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RATINGS: 182   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, 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%


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1063) - Atlanta, Georgia, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Tap @ Mellow Mushroom Brandon. Pours a clear deep amber with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, oak, and citrus hops. Taste has tons of caramel and citrus hops followed by a touch of vanilla and a hint of oak. A damn finr brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1013) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (999) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma is boozy. Appearance thin head. Taste is sweet, not balanced... and not hoppy. Palate is okay. Dont get me wrong, this isn’t bad, just not impressive. I wont be looking for it again... there is a slight oaked flavor, nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (993) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle pour from trade. First Georgia beer. Underwhelmed. no hops, low oak. More like a confused barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (960) - 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 (960) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On tap at Trappeze. Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, and faint maple syrup (IMO). Taste is similar, with some hops coming through. Again, the oak and vanilla dominate. Finish is hoppy bitter and a little alcohol. Mouth is pretty smooth. Overall, a solid, enjoyable brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (934) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beer’s characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Hops and wood aromas. Hops, wood and a slight vanilla tone flavor. Overall a very good IPA.


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