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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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BA SCORE
82
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: metter98 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2011 Barley Ryne
2/3 ale,1/3 ale aged in bourbon barrels
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ajtorres311
1/5  rDev -72.5%

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1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of BeerResearcher
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Came in a small fliptop bottle (I like these bottles for bottling homebrew gifts)
Poured into an Allagash goblet.
A direct smell of pickled, burnt cabbage soaked in rubbing alcohol permeated the air surrounding. My wife, who doesn't drink, exclaimed, "WHAT IS THAT SMELL?"
She insisted that the smell couldn't be beer as it was unlike any beer she had smelled before.
But, undeterred by the wretched and revolting "aroma", I took a deep swig.
A long-forgotten but instantly remembered taste of gin vomit I had puked up during a high school binge-drinking session flooded my senses. Only this was far worse!
I fear that this bottle had somehow become infected by some mutant bacterial fungus, or worse, Satan purposely urinated into the brew vat, fouling the whole batch up.
At any rate, if you must buy a bottle, you should purchase a HAZMAT suit and gas mask, then just pour it into an open sewer.

Photo of Holland
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of LJWalker
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of masterofsparks
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Mugsbat
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of dapatte2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3/5  rDev -17.4%

My first reaction was "oh no so sour." But it's grown on me. Smooth, dark brown with a hint of red, no carbonation. Rich mouth. Very sour on first taste with a sweet finish that balances it out. I wouldn't drink it every day but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Butterscotch. Ow.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this bottle!

So, yeah, my experience with the BFM version of this beer was less than stellar, but hope remains for this one, as Spike has done some very good work in my eyes. Let's see: This stuff pours a clear amber-ruby topped by a half-finger or so of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises oak, bourbon, ruby red grapefruit flesh, mandarin orange syrup, sweet caramel, and a twinge of tangelo. The group doesn't seem to get along all that well, but the cacophony isn't too loud, necessarily. The taste brings in more of the same, with more rind for the tangelo and a hint of acetone. Once again, there isn't much cooperation among the flavors, but things don't go too far off the deep end. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, though this was still sort of a muddled beer, it did sit much better with me than the BFM version. I think the recipe still has some faults, but I don't completely mind finishing this bottle.

Photo of Onenote81
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Found this one at City Bev awhile ago, and have had it cellared since. Thought about bringing this to a get-together this weekend, but my curiosity got me and I cracked it last night. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark muddy brown with ruby highlights. Little-to-no lace on top. The nose is odd - mushy old apples, wet leaves, slight burnt caramel scent, faded hops. I know this isn't a fresh release, but still disappointed with the nose. Smooth mouth. Good carbonation, syrupy finish.

The hop profile has long since faded, not that it was massive to begin with, but it's got that "old" flavor going on. Mild fruitiness, but not a whole lot noted - plum, apple. Not as sweet as expected. The bourbon character is very subtle, though that's not surprising either. All-in-all, this wasn't a big letdown, but it was just an average beer that I wouldn't pull the trigger on again when there's so many better options out there.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very boozy, this characteristic dominates the taste.The bourbon is not as flavourful a choice as could have been made. Some rye edge, more just big malting. generous retained head on an Amber coloured body.
Apparently the better of their collaborations. Doug's bottle.So-so drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.