1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

Not Rated.
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 528
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
75 IBU

(Beer added by: GJ40 on 11-07-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 528 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2013 vintage. into snifter.

A: a very, very hazy brown body. head is off-white and is bubbly. retention and lacing are minimal.

S: wood and raisins. plums and figs. not getting any oxidation or off-aromas. not getting any hops either.

T: a lot of raisins. dark, sweet fruit. a lot of wood. distinctive oak flavor right smack in the middle of the drink. really kind of unpleasant. finish returns to more wood and dark fruit. not cloying without much in this finish.

M: carb is pretty average. full bodied.

D: really not a desirable brew for me. too much wood, not enough malt and hops to provide balance. not all beers should be put in oak! I actually get no hops. don't think ill be trying this one again.

Jimmys, Feb 05, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to finally have this oaked.Poured into a standard pint a clear rich amber with a thinner slightly off white head atop that lasted well.Toastiness and brownsugar notes slightly out weigh the resiny hops,faint toast from the oak is there as well.A mix of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mixed with piney hops,again the oak is subdued wich might be a good thing.It's solid, not amazing by any strech but just a good oak aged hopped up "big" amber.

oberon, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

OhioBobcat, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of meatdreams4life
4/5  rDev +4.2%

meatdreams4life, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +4.2%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date.

All hazed out with a rusty brown color, the lacing on top is the saving grace for appearance. Massive malt nose; caramel, brioche, faint honey, pineapple, guava, mild hop resin, oak, & booze. Very smooth, big bodied, ripe fruit, brown bread, oak, ample hop bitterness, very warming alcohol, light syrup, caramel, leafy, orange rind, mild spice, semi-sweet oaky finish.

One thing I love about this beer is that the hoppiness was not over done but rather steady throughout. An excellent tipple here.

Jason, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mctizzz, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of KolbMarley
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

KolbMarley, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

xdefeatsy, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Vintage 2012"

Pours a deep brownish red color. Opaque, can't see through it with the haze. A skim light tan, off yellowish colored head that retains nicely. Spotty lace.

More malty than hoppy in the aroma which I did not expect based on the name. Molasses, brown sugar, caramalized malt, as it warms a bit of booziness comes out, very slight oak tannin, and some old stale hops. Not quite as complex as the taste.

Deep caramel malt, oaky tannins, brown sugar, molasses, light roasted grain, not really finding any hops, pretty much all malt. Very slight warming. Finishes with hints of woody pine hop bitterness. A nice sweetness overall.

Fairly heavy bodied, carbonation slightly creamy, good for the style. Rich malt sweetness. A slight bitterness lingers.

To me this is a barleywine or maybe even an old ale, and a pretty good one at that. But call it what you will, a good beer either way.

dogfishandi, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Cynic-ale, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Dchandler422
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Dchandler422, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

williamjbauer, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

chinchill, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of BadJustin
3/5  rDev -21.9%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
Photo of tlacott1
4/5  rDev +4.2%

tlacott1, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells mostly of floral hops. I was surprised how big the aroma was, I was expecting it to be toned down more from the barrel. There are also piney hop aromas to go along with earthy malt undertones that grow more pungent as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. After the smell I was prepared for the amount of hoppiness found in the un-aged version, but I was surprised that it was much more toned down. Earthy malt flavors dominate, with almost equal amounts of piney hop flavors. Bitterness at the end is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thicker than the normal version with more subdued carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. I would've had a few more of these had I not had a few others on my must-try list. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

glid02, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

dsauter, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

johnyb, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
5/5  rDev +30.2%

ltdantheman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark red color with a frothy tan head

smell is of american hops, with a sort of pineapple, gummy bear, fresh produce smell right off the top...a dark vanilla bean is there too

taste is thick, the alcohol is very present in the taste. vanilla is prominent too. the hops arent that noticeable in the taste

mouth feel is thick and leaves out dry from the alcohol

overall this beer is fan F*(^^%$#tastic!

nickthegun12, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep rusty color with a half finger of khaki colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a fine layer of suds on the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Hits on big notes of toffee and caramel. Woody notes. Light citrus twang. Hints of coconut?

Taste - Big, predominant caramel body, backed by prominent notes of oak woodiness and soft citrus. Hits on toffee and faint coconut, along with some malt roast that touches on coffee. Mildly warming alcohol character in the finish to go along with everything else.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable for the size.

Overall - Hmm, looks, smells and drinks like a barleywine more than anything and, well, isn't that basically what it is? Maybe it was more hoppy back in October, but whatever was there is mostly gone by now. What's left is good and certainly drinkable, but it's more malty than hoppy these days. Regardless, a hell of a beer.

TheSixthRing, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Stigs, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

whatname, Oct 30, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.