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RATINGS: 199   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%


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2011
On draft at Churchkey. Beautiful garnet pour with minimal head. Nose holds fantastic maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, candied apple, orange zest, and leafy balance. Awesome barrel presence, and reminds me a bit of an American barleywine. The flavor is marked by more bourbon-soaked cherry, wood, and sweetness mixing with citric and earthy hop. Smooth but medium effervescence on the palate. Superb.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2008
on tap at the Crabapple Taco Mac location. dark red in color with no head on arrival to the table. nice licorice, vanilla and subdued hop aromas. medium to full body. very soft over the palate with a strong finish that really brings the oak and vanilla to the front of your tastebuds. some mild citrus notes in linger in the background. overall this was very enjoyable and even better than the plain old big hoppy monster.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2145) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2134) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nakedwhendrunk (2113) - Juneau, Alaska, 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 Iíd be willing to have again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a white foamy head that left some spotchy lacing. Aroma has lots of citrus and pine with a big grapefruit character with oak and a touch of vanilla and spice. Taste has a nice initial hoppy bitterness with a clean citrus bite. A bit of sweetness with oak and vanilla flavors prevalent throughout. A hoppy grapefruit finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium to full bodied moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2092) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep red amber color with a finger of off white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, earthy and piney hops, wood, and boozy. Taste is caramel, toffee, alcohol, oak, with a piney woody hop bite in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (2079) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a deep ruby color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toast, citrus, oak, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is oak, caramel, crystal malts, sugary, and a sweet citrus finish.


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