Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company
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4.11/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 04:38:08 | More by TheSixthRing
3.85/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a very deep copper color with hints of a ruby within, with the overall color bordering on a mahogany color. Upon pouring the brew has a small half finger head of just off white foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving some light foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a few spotty foam islands floating on the surface of the beer.
Smell – The aroma of the beer very bready and heavy of some sweeter aromas of a caramel and toffee nature. Along with these malty smells comes a decent sum of an oaky smell as well as a big dose of a boozy bourbon smell. With a bit of a pine and grassy hop and some aromas of a darker fruit nature, one experiences an overall very sweet, malty and boozy smell that gives one a warming feel from just the aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a smooth malty flavor with a big bready and slightly doughy flavor. Tons of sweet caramel and darker fruits of raisin, plum and prune are on the tongue right from the start creating a very sweet brew. The sweet and bready flavors create a base for the flavor profile, lasting throughout much of the taste. While not very present at the start of the taste, hop and oak flavors develop more and more as the taste advances. The oak is the first to come to the tongue with it gaining strength more toward the end of the taste. Some hop flavors join the taste at this time as well, with a bit of a light earthy and grassy flavor coming to the tongue. The hop remain rather light throughout the remainder of the taste, not really living up to the “hoppy monster” name. While the hop remains lighter, the oak and sweet are both quite potent at the end of the taste, and with them comes some rather stronger boozy tastes, which with the rest of the flavors, leaves a boozy and sweet warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. The very thick body and low carbonation really accentuate all the boozy, oak, and sweet flavors of the brew rather nicely, making this one a very slow sipping brew.
Overall – While the “hoppy” in the name was never really delivered, the boozy and oak were very much big and monstrous, but in a rather nice way. Overall it is big, malty, and boozy with lots of oak flavors which makes for a rather nice slow sipper.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 00:47:49 | More by Darkmagus82
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
We pour a bottle into our Hop City pint glasses. It shows the colored of a wet fox’s coat, giving up a two and a half finger tall head of fat, soapy, crème brûlée colored bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving honeycomb lacing after simmering for a bit. A soft chill haze starts things off, but this eventually clears, without sediment. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives heavy caramel and pale malt roastiness, corn meal grit, white sugar and candy corn sweetness, lightly herbal hoppiness, soppy wet heavy oakiness, sweet bourbon and rub booziness, stamp adhesives, cotton swabs, apricot and syrupy fig fruitiness, tannic breakfast and raspberry teas, clean buttery diacetyls, and salty, dirty earthiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring holds massive oaky woodiness against a thick base maltiness of a warming, hearty red ale. The taste begins with notes of sweet and drying woodiness, moss, herbal and slippery piney hops, gravel grit, lightly soured ale yeastiness, amber and rye grain, dried gunpowder, honeysuckle sweetness, apricot, corn husk, and thick diacetyls. The middle comes to a peak with soured brown and amber malt toastiness, fusel hair dye, fumy black pepper booziness, white sugar, tobacco leafiness, lime rind, cinnamon sugar, and sweet banana ester cloy. The end comes through with continued huge oakiness, inks, stamps, soot, ragweed, graham cracker sweetness, soured lemon rind, touches of cider vinegar, caramel and sticky toffee sugars, and a light citric hop. The aftertaste breathes of oak, boozy bourbon wash, black pepper, garlic slickness, wheat and rye maltiness, bitterness of grapefruity, soapy, and piney hops, phenolic plastics, dusty sea salt, powdered clove, and warming amber maltiness. The body is full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. There is a thick fullness to the initial coating of the mouth, but this evaporates quickly into a bone dry, vinous astringency. The abv is big but manageable, and handles as a slow but decent sipper.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its taste. There is this wonderful buttery and oaky woodiness that plays fantastically with the hearty, heavy, warming amber, red, and caramel malt base of the beer. These both blend with a certain oily bitterness of the hops that, although is surprisingly light, can’t easily be shaken free. The oak is also nicely representative in the nose, but here the hops are very, very hard to discern, making it a bit of a surprise that they are found in the flavoring at all. This is a tasty beer, but you’ve got to be a fan of a beer with an intensely malty base, big wood, and a lightness of hops. While it doesn’t improve upon or change the rules of the style, it is still an enjoyable find and an interesting review.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 21:20:29 | More by TheBrewo
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep orange -amber body was a little cloudy. The barrel aging seems to have taken out some of the fizz, as the beer was lightly carbonated, and the head was less than one finger thick, and faded rapidly. The smell was very typical IPA at first sniff, with pine resin being prevalent. Deeper breaths indicated more of the vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee from the wood tannin influence. Taste was a lot more mellow than I remember the regular BHM to be. There were clearly a lot of hops, but they had melded much better with the sweeter flavors emerging from the liquid touching oak barrels. There was some brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and butterscotch flavors coming right behind the spicy hops. The finish revealed more of the dry, oak driven tannin tastes. The finish finished quite dry and sawdust like. A little thinner than the regular monster across the tongue. I usually am not a big fan of oak aging, but Terrapin seems to have used the emerging characteristics to enhance than overpower the original beer's characteristics. The result is rounder, mellower, and more pleasing.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 03:50:19 | More by rajendra82
Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.