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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, Terrapins Imperial Red Ale, and its tantalizing hop aroma and enormous malt backbone. As if that if that wasnt 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 thats electrifying!
-2012 - 9.1%
2013 - 10.6%

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5382) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5200) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5185) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Draught at TJs: Aroma of malt, oak, barrel, light vanilla, light caramel, and some hops. Poured copper/orange/brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla, maple, pancake, and hops. Medium body. Coating, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium sweet, vanilla, malt, oak, finish is dry. 8.3%ABV completely hidden throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Appearance: Murky-looking, brown body with some orangey-amber hints at the edges and topped by a thin, whitish head. Smell: Rich caramel malts scented with vanilla and citrusy grapefruit rinds and, oh yes, theres plenty of pungent oak character to go around. Taste: Earthy, toasty malts with a full caramel sweetness. Touch of vanilla. Its right about this time the oak starts rolling in, drying out the flavor and practically soaking up any remaining sweetness like a doggone sponge. This leaves the tongue wide open for the assault of citrusy hops and their full bitterness. Finishes bitter and exceptionally dry. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Some oak jobs I love and some, well... I found this top by a bit over-the-top. Personally, I would be much happier to have just the plain ole, regular BHM.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamChandler (4846) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Murky burnt red. No head. Nose is charred oak, pineapple and pine cone taste is decent. Malty and smoky. Oak isn't dominant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (4743) - Essex Junction, 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 Id be willing to have again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4732) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
12oz bottle from Proof bottle shop. Brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma is caramel, the vanilla, and pine. Tastes are resiny citrus, toasted malts, oak. Less of the vanilla than I would have thought from the aroma. Nice sipper.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4455) - 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 its not something Id drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4453) - 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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