Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy MonsterTerrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

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87
very good

555 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: GJ40 on 11-07-2008

75 IBU
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thin, off white head that has good retention

S - woody, earthy, alcohol, caramel, faint candy sugar

T - oaky, bready, caramel, juicy fruit, herbal, citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a nice amber ale. Normally, I would have appreciated the oak touches here. I'm only disappointed because I love the regular Big Hoppy Monster. The oak here takes a bit away from the lucious malt flavors that I get from the original. On it's own it's a great beer, but in comparison to the original it leaves me wanting more. No matter the comparisons, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of beerluvr
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012. Pours into a Duvel Tulip with not much head, settles quickly over super hazy almost opaque brownish/red-colored liquid. Taking a whiff of the nose reveals little oakiness but there's a nice hoppy aroma with sweet malt overtones...smells inviting. Nice smoothly carbonated mouthfeel gives way to nicely balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness on the palate. Smooth. Finish is again nicely balanced but still not sensing any oak barrel notes...not complaining though, finishes on a not-too-bitter yet hoppy flavor note with a little alcohol warmth (it is a respectable 9.1%). Fits perfectly on this cold and damp late Dec. evening.

Photo of HamFon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at our local tap bar.

A: clear mahogany with medium beige head that fades but leaves some lacing

S: Caramel and some roast, with tangerine, perfumy, big floral, and woody hop character

T: roasty, caramel, molasses, woody

M: moderately full body, some residual sweetness, some alcohol warmth

O: Big combination of several different types of hops works well - great hop presence and complexity that is greater than the sum of the parts

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle says 9.1%.

Appearance - Worrying lack of a pfft when I crack the cap. As I pour, there isn't much by way of bubbles. Not until the end do a few stray cream bubbles make an appearance. In the end, it has a collar on top of an opaque reddish brown body.

Smell - Oak, caramel malt, not a huge hop presence. Some of it's there, I guess, but it just smells like any other over-inflated red ale.

Taste - Better, for sure. More of a hop presence here. A little grapefruity. Lots of caramel and toasted malt. Maybe that's the oak, though. Gives it a little bit of a charred taste. Strong oak presence that becomes very dry in the back. Vanilla is all over in the finish. Oak lingers on the palate along with a hop bite.

Mouthfeel - The oak doesn't make it feel as big, but it's a slow drinker for an amber. The taste points to sweetness without really providing any.

Overall - Nothing terribly special. Too big for it's own good. I don't know why they had to make it even more alcohol than before. The oak is a nice foil to the malt, though.

Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 12oz bottle into a snifter. Deep ruby with a finger of rich and frothy light mocha head. Robust look that leaves sticky swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of green citrus, oak and toasted grains. The taste is more strong citrus backed by a combination of sticky caramel and toast. Oak is throughout, leaving this dry and a bit tannic in the finish along with a good bit of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a prickly carbonation that then gets more creamy and slick feeling underneath. Alcohol is moderate, adding a sweet spiciness to the proceedings. Not bad. I get the feeling that this might have been a little better fresh.

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one at a tasting while Mississipping was in town! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, and oak. The flavor was of sweet malt, oak, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, caramel hop, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. If you would have not have told me this one was oak aged, I would have definitely been able to figure it out based on my first sip. The oak in this one was so strong on the flavor it wasn’t even funny. I’m sure it covered up some subtle flavors, but I do know this is what Terrapin was aiming for when they did this brew. The aroma was quite nice with the citrus going on and really kept it interesting. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try this and hope I get to try more of Terrapin’s specially treated brews out there.

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a very murky dark amber color with a small creamy light tan head, that reduces to just a small layer skimming the top

S- sweet caramel malt with some piney and herbal hop, a bit woodsy from the oak, alcohol at the end, smells like a barleywine

T- very sweet on the front end with caramel/toffee malt notes, herbal hop, and medicinal notes. The oak is barely noticeable but adds a bit of woodsy flavor, finish is sweet and heavy with an unexpected red-berry sweetness

M- thick & viscous body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and syrupy finish, alcohol is pretty noticeable

O- this is one heavy beer, drinks like a barleywine, a slow sipper for sure as the booze is noticeable, interesting

Photo of Hoptopher
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 21st Amendment pint glass.

The apperance is a nice deep amber color. lots of sedement floating in this one. Thin tan head that fads fast.
Not a lot on the smell, some roasted malts not to heavy on the hops.
Taste is good. Some dark fruit taste like plums. Not to boozy for the ABV. The taste definately out performs the smell. There is some hop presence that helps balance out the roasted malts.
There could be a little more in the carbination department, but I don't have a problem with it.

Overall a pretty good beer that I would have again, but not gonna go out of my way to find it.

Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with half a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Loads of caramel malts with notes of vanilla and oak mixed in. There are some subtle citrusy hop notes in there as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts dominate here as well, again with vanilla and oak notes. There are some light earthy pine notes and slight bitterness towards the lightly alcoholic finish.

M: Medium-thick beer with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky sweet, but could use either a creamier body or a bit more carbonation.

O: A decent beer overall, though a bit simplistic and lacking depth.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage recently purchased but unfortunately less than fresh.

A - A huge amber colour with a golden orange glow along the bottom. A thin layer of tan coloured head formed on the pour and slowly receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Huge caramel and oak aromas with some lighter floral and toffee notes. Fairly sweet overall, as expected.

T - Oak/woody flavours are dominant with a huge sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar presence. Some floral notes in the background with almost no bitterness present from the hops. Tannic with a somewhat noticeable alcohol presence.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly too much carbonation.

Photo of wedge
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage: 2012

Pours a murky, deep chestnut color with a surprising amount of sediment floaties left in the bottle. A small, soapy off-white head settles to a wispy covering. Smells of dark fruit, spice, and oak over a rich caramel foundation and some sharpness from the booze. Honestly, upon first sip, this is way smoother and tastier than I was expecting. While most of the hops have faded from the aroma, they are still apparent in the flavor, though not in a big, brash, "American" sort of way. Earthy, tea, pine, and floral hops fuse with oak, vanilla, toffee, and moderate, spicy alcohol. Lingering oily resins. Oh yeah, this is quite satisfying. Smooth, chewy, not overly bitter or sweet. Nice!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barleys tonight. I had waited a long time to be able to try this one, so while we ate downstairs, I made sure to go up for me beer on this evening. Served straight from the tap into my pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/28/2008.

The pour was very nice, A rich looking dark brown with a nearly completely opaque look to it. Nice head of maybe an inch formed on the top and hung around for the entire session, only dropping down slightly as I finished the last half. Nice side glass presence as well.

The aroma was loaded with hops. Deep, rich, resin filled pine hops were the dominant note here for a good long while. Nice sweet malts buried underneath here started to show through with a candy like sweetness after a little while. Nice hints of vanilla as it hit room temperture. The flavor though, I could not have asked for better here. Rich and very hopped big red ale right out of the gate, this one really needed to warm up though, so I sat it aside for about twenty minutes. By the time I came out, WOW. This one blew the doors off of what I was expecting. Rich hoppy notes, swirled inside of candied sugar and a huge vanilla and oak flavor. Just enormous depth to the profile here. Unrelenting hops just kept pushing the envelope as the vanilal and oak chips just tore through your plate. Rich medium bodied feel was everything i thought it would be and more. A bit strong, but never the less, very much a nice sipper,

When all was said and done, this was easily one of my favorite beers of late. I would love to and , and plan on having this one again very soon. Solid from top to bottom.

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a conical pint glass
Thanks to sommersb for this one.

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. Sediments create a cloudy appearance. On top sits one finger of tan head.

S - I smell some roasted caramel malt. I get alternating whiffs of chocolate and vanilla. Some alcohol comes through ever so slightly.

T - The smoothness is apparent in the taste. I get some mild caramel malt. The thing that seems to come through after a while is the alcohol. It provides a warming sensation and is perceptible to the taste. The oak flavors are present and accounted. The hops, while muted, try to make their presence known. The is a tea-like, orange, bitter thing going.

M - Medium to full with moderate carbonation. It is pretty smooth going down.

O - At first I liked it. It has a lot of complex flavors. As it warmed the alcohol and bitterness came through and were not necessarily great. The barrel aging create a mellow beer, but some flavors are a little off.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep red, not exactly opaque but not a light getting through this monster. Decent foamy off white head on the pour that mostly recedes.
Smell: juicy, fruity hops. Candy and vanilla are in there too.
Taste: the flavors in the nose are combined, not as independently distinguishable and a slight hoppy, bitter sting that's overcome with the sweet malts.
Overall: I dig this beer, not sure I'm getting the oak much but if it subtly adds to the profile count me in.

Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says Vintage 2012.

A- Pours a rubyish light brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam, plus a small patch of bubbles in the middle. Semi-resilient lacing slowly cascades down the glass.

S- Big blast of oaky malt and earthy hops. Also some heavy booze characteristics but everything works together to make a decently pleasant, if not rough around the edges, bouquet. Notes of caramel, bourbon and some light vanilla.

T- Taste is similar to the regular BHM but with a solid smack of oak right off the bat that steadies into a comfortable malt sweetness mid-palate. Becomes semi-astringent upon multiple sips. Hops aren't as prevalent as one would expect, they're more of just an afterthought to all the other bold flavors, providing a semi-bitter aftertaste. Alcohol and hops are more noticeable as it warms.

M- Very sharp and dry with medium-low carbonation and a full-ish body.

O- I like the original a bit better, but fans of barrel aging will certainly get their kicks with this one.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts, notes of oak and hints of floral hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice IPA if you like the combination of stickiness and oak. It's not too difficult to drink.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 12.98/ 4 pack. 2012 vintage (I believe bottled 09/2012). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours cloudy ruddy red-brown with one and a half fingers of dense pale head that leaves nice sheets of lacing as it recedes.

Smells smooth and hoppy. Floral, piney, citrus and sweet bread.

Taste is a nice blend of hops and smooth malts and oak. Pine, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, biscuits, wood and vanilla. The alcohol is there but much more subtle than I expected at over 9% abv.

Medium feel with mild but present carbonation. Creamy slick and coating, the floral aftertaste lingers quite a while.

I liked the original Big Hoppy Monster but the oaked version brings it to a new level of richness and complexity. I'll be buying more and probably laying a few down to enjoy in 6-12 months. Definately worth a try.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer pours a vigorous and creamy dark tan head before quickly dissipating. The beer itself is a deep and clear ruby red. The beer seems to be redder than most amber ales that most previous amber ales that I've had that it seems to be a slight brown.

Smell:
A heavy malt presence but overshadowed by an even stronger oak smell as well as alcohol. However, the alcohol smell is a bit overpowering and does not really mix well with the malt. The hops do appear in the smell in a pine form but does not mix well with the alcohol. The end result is that the alcohol and pine smell a bit like a pine scented antiseptic and ruins the oak/pine combination, which is pretty nice. After waiting a while, the key to getting the full flavor is to drink the beer warmer or at room temperature in order to allow the hops to air out a little bit. However, even after the hops emerge from the bitter cold, the smell is still overpowered by the malts and oak.

Taste:
The amber ale tastes fairly weird. The oak taste seems to dominate everything including the malts and hops. However, the alcohol is the only taste that does not get covered by the oak. The hop presence comes out in the aftertaste and not at the front of the drink. The malts barely come out in the taste. After warming a bit, the hop presence became known. However, even after the beer warms up, the hops are still dominated by the oak and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The beer feels slightly grainy with a sticky ending.

Overall:
I can see what Terrapin wanted to do with this beer but feel that they fell short. The oak tastes too fake and overpowering to really work with an amber ale and the alcohol taste just does not mix with a heavy malt beer.

Photo of mntlover
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy murky old copper color with a thumb sized tan head. Very pretty looking like dark murky beers. Head falls

Aroma is malty big chewy caramel malts, some nice deep sweetness to it. Hops smell old like they have been cellared , guess they have in oak more or less. As far as the oak goes only a light dry woody vanilla present which is fine. Little on the subdued side for a big hoppy monster but not bad.

Taste is like the nose I would say subdued also. Seems light at first watery caramel malts like hops kind of dry woody notes. but then kind of kicks in. Heavy sugar notes appear along with good does of vanilla coated hops for a weird finish. Not quite sure whats going on with this one?

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation on the flatter side of things.

Overall well it looks good, aside from that not sure if aging it in oak made it bland or what. Its not that its bad per say just kind of eh what were they going for here? Think I have enjoyed the rest of Terrapins brews much more then this one.

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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.