John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
Cold Spring Brewing Co.

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #252
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,402
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 13.71%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
417
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Cold Spring Brewing Co.
 
Minnesota, United States
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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
Notes: 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a thin, tan-colored head the quickly disperses towards the shoulders, forming a thin band. No lacing on this one. Pleasant nose - faint bourbon notes and a slight buttery quality on a malty backbone. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of toffee and vanilla. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an even, easy carbonation. This is a really flavorful and drinkable bourbon imparted beer. Not at all boozy, but imparted with some exceptional flavor without being cloying. Well worth a try if you get the opportunity. I bet this would be fantastic on cask.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle I brought back from my recent trip to Colorado, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter tonight, originally from a six pack

A-Medium brown color with some darker tones, thin 1/2 inch creamy off white head that did not last long, not much lacing either
S-Light bourbon, caramel, salt, oak, vanilla, burned bread, dark chocolate, light hops, and caramel
T-Starts off salty with some lingering oak, boozy in the middle with moderate whiskey notes, lots of caramel and toffee in the finish, gets more mellow as it warms up, still is a little hot by the very end, needs more dryness, not a very big oak presence
M-Dry, oaky, salty, and slightly boozy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, moderate carbonation, taste lingers
D-Filling and not smooth, decent drinkability but pretty heavy on the stomach, would have liked to taste less alcohol

Surprised to find a beer like this in this serving size, usually an expensive bomber with this style but this came in a ten or eleven dollar six pack, would drink again, too bad I did not bring more back, recommended

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dzyneguru for this one. Poured into14oz glass. Poured a slightly translucent black, with just a thin cap of tan head that had no retention or lacing.

A sweet, malty aroma has a bit of bourbon in the background. On the tongue the bourbon takes an upfront spot and borders on overpowering the rest of the beer. The sweet malts are pushed to the back and there is just a trace of hops apparent.

The body was a bit too thin for a beer this strong and flavorful. Drinkability was pretty good for a beer this size, although the bourbon can be a bit powerful and could affect how you view drinkability. Overall, a pretty good brew, worth trying if you see it.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

The nose is relatively light with coconut and chocolate. The flavor has light malt and grain but a stronger chocolate and coconut mid palate to finish. This isn't particularly complex, strong or even interesting but it's a good drinking beer and that's all I'm in it for.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark, like a muddy brown pond water (in a good way) but flat, no head at all, thanks to the stupid screw cap.

N: Lots of malts! Very malty, with dark malts, some sweetness, little syrupy, slight barleywine-ish, some barley, some fruits and raisin, etc. Touch of bourbon with all that.

T: Very barleywine-esque again. Lots of thick malts, slightly syrupy, some fruit, raisin, little brown sugar, etc. Then comes bourbon. Quite a bit of a bourbon flavor, nothin in particular just a generic bourbon flavor. WIth that comes a little oak too, as well as a hint of vanilla, molasses, and some type of syrup I can't put my finger on.

M: Medium to heavier body, slightly syrupy, with almost no carbonation.

F: THe booze starts to show a little towards the end. It gets a slight boozy taste as well as some alcohol warmth and tingle. It's still sweet on the finish, with a little more barley, more syrups, brown sugar, etc. Also the bourbon sticks around through the finish and lingers on the tongue. More molasses as well on the finish. No real oak here though.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JRhode
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with tan, short, quickly dissipating head.

Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, oak/vanilla, a little boozy.

taste is similar. I hope I was not predisposed, but I couldn't help but feel like this is what a BMC bourbon barrel aged beer would taste like. Take Amber Bock and throw it in some bourbon barrels? Not bad at all. Maybe a little artificial tasting?

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected. Abrupt finish too.

Drinkability isn't bad at all. Although I could feel the 9.1% abv after finishing one bottle.

Not a bad beer at all considering the $6.99/sixer sale pricetag.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours ultra black, no head, with some floaties. wonder if i was supposed to pour that sediment in....?
smells thick and malty with dominating dark fruit.
a dryness at the finish. very light for what i was expecting from the aroma. and the abv. some fruit; well, lots of fruit but not 'fruit-y', and lots of roasted malt mixed with the fruit. seems to be lots of vanilla in the middle.
overall, a great brew with a great abv. nice, typical roasted malts, easy to bring down.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Bung
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. This was actually listed as a stout where I had it, glad to see it's listed differently.
Not a terribly dark brown pour, few whispy bubbles of off white is about it.

Aroma, molasses, caramel some bourbon soaked oak.

Taste about the same. Mostly toffee and boubon booze. The oakiness lingers.

Solid medium body, more carbonation than in the appearance. Pretty warming. Actually reminded me quite a bit of New Holland Dragons Milk.

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of samyoung
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Cost Plus in Eastern market.

Poured into Duvel snifter. Dark brown with a quickly vanishing head. Smells of roasted malt with hints of smoked chocolate. Tastes buttery with a bit of whiskey; chocolate and smoke are again apparent. Not much mouthfeel; quickly dissipates with a pleasant, subtle aftertaste.

The best part of this beer is the ABV; it is very smooth considering higher alcohol levels. This style confounds me "bourbon oak chips"; the bourbon barrel branding is deceptive considering the minimal and weak presence of bourbon in the taste and smell. I'd rather have a truly barrel-aged beer that exudes bourbon character in a much better fashion.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, code on bottle but no freshness date, purchased 12/2011 from a local bottle shop.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a rather thin head which rapidly reduces to a very thin film.
Black opaque color

Has a malty, black roasted aroma to it. Molasses and yeast. No noticeable wood but there is soom bourbon. It’s good.

Nice crisp entry on the palate, followed by malt and molasses, after some warming the bourbon/oak kicks in, but is relatively tame compared to its peers. The 9.1% ABV is never noticeable.
Full mouth feel with mild balanced carbonation.

Overall a good drink but not anything exciting. Needs to be at least 55 degrees for anything meaningful in the aroma or taste to come forward.
I am glad that I tried this brew, but that being said it’s not one I will search for.
It’s enjoyable enough, if priced right. I paid $11 a 4/pack, which is fair.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy pure black with a thin layer and ring of dark tan froth.

Subtle smelling, but dominated by raisin. Some really sweet smelling deep roasted malt and some hops are present.

Very similar to a scotch ale. Deep roasted malt which is really sweet. Some earthy, smokey peat flavor. Good hop presence at the back. A bit of scotch/whiskey flavor. Some vanilla extract and coffee. Very flavorful and has nice depth.

Thicker than medium bodied, syrupy smooth. Nice subtle soft carbonation.

Really nice beer. I would call this more of a scotch ale than a strong ale, but still has to be the best thing to come out of Cold Spring in a long time or maybe even ever. Very drinkable. I would drink this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 417 ratings