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RATINGS: 182   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, Terrapinís Imperial Red Ale, and its tantalizing hop aroma and enormous malt backbone. As if that if that wasnít 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 thatís electrifying!
-2012 - 9.1%
2013 - 10.6%


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReggieDunlap (2924) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a hazy copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma has big earthy hoppiness, a bit of pine, and dark fruits. Flavor is a boozy muddled mess of doughy caramel malts, earthy hops, and medicinal bitterness...sweet frutiness and oaky bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and resinous with a boozy/fruity/oaky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3105) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Total Wine, Fairfax 4-pack: Pours a brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma is oak barrel, some vanilla, hops, and a healthy helping of maltiness. Taste is not particularly bitter, as the hops are somewhat attenuated. he malts are more prominent and the hops play second whistle. The oaking is clear and evident and adds some complexity. Minor bitterness. This is somewhat sweet, but not excessively so.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Aroma if hop and oak. Pours red medium head. Taste is sweet loads bitter hops some oak

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear, deep garnet with a toasted beige head. The aroma picked up lots of oak and very juicy fruits (apricots, pear, and pineapple).. peppery accents.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found sweet, but alcohol-fueled fruits and a touch of molasses at the core.. fruit, black pepper, and rye bitterness plus lots of toasty oak around.. picked up some tasty vanilla on the finish.. aggressive and very oaky, but it worked. Medium-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. buttery feel on the middle.. a little hot at times. Overall this was worth the drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5192) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a sticky off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fresh fragrant aroma with some bubble gum accents, some cherry notes. Flavor is full bodied and bold with some roasted accents, some vanilla, a bit of nuttiness, and some back end booziness. Mouthhfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours dark cedar color. Not very hoppy on the nose. Very smooth, oakey, malty beer. Hops are somewhat muted but still present. Very balanced imperial red.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Murky burnt red. No head. Nose is charred oak, pineapple and pine cone taste is decent. Malty and smoky. Oak isn't dominant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1707) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. The pour is a deep reddish-brown color with nice frothy tan head. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the glass but donít stick. The roma has fresh-cut oak with resinous hops, and lots of caramel malt. Itís a good, fairly straight forward scent. The flavors show a lot of that as well. Thereís sweet caramel, toasted almond, and bitter resinous hops with perhaps a splash of citrus. But itís the oak that turns a pretty good beer into a very good one. The regular version of this beer is just an amped up red (not really my thing). The oak softens up the core flavors while adding another element. The oak isnít overdone either where itís the only thing I think about but itís solidly there throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2154) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
a juicy grapefruit citrus brew mellowed significantly right from the bottle with a lightly sweet banana flavor leaving it with quite a Belgian character. left alone in capped bottle overnight this one develops a Bourbon flavor and the Oaken woodiness comes on strong with alcohol and a woody finish. a bit of plasticy plum.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine hops with a hint of grapefruit with a bit of backing sweet grain and oakiness. Flavor has much more sweet grain with a hint of vanilla and oakiness with a good amount of bitter pine in the finish.


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