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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%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep red amber color with a finger of off white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, earthy and piney hops, wood, and boozy. Taste is caramel, toffee, alcohol, oak, with a piney woody hop bite in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5568) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Orange pour with a white head. The aroma has some oak, cherry and toffee notes. The flavor is full of oak, dark fruit, toffee, pine and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Aromatic - sweet, malty, woody, with a cutting edge up close. Longneck, bad label, foggy brown, khaki head. Big beer. Chalky toast, sweet, toffee, alcohol bitter, candied as it warms, grassy, with pencil shavings. Slippery mouthfeel, candied/bitter finish. Heavy body, warming in the esophagus. ABC Betton.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Getbetter (815) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
From a bottle.The pour is a red with brown tint with no head in appearence.There is a butterscotch taste more than any thing else I taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
This brew is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium thick light beige head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, oak and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of resiny hops, earthy malt and oak. The finish is oaky with a lingering piney hops aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
bottled, thanks to errrrl, muddy amber brown pour with aroma and flavor of burnt corn nuts, has a bit of a twangy metallic finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1395) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle->tulip. Dark orange amber with huge lite tan head. A: butterscotch malt, floral hops. T: dark fruit, sweet malt, hops, wood. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Decent, not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1622) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
bottle from beechner224. pours crimson with a off white head. nose of hop resin. taste is balanced, hop resin under the surface held by caramel and vanilla. slight wood pulp. big body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (913) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. The aroma is nice and hoppy with subtle oak. The taste is very good. The hops are strong, but not overwhelming and not bitter at all. The oak does some nice flavoring to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
12 oz bottle for 3.49. Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, fruit and a little hoppy, Taste is similar. Body is thicker and creamier than your average IPA. A little different take on an IPA. I like this one quite a bit though.


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