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

John Henry 3 Lick Spiker AleJohn Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale
415 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger tan head and thin lacing. The aroma is of dark fruit, dark roast, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is plums, roasted malt, and wood notes with a heap of coffee in the finish. There's a mild alcohol burn as it warms. It's mouthfeel is full and a bit syrupy. Cold Spring John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of n2185
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that recedes to a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel and vanilla dominate at first with oak and some sweet bourbon aromas. Simple, but pleasant.

T: There are some roasted malt flavors up front with oak and vanilla following. The finish is bready and slightly charred with some alcohol and bourbon flavors.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is more carbonated than I expected, which works with the relatively lighter body.

O: A solid beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of cofeeguru
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Pours a dark brown color with loads of heavy, ruby highlights and a somewhat thin, light khaki-colored cap that recedes to a thin sheet atop the dark brew within a minute or so. Aroma is very reminiscent of a winter warmer or a BSDA Christmas-time specialty. Sweet vanilla, burnt and toasted brown sugar, molasses, sweet dark fruits; figs, plums, booze-soaked raisins. Some spiciness comes out, maybe with ginger or a touch of cinnamon. Heavy oak and wood aromas tie everything together. The taste isn't too far off, starts out sweet with dense, heavy fig and anise flavors that come hand-in-hand with a high level of sweetness; brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup. Booze is a bit heavy and noticeable, along with the musky presence of oak and wet wood. Very malt heavy all around, very little hop presence to be found, if any at all (I can't detect it). Some vanilla hangs around in the dry, warm finish, along with a faint woody flavor and a mild sweetness. Medium-thick body, silky and smooth with relatively low carbonation.

Didn't have high expectations for this one, but I actually enjoyed it. Nice flavor, though the alcohol won't hurt to be toned down just a bit.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with distinct roasty and soy sauce flavors as well. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a good aroma but the flavor just doesn't match up.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MrBluto
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite nice dark appearance, thick head and reasonably good body, this beer was disappointing. It's not very well balanced IMHO...not enough hop flavor and an overabundance of maltiness, though it does have a nice finish. It seems like there is something missing, and I wonder if I simply got a bad batch. Seems unlikely, but I suppose it's possible.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the Beer Baron (Detroit, MI). 3.29. No apparent bottling info. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours deep dark brown with a quarter finger tan head. No lacing. 

Smells sweet overall. Vanilla, bourbon, oak and malt. 

Sweet bourbon notes dominate the taste. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, fruity esters and a little alcohol. The booze is fairly soft for over 9% but there really isn't much going on here. 

Light to medium body with strong carbonation. Long bourbon soaked finish. 

Where is the base beer? I kind of feel like I could put bourbon oak chips in water to come up with the same thing. I enjoyed the sweet flavors at first but it left me wanting more. 

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber in color. There was a head, but it went away rather quickly. Definite signs of carbonation sliding up from the bottom of the Samuel Adams glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, a faint hint of bourbon. Some hops. Some alcohol. The scents are there, but they're not as strong as a bourbon aged ale deserves.

Taste: Roasted malts followed by chocolate with a bourbon finish. Hints of oak and hops. It starts out with a powerful flavor, seems to lose everything, then has a moderate finish that leaves the palate all too quickly.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Thin. Dry.

Overall: I expect more from anything that is bourbon aged, especially if I'm only getting four bottles of it. This is an average beer that I'd consider a gateway into the intensity of anything oak aged, but it's not worth the price tag that comes with it. I'd gladly pass this up for New Holland's Dragon's Milk or Arcadia's Shipwreck Porter.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of elevatedgreens
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours almost pitch black color with a nice 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, molasses, toffee, vanilla, toast, bourbon, oak, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and enjoyable aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, biscuit, oak, earth, herbal, and light bourbon. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, earth, oak, and light bourbon on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; the bourbon and oak flavors compliment this very nicely without being overpowering. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy, thick, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to sip on. Overall this is a damn nice bourbon oak aged ale. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on for being over 9%. Very enjoyable stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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