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RATINGS: 204   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, 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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4.1
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 Aroma of sticky resin, caramel, pine and slight grapefruit. Pours red with a big sticky head. Taste is strong with grapefruit, pine resin, brown sugar and a slight alcohol sting. Very yummy.

3.8
williamstome (1957) - Denver, Colorado, 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!

4.3
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.

3.4
kathouse (1930) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2014
Very floral when first poured. Brown with little floaties and just a wisp of foam. Oak and tobacco flavors are mellowed by caramel and resinous hops. Finish is slightly sweet. Hops just compliment rather than dominate.

4.2
zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC (9.1% ABV). Pours reddish orange with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, wet grass, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is equally assertive tangerine/piney hops and sweet malts with a finish of oak. Has as much in common with a barley wine as it does a DIPA. Tasty!

3.6
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on December 5th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours an opaque maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, vanilla from the oak.
Taste: Medium bitterness, light pine, lots of caramel, faint vanilla.
Palate:Medium body, slightly slick, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: A tasty beer, but I think I might prefer the regular non-aged verison with more hop punch.

3.4
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Growler - Poured brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. The flavor found caramel, oak, light roast, and light hop. Medium to full body, and a roasted malt aftertaste.

3.5
tnkw01 (1788) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Reddish brown color. Large quickly disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy and oaky. Taste also hoppy, oaky with just a touch of dried fruit.

3.8
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours dark red into my tulip with a small/medium cream colored head. Aroma us heavy pine and malt, toffee, caramel, with some oak. Very nice, but worrying there may be too much oak. Candy sweetness up front, not much hop bite or flavor. A very nice mellow vanilla left on the palate that I really like here though. Maybe a hint of dark cherry. Not like anything I have had before. Sweet, bordering on too much so but the smooth finish dials it back a bit. Slick resiny mouthfeel. Interesting. As a red ale, this kills it, but classified here as a DIPA it would seem to miss the mark. I don’t think I could classify this as a DIPA, so yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. The pour is a deep reddish-brown color with nice frothy tan head. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the glass but don’t stick. The roma has fresh-cut oak with resinous hops, and lots of caramel malt. It’s a good, fairly straight forward scent. The flavors show a lot of that as well. There’s sweet caramel, toasted almond, and bitter resinous hops with perhaps a splash of citrus. But it’s the oak that turns a pretty good beer into a very good one. The regular version of this beer is just an amped up red (not really my thing). The oak softens up the core flavors while adding another element. The oak isn’t overdone either where it’s the only thing I think about but it’s solidly there throughout.


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