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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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4.1
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Dark amber, slight head, great lace. Aroma was citric hops, oak, and caramel. Flavor matches, with a note of anise weaved into it. Lots of oak in the flavor, mixed with citric hops. Almost too oaky you could say, but not quite. Delighted to try this.

2.8
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a hazy copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma has big earthy hoppiness, a bit of pine, and dark fruits. Flavor is a boozy muddled mess of doughy caramel malts, earthy hops, and medicinal bitterness...sweet frutiness and oaky bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and resinous with a boozy/fruity/oaky finish.

3.8
aracauna (3680) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
I’m starting to think that oak aging beers does something to the hops. I can’t think of one that ever had much in the way of hop aroma. It could be the aging fades the more volatile hop aromatics, but I’m not really sure most oaked beers spend much more time between brewing and my mouth despite any wood aging. That being said, the wood is very present and in a good way. Vanilla, toasted wood. Almost pineapple in the finish.

3.7
smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours hazy dark copper color with thin off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee and dark fruit with some alcohol. Sweet caramel and oak flavor with some vanilla and pine hops. Slightly boozy. Medium to full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

3.7
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle. Caramel malt, piney orange hops, wood, and alcohol aroma. Cloudy red-orange amber with a small beige head. Burnt sugar malt, oak, orange peel, and boozy flavor. Full sticky body. soft carbonation.

3.6
LinusStick (3510) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
On tap at Bocktown. Nice IIPA although this beer stretches the boundaries of that term. Strong vanilla, oak and alcohol aroma. Near perfect. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with amber hues and a slight light brown head. Taste was delicious if not a little thin. Strong oak and vanilla overpower the original beer with just a hint of hops in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel with just a bit of carbonation. Nice beer, but the oak is a little too strong.

3.5
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep red amber color with a finger of off white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, earthy and piney hops, wood, and boozy. Taste is caramel, toffee, alcohol, oak, with a piney woody hop bite in the finish.

3.1
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 12oz bottle from a recent trade... Pours a deep caramel hued consistency and topped with a small film of off-white head which reduces down to a thin filmy ring... Aroma of oxidized caramel malt which has little to no oak or hop influence which is one pet peeve of mine when it comes down to trading... Flavored are caramel and a light sense of wood. Doubtful of a fresh sample with a light woody texture but hops are gone to say the very least. Not a good sample.

3.1
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a deep ruddy color with a thin white head. The aroma was somewhat dull. A little wood, caramel, and a slightly stale hop note. Heavy wood on the tongue. A combination of the wood aging and high abv results in a plastic taste that just doesn’t work for me. Smooth on the palate with lower carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. A bit difficult to finish off.

3.8
pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours out an attractive deep ruby color with a small tan head. Aroma is of earthy wood chips, oak, caramel, citrus hops, and some pine, with light sticky malts and some vanilla. Taste is complex, with a full bodied mouthfeel. Malty caramel, oak, citrus hops, sticky alcohol, lots of wood and some warming on the end. Well done.


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