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John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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John Henry Three Lick Spiker Ale is an imperial stout brew style that has been bourbon oak aged. This beer is brewed with three different dark roasted malts creating chocolate flavors and a dark appearance. Oats are also added for additional body and flavor. Combined with the pale and caramel malts, there are over 12,000 lbs. of barley in the brew. Cascade, Willamette, and Alsace Hops are the three hops added for a hoppy tasty and full aroma. After fermentation has been completed with our top fermenting ale yeast, conditioning starts and the fun begins. We condition our brew with bourbon oak and let the extended aging process take over. Hints of bourbon and vanilla from the oak come through in the aroma and flavor. This is a big beer that you can not pass up.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
evilhomer3k (5) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2014 does not count
Poured very dark with virtually no head. Notes of caramel, chocolate, malt, vanilla. Has a very pleasant aroma. Very little carbonation and a thin body. Not much bourbon flavor (which I don’t care for) but a long, sweet aftertaste with some mild bitterness. Overall a good but not great beer that could use a bit more carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 oz bottle. The pour is a darker brown with a lot of ruby in and around it with a thinner light tan head that fades down quickly to just a ring. The aroma is quite complex and good. Initially there is a strong sweet maltiness. Almost like a really sugary caramel. The deeper it gets, the lore of a earthy wood comes up, and ever-so-slowly the bourbon rolls into the picture. The flavor is surprisingly light. It's pretty malt dominated with a nice sweetness, but the bourbon definitely fails compared to the oakiness. The mouth feel is really thin with not much help by carbonation. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a light woody flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2614) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2 June 2014, bottle. black. nose is dark chocolate, some alcohol, some raisins, bitter chocolate. thin/med body and fizzy. grass/pine hops, sugary bread, dark chocolate, moderate alcohol, burnt and bitter chocolate and pine hop finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
AmericanHobo (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Wonderful oak roasted malt aroma on initial pour. Flavor of bourbon oak spirals comes through on every sip but unlike bourbon not really hot, more mellow and smoothing taste of the ale balancing out the roasted malt. A great session beer. Gets more robust and complex as it warms a bit and is exposed to the air.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
Rated on 01-30-2012. This bottled beer has a medium sized semi-fizzy tan hed with a short retention, opaque dark brown body, very little carbonation observed, and one ring of lacing. This beer’s aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, roasty, oak, hops, suggestion of dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is semi-sweet, vanilla, malt, roasty, oak, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is soft carbonation and thin. This beer is medium bodied. This is a quaffable sipping beer with a good flavor that is worth trying. This is a beer I would drink again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (977) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle, pours a hazy ruddy red, with a small brown head. Nose is malty and hints of oak and whisky. A bit overly sweet, malty, and whisky. Wet, slow finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (673) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2014
Aroma of bourbon and malt. Dark brown colour, and thick creamy head. Taste of bourbon and malt with a short lasting phenolic palate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (2616) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, picked this up in Bismarck thinking $5.99 for a barrel aged strong ale was a good buy. Not the case. Very odd, muted malty mess with some barrel/oak notes. Maybe this was an old bottle, but I found overall the flavor to be so subdued it was distracting. Like the open bottle was left on the counter all night.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
bottle. brown with minimal head. a big malty beer, but i found it a bit boozy and medicinal. not impressed.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color - almost black with a small foamy brown head that faded and left minimal lacing. The aroma was malty cookie dough, bourbon, vanilla, cola and flour. The flavor was malty flour, a bit of cocoa, bourbon, more flour, coconut, vanilla and more flour. Medium length bread dough, flour and bourbon finish Moderately full bodied but a bit undercarbonated. The flour presence overwhelms and I found myself liking this beer less with each sip.


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