RateBeer
overall
98
90
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3351) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Draft at The Ravenous Pig. Ultra fresh. The deep, dark crimson colored body is hazy and dense looking, crowed by a small, smooth, beige colored layer of creamy foam. Wet, soapy lacing leaves minimal spotting behind. The aroma just explodes from the glass, massive notes of fresh pine resin, bitter orange peel, and juicy grapefruit providing formidable hop bitterness. Darkly toasted caramel malts provide an ample underlying sweetness, while charred oak imparts a dose of earthiness and soothing vanilla complexity. Flavors follow suit, piney hops and citrus featured prominently, countered by sweet, toasted caramel malts and signature French oak smoothness. Medium-full bodied, the lively carbonation intensifies the spiciness of the bold hop flavors on the tongue. This is an excellent beer. Big Hoppy Monster had taken a turn for the worse for the past couple of years, but this marks a triumphant return to what it once was, and in fact serves as an improvement with the subtle intricacies that the barrel provides.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3334) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3281) - 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
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Dark amber, slight head, great lace. Aroma was citric hops, oak, and caramel. Flavor matches, with a note of anise weaved into it. Lots of oak in the flavor, mixed with citric hops. Almost too oaky you could say, but not quite. Delighted to try this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3222) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3128) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Roosterís Beak. Clear deep red color with a strong tan top. Scent is caramel, wood and hops. Taste is rye, wood and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3046) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Iím starting to think that oak aging beers does something to the hops. I canít think of one that ever had much in the way of hop aroma. It could be the aging fades the more volatile hop aromatics, but Iím not really sure most oaked beers spend much more time between brewing and my mouth despite any wood aging. That being said, the wood is very present and in a good way. Vanilla, toasted wood. Almost pineapple in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On draft at rustico. Floral hop aroma. Notes of vanilla. Mild bitter finish. Nice.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 3 4 5  6  7 8 9 » 20


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50