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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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%


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2895) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ. Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Splotches of lace left behind. Aroma reminds me of an old ale. Some toasted, earthy oak along with subtle vanilla followed by caramel malt and earthy floral hop notes. Oak becomes more prominent as it warms giving off a slight toothpick character. Caramel malt sweetness, toffee and rye overpower the hops. Subtle resinous piney character but not what I was expecting for a hoppy beer. Medium bodied with a nice oak barrel presence thatís decently integrated into the base beer. Itís strong but doesnít completely overpower the other flavors. Virgin oak/toothpick flavor with a little bit of spicy rye. Again, the hops are there but are overpowered by the strong barrel and malt profile. Hints of caramel, toffee, spicy rue and cocoa followed floral and slightly earthy hop bitterness. A bit dry but the malts have sweetness for balance. Abv well masked and decently drinkable but overpowering wood flavors hurt a bit. Also, way too malty for the style in my opinion. Not bad but the barrel character is too dominant and the hops are overpowered.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2791) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is a big beer, drinks like a barley wine. Vanilla, resiny, hint of tartness, caramel. Tasty beer, a bit to rich for my preference.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2765) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2588) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. heavy malt aromas of dark bread, roasted and caramel, moderate hop note of cooked orange, light leather for the yeast, with raisin, wood, brown sugar and alcohol in the background. Head is tiny, frothy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is dark red/brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and has a long bitterness at the end. Palate is medium t full, creamy with a soft carbonation and is moderately alcoholic and chewy in the finish. This beer leans more towards a Barley Wine than a DIPA, with that said this is one tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2522) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
bottle from beechner224. pours crimson with a off white head. nose of hop resin. taste is balanced, hop resin under the surface held by caramel and vanilla. slight wood pulp. big body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2516) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
a juicy grapefruit citrus brew mellowed significantly right from the bottle with a lightly sweet banana flavor leaving it with quite a Belgian character. left alone in capped bottle overnight this one develops a Bourbon flavor and the Oaken woodiness comes on strong with alcohol and a woody finish. a bit of plasticy plum.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2498) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Clear dark ruby brown pour with a frothy tan head. Big spicy floral notes well blended with medium red fruits. Vanilla beans. Fresh oak. Red plums. Chocolate biscuits. Juicy bing cherries. Charcoal. Molasses. Turpentine. Cinnamon. Sasafrass. Dark caramels. Still enough hoppy citrus pith to balance. Decent complex brew.


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