Terrapin / BFM Jérôme & Spike’s Collaboration Ale – 2011 Barley Ryne
Jérôme & Spike’s Collaboration Ale – 2011 Barley Ryne is an English Barleywine brewed with rye. This collaboration between Terrapin (Athens, GA) and BFM (Saignelégier, Switzerland) was brewed twice, once at each brewery. This is the version brewed in Athens. The final beer is 2/3 ale and 1/3 ale aged in bourbon barrels, it was brewed in September 2011. This could probably use some more age, but I decided to give it a go in the hopes of getting some of the bourbon before it faded. The main flavor in this beer is dry oak, it is lasting throughout the taste and on into the aftertaste. A little sweet caramel, raisin, slight bourbon, and mild bitter hoppiness. There is a astringent like quality to this as well, not too pleasant but I am able to look past it. I don’t think this will ever develop into a world class barleywine, but I would say hold on to this for another year or two, it just might develop a little more character.