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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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1650) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1644) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper beer with a thick head. Bourbon oaky taste with hjnts on the aroma. Medium palate Good, unique taste

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (1570) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Pours a dark amber clouded with sediment and chunks of vegetable matter. Tan, 1/2 finger head. Zinc, toffee, and herbal nose. Nearing a viscous mouthfeel. The sediment is detected on the tongue’s surface. The oak flavor tends to overpower the beer. Hard to discern exactly what’s going on behind all that wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1536) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Vintage: 2012. A murky reddish brown pour with a smallish khaki head. The aroma features lots of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, pine, citrus fruits, and zesty rinds. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy, and sticky on the way down. Lots of sweet caramel upfront in the taste. There is a sizable oak presence in the middle with lots of vanilla extract, toffee, dates, and touches of molasses. Doughy. Some charred woodsiness towards the end. A fair amount of citrus in the dry finish. Plenty of alcohol warmth and boozy qualities throughout. Quality stuff, but not quite my cup of tea.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draft at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton. Snifter. Deep amber red with thick head. Serious lacing. Very oaked on the nose with caramel, sugar malts and leather. Taste is similar with oak, leather, sweet malts, caramel, and spices. Oily, but smooth. Great oaked and slight booze finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
This smooth IPA has a dark orange color, almost amber in hue, with thin (dense) off-white head. It actually looks like it’s aged. The aroma is very soft, grainy (as in wood grain) with a slight wood sourness. The flavor is totally not what I expected. It definitely tastes aged, or at least barrel-fermented. It tastes just like an aged, oaked imperial IPA. Nice, almost dull (i.e. in an aged way that still tastes classy).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1525) - Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2014
Very floral when first poured. Brown with little floaties and just a wisp of foam. Oak and tobacco flavors are mellowed by caramel and resinous hops. Finish is slightly sweet. Hops just compliment rather than dominate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009

Source:On tap a few months back at the Thirsty Monk.
Glass:10 oz.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Hints of oak and vanilla, but still dominated by hops.
Flavor:Oak and vanilla mute the hop contribution slightly, but hops are still present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Just the right amount of oak to contribute rather than detract.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1434) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bold red pour w/ a frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is boozy w/ the oak shining through. The taste is surprisingly clean, quite malty, & leaves u w/ a sense of its potency. It’s fairly light on the palate & easily drinkable for being 10.6%. Definitely more of an imperial red than a double ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Draft. Poured amber with a medium-sized, dense tan head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, malt, resinous hops. Flavor was very malty, lots of caramel, some toffee, pine, and citrus, and notes of oak and vanilla. Quite malty, moderately bitter, moderately sweet. Slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. Quite good.


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