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RATINGS: 200   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%


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2516) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Small off white head thats short lived, minimal lace. Hazy, chunky, amber colored brew. Nose of sweet malts and light wood, caramel. Body is med/full, fairly flat carbonation, lil oily.Some juicy hop notes, citrus, sweet malts, caramel and a hint of wood. Lightly sweet finish is toasty with a little booze warmth. Bottle procured from statelineliqiors in Elkton Merlind.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RLiddell (46) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2013
On tap at Meehan’s Public House. I assumed that I was going to enjoy a regular Big Hoppy Monster, but the first sip suggested otherwise. The hoppiness was there, but the oak notes blew me away. Very tasty. Appearance is a dark mahogany, very little head. Alcohol is not well hidden and might just be a little too forward. Overall, a tasty treat but wouldn’t travel for the opportunity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (1034) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle pour from trade. First Georgia beer. Underwhelmed. no hops, low oak. More like a confused barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2240) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Very hop-heavy nose, with some good oak notes. Strange sourish fruit and barrel mix. Some fish paste, too. Medium body, lots of carb bite. kay. A bit harsh. Lots of flavor and mild barrel. But, overall, not quite satisfactory.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
Bottled. Citrus hop, oak, grass, alcohol in the nose. Fruity flavor, gum balls, alcohol, thinner, cherry. Ok, but rather strange.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2120) - 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 (9984) - 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 (985) - 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 (282) - 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.


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