginner's introduction to bourbon beers, but overall it gives off the impression of being raw, unbalanced, and I'm not quite sure that cellaring would fix it given the odd disparity of sweetness between the nose and the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:35:24 | More by WastingFreetime
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Rick760Sd

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-30-2012 17:38:28 | More by Rick760Sd
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-17-2013 00:43:37 | More by hilgart1
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-03-2012 22:07:40 | More by bonkers
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zacky_U

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-10-2014 11:40:37 | More by zacky_U
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-12-2014 01:08:07 | More by Zetcha7x
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-02-2012 15:33:42 | More by EROCK75
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-22-2012 04:11:19 | More by vobr0002
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird little bottle found on the shelf at Julio's today. Looks like a macro in micro clothing to me, but I'm a sucker for oak aged so the bottle made its way home with me. Pours a solid dark brown/black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, earthy and woody. This is listed as a strong ale, the website describes this as an Imperial Stout, it smells like a cross between a Belgian dark strong and a porter. There isn't much roast in the aroma or in the taste for that matter. Taste is sweet and malty with dark sugars and fruits dominating the taste. Slight alcohol and earthy hop in there as well. Bit of a roasted grain ash in the finish. Medium body and level of carbonation, with a slick watery mouthfeel. Decent brew, but really nothing special here. I have my doubts that the Cold Spring Brewery actually exists, but I won't lose much sleep over it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 23:51:22 | More by johnnnniee
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flannelman808

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: looks great! this one pours a very dark brown/Black color. It has a frothy tan head which has rather large bubbles.

S: Smells like chocolate malts. I also get some coffee/espresso out of it. Vanilla extract. Maybe a mocha latte with a shot of vanilla syrup.

M: This is strangely a little more rough around the edges than I would have expected. It has a somewhat gritty/course character, but conversely finishes creamy. I cant help but think of the texture of a cappuccino that has some espresso grinds in it. Perhaps this is from the tannin in the bourbon oak chips the beer was aged on.

T: Definite espresso character present in this beer, The vanilla is there as well. Though I will say I'm not getting a whole lot else. Went into this one with little to no expectation other that a dark oak aged ale... and that is pretty much all I got. Good for dessert I guess, but not much else.

D: Don't think I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Though I will say that the 9.2% alcohol is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:22:04 | More by flannelman808
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TaySuth

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:04:12 | More by TaySuth
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srandycarter

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown pretty close to black. Lots of chunky sediment can be seen, though. Off white head almost non existent, some cling lace.

S - Coffee and chocolate, somewhat smoky, boozy.

T - Chalky, mocha, boozy.

M - All over the place. Huge beer and not well hidden or balanced.

D - Hard time having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 05:37:14 | More by srandycarter
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.