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RATINGS: 202   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%


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6874) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle shared by drsordr. Pours a hazy amber color with a small yellow beige head. The aroma is more like a barley wine with sweet malts, wood and vanilla over some fruits and floral hops. The flavor has oak, caramel, vanilla, fruits with the hops only adding bitterness. Not bad, but I was expecting more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
sample at Food Bank bottle share, copper brownish pour. piney hops, rich toffee maltiness, vanilla & oak notes. everything blended together very wel. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (6844) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6754) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Brewer’s Pizza. Amber red pour with a nice khaki head. Light hops, lots of rich caramel, touches of vanilla and toast. The flavor is much the same, much caramel and a bit of oak and hop. A touch too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
2 bouteilles de 12 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur fruité avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruité et d’houblons résineux avec une point boisée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement boisé. (Rating #4794)

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6228) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
bottled, thanks to errrrl, muddy amber brown pour with aroma and flavor of burnt corn nuts, has a bit of a twangy metallic finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a sticky off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fresh fragrant aroma with some bubble gum accents, some cherry notes. Flavor is full bodied and bold with some roasted accents, some vanilla, a bit of nuttiness, and some back end booziness. Mouthhfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty decent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5998) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Super dark red and nearly opaque, this has barely any head. The aroma is an assault on the olfactory senses, rich with dark fruit and alcohol. After that promise, this turns out to be a relatively easy drinker. It still has some amazingly rich flavors here, rich malts, raisin, merlot, vanilla, stained oak. Impossibly complex, yet improbably quaffable. Exceptional. (#5010, 5/7/2013)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Orange pour with a white head. The aroma has some oak, cherry and toffee notes. The flavor is full of oak, dark fruit, toffee, pine and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5601) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4oz poured at Churchkey. Thanks to GenDV138! Poured a ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, slight nutty character. Flavor was dark fruits, some caramel, roasted coffee notes. Oak and vanilla. Smooth and enjoyable.


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