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RATINGS: 200   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%


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4400) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Appearance: Murky-looking, brown body with some orangey-amber hints at the edges and topped by a thin, whitish head. Smell: Rich caramel malts scented with vanilla and citrusy grapefruit rinds and, oh yes, there’s plenty of pungent oak character to go around. Taste: Earthy, toasty malts with a full caramel sweetness. Touch of vanilla. It’s right about this time the oak starts rolling in, drying out the flavor and practically soaking up any remaining sweetness like a doggone sponge. This leaves the tongue wide open for the assault of citrusy hops and their full bitterness. Finishes bitter and exceptionally dry. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Some oak jobs I love and some, well... I found this top by a bit over-the-top. Personally, I would be much happier to have just the plain ole’, regular BHM.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
This poured a dark red almost brown color with an off white head. Aroma was bursting with citrus hops with hints of the oak and sticky sweet malts there as well. Flavor was tremendous, just a perfect blanace of hop bitterness, malty sweetness and a nice whiskey/oak flavor to liven things up

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
On tap at the Room. Hazy dark reddish-brown with a rich head. Smells like a chewy caramel lumber yard. Fully body, creamy, bitter, woody, and lots of vanilla. Cohesive, it is ok stuff but as with any Terrapin beer too much crystal malt. Thus, it does not come together all that well and it gets tough to finish the glass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2193) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Absolutely Outstanding. Terrapin does their oak-aged beers with great skill. The notes of vanilla and light oak pull through the citric hops with great complexity. I had to stop and enjoy a couple pints of this… and then I had a couple waters, because this beer really snuck up on me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
The oak aging here really chills teh hips and makes this a much different (and more subtle) beer. Hint of vanilla in teh back of the palate and some nice red fruit up front. I may be biased towards the local guys on this one but I really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Tap @ Mellow Mushroom Brandon. Pours a clear deep amber with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, oak, and citrus hops. Taste has tons of caramel and citrus hops followed by a touch of vanilla and a hint of oak. A damn finr brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Draft @ the Ravenous Pig. Pours a deep reddish amber. This is darn good, though I was surprised at how different it was from the original. The big hoppy nose of the original was a little restrained here, though some pine and citrus are still there but not at the fore. The caramel and malt was more prominent. The oak came through a little on the nose. In flavor, rich and caramel, vanilla boozy malt spiked with some citrus hops. A solid bitterness emerges to cut through the sweetness. A nice oaky boozy finish, nice mouthfeel, thick but not overbearing. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
Tap @ Mellow Mushroom Tampa. Pours brown/amber, with beige head. Aroma of oak with some awesome vanilla nose. Taste really captures the characteristics of the oak barrel with light hops. Notes of dark fruits with a thick mouthfeel while very smooth. The flavor has plenty of vanilla mixed with the oak. What a great experience. Terrapin just keeps on amazing us.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9387) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Draft... Clear, dark crimson ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. Earthy nose... pine, resin, dust. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Way bitter when cold. As it warms, some of the caramel and medium-roast malts begin to solidity, but are quickly subdued by grapefruit rind and pine needle bitterness. Lengthy, toasty, (almost violently) bitter finish.


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