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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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84
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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
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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Photo of JLeege
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

JLeege, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of JDizzle
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

JDizzle, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of hardy008
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

hardy008, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

InfernoBoss, May 22, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

apasternak, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

VeganUndead, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jdhugeloser
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jdhugeloser, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Allurex
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Allurex, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Gavage, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of dalahodson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

dalahodson, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mkennedy119, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

WastingFreetime, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Rick760Sd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Rick760Sd, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

hilgart1, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of bonkers
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

bonkers, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of zacky_U
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

zacky_U, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of EROCK75
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

EROCK75, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of vobr0002
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

vobr0002, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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

flannelman808, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of TaySuth
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.