Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration AleSpike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale
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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Barleywine - English
3.6 | pDev: 18.89%
Dec 19, 2015
Dec 02, 2012
Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration AleSpike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale
Notes: 2011 Barley Ryne
2/3 ale,1/3 ale aged in bourbon barrels
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3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Nice dark amber color. Smell is of sweaty socks. No barrel on the nose. Taste is pretty much the same...sweaty socks, no bourbon, carmelly. A bit of a let down.

Dec 19, 2015
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3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jadjunk from Georgia

No label information. Jerome & Spike's 2011 Barley Ryne is brewed in the style of an English Barleywine, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Vintage collaboration between Spike of Terrapin and Jerome of Brasserie BFM. Previously released through BFM, this version was brewed at and released from Terrapin, and partially barrel-aged.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a short-lived dirty tan head over a densely hazy caramel brown body. Retention is below average with no visible lacing. 2.5

(Smell) Rich but accessible malt aroma of caramelized barley, candied sugar, fruit and rye grain for a robust malt profile. Some very distinctive barrel-aging aroma of raw oak but not much bourbon character to go with it. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The taste directly follows the nose. Malt notes of barley, light caramel, fruit syrups, and distinctive rye body, with a drying barrel-aged finish, still not much bourbon. I enjoy it as a casual drinker, but it's nothing exceptional for the style. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, silky, medium dry. Carbonation is low with a mild frothiness and a very faintly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over grainy booze and earthy bitterness. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) Although the bottle suggests that it "ages well", there wasn't much work that time needed to sort out with this beer. It's enjoyably flavored and quite the easy drinking English Barleywine, with the biggest complaints from me being a general lack of complexity (the rye malt was perhaps the only distinctive impact outside of style guidelines), and the barrel aging, which came off as a bit raw, lacking any bourbon character, feels tacked on top of the beer with less than impressive results. Enjoyable Barleywine but ultimately faceless against the competition, even with barrel aging treatment and rye grains included. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Jerome & Spikes Collaboration Ale: 2011 Barley Ryne (Terrapin's Release Version)

Dec 08, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by PatrickBeebe from Florida

Pours a murky brown, very thin head dissapears quickly. Smells sweet and grassy. Bit of spice. Taste is a caramel sweetness up front. Smooth, mild hop spice. Touch of warmth from alcohol. Very earthy, melow beer. Medium heavy mouthfeel.

Dec 07, 2015
3.54 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Nov 04, 2015
Photo of ChairmanHoltz
1.07/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
by ChairmanHoltz from New York

Spoiled balsamic vinegar. Drain pour.

Apr 16, 2015
2.75 by LJWalker from Indiana on Nov 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
by ChrisWhoDrinksBeer from New York

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.

Nov 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Butterscotch. Ow.

Nov 17, 2014
3.5 by GeorgiaBeerGuy from Georgia on Oct 10, 2014
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.2%
by BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 06, 2014
2.75 by masterofsparks from Ohio on Sep 01, 2014
3.75 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Aug 08, 2014
4.25 by KevMo84 from California on Jul 24, 2014
3 by ncstateplaya from North Carolina on Jun 13, 2014
4 by Evan from Maryland on Jun 08, 2014
3.75 by djtomain from Florida on May 24, 2014
4 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 24, 2014
3.75 by jheezee from Texas on May 17, 2014
3 by ncaudle from Virginia on Apr 15, 2014
2.5 by Holland from Illinois on Apr 13, 2014
3 by Mugsbat from Florida on Apr 06, 2014
3 by aasher from Indiana on Mar 02, 2014
3.5 by BuckTuckian from Kentucky on Feb 11, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Feb 05, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by BeerDawgs from Georgia

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!

Jan 18, 2014
3.5 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Dec 31, 2013
3.5 by closisinthehouse from Florida on Dec 22, 2013
3.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Dec 14, 2013
3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Dec 13, 2013
3.75 by ILikeGoodCider from New Jersey on Nov 27, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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.

Nov 03, 2013
3.75 by BrkfstOfChmpns from Georgia on Oct 30, 2013
4.25 by KVNBGRY from Florida on Oct 28, 2013
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Oct 27, 2013
4 by Lovely85 from Florida on Oct 27, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by flagmantho from Washington

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.

Oct 21, 2013
3 by wiltznucs from Florida on Sep 29, 2013
3.75 by TheBishopco from Tennessee on Sep 19, 2013
4 by hilgart1 from Illinois on Sep 01, 2013
Spike & Jérôme’s Collaboration Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
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