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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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%


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7876) - 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 (7860) - 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 (2264) - 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 (1648) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Sample at Khyber with Vin. Pours a deep brown with thick beige head. Nose is vanilla, oak, caramel and some piney hops. The oak and vanilla flavors really come through strong. Good hop bitterness but I don’t pick up a lot of that flavor. Good beer but doesn’t taste much like a DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2013
So glad I was able to get this from the east coast from a good friend. Poured with the sediments in the glass a murky caramel color with very little off white head dissipating quickly. Aroma hits you up front with oak, malt and some zest. The hops have faded u fortunately. Taste hits you up front with a sweet maltiness followed by some earthiness and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Very well balanced and has a very nice smooth medium mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3253) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Sample with Tom at Khyber, notes of oak, caramel, hops, and sweet malts, lotd of hops but still balanced. Medium to fuller bodied. Pretty good, more of a hoppy barelywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1847) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Oaked aged almost anything works for me, Big Hoppy Monster did not disappoint. Big, full bodied 2XIPA, balanced between bitterness and oak, malt and booziness. This mahogany mash-up satisfied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2327) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a translucent copper color from the bottle with thin off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla from the oak, no real hops. Taste is the caramel up front, fruit and slight vanillas in the middle, bit of floral hops on the end. Decent, but not a hoppy monster, and I would have used American oak for a bigger presence.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 12oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a deep caramel hued consistency and topped with a small film of off-white head which reduces down to a thin filmy ring... Aroma of oxidized caramel malt which has little to no oak or hop influence which is one pet peeve of mine when it comes down to trading... Flavored are caramel and a light sense of wood. Doubtful of a fresh sample with a light woody texture but hops are gone to say the very least. Not a good sample.


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