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John Henry Colonial Cream & Brown Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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John Henry Colonial Cream & Brown Ale
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-25-2012)
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Reviews by Cylinsier:
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

75 cl

Pours a deep amber with a yellowish head, fairly fine.

Smell of nuts, mildly sweet fruit, and oak.

Oakey flavor with some hints of brandy and a creamy element. Something like plums in there too.

Medium to full body with a mild creamy carbonation. Alcohol is masked fairly well.

A pretty decent and interesting ale, doesn't feel as strong as it is but packs a bit of a punch as you go through it. Worth trying.

07-31-2013 22:46:57 | More by Cylinsier
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-05-2013 23:52:40 | More by Beerswag
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

I had a flight of JH beers; the Colonial Cream as well as the Spiker and West Indies. The Cream was easily the best of the the three with a nice appearance and decent aroma. It's a complex tasting beer with a good finish and easy on the palate with all that alcohol. First time tasting of this line.

10-27-2013 21:35:20 | More by BeerIsland
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, red-brown in color, cloudy

Smell: toasted malt, toffee, and oak

Taste: big oak and toasted malt, brandy, light vanilla and nut

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet with oakiness, high carbonation

Overall: A good complex, oaky, brown ale. Best beer from this brewery that I have had to date. I would get this again.

10-22-2013 13:04:47 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +9%

03-23-2013 04:23:28 | More by jefftuck47
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-01-2013 00:00:16 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-21-2013 01:57:14 | More by whatname
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-24-2013 02:58:47 | More by jkroese
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-23-2013 01:42:22 | More by freewill35
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

08-18-2013 13:48:10 | More by JT99125
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-27-2013 21:17:23 | More by WaterCzar
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-03-2014 03:31:52 | More by bigaddy
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

11-25-2012 15:59:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours dark amber with a khaki finger of foam that laces well with a bit of legging.

Caramel, bourbon type liquor aromas, leather, vanilla, molasses... interesting. Smells pretty smooth. Not sure what to expect from here...

Hmm... again, it's unique. Toffee and caramel layered over a rather harsh brandy heat, a good amount of oak, some sweet grain flavors, finish is hot.

Give it a go if you're interested. It's certainly one of the more interesting 5 dollar 750's that I've had. Cold Spring definitely gets more flack than it deserves sometimes.

12-30-2012 01:22:20 | More by yamar68
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

A: into a pint, poured a deep dark brown with highlights of orange; couple of fingers of tan head clung a bit to the glass with finely bubbled sheets

S: vapors of brandy, sweet malts, musky herbs and earthy fruits

T: rich earthy malts, caramel sweetness, hints of dark fruit, cinnamon sticks, and cold weather holiday spices, chewy fruit cake-like bread

M: medium-weight, slick, slightly coating, faint stick in the corner of the mouth

O: a nice beer combining aspects of cream and brown ales - interesting, and a worthy drink, but depending on your personal palate, may or may not be a beer you'd go back to.

08-05-2013 01:17:59 | More by Greywulfken
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-27-2014 21:50:17 | More by bshiban
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

02-04-2014 03:01:16 | More by -NESTO-
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours chestnut brown with a thin creamy head that holds up well. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of bourbon and brown sugar - slightly roasty.

The taste is of bourbon mixed with a solid brown ale character. Slightly roasty, sweet brown sugar with bourbon/vanilla spicing.

It has a creamy, smooth full body. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden, with some peppery notes.

This is a nice sipper!

08-15-2013 21:25:28 | More by jwc215
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-21-2013 06:25:36 | More by Allurex
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-02-2013 18:14:23 | More by LarryMyers
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-26-2013 02:26:38 | More by smartassboiler
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4.46/5  rDev +21.5%

Pours a clean orange-ish brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, caramel, milk chocolate, and a sweet brandy flavor. In the taste, creamy caramel, milk chocolate and a small sweet brandy like presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry oak and sweet cream in the aftertaste. A touch sweet, but really nice!

07-13-2013 15:38:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-03-2014 07:16:19 | More by Danegerous123
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-13-2014 16:22:19 | More by krome
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

The Spelunky drinking game can easily get out of hand... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-brackish sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, toasted coconut, buttery biscuit, and light wood. The taste holds notes of toasted oak, toffee, bad brandy, and light grass. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay beer, but one that just doesn't utilize the brandy spirals very well, and one that seems to ignore the possibilities of the style blending (what was the point of that, anyway?).

12-19-2012 01:11:09 | More by TMoney2591
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John Henry Colonial Cream & Brown Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.