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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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3.8
Iphonephan (7084) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On draft at rustico. Floral hop aroma. Notes of vanilla. Mild bitter finish. Nice.

3.9
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
sample at Food Bank bottle share, copper brownish pour. piney hops, rich toffee maltiness, vanilla & oak notes. everything blended together very wel. Very nice

4.5
Braudog (6793) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Super dark red and nearly opaque, this has barely any head. The aroma is an assault on the olfactory senses, rich with dark fruit and alcohol. After that promise, this turns out to be a relatively easy drinker. It still has some amazingly rich flavors here, rich malts, raisin, merlot, vanilla, stained oak. Impossibly complex, yet improbably quaffable. Exceptional. (#5010, 5/7/2013)

3.8
mansquito (6722) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Total Wine, Fairfax 4-pack: Pours a brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma is oak barrel, some vanilla, hops, and a healthy helping of maltiness. Taste is not particularly bitter, as the hops are somewhat attenuated. he malts are more prominent and the hops play second whistle. The oaking is clear and evident and adds some complexity. Minor bitterness. This is somewhat sweet, but not excessively so.

3.4
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear and bright dark ruby body with a small fizzy beige head that fell to a wispy partial covering. The nose is full of resiny hops with a much heavier oak character than I was expecting. There’s a really hefty sweet malt base as well. The flavor is pretty intense, the resiny hops, heavy caramel, and oak fight for dominance. The sweetness and bitterness express themselves up front, leaving the raw oak to take over on the finish. The flavor is pretty good, but the heaviness of it doesn’t make it especially drinkable. Thick and chewy with fizzy carbonation, lingering sticky finish. Decent enough, but not something I’d go back and buy more of to drink regularly.

3.6
RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 28, 2013
12 ounce shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, caramel malt, pine, and oak. Nice DIPA.

3.9
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
This poured a dark red almost brown color with an off white head. Aroma was bursting with citrus hops with hints of the oak and sticky sweet malts there as well. Flavor was tremendous, just a perfect blanace of hop bitterness, malty sweetness and a nice whiskey/oak flavor to liven things up

3.6
ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 12/1/12

Aroma: The nose has definite a wood presence, some earth, a little pine, fruit, and just a little vanilla
Appearance: It pours a murky dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head and spotty lacework
Flavor: The hops come out more in the flavor. It tastes a little sweet, and has a nice, but not super bitter hop presence. There’s some wood there too, but not as much as the nose suggested.
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a touch sticky, with a soft carbonation, and a dry, woody finish
Overall Impression: The wood treatment worked nicely here. I have to say, it has been awhile since I have had a Big Hoppy Monster, so I didn’t really have a great comparison in my head for the non-oaked version, but I enjoyed this version.

3.2
blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
bottled, thanks to errrrl, muddy amber brown pour with aroma and flavor of burnt corn nuts, has a bit of a twangy metallic finish

3.7
obguthr (6536) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Oak, cherries, and orange nose. Cloudy rust, thin yellow head. Cherries and whole orange flavor. Finishes with bread dough, black pepper. Well oaked throughout.


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