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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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Perfect balance of hops and oaky goodness. Very smooth. Deep copper pour. Smidge of caramel. Good beef ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fsbw21086 (334) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Delicious one - strong and smooth. Perfect amount of hoppiness. Aging makes extremely smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3782) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap. Nearly opaque, deep copper-brown with a half inch of foam. Light toasted oak aroma with some toffee. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, toast, peppery oak and light whiskey. Medium-heavy body is fairly smooth, lightly sticky, but well-dried by the big toasted oak finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerIamBlog (20) - - NOV 13, 2012
Really nice beer. I feel like the oak aging smoothed out some of the hops but it was still hoptastic. I'd like to try the regular BHM to compare. Terrapin can do no wrong in my book. - check out more at www.beeriam.com

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle shared by beerpig317. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop, vanilla wood and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet wood finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3401) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On draft at rustico. Floral hop aroma. Notes of vanilla. Mild bitter finish. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Hops and wood aromas. Hops, wood and a slight vanilla tone flavor. Overall a very good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5292) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Called "Oaked Big Hoppy Monster". Label shows 2012 Vintage and 9.1% ABV. Copper pour with a short, tan head. Aroma is citrus notes, soft oak, sweet malt, caramel and faint floral hops. Taste is citrus fruit, spicy hops, oak, caramel, sweet malt, floral notes, and light tropical fruit. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, citrus notes, spicy hops, oak, sweet malt notes and tropical fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3145) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Rooster’s Beak. Clear deep red color with a strong tan top. Scent is caramel, wood and hops. Taste is rye, wood and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1239) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Sample at the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. The pour is reddish-brown and cloudy. The aroma is resin, molasses, pine, vanilla, and a mild, musty note. The flavor is very bitter. The palate is heavy, grainy, and very astringent. Overall, this a strong, heavily oaked beer. Not as good a regular big hoppy monster.


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