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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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3.1
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.

4.1
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Draft at The Ravenous Pig. Ultra fresh. The deep, dark crimson colored body is hazy and dense looking, crowed by a small, smooth, beige colored layer of creamy foam. Wet, soapy lacing leaves minimal spotting behind. The aroma just explodes from the glass, massive notes of fresh pine resin, bitter orange peel, and juicy grapefruit providing formidable hop bitterness. Darkly toasted caramel malts provide an ample underlying sweetness, while charred oak imparts a dose of earthiness and soothing vanilla complexity. Flavors follow suit, piney hops and citrus featured prominently, countered by sweet, toasted caramel malts and signature French oak smoothness. Medium-full bodied, the lively carbonation intensifies the spiciness of the bold hop flavors on the tongue. This is an excellent beer. Big Hoppy Monster had taken a turn for the worse for the past couple of years, but this marks a triumphant return to what it once was, and in fact serves as an improvement with the subtle intricacies that the barrel provides.

3.5
rougeau13 (3276) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Very dark, muddy, brownish color with a thin beige head. Decent lacing. Aroma of wood, vanilla, caramel, spice, and dark fruit. Boozy, woody, and dark fruity tasting with a mild bitterness. Medium-full bodied, kind of syrupy, very little carbonation left. Some dryness.

3.8
beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Rooster’s Beak. Clear deep red color with a strong tan top. Scent is caramel, wood and hops. Taste is rye, wood and caramel.

3.5
Itzjerm (3172) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma is boozy. Appearance thin head. Taste is sweet, not balanced... and not hoppy. Palate is okay. Dont get me wrong, this isn’t bad, just not impressive. I wont be looking for it again... there is a slight oaked flavor, nothing special.

3.7
dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
From the 12oz bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a thin off white head. Citrus hops and oak vanilla notes in aroma. Big malt body with a smooth vanilla oak taste. Oak cuts the big citrus hop bite and gives this a real nice big body, easy drinking smoothness. Damn nice brew.

3.5
jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

3.9
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Toffee colored pour. Very dark and rich looking. Small off-white head. Little bit of lacing. Huge vanilla aroma with a peppery wood note. Taste is caramel and hops with plenty of malty backbone. Very tasty. Creamy and smooth with just a hint of bitterness at the back.

3.1
sloth (2955) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Small off white head thats short lived, minimal lace. Hazy, chunky, amber colored brew. Nose of sweet malts and light wood, caramel. Body is med/full, fairly flat carbonation, lil oily.Some juicy hop notes, citrus, sweet malts, caramel and a hint of wood. Lightly sweet finish is toasty with a little booze warmth. Bottle procured from statelineliqiors in Elkton Merlind.

4.2
glennmastrange (2940) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. heavy malt aromas of dark bread, roasted and caramel, moderate hop note of cooked orange, light leather for the yeast, with raisin, wood, brown sugar and alcohol in the background. Head is tiny, frothy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is dark red/brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and has a long bitterness at the end. Palate is medium t full, creamy with a soft carbonation and is moderately alcoholic and chewy in the finish. This beer leans more towards a Barley Wine than a DIPA, with that said this is one tasty beer.


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