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Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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)
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Photo of ltdantheman
5/5  rDev +30.2%

ltdantheman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

M1A2, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish brown with good two finger white head and lace down the glass on top of a very hoppy aroma mixed with oakey and slight sweet caramel and sugary malts. Taste is more of the same, as is mouthfeel, as a sturdy, heavy but easy passing beer goes over my tongue with a mix of grapefruit like hops, sugary sweetness, touch of oakiness and a dry, sturdy finish. Hops flavor profile is mostly like a wet, grape variety, and the malts are caramel and other sweetness and the beer is not too complex but has a good amount of depth. The dry finish is a great complement to a good beer and this is a very enjoyable sipper.

clayrock81, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 pz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark brown and has medium clarity. It smells very oaky and some malts are present as well. It tastes oaky and malty up front and then eases off into a pleasant hop finish. It has a big body which is a plus in my book and has decent carbonation. I would recommend but I could only do one or two before my pallet would be wrecked.

brewdude1982, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Chugs13, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mendvicdog, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a four pack bought at Ned's.

Appearance: Hazy iced tea with almost no head. Leaves some spots of lacing.

Smell: Smells oaked and big, but not all that hoppy. Some caramel malt and a bit of toast. There is some sweet citrus hops, but nowhere near the original BHM.

Taste: Upfront lots of malt sweetness, but the heavy oak flavor takes over. Lots of toasty oak and vanilla. Too much. Finishes dry, woody, bitter.

Mouthfeel: Big upfront, but undercarbonated, and way too dry in the finish.

Overall: This is a big step down from big hoppy monster. I thought it sounded good, but its just OK.

rapidsequence, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

scott2269, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of legend8706
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

legend8706, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. 2012 vintage.

Look- Near opaque cream soda/dark ruby amber color with three fingers of dense toasted marshmallow head. Gobs of lace cling to the glass, excellent retention.

Smell- Resinous, earthy, powerful hop presence with a vague lemon feel that's all but overpowered by the dusky green aromas. Strong toast and burnt caramel notes, with a bit of sweeter toffee emerging as it warms. Swirling brings out some booze, candied pear, and a blast of woody vanillin. This is what I was hoping for, but hadn't dared to expect

Taste- Woah oaked. This one comes off as a vanillin-char-woody-toasty-boozy flavor bomb. Toffee, tea, and vague hints of bright citrus barely peek out past the strong barrely flavors. Not as bitter as expected. Big, bold, and not something I've ever encountered before. Not quite sure how I feel about it, but it's tasty and unique.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, light-medium carb, silky feel. Not particularly boozy for the ABV, lighter than expected. Good drinkability.

Overall- I've not had the original, but for some reason I feel like I would prefer it. Worth trying nonetheless.

Lawl3ss, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly dark rusty red with an average bubbly tan-amber colored head on top. The color is nice and complex -- reminds me of Maine's amber ale. The head is dissipating rather quickly. Definitely like the color, though -- lacing isn't good, though.

S: First thing I smell is hops followed by some sweetness. Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar. Certainly get that oak smell too. There's some caramel in there some fruitiness. It's smells like a nice imperial red ale that's been oak-aged -- surprise.

T: Get a lot of the sweet malt followed by some oakiness with a nice bitter, slightly dry, finish. The hops are there, but trail behind the malts and oak. The fruitiness is there to, but way in the back for me. The beer warms the throat -- it's not boozy or anything. I'm just not quite sure I can give this beer a 4. Close but not quite.

M: Heavy medium feel. Light medium carbonation. A little bit of chewiness, which brings out the oak and booze. I really like the feel, and the warmness. But, it's just above average for me.

O: I want to like this beer more than I do, but than I do, but Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas IRA and Maine's Red Ale are all better than this. And, for me, those are the most comparable. I'm not quite sure the Oak adds much. It's a nice addition, but I just don't think the backbone is there. That said, it is a good beer, I'd drink it again, but I don't think I'd search it out. This would be a good extra in a trade.

C20Percent, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

djtomain, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks again to AtlCarl as I work my way through all the beer that landed, with a resounding noise heard for blocks around, on my porch not long ago. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a clear light red that turns to mild murk as the last bit is poured from the bottle. Much like it's namesake sans oak, this is a beer dominated by malt (Big Malty Monster?) - my pharynx is filled to overflowing with sweet, sweet toffee. Neither hops nor oak appear on radar.

Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster, once tasted, definitely needs a moniker change. Caramel malts flap in your face like a loose feather boa covered in sickly sweet honey. Oak is barely visible over the shoulder of the malts, & a tiny bite of vanilla appears. Hops? None. Heavy. After a few sips I feel like I've ingested three Krispy Kremes in less than a minute. Stomach, expanding.

Just like the original, this is a heavy, filing, brutal beast of a beer that gets points knocked off for false advertising.; I couldn't do more than six ounces, nor would I want to. This monster doesn't even frighten to mediocrity; sub-par.

maximum12, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Freggs
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Freggs, Nov 29, 2012
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 rolive
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

rolive, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +4.2%

BMart, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of One2Remeber
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin khaki head. Dark mahogany, with a light red hue, body hazy.

S: Red sugar candy, toasted wood, caramel candy, no toffee, with gummy hops.

T/M: Yummy! Heavy wood up front slides easy with a sticky caramel candy coating on the palate. Turns to a sugary, warm vanilla sensation. Hops are resinous rather than bitter adding complexity instead being hop focused.

O: Well balanced. Red ale style lets the wood properties shine while huge caramel malts try to fend for attention. Big, pronounced hop flavor without being a hoppy beer.

One2Remeber, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Vintage 2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown with just over 1 fingers width of khaki colored head which dissipates at a moderate level down to an outer ring with whispy center. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, caramel malts, candied sugar, dark fruits, booze, hints of citrus and piney hops, raw oak. Hop presence is mild. Smells very good, not like a Red Ale though, more like a barley wine or old ale.

T: Oak is significantly more prominent on the taste than the nose. Huge oak component. Burnt sugar, some booze, citrus rind and piney bitterness on the backend. Vanilla-y oak lingers for a long time after each sip.

M/D: Smooth for the style, full bodied, slightly chewy, boozy in the taste and smell but not at all hot. Drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, another great beer from Terrapin. Ive only had the regular BHM once, and it was at about 8 months after bottling date, but I absolutely loved it. The hop presence had mellowed and it drank like a barleywine/old ale. The oak aged version also is reminiscent of a barleywine, which is a good thing as its one of my favorite styles. As of now, I like the original BHM more. However, Im gonna try to grab a couple more of these to let them cellar for a while. I imagine this one will age really well, mellowing out the hops and bringing out some of the malt flavors. At 9% with big boozy notes, this one might age well for a year or two. As is, still very good though! Definitely worth a try.

zac16125, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Kubrickx, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

flyingmick, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/rust/cloudy body, trace khaki head,

S: big oak, bready malt, clean pine

T: lemon peel, smokey oak, bread, long bitter pine finish

M: med/heavy body, hint of bubbly/oily mouth

O: POW! Again, really thrilled to have found Terrapin.
This is another gem that I will seek out and recommend.
So great to see a fine brewery in the South.


BeerLover99, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Vintage: 2012 on side of label. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.29.

A: Very clear orange-amber with 1/2-to-1 finger of off-white head with decent retention and only rare spots of lacing.

S: Caramel-toffee, tropical fruity and citrus hops, and strong but mellow oak aroma

T: The flavor is exceedingly smooth with the oak pretty dominant throughout. It is a non-vanilla oakiness which is not a problem as the caramel and bready maltiness is solid throughout. The hops qualities are mostly providing a low-moderate bitterness with only a little of the fruity and pine character from the aroma. The alcohol is not easy to feel -- except in your belly.

M: Very smooth and creamy with medium-body and low carbonation. Superb feel.

O: A really surprising beer as I remember BHM being pretty bitter and hoppy and this beer is neither of those -- very smooth and unassuming with great malt backbone and a nice oak current throughout.

argock, Nov 26, 2012
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.