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RATINGS: 182   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%


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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (814) - Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2014
Very floral when first poured. Brown with little floaties and just a wisp of foam. Oak and tobacco flavors are mellowed by caramel and resinous hops. Finish is slightly sweet. Hops just compliment rather than dominate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (960) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Reddish brown color. Large quickly disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy and oaky. Taste also hoppy, oaky with just a touch of dried fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1013) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Nice extra from Westmeister-thanks, Wes! Copper colored. Nose is caramel malts, light wet oak. Taste is malty, with enough hops to cut it, earthy oak, lightly astringent wood tannins. Full bodied and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pizz5116 (55) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a brownish orange with minimal head. Lots of sediment. Aroma is oaky malts and hops. Taste is sweet choppy malts. Smooth on palate

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (934) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beer’s characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (723) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Pours a dark amber clouded with sediment and chunks of vegetable matter. Tan, 1/2 finger head. Zinc, toffee, and herbal nose. Nearing a viscous mouthfeel. The sediment is detected on the tongue’s surface. The oak flavor tends to overpower the beer. Hard to discern exactly what’s going on behind all that wood.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper beer with a thick head. Bourbon oaky taste with hjnts on the aroma. Medium palate Good, unique taste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (188) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
P: Hazed dark brown-amber body with a short lived crown of khaki bubbly head that settles to an alligator skin film on top. S: Robust roasted caramel malt, toffee, timidly smoked oak, orange dish soap, vanilla, figs, apples peels, pumpernickel bread and dirty barley. T/M: Huge flavors bursting into a robust malted beast with vanilla oak, smoldered barley and spicy-floral hops. Bready yeast, flowers, orange oil, figs soaked in spiced rum. This is similar to a barley wine style ale. Coffee comes out faintly in the background once swallowed. Full mouthfeel that is dense and chewy with moderate effervescence. Finish is dry with lingering bartlett pears, oak and pippali pepper. O: A definite big boy beer. Robust and complex with big roasted malts and a great bombardment of spiced and floral hops. This is a beer I will always look forward to. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours dark clear amber with sticky off white lacing. Smell is sticky sweet caramel, pine hops. Taste follows suit but oak really pokes through. Reminds me more of an american barleywine. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gerbewa (200) - - JAN 17, 2014
Had four pack from Holmes. This seems a lot like oaked arrogant bastard. Slight oaky flavor with big malty and slightly boozy backbone. It says big hoppy but the hoops are over powered by oak and malt.


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