argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Room. Hazy dark reddish-brown with a rich head. Smells like a chewy caramel lumber yard. Fully body, creamy, bitter, woody, and lots of vanilla. Cohesive, it is ok stuff but as with any Terrapin beer too much crystal malt. Thus, it does not come together all that well and it gets tough to finish the glass.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Big Hoppy Monster 2008, oak aged
Date: November 02, 2008
Source: Taco Mac, Decatur
Appearance: muddy dark red, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and vanilla aroma balanced by fresh hops
Flavor: big sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, spicy hops combine with peppery alcohol, light bitter finish, big oak and earthyness comes in on the second goblet, touch of hot spicy alcohol in the finish
Overall: the caramel and vanilla meld well together, the oak and earthyness make a good pair, but the two teams gang up and fight each other
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Name: Big Hoppy Monster 2008, oak aged
Date: November 14, 2008
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sheets of grey lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: lots more of the oak coming through in the flavor, the oak is playing well with the vanilla and caramel this time making for a great complex profile, oak gets a bit too strong after a while and combines with the hop bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 2010. Murky brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, butterscotch. Taste is smooth toffee, vanilla, caramel. Hops are long gone, but this is delicious. 2013 had more hops, pine mostly. A totally different beer.
Tmoney99 (9633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by beerpig317. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop, vanilla wood and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet wood finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
brokensail (9202) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Alex. Copper colored pour with a khaki head. Very, very sweet aroma. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Some pineapple, grapefruit, oak, and vanilla. A touch of booze on the nose as well. The flavor is quite sweet, but there is also a nice fruit note to it. Pineapple and grapefruit bite, light pine, and a fair amount of oak. Heavy doses of caramel and brown sugar sweetness, too.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is oak, peppery alcohol, fruity, floral, and pine hops, apricot, peach, and pear fruity esters with honey and cracker malt. Flavor is sweet malt, light oak, moderate fruity esters, heavy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
hopscotch (8390) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... Clear, dark crimson ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. Earthy nose... pine, resin, dust. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Way bitter when cold. As it warms, some of the caramel and medium-roast malts begin to solidity, but are quickly subdued by grapefruit rind and pine needle bitterness. Lengthy, toasty, (almost violently) bitter finish.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one powerful IPA. Rich orange/red color. Nice sticky head. aroma is powerful with resin, kerosene, and tons of malt profile too. Flavor is huge with matls and a very strong hop flavor almost a gasoline note to it. I couldnt drink more than one of these.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Wooden notes permeate this barrel-aged strong ale, blending in nicely with the citrusy hop resins and the bready, caramelized cereals.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the dark red haze.
-A strange name for a brew which doesn’t showcase a humongous hop presence. Malts and barrel are as present (and well balanced too).
-The mouthfeel is cushy, with soft effervescence and plush residual sugars.
-Barrel notes come back strong in the finish.
-This may not be a super complex strong ale, but it is very pleasant.