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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
This brew is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium thick light beige head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, oak and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of resiny hops, earthy malt and oak. The finish is oaky with a lingering piney hops aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8954) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle - Oak, vanilla and caramel. Cloudy brown with a thin white head. Vanilla, oak and tons of caramel with even hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine hops with a hint of grapefruit with a bit of backing sweet grain and oakiness. Flavor has much more sweet grain with a hint of vanilla and oakiness with a good amount of bitter pine in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruby brown, the color of a fine Irish lasses auburn hair, but dark auburn, not cherry red. Nose is rich oaky piney hops, caramel malt, fruit; almost a barleywine level of aroma intensity and complexity folks! Tastes oaky, very oaky, woody, with hops, caramel malt, vanilla, and a dry oaky finish. The palate is super complex, gets close to the beer/wine/liquor triple point (BWLTP, for short), and this beer just oozes complexity and brilliance. Terrapin has been a go to brewer of mine for years, and this is one of their finest works,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Wooden notes permeate this barrel-aged strong ale, blending in nicely with the citrusy hop resins and the bready, caramelized cereals.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the dark red haze.
-A strange name for a brew which doesn’t showcase a humongous hop presence. Malts and barrel are as present (and well balanced too).
-The mouthfeel is cushy, with soft effervescence and plush residual sugars.
-Barrel notes come back strong in the finish.
-This may not be a super complex strong ale, but it is very pleasant.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8686) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine & More in McLean, VA. Reddish-amber pour with a small white head. Big hop and caramel malt, and over the top of that is sweet vanilla and wood. Another winner from Terrapin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
Bottled. Citrus hop, oak, grass, alcohol in the nose. Fruity flavor, gum balls, alcohol, thinner, cherry. Ok, but rather strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
Tap @ Mellow Mushroom Tampa. Pours brown/amber, with beige head. Aroma of oak with some awesome vanilla nose. Taste really captures the characteristics of the oak barrel with light hops. Notes of dark fruits with a thick mouthfeel while very smooth. The flavor has plenty of vanilla mixed with the oak. What a great experience. Terrapin just keeps on amazing us.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (8084) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
Draft sample at Rustico, Alexandria. Pours hazy red brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, oak, dark fruit, toffee, earthy hops. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2008
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tampa. Pours darker than the non BA version due to the leaching of barrel qualities. It was mahogany with tan head. The aroma was a pleasing combination of tangelo, orange juice, a background of malt sweetness, oak, singed caramel and vanilla. Very nice aromatic balance that reduces the will to wait any longer for that first sip. The taste is very much the same with meaty juicy citrus hops coming from orange, tangelo and sugar coated grapefruit wedges. As soon as you take a moment to ponder the hoppiness a nearly equal strength wave of oak, maple syrup and vanilla meet up with a backbone of sweet malts and take the experience to closure. Lovely balance between the base beer and the barrel notes. Very nice.

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