Terrapin Big Sloppy Monster
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Big Hoppy Monster aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 14 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours a hazy deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and some citrus hop notes. Flavor is bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, alcohol, and a sweet sugary bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Pours a deep ruby with red orange highlights and a very well formed and well retained head. Two finger creamy light tan head. The aroma starts off with mild notes of oxidation which quickly dissipate with warmth, nice whiskey/oak character, caramelly sweetness, vanilla for sure, and some sweet bread character. Flavor has a very well integrated barrel character, mellow, caramelly notes, nice development of vanillins, woody, no alcohol heat, background piney hop character. Palate shows no heat or bitterness, very full and smooth with some tannic feel. Very very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/18/2009. Cloudy dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Big yeast and whiskey aroma. Big fruit and whiskey flavor with some light caramel and yeast. Full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3562) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draft @ Cervezas. Pours cloudy caramel color with off white head. Strong bourbon aroma with some dark fruits and caramel. Pretty dominant bourbon flavor with some sweetness and booziness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Sampled on draft at Capital Ale House Terrapin Release Party with maniac and Maltdawg. Big wisky presence on this one. In the nose and flavor. The hops are either masked or completely faded out. I’d say this is more of an american strong oaked aged. Massive caramel maltiness. Way higher abv than 8.3%. Still, extremely enjoyable. Nice medium creamy body. I’d like to try this again once it cools down for a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2009
(Sample Date: 8/18/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Hmmmmm…but where to sort you…not IIPA? Citrusy American hop nose with big oak and whiskey behind. Mostly clear very dark amber brown. Oak and whiskey upfront in flavor with citrusy resiny American hops behind. Lots of warming. Medium body well carbonated. Nice warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Draught at Tylers. The beer this has become is certainly not a double ipa. Its more of a barley wine now. Nose is sweet and heavily barreled with notes of caramel, vanilla, whiskey. Flavor is similar with some light hoppy bitterness. Very nice integration of the barrel and like Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, I think this is better than its base beer (even though i may have rated the other one higher in 2005).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11947) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Served on draft at Brewvival 2012. Pours a murky brown color witha thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Huge whisky in the aroma with chocolate, earthy notes, berries and earthy hops. The taste is whisky, chocolate, earth and vegetal notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Date: June 07, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: muddy dark rusty red, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and vanilla aroma with lotsof bourbon, touch of balancing earthyness, light fruity tartness
Flavor: sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, plenty of earthy hops along with the oak for balance, bourbon sweetness comes back to balance the oak, aparent peppery alcohol

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 10, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: muddy dark brown, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, sweet vanilla and light whiskey, touch of chocolate and brown sugar
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of oak, sweet vanilla and whiskey, touch of alcohol, long bitter finish
Overall: a bit muddier this year with the flavors not blending as well

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 13, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Mac McGee
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel candy aroma, vanilla sweetness, light earthyness, hint of floral hops
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of vanilla, balancing earthyness, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (5725) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Draft: Aroma of cigars and bourbon. Brown pour with a medium yellow head. The flavor is dominated by Jack Daniels, alcohol is very evident. For those who enjoy both beer and bourbon, this is certain to delight. I’m strictly a beer guy so the Jack Daniels aging didn’t add anything for me. In fact, I prefer the Big Hoppy Monster. Points for creativity, though.

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