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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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4.3
jflopsu (1862) - Hoboken, 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.

3.5
tnkw01 (1857) - 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.

3.6
jcos (1855) - 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 (1811) - 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.

3.8
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

3.6
jrodooo5 (1749) - 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.

3.8
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.

4
JHeath99 (1680) - 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.

3.9
Beerathon (1680) - 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.

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.


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