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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%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6133) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Brewer’s Pizza. Amber red pour with a nice khaki head. Light hops, lots of rich caramel, touches of vanilla and toast. The flavor is much the same, much caramel and a bit of oak and hop. A touch too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown color. Somewhat typical of most amber ales, the head has a one finger offwhite shade with a wonderful creaminess to it. It fades away to a thin collar fairly quick, but leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass. S: This one is somewhat intriguing, to say the least. The first thing I note is aged piny hops along side a large caramel backbone. When given a chance to open up, the aroma shifts slightly toward vanilla, toffee, oak, and chocolate. Hints of booze also appear. T: At first, mild hints of hops hit the palate...and when I mean mild, I mean nearly non-existent to my hop-discerning palate. The finish is fairly sweet vanilla mixed with some toffee. To me, the general flavor profile is hard to identify - it comes across as a weird, almost musty caramel sweetness. There’s too much flavor muddling here for me to give a great score. M: I like the creaminess of the texture a lot. It’s a bit thin, and oaky tannins boost its drinkability at the cost of some softness. Carbonation is a touch low. O: Not bad, just strange. The absolute closest comparison I can make to this is a 4-month old bottle of Nugget Nectar crossed with Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I wouldn’t seek this out again, but I wouldn’t refuse it, either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Not a big boost of oak in the aroma and a very balanced oak hoppy taste with a thick brown appearance and growing finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (230) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2012 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours amber with a small light head. Nose is pine, oak, caramel sweetness, fruit, great aromas. Taste is not as bitter and hoppy as I expected. Very we’ll balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear and bright dark ruby body with a small fizzy beige head that fell to a wispy partial covering. The nose is full of resiny hops with a much heavier oak character than I was expecting. There’s a really hefty sweet malt base as well. The flavor is pretty intense, the resiny hops, heavy caramel, and oak fight for dominance. The sweetness and bitterness express themselves up front, leaving the raw oak to take over on the finish. The flavor is pretty good, but the heaviness of it doesn’t make it especially drinkable. Thick and chewy with fizzy carbonation, lingering sticky finish. Decent enough, but not something I’d go back and buy more of to drink regularly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2019) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Very dark, muddy, brownish color with a thin beige head. Decent lacing. Aroma of wood, vanilla, caramel, spice, and dark fruit. Boozy, woody, and dark fruity tasting with a mild bitterness. Medium-full bodied, kind of syrupy, very little carbonation left. Some dryness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2849) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
12oz bottle from Proof bottle shop. Brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is caramel, the vanilla, and pine. Tastes are resiny citrus, toasted malts, oak. Less of the vanilla than I would have thought from the aroma. Nice sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5936) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
2 bouteilles de 12 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur fruité avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruité et d’houblons résineux avec une point boisée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement boisé. (Rating #4794)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Super dark red and nearly opaque, this has barely any head. The aroma is an assault on the olfactory senses, rich with dark fruit and alcohol. After that promise, this turns out to be a relatively easy drinker. It still has some amazingly rich flavors here, rich malts, raisin, merlot, vanilla, stained oak. Impossibly complex, yet improbably quaffable. Exceptional. (#5010, 5/7/2013)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3663) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 28, 2013
12 ounce shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, caramel malt, pine, and oak. Nice DIPA.


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