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RATINGS: 195   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%


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3194) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Malty aroma has a very strong woody overtone of oak and dusty hay. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with woody notes, fresh-cut oak and hay, plus a malty and slightly fruity undertone. This bold flavor will overwhelm a wimpy palate - only tough beer drinkers need apply! Texture is viscous, woody and hoppy, leaving a syrupy and oaken finish that just might have you making faces. Let this monster get you hopped up.
Earlier Rating: 4/11/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Pours an appetizing, translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled, slightly reddish tan head. Aroma is richly hoppy and has undertones of spice and wood. Flavor is strongly hoppy but not bitter with a definite oaky undertone and hints of cinnamon candy. Smooth, lively texture leaves a woody, slightly smoky aftertaste. Recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dunn4040 (124) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours a deep redish brown. Small off white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving only a thin sheet of off-white on the top of the beer. Decent lacing. First sip, delicious. Big hop flavor. Pine, caramelized sugar, a little bit of earthy wood flavor. The 2013 vintage clocks in at a whopping 10.6% and it’s hidden masterfully in this one. Feels think and creamy on the palate, with a nice crisp finish. Very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4741) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
Draft sample at Rustico, Alexandria. Pours hazy red brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, oak, dark fruit, toffee, earthy hops. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamT (150) - 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 (3347) - 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 (1115) - 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 (396) - - 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 (212) - 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 (11316) - 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.


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