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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.5
BillWyce (1074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours hazy red-brown with a 1-finger tan head. Woody oak aroma with some caramel malt underneath. Full body, with a mild syrupy thickness and a brief finish. Flavor of oak with nutty malt beneath. A touch of caramel sweetness mixes with the wood in the finish.

3.7
snoworsummer (5611) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy reddish copper with lots of particles floating around and a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dark coffee, wood, dry cocoa, earth, and dark fruits. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like dried.fruits, raisins, sweet booze, nice and strong.

3.8
sonnycheeba (5959) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark amber with ruby highlights and creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, mixed berries, dates, oak, floral notes, faint spice, and some vanilla. Flavor is dry malt base with sharp floral and pine hop bitterness, light fig, smooth oak, and some dark fruit esters; dry, oak finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4.1
Mrnoluv (353) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
The smell is malty, hoppy, the look is a cool redish/brown, the taste is a sweet, scotch ale, with good hops and a bitter taste that lingers after the swallow. Good ABV on this on I had was the 2012, ages pretty damn good. Good beer!

3.8
williamstome (1863) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Deep cloudy red-brown pour. Aroma is caramel and fruit, flavor is figs, nuts, toffee, oak, and alcohol. Complex. Impressive. On the other hand, not sure why this is classified as a double IPA... more of a Barleywine!

3.5
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes and sent from my sister. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance seemed just a tad darker than the regular BHM with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about two minutes. There was some light foamy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had the grapefruit/citrusy aspect from the regular BHM along with a light pine, but the oak came in very subtly and made the aroma sit extremely fine under my nose. The taste was really nice and sweet letting a nice pine underneath to balance it a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a sessionability that was slightly there. The carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that I’d be willing to have again.

4
beersighted (134) - - JUN 18, 2014
After aging a few months, this oak aged imperial red has a bold cognac nose atop boozy wood undertones, moderate hop bitterness, and a distinct sweet crystal malt base. Cloudy, dark amber in color, it's medium body makes this big beer an easy drinker.

3.6
Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pours brownish red with tan head and great lacing. Aroma of caramel, malts, vanilla, and crisp hops that combine for a strange aroma similar to charcoal lighter fluid. Taste is the same with a burnt sugar and alcohol taste. Bold beer, but it didn’t quit work.

3.9
radagast83 (8002) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4oz poured at Churchkey. Thanks to GenDV138! Poured a ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma was caramel notes, slight nutty character. Flavor was dark fruits, some caramel, roasted coffee notes. Oak and vanilla. Smooth and enjoyable.

3.4
solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Lots of malt in this. Oak is there and I guess the aging kills the hops. Pours cloudy reddish with good head and lacing. Works to highlight malt. Thanks to GenDV138 for a taste of this at Churchkey.


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