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RATINGS: 201   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (974) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Deep cloudy red-brown pour. Aroma is caramel and fruit, flavor is figs, nuts, toffee, oak, and alcohol. Complex. Impressive. On the other hand, not sure why this is classified as a double IPA... more of a Barleywine!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes and sent from my sister. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance seemed just a tad darker than the regular BHM with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about two minutes. There was some light foamy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had the grapefruit/citrusy aspect from the regular BHM along with a light pine, but the oak came in very subtly and made the aroma sit extremely fine under my nose. The taste was really nice and sweet letting a nice pine underneath to balance it a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a sessionability that was slightly there. The carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that Iíd be willing to have again.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersighted (121) - - JUN 18, 2014
After aging a few months, this oak aged imperial red has a bold cognac nose atop boozy wood undertones, moderate hop bitterness, and a distinct sweet crystal malt base. Cloudy, dark amber in color, it's medium body makes this big beer an easy drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (663) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pours brownish red with tan head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel, malts, vanilla, and crisp hops that combine for a strange aroma similar to charcoal lighter fluid. Taste is the same with a burnt sugar and alcohol taste. Bold beer, but it didnít quit work.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4oz poured at Churchkey. Thanks to GenDV138! Poured a ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, slight nutty character. Flavor was dark fruits, some caramel, roasted coffee notes. Oak and vanilla. Smooth and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Lots of malt in this. Oak is there and I guess the aging kills the hops. Pours cloudy reddish with good head and lacing. Works to highlight malt. Thanks to GenDV138 for a taste of this at Churchkey.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 ounce draft pour at ChurchKey. Ruby/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, nutty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, coffee, roast, toast, light coconut. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4978) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle - Oak, vanilla and caramel. Cloudy brown with a thin white head. Vanilla, oak and tons of caramel with even hints of chocolate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Aroma- Wow. Tropical fruit, caramel, chocolate, BIG Oak, vanilla, and a touch of pine. Subtle Scotch. Very inviting. Taste- Super sweet intro that morphs into flavors mentioned above. Complex and very well balanced. Booze isnít hidden, but adds a rich caramel meets licorice flavor. Overall- I am impressed. And a bit buzzed. 10.3% sneaks up on you. This is a wonderful beer. Super complex and incredibly balanced. Flavors all over the map. A hoppy, malty, Imperial Red Ale spiked with the luscious tastes, smells, and feel of a good Scotch. I really canít say enough. I will definitely have again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1065) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bold red pour w/ a frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is boozy w/ the oak shining through. The taste is surprisingly clean, quite malty, & leaves u w/ a sense of its potency. Itís fairly light on the palate & easily drinkable for being 10.6%. Definitely more of an imperial red than a double ipa.


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