Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
On the heels of the BFM version, Terrapin's collaboration Barleywine takes a more common flavor profile. Where that first one was sour and acidic, this one made with Terrapin's more traditional yeast gives the ale a succulent and sultry profile.
The ale pours with a heavy visual weight. Its slow separation of ale from froth reveals a tawny-brown body underneath with ribbons of mahogany and rust. What forms on top is a dense meringue of sandy-tan foam that sticks around for half the session with subtle lacing. The ale takes on brandy-like proportions as much as it does beer.
Plump barley aromas leap out immediately. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar and maple allow for a mild buttery note to provide a richer tone. Its slight barrel character offers mild toasted wood, coconut and vanilla. Its light earthiness might be oak, might be rye.
Then to taste, the beer's robust sweetness really opens up- toffee and maple seduce the front of the tongue with its moderate syrupy character. Dark fruits of plumb, fig and date- as the alcohol spice add complexity, it's not so much bourbon as it is spiced rum and sherry wine. Its savory flavors are balanced ever so slightly with herbal tea-like flavors, wood spice and toasty grains.
Its mouthfeel is lightly creamy and firmly chewy. Dense and deliberate, the beer's light carbonation allows the ale to sit weightily on the tongue in order to saturation the taste buds fully with its sweet booziness. Finishing with a long and sweet linger, the beer's aftertaste extends well into the next sip.
Seriously meant for after dinner sipping, the ale is heavily dessert-like and practically begs for a pairing with Stilton Blue cheese.
02-05-2014 17:19:21 | More by BEERchitect
4.19/5 rDev +13.2%
A 22oz bomber I have been aging for 2 years now. Collaboration with BFM and Terrapin
A - Dark amber, brown, with a bit of clarity. Looks like liquid brown sugar! 1 finger of head.
S - Sweet caramel, raisons, and booze. Outstanding!
T - Wow! Rye up front, and then brown sugar, burnt malts and booze settle in. Very smooth, and well hidden abc
M - Only disappointing aspect..no or low carbonation.
O - Very drinkable. A sipper, and it will warm you up, but smooth and tasty. Well done!
01-18-2014 00:42:05 | More by BeerDawgs
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
Im sampling a 2011 bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is a simple clear chestnut hue with garnet highlights.
A tightly packed beige head of 2cm fades to an edge layer and wispy island.
Aroma is big malty notes with some deep booze too. I get dark fruit, caramel, red grapes, bourbon and brown sugar. Rich and complex nose is very appealing.
First sip reveals a mild spacious carbonation and smooth yet sticky texture.
Flavor is rich and fruity with plums and dry wood and some spiciness. Maybe cinnamon?
Otherwise malty as the nose advertises with almost no hop presence to speak of anywhere. Caramel, brown sugar and a little warmth on the finish.
Quite a nice complex barleywine. I wish I had a second bottle.
11-03-2013 04:05:34 | More by sulldaddy
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The 2011 vintage ... already retired!
Appearance: rich, deep brown amber with plenty of haze and a one-finger head of creamy tan foam. Pretty good!
Smell: richly malty with dank cereals, raisins and a general murkiness. Complexity is low for the style, but I like the murk.
Taste: amazingly mild for the strength and style of this beer. A wet-cereal graininess, almost reminiscent of rye, is right up front, followed by fruits and mustiness. Not outstanding, perhaps, but a decent example of the style.
Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a moderate carbonation and a good silkiness. Creaminess is not high, but it's serviceable.
Overall: totally decent and quite drinkable for its strength. I never had this beer younger than its current 2 years; perhaps mellowing helped its drinkability? In any case, I like it.
10-21-2013 22:49:19 | More by flagmantho
Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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