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Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration AleTerrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.03% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2011 Barley Ryne
2/3 ale,1/3 ale aged in bourbon barrels

(Beer added by: metter98 on 12-02-2012)
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Reviews by jlindros:
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nothin beats a good barrel aged barleywine during a big storm, and I’ve already reviewed the perfect beer for this weather, Mother of All Storms, but I did have this in the queue. Thanks to littletriggers (Reddit) for this one. With two great breweries, Terrapin and BFM, it must be something.

Pours a light fizzy barely head that is mostly just foamy bubbles somehow living on the top of the beer, but disappear to nothing fairly quickly, somewhat typical for 10% beer but that’s a little sad still, a slightly hazy darker cranberry red color.

Nose is loaded with sweets, tons of toffee and candy, caramel, some molasses and brown sugar, the candy from candy apples, syrup, etc. Light fruit aromas too, hint candied apple, light fig and white raisin, etc, with faint hints of esters from the booze. There’s also a very faint hint of bourbon barrel, but its quite a background aroma that I really have to seek out to get, and faint dusty wood. IN summary, nose is pretty much candy.

Taste brings more sweet malts, plenty of toffee and candy syrup, little molasses and brown sugar like as well, light nutty flavors, etc. Fruit comes in again, with a candied apple, light golden raisin and fig again, similarly to the nose, as well as a light fruity rye component that perhaps also brings a touch of spicy rye but hard to tell with all the sweets. This time however, a big dusty oak barrel cuts through, toasty oak with a dusty wooden shelf flavor, and hint of vanilla rounding, as well as a faint flavor of bourbon on the background, a light soft perhaps a wheated bourbon. Very light booze in the middle, some warming and tingly, that increases a bit the more I leave it in my mouth to swish around and gets a little tingly at points. The wooden barrel really comes on stronger than I thought it would for what the nose led it to be, and the fact that only 1/3 of the beer was there. Maybe that’s why they blended 2/3 fresh beer back in. Light syrupy sweet candy flavors stick to the mouth, and move to the sweet sticky finish that at least dries a bit. Long warming booze on the back of the throat, with a lingering candy syrup, toffee, candied fruits, and light very slightly earthy bitter hops coming out on the back end of the finish, and a light dusty barrel still.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little syrupy and sticky, lighter but decent enough carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not knock your socks off. It did have all the great sweet malt flavors, candy galore without being overly sweet, etc. The nose was mostly lacking barrel and bourbon altogether, but the flavor brought a nice barrel, with hint of bourbon, and good candied fruits. The hops barely come through on the finish which could have come in a bit on the front end for a nice touch, but not I’m nitpicking. A nice tasty beer overall that I can sip and ride out the storm.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:37:24 | More by jlindros
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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.

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Seriously meant for after dinner sipping, the ale is heavily dessert-like and practically begs for a pairing with Stilton Blue cheese.

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Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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