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RATINGS: 195   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, 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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3887) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3750) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 12/1/12

Aroma: The nose has definite a wood presence, some earth, a little pine, fruit, and just a little vanilla
Appearance: It pours a murky dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head and spotty lacework
Flavor: The hops come out more in the flavor. It tastes a little sweet, and has a nice, but not super bitter hop presence. Thereís some wood there too, but not as much as the nose suggested.
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a touch sticky, with a soft carbonation, and a dry, woody finish
Overall Impression: The wood treatment worked nicely here. I have to say, it has been awhile since I have had a Big Hoppy Monster, so I didnít really have a great comparison in my head for the non-oaked version, but I enjoyed this version.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Near clear amber brown with small ring of offwhite head. Caramel, toasty, vanilla nose. Surprisingly not very boozy on the aroma, but it does show up on the flavor. Definitely oaky, but smooth, not harsh. Big malty boozy body. Kinda like a barleywine, but not as fruity or sweet. A bit of a harsh woody bite on the finish. Ends hot. Really Good, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap. Nearly opaque, deep copper-brown with a half inch of foam. Light toasted oak aroma with some toffee. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, toast, peppery oak and light whiskey. Medium-heavy body is fairly smooth, lightly sticky, but well-dried by the big toasted oak finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3583) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Lots of malt in this. Oak is there and I guess the aging kills the hops. Pours cloudy reddish with good head and lacing. Works to highlight malt. Thanks to GenDV138 for a taste of this at Churchkey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3508) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3451) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a small head. Strong hoppy notes to this with some grassy tones and just a faint whiff of sweetness underneath. Taste is extremely well balanced - slight bitterness, but nice malt notes to it. I donít get much of the barrel aging in taste or smell, so that was a little disappointing for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 12oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a deep caramel hued consistency and topped with a small film of off-white head which reduces down to a thin filmy ring... Aroma of oxidized caramel malt which has little to no oak or hop influence which is one pet peeve of mine when it comes down to trading... Flavored are caramel and a light sense of wood. Doubtful of a fresh sample with a light woody texture but hops are gone to say the very least. Not a good sample.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Stuart. Pours a turgid brown with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing. Has a bit of wood on the nose. It tastes of artificial vanilla with a bit of pine on the finish. Hides the alcohol well but itís not something Iíd drink again.


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