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RATINGS: 202   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%


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (2976) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 ounce draft pour at ChurchKey. Ruby/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, nutty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, coffee, roast, toast, light coconut. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Pretty enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2971) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2873) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a translucent copper color from the bottle with thin off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla from the oak, no real hops. Taste is the caramel up front, fruit and slight vanillas in the middle, bit of floral hops on the end. Decent, but not a hoppy monster, and I would have used American oak for a bigger presence.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2858) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
The oak aging here really chills teh hips and makes this a much different (and more subtle) beer. Hint of vanilla in teh back of the palate and some nice red fruit up front. I may be biased towards the local guys on this one but I really enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2786) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2691) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours out an attractive deep ruby color with a small tan head. Aroma is of earthy wood chips, oak, caramel, citrus hops, and some pine, with light sticky malts and some vanilla. Taste is complex, with a full bodied mouthfeel. Malty caramel, oak, citrus hops, sticky alcohol, lots of wood and some warming on the end. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (2633) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2013
12 oz bottle pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, oak and pine. Taste is the oak, caramel malts and a hint of resin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2632) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Very hop-heavy nose, with some good oak notes. Strange sourish fruit and barrel mix. Some fish paste, too. Medium body, lots of carb bite. kay. A bit harsh. Lots of flavor and mild barrel. But, overall, not quite satisfactory.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2608) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Small off white head thats short lived, minimal lace. Hazy, chunky, amber colored brew. Nose of sweet malts and light wood, caramel. Body is med/full, fairly flat carbonation, lil oily.Some juicy hop notes, citrus, sweet malts, caramel and a hint of wood. Lightly sweet finish is toasty with a little booze warmth. Bottle procured from statelineliqiors in Elkton Merlind.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2587) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes and sent from my sister. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance seemed just a tad darker than the regular BHM with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about two minutes. There was some light foamy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had the grapefruit/citrusy aspect from the regular BHM along with a light pine, but the oak came in very subtly and made the aroma sit extremely fine under my nose. The taste was really nice and sweet letting a nice pine underneath to balance it a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a sessionability that was slightly there. The carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that I’d be willing to have again.


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