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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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Reviews: 21
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 88
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Surprised the beer is retired as I just purchased it a few weeks ago. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a bit of ruby highlights.
Creamy beige head of 2 cm foams up and slowly fades to a sturdy surface layer. Leaves tightly packed lattice after each sip.
Aroma is caramel and molasses with a little plum or raisin notes. Malty nose with little hops nor booze showing through up front. Not a very robust nose for a bigger beer.
First sip reveals fine tingly carbonation and a thinner body than expected. There is a bit of sweet syrupy texture, but in general the thickness is a little lacking in my opinion.
Flavor is also mild with similar malt profile of molasses and some dark fruit. Plums is probably a better descriptor here. There is some black pepper booze on the finish and a tingly physical feel left over after the swallow.
No real hop presence to speak of and the beer is thinner than I would expect for the style and the nose a little mild, but otherwise it is a pretty good beer.

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4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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John Henry Colonial Cream & Brown Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.