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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, 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%


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2676) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2661) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2539) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2529) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. I was intrigued to try this since itís oak aged but Iíve never really been too keen on red ales, so I was a bit skeptical on whether or not Iíd like this one. The aroma was pretty impressive, with big hints of hops and woody notes, but the flavor/boozyness was just a little too much for me to swallow. The malts just dominated the entire beer, but then again some people like that.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2477) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2438) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2012
1 inch thick head of beige bubbles. Very dense and creamy and reduces slowly. Somewhat subdued aroma with some caramel malts, a hint of tartness from the oak and fresh flowers. Color is a rich and dark mahagony brown. Lots of flavor to this brew and very smooth. Roasted grains, vanilla, toffee and some nuttiness which seems strange. Strong bitterness that comes on late with a noticable alcohol presence. My bottle says 9.1% abv. YIPEEEE!! Very smooth and easy drinking. Considerable maltiness that gives it great body and offsets some of the big bitterness. A top notch brew. Only wish I had bought more of them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (2342) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2336) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Toffee colored pour. Very dark and rich looking. Small off-white head. Little bit of lacing. Huge vanilla aroma with a peppery wood note. Taste is caramel and hops with plenty of malty backbone. Very tasty. Creamy and smooth with just a hint of bitterness at the back.


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