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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, 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%


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NdubyaB (11) - Cartersville, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
This beer is magnificient. It has so many flavors to it, but its so simple. Opened my eyes to the magic of aging in the beer world. I respect Terrapin for this beer alone. Go to Highlands right now and try it. You will not regret it no matter what kind of beer-head you are.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap @ Taco Mac. Another winner from Terrapin. Wish they would bottle this in large format year round. Dark red almost brown, malt and oak aromas, with a touch of soy. Fantastic mouthfeel, substantial not quite oily, but just really satisfying. Perfectly balanced, and unlike many oak aged beers... this one is deftly balanced. So great !!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, 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)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (223) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3281) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown mahogany with a small beige head. Smells resinous and of vanilla. Taste is subtle bitterness, hints of vanilla and sweetness, and surprisingly boozy. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster finishes with a pleasant oaky dryness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sharkweek (101) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Beer pours dark amber with two fingers of light cream colored head. Scent is sweet and the taste is amazing. Oak age comes through heavy. This beer has some complexity and is easily the best Terrapin beer I have had to date.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (952) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beerís characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. This thing is so good, it makes me want to try the regular version again. Nose is loaded boldly with grassy hops equally balanced with woody bourbon. The flavor starts out sweet with dark maple syrup flavors quickly giving way to warm toffee and booze notes. Walks a fine line between a barrel aged ale and a hoppy IIPA/barleywine, and does it well.


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