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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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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 173
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Evan for this one.

Poured into a Duval tulip.

Apperance Pours a dark brown with ruby tones against a bright backlight. Thin ring of tan creates little lacing.

Smell Rich oak and boozy aroma hit the olfactory.

Taste is like the nose...strong oak pairing with sweet caramel. Strong alcohol bite.

Medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

Overall A decent sipper. My first experience trying a Cold Spring brew.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, had to hold it up to a light to see the red hints. A medium mocha head leaves great lacing and flattens to a ring.

Smell is all bourbon and oak, with booze. A touch of vanilla is in there, but it's fighting for dear life.

Taste is woody, dark fruit, with roasted caramel malt on the finish.

Feels extremely heavy. A touch of burn, this is a one and done beer.

Glad I could try this, but won't do so again. Not because it's bad, but just a little hard to drink.


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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of WEBBEER
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coffee that shows a cherry syrup color in strong light. Thin but dark khaki head, dissipates to a nice lace that lingers for the entire serving.
Strong coffee smell and roasted taste. Has sweet notes but not really picking up the raisin or plum mentioned by reviews. Some caramel
Great stout mouthfeel. Weak carbonation.

Aged in oak bourbon chips? Any trace of bourbon flavor or oak for that matter would be a hallucination although the label is marked "flavored ale"

John Henry is a 9.1% So it has a substantial alchohol flavor that pairs with dessert. That is how I will use this case. I feel like this beer would be outstanding at a pub on tap. The case was clearly marked "ale aged ON bourbon oak chips' so "my bad" it was a bit of a disappointment

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2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twist top 12oz bottle into a nonic. Served cool.

Tan head, black walnut body.

Licorice, booze and chocolate smell.

Oaky, strong red wine tannin, beer flavored a bit subdued. Boozy finish.

Full, and light carbonation.

Very heavy oak flavor. Mutes most everything else. Not a thriller.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of themind
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer with a strong bourbon aroma and taste. Pours a thin head and is very dark.

Decent beer that's aged with oak chips. I enjoyed it and it hides the 9.1% well. I have never tried a beer from this brewer and after trying this I would give another a run.

Bottom line: worth a try

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3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a nearly non-existent head that disappears quickly. A little lacing but not much.

Smell: Smells like a strong ale. The alcohol is certainly present with a sweet grain character and some mellow hop aroma in the background.

Taste: Sweet and alcoholic. Molasses flavor. Nice balance between the malt and the hops. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer but not something I would buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of samyoung
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -5.4%

Photo of Zorro
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black colored beer with a small brown colored head that doesn’t last.

Smell is sweet with scents of raisin, vanilla oak and whiskey. Not much more to it than that just not a lot of subtlety.

Starts out sweet with a strong raisin flavor. Little bit of fig in the taste. Mildly bittersweet taste. Not that complex though.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall this is just OK. No real reason to buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bourbon, somewhat sweet. Taste is also bourbon up front, considerable malty sweetness, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall was a unique and enjoyable beer and worth giving a try.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of theopholis
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown into the glass with minimal head on a gentle pour. What head there is is a light brown, with good retention and some lacing.

Smell - Strong notes of molasses, bourbon and a mild oakiness. Some malt comes through the nose as well. No aroma hops detected.

Taste - Really pleasant mix of maltiness, some malt sweatness, and molasses. Good bittering hops level. Hints of toffee too.

Mouthfeel - Great sticking power on your tongue and mouth. Gives it a wonderful sweat after-taste. Appropriate (low) carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. Maybe not quite to style, but it's quite 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
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