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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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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, oaky and a small bourbon like presence. In the taste, oaky, notes of bourbon, a touch watery but decent. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and small bourbon presence in the aftertaste. A bit thin and a touch watery, with a decent flavor. Not to shabby.

Photo of themind
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer with a strong bourbon aroma and taste. Pours a thin head and is very dark.

Decent beer that's aged with oak chips. I enjoyed it and it hides the 9.1% well. I have never tried a beer from this brewer and after trying this I would give another a run.

Bottom line: worth a try

Photo of JLeege
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of hardy008
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jdhugeloser
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Allurex
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of JDizzle
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of dalahodson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Rick760Sd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bonkers
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of zacky_U
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of EROCK75
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of vobr0002
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Gavage
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.