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RATINGS: 182   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%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamT (112) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bought from Winslow’s Tavern on 09/30/13. Average off-white mostly diminishing head. Good Lacing. Redish hue with a murky body. Heavy citrus hop and hint of red wine on the nose. Moderate sweetness on the initial taste. Long heavy acidic finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Purchased from Winslow’s Tavern on 09/30/13. Average off-white mostly diminishing head. Good lacing. Redish hue with a murky body. Heavy citrus hop with a hint of red wine on the nose. Moderate sweetness on the initial taste. Long heavy acidic finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Stuart. Pours a turgid brown with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing. Has a bit of wood on the nose. It tastes of artificial vanilla with a bit of pine on the finish. Hides the alcohol well but it’s not something I’d drink again.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle. Hazy brown. Minimal dark tan head. Pine aroma. Pure oak taste. Very powerful oak and some mild sweetness. Pretty cool ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbzipa91 (2) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
Love the wild touch. Wonderful dark red color. Smell is mellow but full. Terrapin doesn’t fail.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (362) - - SEP 20, 2013
From 12oz bottle. Poured a reddish clear with a bit of head - probably aided by the bottle not yet being properly cooled. Oak in the aroma and taste, coupled with a bit of hoppiness. End result - OK, but just OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (171) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Pours the color of rust. Clear only when held to s light . Beautiful khaki/beige head. Very thick flow from the bottle. Aroma is burnt wood, resinous hops, bread, burnt biscuits, and a hint of chocolate. Smells dirty and flirty. Taste follows nose with an astringent aftertaste, less of a woody character and slightly boozy. Very smoky on the tongue. Full bodied and oily. Complexity is rather high. Less carbonation than most brews of this stature. Very good indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Cask. Hazy copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some caramel, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some caramel, grapefruit, wood. Mediu-full body, low carbonation, some resin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (1655) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2013
12 oz bottle pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, oak and pine. Taste is the oak, caramel malts and a hint of resin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeCue (91) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a 1/4" thick head. Aroma is of vanilla, caramel malt and obvious oak, along with a resinous hops profile. Taste is leaning more on the sweetish end, but there is sime medium, well-blended bitterness in there too. Texture is slick/a tad oily, with low carbonation. Overall, a good brew to try and sip over the course of maybe 30mins or so. Not a favorite, but still a pretty good choice. I have to confess that this is my first terrapin, and I actually bought it because I love turtles (I own four)...!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Toffee colored pour. Very dark and rich looking. Small off-white head. Little bit of lacing. Huge vanilla aroma with a peppery wood note. Taste is caramel and hops with plenty of malty backbone. Very tasty. Creamy and smooth with just a hint of bitterness at the back.


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