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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3576) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3530) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3497) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy reddish copper with lots of particles floating around and a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dark coffee, wood, dry cocoa, earth, and dark fruits. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like dried.fruits, raisins, sweet booze, nice and strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
reggiedunlop (3491) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a hazy copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma has big earthy hoppiness, a bit of pine, and dark fruits. Flavor is a boozy muddled mess of doughy caramel malts, earthy hops, and medicinal bitterness...sweet frutiness and oaky bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and resinous with a boozy/fruity/oaky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

   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.

   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 doesnít work for me. Smooth on the palate with lower carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A bit difficult to finish off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3290) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3277) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - 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.

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