John Henry Colonial Cream & Brown Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle poured into a pint.
9.3% ABV, Brandy spiral aged.
Review from notes.
A - Tons of carbonation feeds the dense off-white head while wispy lace remains on the pint above the clear amber mahogany beer.
S - Cream aroma with nutty, earthy notes, lactose sweetness faint banana, and no alcohol presence. Simple and oaky.
T - Tannic oak with amber malt and cream flavor finishes nutty and smooth. Faint dark fruits emerge as it warms.
M - Smooth and medium bodied with almost no alcohol perception and faint bitterness on the finish.
O - This brew shows no signs of brandy but the oak spirals certainly come through. A good brown but too much alcohol makes it a sipping beer you won't want a lot of.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2012 15:59:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, red grape, brandy, vanilla, light oak, herbal, yeast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light-moderate oak notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, red grape, brown sugar, biscuit, oak, herbal, light chocolate, and oak/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tannic bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, red grape, brown sugar, biscuit, oak, herbal, light chocolate, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, fruit yeast ester, and brandy oak spiral flavors; with a great malt/oak flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oak aged strong ale. All around nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, brandy oak, and fruity/earth yeast flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 03:49:09 | More by superspak
John Henry Colonial Cream & Brown Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.