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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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2.7
AdamChandler (5208) - 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.

3.8
DialSquare (5188) - 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.

3.6
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Draught at TJ’s: 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
ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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, there’s plenty of pungent oak character to go around. Taste: Earthy, toasty malts with a full caramel sweetness. Touch of vanilla. It’s 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.

3.8
edgallow (4640) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2013
12 oz bottle pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, oak and pine. Taste is the oak, caramel malts and a hint of resin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with a small head. Strong hoppy notes to this with some grassy tones and just a faint whiff of sweetness underneath. Taste is extremely well balanced - slight bitterness, but nice malt notes to it. I don’t get much of the barrel aging in taste or smell, so that was a little disappointing for me.

3.6
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy tap @ tacomac, decatur. Deep hazy, cloudy, red. Thick white head. aroma of rich malt, hint of wood. flavor is a huge explosion of hops. Hops, hops, and citrus expolsion. Smooth creamy texture. hop explosion and that’s all i got. 4,5,8,4,15

3.3
maekchu (4104) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Very hop-heavy nose, with some good oak notes. Strange sourish fruit and barrel mix. Some fish paste, too. Medium body, lots of carb bite. kay. A bit harsh. Lots of flavor and mild barrel. But, overall, not quite satisfactory.

3.7
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Near clear amber brown with small ring of offwhite head. Caramel, toasty, vanilla nose. Surprisingly not very boozy on the aroma, but it does show up on the flavor. Definitely oaky, but smooth, not harsh. Big malty boozy body. Kinda like a barleywine, but not as fruity or sweet. A bit of a harsh woody bite on the finish. Ends hot. Really Good, but not great.

4
jrob21 (3889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
The oak aging here really chills teh hips and makes this a much different (and more subtle) beer. Hint of vanilla in teh back of the palate and some nice red fruit up front. I may be biased towards the local guys on this one but I really enjoyed this one.


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