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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, 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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1860) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1788) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1780) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC (9.1% ABV). Pours reddish orange with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, wet grass, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is equally assertive tangerine/piney hops and sweet malts with a finish of oak. Has as much in common with a barley wine as it does a DIPA. Tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1779) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1729) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Deep cloudy red-brown pour. Aroma is caramel and fruit, flavor is figs, nuts, toffee, oak, and alcohol. Complex. Impressive. On the other hand, not sure why this is classified as a double IPA... more of a Barleywine!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1707) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Extremely interesting brew. The malt backbone almost seems like it is at the forefront. The hops are tantilizing. The mix of vanilla with an Imperial Red is truly unique and leaves a lingering taste that is unmatched and for that this beer gets kudos.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Tap. Pours dark transparent amber with slight off white head. Very interesting aroma, very floral hops and definite citrus hints. Taste of oranges and hoppiness with undercurrents of oak.


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