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RATINGS: 198   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%


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2013
En botella.De color rojizo,con fina espuma.Aromas a lúpulo pero con gran protagonismo de maltas caramelizadas,madera,vainilla levemente.....E boca es compleja con un final muy agradable.Gracias Eric

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (916) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Poor head retention and a just a small bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of spicy, earthy hop aroma with a decent amount of oak thrown in. It is all kind of muddled, however, with a little bit of toffee and caramel spread around the edges. Nothing offensive but it is just a little messy. Oak figures very prominent in the flavor with the hops taking somewhat of a back seat. Earthy hops prop up the oak but much like the aroma, there is really no strong definition or separation of flavors. Toffee and caramel are mild in the background along with just moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with drinkability being somewhat limited. Overall, a nice attempt by Terrapin but I’m not so sure that it works. It is just a little bit of a mess. Glad I got to try it as I normally love oak aged beers but this one just doesn’t really work for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Draft. Poured amber with a medium-sized, dense tan head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, malt, resinous hops. Flavor was very malty, lots of caramel, some toffee, pine, and citrus, and notes of oak and vanilla. Quite malty, moderately bitter, moderately sweet. Slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Big bold hop aroma with strong malt malty character. Hints of oak, vanilla, lead with a fruity hop finish. Pours thick and deep dark brownish red. Requires a "hard" pour which creates a thick tan foamy head with good lacing. A very complex ale, yet well balanced with hop and malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1320) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours dark red into my tulip with a small/medium cream colored head. Aroma us heavy pine and malt, toffee, caramel, with some oak. Very nice, but worrying there may be too much oak. Candy sweetness up front, not much hop bite or flavor. A very nice mellow vanilla left on the palate that I really like here though. Maybe a hint of dark cherry. Not like anything I have had before. Sweet, bordering on too much so but the smooth finish dials it back a bit. Slick resiny mouthfeel. Interesting. As a red ale, this kills it, but classified here as a DIPA it would seem to miss the mark. I don’t think I could classify this as a DIPA, so yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3754) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Oak, cherries, and orange nose. Cloudy rust, thin yellow head. Cherries and whole orange flavor. Finishes with bread dough, black pepper. Well oaked throughout.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReggieDunlap (3048) - 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 (3338) - 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 (1480) - 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 (7122) - 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.


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