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RATINGS: 199   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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1013) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3190) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (415) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3764) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3331) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dunn4040 (125) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5065) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamT (163) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bought from Winslow’s Tavern on 09/30/13. Average off-white mostly diminishing head. Good Lacing. Redish hue with a murky body. Heavy citrus hop and hint of red wine on the nose. Moderate sweetness on the initial taste. Long heavy acidic finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Purchased from Winslow’s Tavern on 09/30/13. Average off-white mostly diminishing head. Good lacing. Redish hue with a murky body. Heavy citrus hop with a hint of red wine on the nose. Moderate sweetness on the initial taste. Long heavy acidic finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3396) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Stuart. Pours a turgid brown with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing. Has a bit of wood on the nose. It tastes of artificial vanilla with a bit of pine on the finish. Hides the alcohol well but it’s not something I’d drink again.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle. Hazy brown. Minimal dark tan head. Pine aroma. Pure oak taste. Very powerful oak and some mild sweetness. Pretty cool ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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