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John Henry West Indies Pale Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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John Henry West Indies Pale AleJohn Henry West Indies Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% 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 BucannonXC5:
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BucannonXC5

California

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 750ml (25.4 oz.) bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: June 21, 2014
Consumed: June 21, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark reddish, brown, opaque color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Didn’t notice any bubbles on the sides of the glass. Above average circular lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled oaky wood, bourbon, rum, dark fruits, plum, purple grapes, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, black cherry and light crayon.

Tasted slightly better than the smell. Lots of wood, then oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, crayon, roasty nuts, some chocolate, rum and plum. Lingering boozy astringent taste on the tongue.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, slightly bitter finish.

Just an OK strong ale. I was a bit disappointed as I was a big fan of the 3 Lick Spiker Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 04:34:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 Vintage
Poured slightly chilled from bottle into snifter.

Very little head, spotty lacing.
Nice smell, but not nearly as potent as I expected. Oak and rum are present, but very minimal, no hop aroma whatsoever.

Taste is nice and smooth. I keep reminding myself that this is a pale ale and I shouldn't expect so much from it. The draw of this beer is Dark-Rum oak spirals; these features were underwhelming. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, but also leaves me wanting more.

This isn't a bad beer. I suppose the explosive barrel aged beers out there have made me expect more and this beer doesn't have it.
Enjoy it for what it is; a slightly complex, clean, smooth pale ale.

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, light vanilla, raisin, fig, plum, oak, rum, and toast/oak earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and rum oak notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, vanilla, raisin, fig, plum, oak, rum, and toast/oak earthiness. Light earthy oak/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, plum, oak, rum, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and rum 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, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. 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 well balanced dark/bready malt and rum oak spiral flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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A dark murky reddish brown body, fairly translucent up to the light. A solid one finger head, with some creamy perfect tan color appearance. Little retention and disappears quickly to a fairly thick bubbled collar, and slightly oily but whispy top.

Really odd nose. Very hard to describe. Thick oak and lots of buttery tones. Lots of deep melted and patted butter. It makes me wonder of diacetyl but it doesn't have that quite popcorn aroma. Some hazelnut and molasses like character a bit, just a hint of sweetness. Not sure how this is going to turn out, it's seemingly kind of scary.

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John Henry West Indies Pale Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.