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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1141) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Absolutely Outstanding. Terrapin does their oak-aged beers with great skill. The notes of vanilla and light oak pull through the citric hops with great complexity. I had to stop and enjoy a couple pints of thisÖ and then I had a couple waters, because this beer really snuck up on me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle from Justin as an extra. I'm going to seek this stuff out from now on. Aroma is of a malty, hoppy big beer. Flavor is amazing with notes of cucumber/pear in the hops and a thick, bready malt, no roast at all. Palate is rounded smooth and lacks any bitterness on the back end. This is an excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1085) - 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.

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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1045) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle pour cloudy amber with brown hues. Nose mostly malty barleywine. Taste some initial tannin from the wood, then bitterness and sweet malt. Seems that the hops only add bitterness, no aroma or flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle pour from trade. First Georgia beer. Underwhelmed. no hops, low oak. More like a confused barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (997) - Wilmington, 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. Itís fairly light on the palate & easily drinkable for being 10.6%. Definitely more of an imperial red than a double ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (996) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (965) - 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.


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