paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly opaque brownish ruby color. Tan/off white head, good lacing. very malty aroma, little bit of pine from the hops. Nice oak aroma and flavor. The oak really makes this beer subtle...which is scary.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on-tap at Bocktown tonight and was really looking forward to it. It has been on their "Coming very soon" list for a few weeks now.
A- Very dark, transparent reddish brown hue that pours with a 1 finger or so rust colored head. Head fades quickly to a thin colar but traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass. It seems to be a shade or two darker than the regular big hoppy monster for some reason.
S- Wonderful, bright hoppy aromas of fresh citrus and hints of pine come through upfront with a hint of woodiness in the background.
T- Rich hoppy flavors of citrus and pine upfront with a rich oaky, toasted malt background. The hop bitterness and a little bit of toasted flavors really come through for the finish and a medium hop bitterness lingers.
P-Medium carbonation and somewhat oily, and smooth malty body.
O- It was a great experience to try the oak aged version of this beer and its a very good beer, but I think I prefer the fresh hoppy flavors of this one in comparison to old hops with a nice oak aged flavor component. Still great to try this rare beer.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-19-2008 00:42:46
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This could pass for a weak barley wins. The oak adds a ton of vanilla and pushes the balance from hops to malt, IMO. Still a great beer, but I think I like the regular version more.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:On tap a few months back at the Thirsty Monk.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Hints of oak and vanilla, but still dominated by hops.
Flavor:Oak and vanilla mute the hop contribution slightly, but hops are still present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Just the right amount of oak to contribute rather than detract.
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Dark amber, slight head, great lace. Aroma was citric hops, oak, and caramel. Flavor matches, with a note of anise weaved into it. Lots of oak in the flavor, mixed with citric hops. Almost too oaky you could say, but not quite. Delighted to try this.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Taco Mac. Another winner from Terrapin. Wish they would bottle this in large format year round. Dark red almost brown, malt and oak aromas, with a touch of soy. Fantastic mouthfeel, substantial not quite oily, but just really satisfying. Perfectly balanced, and unlike many oak aged beers... this one is deftly balanced. So great !!!
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Pours a clear deep red color with a medium head. Poor head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of big spicy hops with toffeish malts. Taste is citrus, resin, toffee, spice, vanilla and oak. Medium to full bodied.
NdubyaB (11) - Cartersville, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is magnificient. It has so many flavors to it, but its so simple. Opened my eyes to the magic of aging in the beer world. I respect Terrapin for this beer alone. Go to Highlands right now and try it. You will not regret it no matter what kind of beer-head you are.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can’t say that this was BETTER than the original Big Hoppy Monster. The only difference was the wood flavor upfront, and slightly in the aftertaste. The beer was dark brown. Taco Mac, in Decatur. I love big hoppy monster, and there is no way that I would rate this lower than the original, but I must say that I have to. The menu said this had 9% ABV, the liars. Again, I thnk this beer is decent, but it is not better than the original. Plus, the wood just added that wood flavor, it did not improve the beer, although the beer was still really good. I had a better experience with the original.