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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (5595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Sample with Tom at Khyber, notes of oak, caramel, hops, and sweet malts, lotd of hops but still balanced. Medium to fuller bodied. Pretty good, more of a hoppy barelywine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5581) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Oak, cherries, and orange nose. Cloudy rust, thin yellow head. Cherries and whole orange flavor. Finishes with bread dough, black pepper. Well oaked throughout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5551) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle in celebration of Roger Ebert’s life (perhaps the first of several bottles this week). Nose explodes with fresh hops, heavy pine with some resin, bright citric accents, heavily caramel, some dough, a little dank. Some etoh seeping out, faint spice, faint vanilla, but otherwise minimal barrel. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a clingy tan head. Strong bitterness but balanced by strong sweetness, dripping with leafy hops and dull resin. Strips the palate a little bit, but strong caramel with dankness and pine, very strong alcohol heft but no burn, and despite the slight added depression, the alcohol presence doesn’t drag everything else down, and some of the citric notes shine through brightly. Still, a bit of muddle. Full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5469) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12 oz bottle from Dean, thanks brah. Poured a muddy medium brown body with a smaller light beige head that is foamy with some spotty lace. Aroma of oak, wooden barrel, vanilla, caramel, toast, orange slices, grapefruit, molasses, bitter earthiness. Fuller bodied with average to strong carbonation and just the slightest hint of heat towards the end of the swwallow, chewy and full overall. Flavor of caramel, molasses, grapefruits, oak, toast, hint of choclate, bread, corn syrup. Good stuff, a bit thick but very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5328) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 28, 2013
12 ounce shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, caramel malt, pine, and oak. Nice DIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2012
On draft, poured a nice dark amber color with aromas of oak, muttled citrus, hops, and caramel. Huge oak flavor throughout that masks the hops, with a slight caramel flavor that pokes through. Great beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5188) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Total Wine, Fairfax 4-pack: Pours a brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma is oak barrel, some vanilla, hops, and a healthy helping of maltiness. Taste is not particularly bitter, as the hops are somewhat attenuated. he malts are more prominent and the hops play second whistle. The oaking is clear and evident and adds some complexity. Minor bitterness. This is somewhat sweet, but not excessively so.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
From the tap at Mellow Mushroom in Tampa. Pours a deep red. Aroma is wood, heavy sour orange, a sort of citrus burst, heavy on the sour, and grapefruit. As the beer warms the wood notes emerge as well as a maple/ vanilla/ oak. At the right temp this is very complex and deep beer. The flavor is a piney sour orange with some sugar mid-swallow. Mourn it when it is gone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5050) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Malty aroma has a very strong woody overtone of oak and dusty hay. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with woody notes, fresh-cut oak and hay, plus a malty and slightly fruity undertone. This bold flavor will overwhelm a wimpy palate - only tough beer drinkers need apply! Texture is viscous, woody and hoppy, leaving a syrupy and oaken finish that just might have you making faces. Let this monster get you hopped up.
Earlier Rating: 4/11/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Pours an appetizing, translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled, slightly reddish tan head. Aroma is richly hoppy and has undertones of spice and wood. Flavor is strongly hoppy but not bitter with a definite oaky undertone and hints of cinnamon candy. Smooth, lively texture leaves a woody, slightly smoky aftertaste. Recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Aromatic - sweet, malty, woody, with a cutting edge up close. Longneck, bad label, foggy brown, khaki head. Big beer. Chalky toast, sweet, toffee, alcohol bitter, candied as it warms, grassy, with pencil shavings. Slippery mouthfeel, candied/bitter finish. Heavy body, warming in the esophagus. ABC Betton.


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