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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, Terrapin’s Imperial Red Ale, and its tantalizing hop aroma and enormous malt backbone. As if that if that wasn’t 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 that’s electrifying!
-2012 - 9.1%
2013 - 10.6%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009

Source:On tap a few months back at the Thirsty Monk.
Glass:10 oz.
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
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 !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NdubyaB (11) - Cartersville, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Brown with ruby highlites. Thin beige head. Nice fresh, floral hop aroma, with a touch of oak. The oak is more prominate than in the aroma. Th oak aging mixes well with the beer. I liked this one quite a bit.

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