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

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

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

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.

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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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.

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Photo of ChairmanHoltz
1.07/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Spoiled balsamic vinegar. Drain pour.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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 -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Butterscotch. Ow.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
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 -11.2%

Photo of dvmin98
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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)

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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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