deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine hops with a hint of grapefruit with a bit of backing sweet grain and oakiness. Flavor has much more sweet grain with a hint of vanilla and oakiness with a good amount of bitter pine in the finish. hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Draft... Clear, dark crimson ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. Earthy nose... pine, resin, dust. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Way bitter when cold. As it warms, some of the caramel and medium-roast malts begin to solidity, but are quickly subdued by grapefruit rind and pine needle bitterness. Lengthy, toasty, (almost violently) bitter finish. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
This is one powerful IPA. Rich orange/red color. Nice sticky head. aroma is powerful with resin, kerosene, and tons of malt profile too. Flavor is huge with matls and a very strong hop flavor almost a gasoline note to it. I couldnt drink more than one of these. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Name: Big Hoppy Monster 2008, oak aged
Date: November 02, 2008
Source: Taco Mac, Decatur
Appearance: muddy dark red, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and vanilla aroma balanced by fresh hops
Flavor: big sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, spicy hops combine with peppery alcohol, light bitter finish, big oak and earthyness comes in on the second goblet, touch of hot spicy alcohol in the finish
Overall: the caramel and vanilla meld well together, the oak and earthyness make a good pair, but the two teams gang up and fight each other
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Name: Big Hoppy Monster 2008, oak aged
Date: November 14, 2008
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sheets of grey lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: lots more of the oak coming through in the flavor, the oak is playing well with the vanilla and caramel this time making for a great complex profile, oak gets a bit too strong after a while and combines with the hop bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid ruby brown, the color of a fine Irish lasses auburn hair, but dark auburn, not cherry red. Nose is rich oaky piney hops, caramel malt, fruit; almost a barleywine level of aroma intensity and complexity folks! Tastes oaky, very oaky, woody, with hops, caramel malt, vanilla, and a dry oaky finish. The palate is super complex, gets close to the beer/wine/liquor triple point (BWLTP, for short), and this beer just oozes complexity and brilliance. Terrapin has been a go to brewer of mine for years, and this is one of their finest works,
BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine & More in McLean, VA. Reddish-amber pour with a small white head. Big hop and caramel malt, and over the top of that is sweet vanilla and wood. Another winner from Terrapin. alexsdad06 (10434) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle shared by drsordr. Pours a hazy amber color with a small yellow beige head. The aroma is more like a barley wine with sweet malts, wood and vanilla over some fruits and floral hops. The flavor has oak, caramel, vanilla, fruits with the hops only adding bitterness. Not bad, but I was expecting more. KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
Bottled. Citrus hop, oak, grass, alcohol in the nose. Fruity flavor, gum balls, alcohol, thinner, cherry. Ok, but rather strange.
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
Tap @ Mellow Mushroom Tampa.
Pours brown/amber, with beige head.
Aroma of oak with some awesome vanilla nose.
Taste really captures the characteristics of the oak barrel with light hops. Notes of dark fruits with a thick mouthfeel while very smooth.
The flavor has plenty of vanilla mixed with the oak.
What a great experience. Terrapin just keeps on amazing us. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Wooden notes permeate this barrel-aged strong ale, blending in nicely with the citrusy hop resins and the bready, caramelized cereals.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the dark red haze.
-A strange name for a brew which doesn’t showcase a humongous hop presence. Malts and barrel are as present (and well balanced too).
-The mouthfeel is cushy, with soft effervescence and plush residual sugars.
-Barrel notes come back strong in the finish.
-This may not be a super complex strong ale, but it is very pleasant.