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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%


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (414) - - SEP 20, 2013
From 12oz bottle. Poured a reddish clear with a bit of head - probably aided by the bottle not yet being properly cooled. Oak in the aroma and taste, coupled with a bit of hoppiness. End result - OK, but just OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (219) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Pours the color of rust. Clear only when held to s light . Beautiful khaki/beige head. Very thick flow from the bottle. Aroma is burnt wood, resinous hops, bread, burnt biscuits, and a hint of chocolate. Smells dirty and flirty. Taste follows nose with an astringent aftertaste, less of a woody character and slightly boozy. Very smoky on the tongue. Full bodied and oily. Complexity is rather high. Less carbonation than most brews of this stature. Very good indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Cask. Hazy copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some caramel, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some caramel, grapefruit, wood. Mediu-full body, low carbonation, some resin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (1990) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2013
12 oz bottle pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, oak and pine. Taste is the oak, caramel malts and a hint of resin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeCue (101) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a 1/4" thick head. Aroma is of vanilla, caramel malt and obvious oak, along with a resinous hops profile. Taste is leaning more on the sweetish end, but there is sime medium, well-blended bitterness in there too. Texture is slick/a tad oily, with low carbonation. Overall, a good brew to try and sip over the course of maybe 30mins or so. Not a favorite, but still a pretty good choice. I have to confess that this is my first terrapin, and I actually bought it because I love turtles (I own four)...!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2160) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Toffee colored pour. Very dark and rich looking. Small off-white head. Little bit of lacing. Huge vanilla aroma with a peppery wood note. Taste is caramel and hops with plenty of malty backbone. Very tasty. Creamy and smooth with just a hint of bitterness at the back.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Growler - Poured brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. The flavor found caramel, oak, light roast, and light hop. Medium to full body, and a roasted malt aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - AUG 2, 2013
A- Pours a brown but when held up to light you can see the reddish hue of this beer. Has a light tan head that dissipates after awhile. S- Oak,Hops, and some caramel malts T- Caramal malts with a nice oak background M- Thin with solid carbonation O- Theres a lot going on here but its well balanced and not over powering in any 1 area.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Brewer’s Pizza. Amber red pour with a nice khaki head. Light hops, lots of rich caramel, touches of vanilla and toast. The flavor is much the same, much caramel and a bit of oak and hop. A touch too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color. Somewhat typical of most amber ales, the head has a one finger offwhite shade with a wonderful creaminess to it. It fades away to a thin collar fairly quick, but leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass. S: This one is somewhat intriguing, to say the least. The first thing I note is aged piny hops along side a large caramel backbone. When given a chance to open up, the aroma shifts slightly toward vanilla, toffee, oak, and chocolate. Hints of booze also appear. T: At first, mild hints of hops hit the palate...and when I mean mild, I mean nearly non-existent to my hop-discerning palate. The finish is fairly sweet vanilla mixed with some toffee. To me, the general flavor profile is hard to identify - it comes across as a weird, almost musty caramel sweetness. There’s too much flavor muddling here for me to give a great score. M: I like the creaminess of the texture a lot. It’s a bit thin, and oaky tannins boost its drinkability at the cost of some softness. Carbonation is a touch low. O: Not bad, just strange. The absolute closest comparison I can make to this is a 4-month old bottle of Nugget Nectar crossed with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I wouldn’t seek this out again, but I wouldn’t refuse it, either.


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