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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, Terrapinís Imperial Red Ale, and its tantalizing hop aroma and enormous malt backbone. As if that if that wasnít 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 thatís electrifying!
-2012 - 9.1%
2013 - 10.6%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (1960) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes and sent from my sister. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance seemed just a tad darker than the regular BHM with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about two minutes. There was some light foamy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had the grapefruit/citrusy aspect from the regular BHM along with a light pine, but the oak came in very subtly and made the aroma sit extremely fine under my nose. The taste was really nice and sweet letting a nice pine underneath to balance it a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a sessionability that was slightly there. The carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that Iíd be willing to have again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
On-tap at the Brick Store. Pours a dark cola brown with hints of red around the edges. The head small, tan and short-lived leaving generous lacing along the sides. The aroma is dominated by floral hops, even more so than the regular BHM, which is interesting to me. I get hints of the oak and the caramel malts, but the pine scents are just massive in the this one. The caramel malts are more prevalent in the taste, though the floral pine hops are still the star of the show. The oak comes through as well and the flavors really meld together well. Wonderfully complex. The mouthfeel is predictably smooth given the oak but with good carbonation and some sticky pine resin bitterness in the finish. I’m probably biased as BHM is my favorite Terrapin brew, but I really, really like this beer and I was floored at how much the floral hops showed throw even with the oak aging. A fantastic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Aroma of sticky resin, caramel, pine and slight grapefruit. Pours red with a big sticky head. Taste is strong with grapefruit, pine resin, brown sugar and a slight alcohol sting. Very yummy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1842) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Oaked aged almost anything works for me, Big Hoppy Monster did not disappoint. Big, full bodied 2XIPA, balanced between bitterness and oak, malt and booziness. This mahogany mash-up satisfied.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1782) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle from State Line. Red/amber pour with good head. Sweet flavor. Tons of caramel malt. Akin to Bigfoot that is aged. Itís a little too sweet, but maybe I need a fresher bottle (or even better a tap). Good but could have used more hoppage.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1732) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. The pour is a deep reddish-brown color with nice frothy tan head. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the glass but donít stick. The roma has fresh-cut oak with resinous hops, and lots of caramel malt. Itís a good, fairly straight forward scent. The flavors show a lot of that as well. Thereís sweet caramel, toasted almond, and bitter resinous hops with perhaps a splash of citrus. But itís the oak that turns a pretty good beer into a very good one. The regular version of this beer is just an amped up red (not really my thing). The oak softens up the core flavors while adding another element. The oak isnít overdone either where itís the only thing I think about but itís solidly there throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1676) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
bottle from beechner224. pours crimson with a off white head. nose of hop resin. taste is balanced, hop resin under the surface held by caramel and vanilla. slight wood pulp. big body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Sample at Khyber with Vin. Pours a deep brown with thick beige head. Nose is vanilla, oak, caramel and some piney hops. The oak and vanilla flavors really come through strong. Good hop bitterness but I donít pick up a lot of that flavor. Good beer but doesnít taste much like a DIPA.


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