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 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with some brown hues in there. The head was pretty big, the retention was strong and the lacing was pretty good too. The smell of the beer is boozy, big amounts of sweet malt on the nose with some caramel and wood also. The taste of the beer is sweet, it's got a decent dry bitter finish with a caramel flavor in there from start to finish. There are some subtle vanilla flavors in there too. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, decently carbonated and smooth. It's got some boozy heat in there too when served around room temp. Overall it's not a bad barley wine at all. Quite nice with a good complexity.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sweet malts and caramel in the nose. A bit of bourbon also becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of bourbon from the barrel aging in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate and has moderate amount of carbonation.
O:This beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It is a pleasant beer to sip.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, dark amber pour, with a thin off-white head that sank down to a small ringlet. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, toffee, bourbon-soaked oak. The taste was similar, caramel malts and toffee sweetness, hints of vanilla and dark fruit esters, light bourbon and oak. Pretty standard stuff, but also a bit too mellow for me...but then again I prefer the American-style to the English-style, so objectively, it's about right. Medium body, smooth, drinkable, with relatively well-hidden booziness. Solid.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up a while back and decided to give it a try after several months of cellaring. Poured chilled into a snifter.

the color is a deep burgundy/ dark garnet with tranlucent clarity and thick cream of beige with tight bead. The lace clings well and retention is decent. The smell is very earthy with prune and raisin oriented with dried fruit essence in the yeast ester and slight alcohol note with pine twigginess in aroma and subtle date notes. Mouthfeel is very intensely malt
rich with spice and viscous in texture with mild bitterness w/ slight dry malt tinges and sweet elements that balance w/ dry alcoholic finish.

The taste has the aforementioned date and fig with mild raisin fruitiness and light toasted malt notes with subtle yeast that brings a mild fig-like earthiness and subtle pine from the hops which adds to the overall complexity with a moderate amount of alcohol in the finish. Overall a deep malt forward beer with dark fruit from the yeast makes for a pleasant sipper and contributes to a very rich and substantial ale-a collaboration that is fruity, spicy and drinkable. I recommend sharing this since it took me two sittings to finish.

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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 Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -18%

Butterscotch. Ow.

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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 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 sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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