John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale

Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

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4.94/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer from start to finish. Fully body beer especially for being a 9.1% alc/vol. easy drink ability an great to have with steaks or other food parings depending on your food preference. love the idea of aging on bourbon oak chips. Plus it being Minnesota brew scores more points in my book. Love all three varieties that Cold Spring Brewing offers!

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4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

traveled to Cold Spring Brewing Company Mn, awesome tour,free, had the John Henry on tap! wow!! tour was with the brewmaster took us through the whole plant, amazing facility! if you ever get the chance its a must on your list to do in central minnesota. John Henry Imperial Stout Bourbon Oak Aged black in color, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, and bourbon the flavor hits you but very smooth, at 9.1% ABV, you can hardly tell, until its time to leave which was hard to do. John Henry Imperial Stout on tap, did i mention free!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 14 December 2010
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 12oz bottle from trade with 'brewseum'

Thanks 'brewseum' for this unbelievable beer!

I have no idea how old this beer is, but 'brewseum' is a collector, so who knows! The bottle stamp says 'ICJB 0301' but I have no idea how to decipher that.

Split between two snifters, shared with a family member, head is easily 2, almost 3-fingers for both snifters, average lacing, light-caramel color head, deep deep brown in color.

Aroma is phenomenal. Heavy (but not hot) bourbon, vanilla, matured oak, some caramel and bittersweet chocolate, maybe even a stab of cinnamon.

THIS BEER DRINKS SO SMOOTHLY. There is no way this is 9.10% ABV. People keep saying that this beer is boozy, but not the bottle I was given. The same notes of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and caramel are extremely smooth on the tongue. This beer is a perfect score for mouthfeel, as nothing bad lingers. Instead, my tongue is dry and I'm craving another sip.

The closest comparison I've ever had to this beer is between Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, and BA Blackout Stout. I could drink this beer all night long.


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4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled date of 04/03/13. Enjoyed on 11/13/15. Two and a half years old now. Must be the explanation for a $3 price tag on a 22oz bomber. Pours a very nice dark brown color with a tan, foamy, head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, and tannin rise up. Flavors of oak wood, vanilla, burnt sugar and molasses mix perfectly. Medium to full feel on the palate and just a hint of burn from the bourbon and abv. I'm perplexed by the overall low ratings on this well crafted and pretty balanced aged ale. If I ever saw this again I'd be game. Only wonder what it tastes like fresh but age sure has done it well!

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4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a deep brown pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. no lacing decent retention.
smells awesomely sweet.. lots of malt, nuts, caramel, molasses, caramel, lactose ?
OH MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME. the taste is very pecan/butterscotch like. very sweet yet an earthy bitterness in the background... holy crap this is good. tastes like a souped up nut brown ale honestly. notes of caramel, lactose sugar, wet walnuts (the ice cream topping).. just very sweet and delicious.
medium body, nicely carbonated, slightly creamy and slight warmth from the booze but it hides well behind the sweet flavors.

don't judge a beer by it's appearance.. lesson learned! this is a fantastic beer regardless of style. it's pretty much a liquid dessert, and you cannot go wrong. pick this up, open it up, and enjoy.

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4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a super-dark brown with a nice tan head that showed good retention.

Smell - I poured this in my Arrogant Bastard glass and it showed some similarities to the classic AB. The malt is much sweeter though like fresh caramel right off the stove. There are actually some hops in this nose as well which again reminds me of the AB.

Taste - The roasted nature of the malt comes out more at the taste and the woody bourbon, which I picked up at the nose but failed to mention, comes on very strong in the mouth. It would be too much in most beers but the malts here are so roasted that it seems to balance.

Readers of my reviews will note that I am not a big fan of wood, but here this works exceptionally well. It's one of the few occasions where I think it is appropriate because the malts are so substantial. The stiff vanilla, which again normally offends my taste buds, seems right at home here. This is a big, aggressive flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied and hides well the 9+ ABV. The giant flavors balance each other out so it goes down dangerously well.

Drinkability - I usually hate the idea of a woody, oaky, vanilla-laden ASO with this and the oak-aged AB being the exception. This is a quality ale, done right by no accident, that stands apart from the pack.

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4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body. Amber hues show through when held to the light. Little brown head that disappears quickly. Serious chocolate malt scent. Dark fruit tones. Spicy alcohol. Major malt taste. Caramel and chocolate. Dark fruit, licorice. Some bitter hops. Somewhat thinner mouth for a beer of this size than i expected. Very tasty

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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 415 ratings