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

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
BA SCORE
55.3%
Liked This Beer
3.7 with 414 Ratings
John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,351
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
414
Liked:
229
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
13.78%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
36
Trade:
2
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Photo of ScaryEd
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 04/03/13.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of khaki head. The head is gone in a hurry, settling into a halo around the top of the beer. Leaves very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is pretty much straight up bourbon. It's a solid aroma but not what I expect from a beer.

The taste has plenty of roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon. That's about it.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly watery but relatively smooth.

Overall, a pretty mediocre beer. I honestly wonder if this would be better fresh. It's basically just bourbon with slight hints of beer in it. Not something I'd try again.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11/27/2016

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Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scotorum
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

COLD SPRING (MN) JOHN HENRY 3 LICK SPIKER ALE 2/11/16

Bought a fourpack of this Minnesota BBA brew at a local store on recommendation. First I've seen anything by Cold Spring in my state.

Bottled way back in 2013. Hoping there will still be some BBA flavor.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue Blanche de Chamblay flute.

a; Clear dark ruby with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Bourbon.

t: Initially follows the nose along with some smoke. Dry finish with some mild dark fruit notes developing. 9.1 ABV is well covered. Bourbon flavor is less evident later, perhaps a result of the age on this.

m; Light to medium, ok body and above average carbonation tingle.

o: A pretty good BBA brew, which I'd call a porter despite the unusually high ABV, although I have no issue with it being called an American Strong Ale. Should enjoy the other three.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out light brown and dark yellow, almost nothing for a head and what was there wasn't long for this life. Aroma was more alcohol than wood.

Taste again was driven by the alcohol. Doesn't seemlike it was barrel aged, moreso like they made a boilermaker. Too bitter, dark fruit, aged, impressions. You can look for all the nuances from the wood, but I just couldn't find them.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
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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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssippisam
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle with a hard to read "produced on" date of 7/24/12 ink jetted on the shoulder
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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale poured into my tulip glass a very dark brown and some might say black hue. A 1-finger tan head was produced and quickly shrank to a thin collar of foam with no lacing. The nose is of roasted malt with chocolate and smoke also noted. The smell of bourbon and oak was almost nonexistent. The taste like the nose was dominated by roasted malt and a stronger presence of chocolate and bourbon was noticed. Mouth feel is pretty smooth, a little chewy and medium bodied.

This ale is approximately 3-years old. As a result of its age I feel it has lost some of its bourbon and oak flavor, However, I have not had a fresh ale so I have nothing to compare it to.

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1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was a drain pour, but I can't remember why

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very smooth ale, some bourbon and vanilla, kinda of buttery. Hides the abv well

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Photo of poppollutesminds
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: bourbon, malt, vanilla, no hops, Appearance: Dark brown, ¼” head that quickly dissipates. Flavor: rich malt flavors, slight chocolate, caramel, some vanilla with bourbon in the background. A touch sweet but balances the malt and bourbon flavors. Mouthfeel: moderate body to moderate full, moderate carbonation. Overall: the bourbon flavor is very well done and the rich malt goes very well with the bourbon barrel aging. The alcohol is there but is not as noticeable as 9.1% alcohol would suggest. It is very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of deonreds
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrs3994243
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 55.3% out of 100 with 414 ratings
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