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RATINGS: 201   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%


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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a deep ruddy color with a thin white head. The aroma was somewhat dull. A little wood, caramel, and a slightly stale hop note. Heavy wood on the tongue. A combination of the wood aging and high abv results in a plastic taste that just doesn’t work for me. Smooth on the palate with lower carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A bit difficult to finish off.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamJackson (3262) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Murky burnt red. No head. Nose is charred oak, pineapple and pine cone taste is decent. Malty and smoky. Oak isn't dominant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Rooster’s 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 (3179) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
I’m starting to think that oak aging beers does something to the hops. I can’t 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 I’m 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3172) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours hazy dark copper color with thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and dark fruit with some alcohol. Sweet caramel and oak flavor with some vanilla and pine hops. Slightly boozy. Medium to full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
12oz bottle from Proof bottle shop. Brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is caramel, the vanilla, and pine. Tastes are resiny citrus, toasted malts, oak. Less of the vanilla than I would have thought from the aroma. Nice sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3067) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle. Caramel malt, piney orange hops, wood, and alcohol aroma. Cloudy red-orange amber with a small beige head. Burnt sugar malt, oak, orange peel, and boozy flavor. Full sticky body. soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2920) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
On tap at Bocktown. Nice IIPA although this beer stretches the boundaries of that term. Strong vanilla, oak and alcohol aroma. Near perfect. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with amber hues and a slight light brown head. Taste was delicious if not a little thin. Strong oak and vanilla overpower the original beer with just a hint of hops in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation. Nice beer, but the oak is a little too strong.


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