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RATINGS: 202   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, 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%


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1886) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Clear dark ruby brown pour with a frothy tan head. Big spicy floral notes well blended with medium red fruits. Vanilla beans. Fresh oak. Red plums. Chocolate biscuits. Juicy bing cherries. Charcoal. Molasses. Turpentine. Cinnamon. Sasafrass. Dark caramels. Still enough hoppy citrus pith to balance. Decent complex brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1839) - 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.

3.4
   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1774) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Aroma if hop and oak. Pours red medium head. Taste is sweet loads bitter hops some oak

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle->tulip. Dark orange amber with huge lite tan head. A: butterscotch malt, floral hops. T: dark fruit, sweet malt, hops, wood. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Decent, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1719) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1691) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from beernads. Deepest of mahogany/brown pour with sufficient head. Nose of dark fruit, cherry, bread/biscuit, candy syrup, oak tannins, and peppery alcohol. Sweet fruitiness with toasted malt and spicy alcohol with a pretty dry oaky finish. As it warms, even more oak character. Barleywine-esque qualities. A bit too much of the oak and booze, but still an enjoyable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1669) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours dark red into my tulip with a small/medium cream colored head. Aroma us heavy pine and malt, toffee, caramel, with some oak. Very nice, but worrying there may be too much oak. Candy sweetness up front, not much hop bite or flavor. A very nice mellow vanilla left on the palate that I really like here though. Maybe a hint of dark cherry. Not like anything I have had before. Sweet, bordering on too much so but the smooth finish dials it back a bit. Slick resiny mouthfeel. Interesting. As a red ale, this kills it, but classified here as a DIPA it would seem to miss the mark. I donít think I could classify this as a DIPA, so yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on December 5th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, vanilla from the oak.
Taste: Medium bitterness, light pine, lots of caramel, faint vanilla.
Palate:Medium body, slightly slick, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: A tasty beer, but I think I might prefer the regular non-aged verison with more hop punch.


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