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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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%


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3071) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3055) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReggieDunlap (3052) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3009) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2980) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (2919) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2842) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2633) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
From the 12oz bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a thin off white head. Citrus hops and oak vanilla notes in aroma. Big malt body with a smooth vanilla oak taste. Oak cuts the big citrus hop bite and gives this a real nice big body, easy drinking smoothness. Damn nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2619) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamJackson (2535) - 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.


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