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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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3.7
obguthr (6344) - 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.

3.8
dmac (6259) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12 oz bottle from Dean, thanks brah. Poured a muddy medium brown body with a smaller light beige head that is foamy with some spotty lace. Aroma of oak, wooden barrel, vanilla, caramel, toast, orange slices, grapefruit, molasses, bitter earthiness. Fuller bodied with average to strong carbonation and just the slightest hint of heat towards the end of the swwallow, chewy and full overall. Flavor of caramel, molasses, grapefruits, oak, toast, hint of choclate, bread, corn syrup. Good stuff, a bit thick but very nice.

4.1
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
2013 Bottle: Deep ruby and violet tinted amber coloured body with a rich glow of brown and a fast-dying single centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of pure richness - alcohol, oak, vanilla, bourbon, figs, toffee, prunes, raisins, oak, hops and way more alcohol - very nice and smells like a nicely oaked barley wine. Full-bodied; Super rich malt body with grain presence, some bourbon and brandy notes and a lot of vanilla and dry cedar notes throughout - the taste pulls in flavours from every direction. Aftertaste is quite dry with more alcohol than before, but with a introspective note - more of the oak comes out with less sugar, some shallow hops and a bit of hop finish - nice. Overall, a very nice beer throughout with an amazing complexity that really ranges from the nose to the taste to the finish - this one surprises all around, but shows pretty much what you’d expect - although, I’d classify this as a barley wine and not an imperial ipa. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 24-October-2013 for US$3,49 before the last Marine Corps Marathon, but sampled it in celebration of running a marathon today in Maryland on 29-November-2014.

3.6
TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Called "Oaked Big Hoppy Monster". Label shows 2012 Vintage and 9.1% ABV. Copper pour with a short, tan head. Aroma is citrus notes, soft oak, sweet malt, caramel and faint floral hops. Taste is citrus fruit, spicy hops, oak, caramel, sweet malt, floral notes, and light tropical fruit. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more caramel, citrus notes, spicy hops, oak, sweet malt notes and tropical fruit.

3.5
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Orange pour with a white head. The aroma has some oak, cherry and toffee notes. The flavor is full of oak, dark fruit, toffee, pine and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes and sent from my sister. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance seemed just a tad darker than the regular BHM with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about two minutes. There was some light foamy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had the grapefruit/citrusy aspect from the regular BHM along with a light pine, but the oak came in very subtly and made the aroma sit extremely fine under my nose. The taste was really nice and sweet letting a nice pine underneath to balance it a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a sessionability that was slightly there. The carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that I’d be willing to have again.

3.8
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark amber with ruby highlights and creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, mixed berries, dates, oak, floral notes, faint spice, and some vanilla. Flavor is dry malt base with sharp floral and pine hop bitterness, light fig, smooth oak, and some dark fruit esters; dry, oak finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.2
ganache (5896) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle in celebration of Roger Ebert’s life (perhaps the first of several bottles this week). Nose explodes with fresh hops, heavy pine with some resin, bright citric accents, heavily caramel, some dough, a little dank. Some etoh seeping out, faint spice, faint vanilla, but otherwise minimal barrel. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a clingy tan head. Strong bitterness but balanced by strong sweetness, dripping with leafy hops and dull resin. Strips the palate a little bit, but strong caramel with dankness and pine, very strong alcohol heft but no burn, and despite the slight added depression, the alcohol presence doesn’t drag everything else down, and some of the citric notes shine through brightly. Still, a bit of muddle. Full body.

4.5
Cybercat (5832) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Malty aroma has a very strong woody overtone of oak and dusty hay. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with woody notes, fresh-cut oak and hay, plus a malty and slightly fruity undertone. This bold flavor will overwhelm a wimpy palate - only tough beer drinkers need apply! Texture is viscous, woody and hoppy, leaving a syrupy and oaken finish that just might have you making faces. Let this monster get you hopped up.
Earlier Rating: 4/11/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Pours an appetizing, translucent mahogany with a fine-bubbled, slightly reddish tan head. Aroma is richly hoppy and has undertones of spice and wood. Flavor is strongly hoppy but not bitter with a definite oaky undertone and hints of cinnamon candy. Smooth, lively texture leaves a woody, slightly smoky aftertaste. Recommended.

3.7
snoworsummer (5694) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy reddish copper with lots of particles floating around and a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dark coffee, wood, dry cocoa, earth, and dark fruits. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like dried.fruits, raisins, sweet booze, nice and strong.


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