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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, 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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3.9
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Extremely interesting brew. The malt backbone almost seems like it is at the forefront. The hops are tantilizing. The mix of vanilla with an Imperial Red is truly unique and leaves a lingering taste that is unmatched and for that this beer gets kudos.

4
JHeath99 (1678) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Tap. Pours dark transparent amber with slight off white head. Very interesting aroma, very floral hops and definite citrus hints. Taste of oranges and hoppiness with undercurrents of oak.

3.5
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Sample at Khyber with Vin. Pours a deep brown with thick beige head. Nose is vanilla, oak, caramel and some piney hops. The oak and vanilla flavors really come through strong. Good hop bitterness but I don’t pick up a lot of that flavor. Good beer but doesn’t taste much like a DIPA.

3.6
jrodooo5 (1672) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bold red pour w/ a frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is boozy w/ the oak shining through. The taste is surprisingly clean, quite malty, & leaves u w/ a sense of its potency. It’s fairly light on the palate & easily drinkable for being 10.6%. Definitely more of an imperial red than a double ipa.

3.4
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Clear copper beer with a thick head. Bourbon oaky taste with hjnts on the aroma. Medium palate Good, unique taste

3.5
lamas (1636) - 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.

4.3
jflopsu (1614) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Aged from 2012 (drank in 2017). Pours a cloudy/milky reddish-brown with tan head. A strong dark alcohol and caramel malt aroma. Despite the aging a strong oak, roasted and caramel malt, vanilla, and dark alcohol taste. A lingering caramel malt and dark alcohol aftertaste.

3.9
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draft at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton. Snifter. Deep amber red with thick head. Serious lacing. Very oaked on the nose with caramel, sugar malts and leather. Taste is similar with oak, leather, sweet malts, caramel, and spices. Oily, but smooth. Great oaked and slight booze finish. Very good.

3.7
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 it’s 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).

4.1
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009

Source:On tap a few months back at the Thirsty Monk.
Glass:10 oz.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Hints of oak and vanilla, but still dominated by hops.
Flavor:Oak and vanilla mute the hop contribution slightly, but hops are still present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Just the right amount of oak to contribute rather than detract.


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