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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Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of B33R501
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good little beer aged on bourbon oak chips? Could benefit from the full barrel aged treatment I suppose. Good, not great, had just the one single, included in another reasonably priced 4 Pak. Pretty similar in quality to Weyerbacher Heresy.

Black, good head, carbonation. Mild aromas of oak, bourbon, little smoke. Taste follows, very nice dry, tart finish that lingers awhile.

Very decent, I would have no problem at all with an entire 4 Pak.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out somewhere in between light brown and dark gold, 1/16" head, dissipates to nothingness, not much cling, lace or retention, really looks like a glorified homebrew. Smells strongly of alcohol moreso than bourbon, didn't really pick up the wood, the sweetness may be some kind of syrup or molasses.

Taste, heavy alcohol, the bourbon wood chip thing seems to be a cover for just adding hard alcohol straight from the bottle to your beer, yeah, sanitize, let soak etc. . .but all I get is a beer with too much hotness, lacking depth and without the body to take it all in with a requisite semblance of enjoyability for the drinker. Some pruney dark fruit bitterness, although maybe the prune reference is just because of the high alcohol heat a la pruno made in a jail cell.

Some toffee, vanilla and caramel, not enough two row in this though. Comparing this to something aged well in a bourbon barrel is not fair.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

My thanks in this case to a college chum, David, who sent me a box of beer recently. Cheers!

From the bottle: "Ale aged on bourbon chips".

Well,despite and aggro pour, I still only managed less than a finger of deep-tan head that quickly became wisps. Nose was boozy, bourbon?, if they say so. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. Mouthfeel was dense and hot, like pudding with an extra sumpin' sumpin'. Whew! The taste was chocolate, bourbon and toffee. Rather sweet for my taste, but still not bad. The finish was where the bourbon chips really asserted themselves and combined with the inherent heat of the beer, I felt like I had been drinking spirits. I am a beer drinker for a reason - I can usually realize my limit and ramp back or stop but liquor for me is like standing on the edge of the abyss and looking down. When I drink liquor, I break out in handcuffs. This was a novelty and a once-and-done for me.

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Photo of Gavage
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a wispy head that break apart immediately.

Smell: roasted malt and bourbon is easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, bourbon, oak, prunes, and a bit of chocolate are most notable. Alcohol and a moderate bitterenss rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting bourbon and alcohol flavored aftertaste.

Overall: this beer was decent but the flavor profile seemed a bit disjointed to me. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of Trent
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours dark black with an inch of dense tan head that holds on tightly. The nose is faint alcohol (that gets hotter as it warms), coffee, oak, aluminum (also much more pronounced when warm), and caramel wood sugar. The taste brings forward more of the yeast's fruitiness, which i expected to find in nose. There is some subtle roastiness in the beer's finish that dries out the beer's semi-sweet, medium body.The bourbon/wood doesn't carry through to the beer's taste as I would have preferred, but it's very smooth and drinkable nonetheless. Although this beer is labeled as a strong ale I would have compared it to a strong porter or stout instead. The lacking yeast character/full-bodied sweetness brings this beer down to being slightly better than average, despite its drinkability.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Luckily stumbled across a single of this for $1.99.
I'd heard it was alright, but never bought it to try considering the source. Consider this Cold Spring's surprise hit. Shoulder printed "JACD 0801", which I have no idea if its a Julian date or not. Early 2011 if it is... meaning over a year old.

Dense reddish black in the glass, hints of dark brown and red in the pour. Huge and creamy tan head that dwindles quick after the first couple sips.

Caramel, oak, vanilla cream nougat, nice mix of smells happening here, though the bottle may be a little old, and possibly muted.

Light but creamy feel, some overt oak and vanilla notes lead off. Chocolate and nougat in the middle. Lingering oak and chocolate notes in the dry aftertaste. Body is a little thin, and the oak is the main flavor, though its a good effort. Would drink again, though they don't seem to be pushing this one... its a resounding homerun against their regular lineup of quasi-craft mediocrity.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Very nice aroma of dark sweet malt, oak, dark fruit with a hint of bourbon. Flavor is not as intense as the aroma, but combines the dark fruit, caramel malt, bourbon and oak. Flavor fades rather quickly, but leaves a pleasant oaky sweet malt aftertaste. A slight astringency to the finish that was not great, but was moderated by the other flavors. Medium bodied not quite reaching creaminess. With more intensity of flavor could compete with the top tier oak aged strong ales. Reaches for the ring, but misses. On the other hand, the flavor is light but complex and well integrated. I enjoyed this strong ale and will buy it again.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Disease
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of stealth
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of KTracy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of reyolb
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Black/Dark Brown with a surprisingly dark brown head. This looks almost like a Porter or Imperial Stout sans the lacing.

Smell - Chocolate Orange, Oak, Figs, Caramel, Bourbon and Sweet malts. It's definitely an interesting yet good smell.

Taste - Oak, Chocolate, Spices, and Sweet and Roasted malts. It's like a porter but with some rather sweet characteristics to it.

Mouthfeel - This is a very heavy bodied ale and the carbonation is a couple notches above average. Not a beer you can drink in just a minute.

Overall - I remember visiting my friends at St. Cloud State a few years back. While I was there, I had an absolutely dreadful beer called Hackstein Light, which you could pick up a 24 pack for roughly $7 at one of the many college liquor stores. Hackstein was brewed by Cold Spring Brewery and I bring this up because I was surprised to see John Henry was made by thatsame brewery.

In general, this is a pretty good beer and considering Cold Spring made one of the worst beers I have ever tried, I can say at this point that I can forgive them for making Hackstein Light.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. I have been sitting on this one for a while. Like a year and a half.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with no head at all. A little transparency around the edges, but nothing else. No lacing.

Smell - Oak all over. Fruity aroma. Figs and raisins. Bourbon is an afterthought, but it's there. A nice aroma. Very oaky, though.

Taste - Falls short of the smell. Caramel malts and astringent oak. The fruits don't translate. A little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Faint, but earthy. The tannic oak character is overwhelming in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry and astringent in the finish. Makes it tough to drink. I don't think it's that boozy, but there's a bite.

Overall - Lots of things going for it in the aroma, but the taste falls flat. Tough to drink. Not something I'd drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of YouSkeete
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a black appearance. Short khaki colored head with weak retention. Bold, pungent aroma full of heavy molasses, espresso roast, cream, oak and bittersweet chocolate. First sip is an interesting, robust combination between oaked mahogany, rich coffee and thick molasses. flows into a big bodied, boozy, mildly nutty overall flavor. Hints of orange and maple make their way through eventually to a boozy, woody finish.

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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
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