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RATINGS: 196   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%


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamJackson (2386) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. The pour is a deep reddish-brown color with nice frothy tan head. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the glass but donít stick. The roma has fresh-cut oak with resinous hops, and lots of caramel malt. Itís a good, fairly straight forward scent. The flavors show a lot of that as well. Thereís sweet caramel, toasted almond, and bitter resinous hops with perhaps a splash of citrus. But itís the oak that turns a pretty good beer into a very good one. The regular version of this beer is just an amped up red (not really my thing). The oak softens up the core flavors while adding another element. The oak isnít overdone either where itís the only thing I think about but itís solidly there throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2201) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine hops with a hint of grapefruit with a bit of backing sweet grain and oakiness. Flavor has much more sweet grain with a hint of vanilla and oakiness with a good amount of bitter pine in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (408) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Ar: Medium-dark caramel, some orange rind, clean booze. Ap: Deep red - hazy - medium-small beige head with medium-low retention - leaves a thin ring and spotty covering of foam. T: Burnt caramel and grapefruit rind, medium sweetness - strong citrus and sticky caramel - clean alcohol, vanilla, and some tannin - high bitterness. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is dry. O: A big and caramel-laden hoppy beer - malt flavors are firmly caramel, with a roast accent - hop flavors still shine through boldly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1108) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Extremely interesting brew. The malt backbone almost seems like it is at the forefront. The hops are tantilizing. The mix of vanilla with an Imperial Red is truly unique and leaves a lingering taste that is unmatched and for that this beer gets kudos.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on December 5th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, vanilla from the oak.
Taste: Medium bitterness, light pine, lots of caramel, faint vanilla.
Palate:Medium body, slightly slick, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: A tasty beer, but I think I might prefer the regular non-aged verison with more hop punch.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (501) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2012
(bottle) Murky reddish brown body with a small tan head. Rich malty aroma, moderate alcohol, dark fruit, citrus hops, pine, vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Flavor is strong in both alcohol and hops; resin; peppery, citrus, pine, raisin, molasses.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2485) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2614) - 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.


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