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

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

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.03%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011 Barley Ryne
2/3 ale,1/3 ale aged in bourbon barrels

Added by metter98 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
18.85%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate to low retention. Clear lacing. Dark, coppery hazy body. Aroma includes vanilla, caramel, port, brandy, and random deliciousness. Wow. Taste includes most of the same flavors with some slight alcohol heat. This is really quite amazing and I really can't wait to try this one into the future...

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BeerDawgs
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!

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark opaque amber with little head

S - bourbon barrels, baked apples, sugar, vanilla, wood

T - brown sugar, wood, caramel, baked apples, faintly bitter, vanilla, alcohol

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a full flavored, complex barleywine. Each flavor appears as an individual at first. As the beer warms there is a little cohesion and balance that comes about. In the end, it's a nice barleywine, and definitely well worth trying.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours ruddy chestnut with a half finger dirty cream head. Almost zero lace.

Smells of sweet sugars, vanilla/oak, caramel and some orange-ish fruit. Nice.

Taste is a sweet mix of caramel, woodsy vanilla, toffee, sugars, tamarind, a dose of unidentifiable funk and a kick of booze. A really nice blend and the slight alcohol burn never gets overbearing.

Creamy but semi oily medium thick feel with modetate carbonation. Long, sweet, full toffee/ caramel finish.

So glad that I gave this newer batch a try. While the 2010 batch bottled at BFM had soured, this 2011 batch bottled here in Georgia was a really unique and tasty barleywine. I'm kinda wishing I had purchased another bottle to try aging. If you were burned by the last batch, you should let this redeem it's self by giving this edition a whirl.

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Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Man do I feel like a sucker for some reason I though this was a 100% bourbon aged barleywine and found it a steal at $8.99 a bottle. Regardless I never had a Barleywine over two years old before so this should be an experience.

A - Surprisingly vibrant with carbonation giving me a 1/4 inch of mocha head that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a very dirty amber brown.
S - Smells of sweet sherry, some caramel malt, a touch of bourbon and maybe figs. No noticeable ABV in the smell.
T - Not very hot but you can detect the heat, and surprisingly some bourbon (it's faint for aged 1/3 but it's there) Notes of sherry, toffee, and mentioned raisin and fig combination. Quite balanced more so than the 2011 version of Mad River's "John Barleywine" which is nice. All flavors seem to be balanced and accounted for.
M - Has a bit of a harsh boozy bite but ABV is aged out pretty well. Not bad.

Overall seeing the latest scores made me kind of mad I got this but glad I tried it for myself. I found it much more balanced and drinkable than this years Boulder "Killer Penguin" or as stated the John Barleywine. Try it you may be as surprised as I was.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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