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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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3.5
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.

3.2
ganache (6071) - 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.

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
DiarmaidBHK (5963) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Stuart. Pours a turgid brown with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing. Has a bit of wood on the nose. It tastes of artificial vanilla with a bit of pine on the finish. Hides the alcohol well but it’s not something I’d drink again.

3.8
nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap. Nearly opaque, deep copper-brown with a half inch of foam. Light toasted oak aroma with some toffee. Flavors of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, toast, peppery oak and light whiskey. Medium-heavy body is fairly smooth, lightly sticky, but well-dried by the big toasted oak finish.

4.2
burg326 (5621) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2012
On draft, poured a nice dark amber color with aromas of oak, muttled citrus, hops, and caramel. Huge oak flavor throughout that masks the hops, with a slight caramel flavor that pokes through. Great beer overall.

3.7
Aurelius (5590) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Aromatic - sweet, malty, woody, with a cutting edge up close. Longneck, bad label, foggy brown, khaki head. Big beer. Chalky toast, sweet, toffee, alcohol bitter, candied as it warms, grassy, with pencil shavings. Slippery mouthfeel, candied/bitter finish. Heavy body, warming in the esophagus. ABC Betton.

4.1
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
From the tap at Mellow Mushroom in Tampa. Pours a deep red. Aroma is wood, heavy sour orange, a sort of citrus burst, heavy on the sour, and grapefruit. As the beer warms the wood notes emerge as well as a maple/ vanilla/ oak. At the right temp this is very complex and deep beer. The flavor is a piney sour orange with some sugar mid-swallow. Mourn it when it is gone.

3.6
jbruner (5403) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a translucent copper color from the bottle with thin off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla from the oak, no real hops. Taste is the caramel up front, fruit and slight vanillas in the middle, bit of floral hops on the end. Decent, but not a hoppy monster, and I would have used American oak for a bigger presence.


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