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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.7
cstuartj (1020) - 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
Luvystypotables (1960) - 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
jake65 (3689) - Meridian, 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
rumproasts (5356) - 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
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - 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.

3.4
Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Ahh yes, dark, thick, and strong, just how I like it. This is an interesting cross of a barley wine, red/brown ale, and stout. Aroma is kinda weak, but has brown sugar, vanilla, oak, raisin, and maple syrup in the nose. Pours dark brown/black with a reddish tinge. Not too heavily hopped, which is nice for a change. The heavy, syrupy sweetness is well balanced by the judicious use of hops and roasted malts. Medium to full body, creamy, oily texture, soft carbonation, and long, sweet finish. From Cold Spring in Minnesota, not usually known for craft beer, but times they are a changin’.

2.9
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Slightly medicinal, boozy, and flavors of oak and bourbon. Thin body, with some slight caramel malt presence. Not bad, but lacks the full flavor and body of an actual bourbon barrel aged beer.

3.3
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2/27/13. On draft (SIXTEL) @TGL had a bland ipa first and then followed up with this overly bland barrel aged dreck. Could be my least favorite barrel aged beer to date ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
jsmerig (1583) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours a near black deep brown with a tan foamy head. Aroma of deep syrupy malt and burbon. Taste is sweet vanilla and oak mixed with a dark bitterness that married well with the vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
750ml bottle into a tulip glass. A: Pours an extremely dark cola color. It *almost* looks like a stout, but not quite. The head is about a fingers worth of mocha shaded head, with some nice creaminess. Retention isn’t fantastic, though some decent (if thin looking) lacing is left behind. S: Sweet and bourbon-y. The sweet (most noticeably vanilla) and the bourbon-y notes upon opening it up are quite pleasant, later being supplanted by caramel, toffee, and cherries. Aromatically, it’s a bit too mild, but has decent (if not stunning) depth. T: At first, it starts with a barrage of vanilla sweetness. It introduces the same problem I had with Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, its flavor is overly reminiscent of cola, Dr. Pepper in this case. The bourbon character is there (if rudimentary), but there’s no oak character, either. After the vanilla sweetness opens the palate, it shifts somewhat abruptly to a roasted nut character and afterwards, into a clean yet dry toffee laden finish. Actually, the finish has a strange bitter element to it; it’s also a touch leathery as well. Thankfully it’s not boozy in the least. Good complexity - in an unrefined, messy way that is. Having said that, there’s just something very, very likeable about this brew. Warts and all, I’m genuinely enjoying this a lot. M: The feel is airy, decently carbonated, and somewhat light. A thicker, creamier feel would help suit the sweetness better. Then again, with the light feel, dry finish, and lack of alcohol, it’s surprisingly drinkable. It’s lack of a decadent feel is its biggest problem. O: Flawed yet endearing. That’s my takeaway from this. It’s hardly perfect, and honestly, that’s why I enjoy it so much. This is one of those few beers that take you on a wild ride - some of the stops on the journey aren’t the greatest, but the end result is something that leaves you craving for more. I could do another bottle of this, honestly.


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