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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Like a mad scientist Spike starts with Big Hoppy Monster, Terrapin’s Imperial Red Ale, and its tantalizing hop aroma and enormous malt backbone. As if that if that wasn’t enough flavor for one beer, Spike ages it w/ French oak spirals for two months. The touch of toasted vanilla from the oak combines with the mammoth hop aroma and rich maltyness of the beer to create a complex flavor experience that’s electrifying!
-2012 - 9.1%
2013 - 10.6%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a white foamy head that left some spotchy lacing. Aroma has lots of citrus and pine with a big grapefruit character with oak and a touch of vanilla and spice. Taste has a nice initial hoppy bitterness with a clean citrus bite. A bit of sweetness with oak and vanilla flavors prevalent throughout. A hoppy grapefruit finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium to full bodied moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2013
amber/ruby color, aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, citrus/tropical fruits, same flavors, nice balance, good amount of bitterness, very enjoyable

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is oak, peppery alcohol, fruity, floral, and pine hops, apricot, peach, and pear fruity esters with honey and cracker malt. Flavor is sweet malt, light oak, moderate fruity esters, heavy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown mahogany with a small beige head. Smells resinous and of vanilla. Taste is subtle bitterness, hints of vanilla and sweetness, and surprisingly boozy. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster finishes with a pleasant oaky dryness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (237) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Not bad in the head. Oaky alcohol scent. Thick sunburst amber hue. flavor starts with fruity, malt to oak/alcohol. Smooth with hot finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (857) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Aromas of grapes, caramel, resin, honey, and citrus fruit. Hazy, dark orange with a minimal, off-white head. Slightly sweet, strong, and bitter, with some cherry flavors, and hints of cocoa. Medium bodied, low carbonation, and finishes with fruity flavors, booze, and hop bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruby brown, the color of a fine Irish lasses auburn hair, but dark auburn, not cherry red. Nose is rich oaky piney hops, caramel malt, fruit; almost a barleywine level of aroma intensity and complexity folks! Tastes oaky, very oaky, woody, with hops, caramel malt, vanilla, and a dry oaky finish. The palate is super complex, gets close to the beer/wine/liquor triple point (BWLTP, for short), and this beer just oozes complexity and brilliance. Terrapin has been a go to brewer of mine for years, and this is one of their finest works,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Wooden notes permeate this barrel-aged strong ale, blending in nicely with the citrusy hop resins and the bready, caramelized cereals.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the dark red haze.
-A strange name for a brew which doesn’t showcase a humongous hop presence. Malts and barrel are as present (and well balanced too).
-The mouthfeel is cushy, with soft effervescence and plush residual sugars.
-Barrel notes come back strong in the finish.
-This may not be a super complex strong ale, but it is very pleasant.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2227) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is a big beer, drinks like a barley wine. Vanilla, resiny, hint of tartness, caramel. Tasty beer, a bit to rich for my preference.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1510) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Clear dark ruby brown pour with a frothy tan head. Big spicy floral notes well blended with medium red fruits. Vanilla beans. Fresh oak. Red plums. Chocolate biscuits. Juicy bing cherries. Charcoal. Molasses. Turpentine. Cinnamon. Sasafrass. Dark caramels. Still enough hoppy citrus pith to balance. Decent complex brew.


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