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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, 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%


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3362) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1307) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma is boozy. Appearance thin head. Taste is sweet, not balanced... and not hoppy. Palate is okay. Dont get me wrong, this isnít bad, just not impressive. I wont be looking for it again... there is a slight oaked flavor, nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a reddish orange color. Nice hoppy flavor with an oaky finish. Smells like wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3000) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Pours deep copper color with small head. Aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruit and booze. Taste follows. Slight oak but the sweetness very is what you taste. A little off balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
picked up a 4 pack on a lark. I didnít even know they did an oaked hoppy monster. first thing is first. it pour just a gorgeous slightly opaque ruddish orange. dark red and sort of cloudy. it is pretty. I didnít get alot of awesome aroma, but i chalk that up to my glassware. i still use shaker pints at home. sorry iím not sorry. the taste shows the hops have maybe mellowed some. not sure when this was bottled, i figure the oaking process gives the hops a chances to recede a bit. I miss the assertive hops of the original. overall it is a pretty good oaked IPA type beer. I enjoyed it but i think all in all i had higher aspirations for this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3038) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours hazy dark copper color with thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and dark fruit with some alcohol. Sweet caramel and oak flavor with some vanilla and pine hops. Slightly boozy. Medium to full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1540) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from beernads. Deepest of mahogany/brown pour with sufficient head. Nose of dark fruit, cherry, bread/biscuit, candy syrup, oak tannins, and peppery alcohol. Sweet fruitiness with toasted malt and spicy alcohol with a pretty dry oaky finish. As it warms, even more oak character. Barleywine-esque qualities. A bit too much of the oak and booze, but still an enjoyable brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle from Justin as an extra. I'm going to seek this stuff out from now on. Aroma is of a malty, hoppy big beer. Flavor is amazing with notes of cucumber/pear in the hops and a thick, bready malt, no roast at all. Palate is rounded smooth and lacks any bitterness on the back end. This is an excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1524) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
This smooth IPA has a dark orange color, almost amber in hue, with thin (dense) off-white head. It actually looks like itís aged. The aroma is very soft, grainy (as in wood grain) with a slight wood sourness. The flavor is totally not what I expected. It definitely tastes aged, or at least barrel-fermented. It tastes just like an aged, oaked imperial IPA. Nice, almost dull (i.e. in an aged way that still tastes classy).


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