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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
32oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours red/copper with a one finger beige head that recedes to a light foamy cap and leaves some sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is pine, earthy and grassy hops, some citrus, toffee & caramel malt and dark fruit, some oak and vanilla notes come through as well. Very good strength.

Flavor is citrus, pine and resinous hops, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, a bit of oak, fairly sweet but with enough bitterness to help balance it out. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, creamy, a bit sticky, good carbonation.

Equally as good, if not a touch better than the regular stuff. The oak aging is a little subdued and just offers another little layer of complexity to this fine brew.

craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2011
On draft at Churchkey. Beautiful garnet pour with minimal head. Nose holds fantastic maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, candied apple, orange zest, and leafy balance. Awesome barrel presence, and reminds me a bit of an American barleywine. The flavor is marked by more bourbon-soaked cherry, wood, and sweetness mixing with citric and earthy hop. Smooth but medium effervescence on the palate. Superb.

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.

paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Slightly opaque brownish ruby color. Tan/off white head, good lacing. very malty aroma, little bit of pine from the hops. Nice oak aroma and flavor. The oak really makes this beer subtle...which is scary.

SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
Had this on-tap at Bocktown tonight and was really looking forward to it. It has been on their "Coming very soon" list for a few weeks now. A- Very dark, transparent reddish brown hue that pours with a 1 finger or so rust colored head. Head fades quickly to a thin colar but traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass. It seems to be a shade or two darker than the regular big hoppy monster for some reason. S- Wonderful, bright hoppy aromas of fresh citrus and hints of pine come through upfront with a hint of woodiness in the background. T- Rich hoppy flavors of citrus and pine upfront with a rich oaky, toasted malt background. The hop bitterness and a little bit of toasted flavors really come through for the finish and a medium hop bitterness lingers. P-Medium carbonation and somewhat oily, and smooth malty body. O- It was a great experience to try the oak aged version of this beer and its a very good beer, but I think I prefer the fresh hoppy flavors of this one in comparison to old hops with a nice oak aged flavor component. Still great to try this rare beer. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-19-2008 00:42:46

pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
This could pass for a weak barley wins. The oak adds a ton of vanilla and pushes the balance from hops to malt, IMO. Still a great beer, but I think I like the regular version more.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a deep ruby color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toast, citrus, oak, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is oak, caramel, crystal malts, sugary, and a sweet citrus finish.

nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009

Source:On tap a few months back at the Thirsty Monk.
Glass:10 oz.
Appearance:Dark amber pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Hints of oak and vanilla, but still dominated by hops.
Flavor:Oak and vanilla mute the hop contribution slightly, but hops are still present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Just the right amount of oak to contribute rather than detract.

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.

Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap @ Taco Mac. Another winner from Terrapin. Wish they would bottle this in large format year round. Dark red almost brown, malt and oak aromas, with a touch of soy. Fantastic mouthfeel, substantial not quite oily, but just really satisfying. Perfectly balanced, and unlike many oak aged beers... this one is deftly balanced. So great !!!

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