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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a white foamy head that left some spotchy lacing. Aroma has lots of citrus and pine with a big grapefruit character with oak and a touch of vanilla and spice. Taste has a nice initial hoppy bitterness with a clean citrus bite. A bit of sweetness with oak and vanilla flavors prevalent throughout. A hoppy grapefruit finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium to full bodied moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a deep ruby color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toast, citrus, oak, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is oak, caramel, crystal malts, sugary, and a sweet citrus finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (1983) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Aromas of grapes, caramel, resin, honey, and citrus fruit. Hazy, dark orange with a minimal, off-white head. Slightly sweet, strong, and bitter, with some cherry flavors, and hints of cocoa. Medium bodied, low carbonation, and finishes with fruity flavors, booze, and hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1978) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1973) - 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. It’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1966) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Aroma if hop and oak. Pours red medium head. Taste is sweet loads bitter hops some oak

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1845) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Sample at the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. The pour is reddish-brown and cloudy. The aroma is resin, molasses, pine, vanilla, and a mild, musty note. The flavor is very bitter. The palate is heavy, grainy, and very astringent. Overall, this a strong, heavily oaked beer. Not as good a regular big hoppy monster.


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