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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
83
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DrBier, Sep 09, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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.

BeerResearcher, Sep 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Georgiabeer, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

KevMo84, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

djtomain, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jheezee, May 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

ncaudle, Apr 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Holland, Apr 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Mugsbat, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

aasher, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BuckTuckian, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

BEERchitect, Feb 05, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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!

BeerDawgs, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JamLand, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

closisinthehouse, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

RochefortChris, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ILikeGoodCider, Nov 27, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

sulldaddy, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

KVNBGRY, Oct 28, 2013
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Terrapin Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.