DrewFace (468) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown color with huge off white head. Oak right up front in the nose accompanied by some vanilla character, very mild hop aroma. Flavor is huge on the oak, some vanilla, caramel malt, and very boozy. Quite thick mouthfeel.
S_Side_Smitty (392) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is pine and some faint ’woodsy’ oak. Taste is hoppy pine first followed by muted chocolate malts. Compared to the Big Hoppy Monster, everything is definitely more subtle. The oak makes itself known from the mid palate to the finish.....it’s a different cat compared to the other.....maybe a little more refined.?
sharkweek (99) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours dark amber with two fingers of light cream colored head. Scent is sweet and the taste is amazing. Oak age comes through heavy. This beer has some complexity and is easily the best Terrapin beer I have had to date.
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton. Snifter. Deep amber red with thick head. Serious lacing. Very oaked on the nose with caramel, sugar malts and leather. Taste is similar with oak, leather, sweet malts, caramel, and spices. Oily, but smooth. Great oaked and slight booze finish. Very good.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a deep ruddy color with a thin white head. The aroma was somewhat dull. A little wood, caramel, and a slightly stale hop note. Heavy wood on the tongue. A combination of the wood aging and high abv results in a plastic taste that just doesn’t work for me. Smooth on the palate with lower carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A bit difficult to finish off.
Dr_Fellini (265) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a cloudy light brown mahogany color with a thin light brown head. Aroma is quite complex, with hints of oak, vanilla, roasted caramel, and cinnamon. Oak flavor is more prominent in the taste, with a heavy roasted sweetness. Light in body for such a big beer with a lingering cinnamon cereal flavor in the finish. Tasty indeed.
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near clear amber brown with small ring of offwhite head. Caramel, toasty, vanilla nose. Surprisingly not very boozy on the aroma, but it does show up on the flavor. Definitely oaky, but smooth, not harsh. Big malty boozy body. Kinda like a barleywine, but not as fruity or sweet. A bit of a harsh woody bite on the finish. Ends hot. Really Good, but not great.
Cybercat (2986) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty aroma has a very strong woody overtone of oak and dusty hay. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with woody notes, fresh-cut oak and hay, plus a malty and slightly fruity undertone. This bold flavor will overwhelm a wimpy palate - only tough beer drinkers need apply! Texture is viscous, woody and hoppy, leaving a syrupy and oaken finish that just might have you making faces. Let this monster get you hopped up.
Earlier Rating: 4/11/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Pours an appetizing, translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled, slightly reddish tan head. Aroma is richly hoppy and has undertones of spice and wood. Flavor is strongly hoppy but not bitter with a definite oaky undertone and hints of cinnamon candy. Smooth, lively texture leaves a woody, slightly smoky aftertaste. Recommended.
dunn4040 (85) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep redish brown. Small off white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving only a thin sheet of off-white on the top of the beer. Decent lacing. First sip, delicious. Big hop flavor. Pine, caramelized sugar, a little bit of earthy wood flavor. The 2013 vintage clocks in at a whopping 10.6% and it’s hidden masterfully in this one. Feels think and creamy on the palate, with a nice crisp finish. Very good beer.
kermis (4258) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Rustico, Alexandria. Pours hazy red brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, oak, dark fruit, toffee, earthy hops. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.