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RATINGS: 198   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, 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%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
This is one powerful IPA. Rich orange/red color. Nice sticky head. aroma is powerful with resin, kerosene, and tons of malt profile too. Flavor is huge with matls and a very strong hop flavor almost a gasoline note to it. I couldnt drink more than one of these.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
On-tap at the Brick Store. Pours a dark cola brown with hints of red around the edges. The head small, tan and short-lived leaving generous lacing along the sides. The aroma is dominated by floral hops, even more so than the regular BHM, which is interesting to me. I get hints of the oak and the caramel malts, but the pine scents are just massive in the this one. The caramel malts are more prevalent in the taste, though the floral pine hops are still the star of the show. The oak comes through as well and the flavors really meld together well. Wonderfully complex. The mouthfeel is predictably smooth given the oak but with good carbonation and some sticky pine resin bitterness in the finish. I’m probably biased as BHM is my favorite Terrapin brew, but I really, really like this beer and I was floored at how much the floral hops showed throw even with the oak aging. A fantastic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
oaky vanilla with rich caramel aromas. Pours a dark red with a thick off white head. Vanilla beans, caramel, oak, rich malts with spicy, piney hops. The oak mellows out the hops quite a bit. This is an excellent beer! I love what their doing with oak aging.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
From the tap at Mellow Mushroom in Tampa. Pours a deep red. Aroma is wood, heavy sour orange, a sort of citrus burst, heavy on the sour, and grapefruit. As the beer warms the wood notes emerge as well as a maple/ vanilla/ oak. At the right temp this is very complex and deep beer. The flavor is a piney sour orange with some sugar mid-swallow. Mourn it when it is gone.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Draft at The Ravenous Pig. Pours a deep black cherry color with a thin beige head. The aroma is super-hoppy, with some wine grape and vanilla flavors playing a back-up role. The taste is strong on the hops, but they somehow take a back seat to spicy and tart cherry flavors. Really a strange brew. The description says it is malty, but I really didn’t get that. I got hoppy and tart. The beer is surprisingly carbonated, especially after looking at it. Strange, but very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Draft at The Ravenous Pig. Ultra fresh. The deep, dark crimson colored body is hazy and dense looking, crowed by a small, smooth, beige colored layer of creamy foam. Wet, soapy lacing leaves minimal spotting behind. The aroma just explodes from the glass, massive notes of fresh pine resin, bitter orange peel, and juicy grapefruit providing formidable hop bitterness. Darkly toasted caramel malts provide an ample underlying sweetness, while charred oak imparts a dose of earthiness and soothing vanilla complexity. Flavors follow suit, piney hops and citrus featured prominently, countered by sweet, toasted caramel malts and signature French oak smoothness. Medium-full bodied, the lively carbonation intensifies the spiciness of the bold hop flavors on the tongue. This is an excellent beer. Big Hoppy Monster had taken a turn for the worse for the past couple of years, but this marks a triumphant return to what it once was, and in fact serves as an improvement with the subtle intricacies that the barrel provides.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2008
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Tampa. Pours darker than the non BA version due to the leaching of barrel qualities. It was mahogany with tan head. The aroma was a pleasing combination of tangelo, orange juice, a background of malt sweetness, oak, singed caramel and vanilla. Very nice aromatic balance that reduces the will to wait any longer for that first sip. The taste is very much the same with meaty juicy citrus hops coming from orange, tangelo and sugar coated grapefruit wedges. As soon as you take a moment to ponder the hoppiness a nearly equal strength wave of oak, maple syrup and vanilla meet up with a backbone of sweet malts and take the experience to closure. Lovely balance between the base beer and the barrel notes. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On tap at Trappeze. Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, and faint maple syrup (IMO). Taste is similar, with some hops coming through. Again, the oak and vanilla dominate. Finish is hoppy bitter and a little alcohol. Mouth is pretty smooth. Overall, a solid, enjoyable brew.


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