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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Like a mad scientist Spike starts with Big Hoppy Monster, Terrapins Imperial Red Ale, and its tantalizing hop aroma and enormous malt backbone. As if that if that wasnt 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 thats electrifying!
-2012 - 9.1%
2013 - 10.6%

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
picked up a 4 pack on a lark. I didnt even know they did an oaked hoppy monster. first thing is first. it pour just a gorgeous slightly opaque ruddish orange. dark red and sort of cloudy. it is pretty. I didnt get alot of awesome aroma, but i chalk that up to my glassware. i still use shaker pints at home. sorry im not sorry. the taste shows the hops have maybe mellowed some. not sure when this was bottled, i figure the oaking process gives the hops a chances to recede a bit. I miss the assertive hops of the original. overall it is a pretty good oaked IPA type beer. I enjoyed it but i think all in all i had higher aspirations for this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours hazy dark copper color with thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and dark fruit with some alcohol. Sweet caramel and oak flavor with some vanilla and pine hops. Slightly boozy. Medium to full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2358) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from beernads. Deepest of mahogany/brown pour with sufficient head. Nose of dark fruit, cherry, bread/biscuit, candy syrup, oak tannins, and peppery alcohol. Sweet fruitiness with toasted malt and spicy alcohol with a pretty dry oaky finish. As it warms, even more oak character. Barleywine-esque qualities. A bit too much of the oak and booze, but still an enjoyable brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle from Justin as an extra. I'm going to seek this stuff out from now on. Aroma is of a malty, hoppy big beer. Flavor is amazing with notes of cucumber/pear in the hops and a thick, bready malt, no roast at all. Palate is rounded smooth and lacks any bitterness on the back end. This is an excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
This smooth IPA has a dark orange color, almost amber in hue, with thin (dense) off-white head. It actually looks like its aged. The aroma is very soft, grainy (as in wood grain) with a slight wood sourness. The flavor is totally not what I expected. It definitely tastes aged, or at least barrel-fermented. It tastes just like an aged, oaked imperial IPA. Nice, almost dull (i.e. in an aged way that still tastes classy).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
On tap at Timberwood grill. Pours red with little head and light aroma. Tasty with good balance on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1621) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Vintage: 2012. A murky reddish brown pour with a smallish khaki head. The aroma features lots of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, pine, citrus fruits, and zesty rinds. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy, and sticky on the way down. Lots of sweet caramel upfront in the taste. There is a sizable oak presence in the middle with lots of vanilla extract, toffee, dates, and touches of molasses. Doughy. Some charred woodsiness towards the end. A fair amount of citrus in the dry finish. Plenty of alcohol warmth and boozy qualities throughout. Quality stuff, but not quite my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bernatbeer (420) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2013
En botella.De color rojizo,con fina espuma.Aromas a lpulo pero con gran protagonismo de maltas caramelizadas,madera,vainilla levemente.....E boca es compleja con un final muy agradable.Gracias Eric

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Poor head retention and a just a small bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of spicy, earthy hop aroma with a decent amount of oak thrown in. It is all kind of muddled, however, with a little bit of toffee and caramel spread around the edges. Nothing offensive but it is just a little messy. Oak figures very prominent in the flavor with the hops taking somewhat of a back seat. Earthy hops prop up the oak but much like the aroma, there is really no strong definition or separation of flavors. Toffee and caramel are mild in the background along with just moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with drinkability being somewhat limited. Overall, a nice attempt by Terrapin but Im not so sure that it works. It is just a little bit of a mess. Glad I got to try it as I normally love oak aged beers but this one just doesnt really work for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Draft. Poured amber with a medium-sized, dense tan head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, malt, resinous hops. Flavor was very malty, lots of caramel, some toffee, pine, and citrus, and notes of oak and vanilla. Quite malty, moderately bitter, moderately sweet. Slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. Quite good.


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