Spank Me Baby Barleywine - Tyranena Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
"You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman. Stuff you pay good money for in later life".
Dull brick red that becomes brilliant cherry when backlit with morning sunshine. The golden ecru crown is on the small side, but looks pretty good all the same. It melts to a thin film in several minutes, depositing several slim swirls of sudsy lace in the process.
It's disappointing that so much alcohol is evident in the nose sixteen months after release. It probably wouldn't be so noticeable if there was something else present to cover it up. There's a hint of boozy fruitiness and very little else. Time and warming might help... or might not.
Although things are a little better on the palate, Spank Me Baby! isn't a home run by any means. As feared, ethanol is too promient. Another six months to a year of aging might help, but the flavor probably wouldn't improve and the body/mouthfeel would probably only break down more than it already has.
Compared to other barleywines, malt flavor is along the lines of light toffee, as opposed to pale (on the light end the spectrum) and caramel-chocolate (on the dark end). Thankfully, the somewhat raw alcohol is starting to fade as the beer moves from barely cool to room temperature.
The flavor profile is as follows: brown bread soaked in lower shelf dark rum, English toffee, sugared nuts, candied cherries and chunks of bitter orange rind. More than enough alpha acids have survived to keep the malt sugars in check, but alcohol is cutting through the sweetness like a hot knife through butter.
The finish is drying and evaporative, like drinking 100-proof spirits without a water chaser. As alluded to above, the body/mouthfeel has probably seen better days. That said, it just does manage to hold onto one of the bottom rungs of the style ladder. A shortage of bubbles helps immensely.
So far, the only Brewers Gone Wild! beer to blow me out of the water was The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. What's with these guys and exclamation points? I can't imagine that Spank Me Baby! Barley Wine-Style Ale was better when younger, but anything is possible. If Tyranena brings this one back, I hope they give it an overhaul first.
04-06-2008 15:24:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +10.2%
A big thanks to a wonderful BA who sent this bottle my way. As I have been trying to move my way through this lineup, this one was one I had an issue trying to get ahold of, but no more! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/26/2009.
The pour was decent enough with a dark amber color and a nice cloudiness to it. Nice small head of white comes up and over the top and settles down into a thin crown across the top of the glass. Rich bready aroma, hints of faded hops and a touch of light alcohol. Very grainy with some light fruit notes poking their head up. Still nice and fresh after a couple of years. As I take a sip a smooth rush of muted piney hops, with an almost syrup like feel rushes over me. Nicely carbonated as the hops mellow and a nice touch of bready malts mix in and the finish was nice and tight leaving a long lasting feel all the way through.
Intresting beer here as it was nicely aged and very drinkable. Mellowed considering and really just a very nice beer all around. I would love to have this one again anyday.
01-28-2009 02:19:25 | More by mikesgroove
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
Bottle from Monger: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a small dirty white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and light dry fruits is intriguing. Taste is dominated by some light dry fruits such as figs and plums with an interesting malt profile and light dry hoppy finish. Body is a bit light for the style with medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I enjoyed this berley wine and appreciated a more malt orientated approach then an hoppy barley wine which I dont always appreciate.
08-15-2007 16:53:20 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Pours a murky, brownish-amber body with a thinnish, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: Richly malty, sweet-smelling nose with notes of caramel, plum jelly, toasted bread crumbs, peat smoke, and a minor hint of wafty alcohol.
Taste: Quite sweet with tastes of dark caramel, brown sugar, and concentrated plum wine. Distinct kick of smoky peat. Curious hint of vintage boot leather. Only a touch of earthy bitterness remains at this point. Develops a more nutty quality upon warming. A tad alcoholic as you near the finish. One last taste of peat on the warming, semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, it's certainly different; like a barleywine coupled with some wee heavy characteristics. Fairly decent overall.
03-08-2009 19:07:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
The bright, berry-like and apple-ish fruitiness of Tyranena's "Spank Me Baby" brightens its character but still allows the depth of the malt to come through.
It pours a light chestnut body with a crimson cast and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of tan that settles to a thin but creamy lid. Thick walls of creamy lace are initially left behind on the glass.
The nose is fruity (apples, berries - mostly strawberry, apricot, dark fruit, cherries), as well as lightly smokey, somewhat spicy, and even peppery over a mildly sweet caramelish malt. There's even a touch of Brettanomyces, but that never appears in the flavor.
Across the palate it's viscous and creamy with a full body and a moderate, seemingly natural, bottle-conditioned carbonation.
The flavor is even richer and fuller, packing so much of a punch that you can barely plumb it's depths without taking tiny sips bit-by-bit. It starts malty and caramelish with a fruity edge, and ends hoppy and spicy with an edge of peppery alcohol. In between you'll find notes of molasses, rum, and raisins.
In the end, this take-no-prisoners barleywine deserves at least one try for those who appreciate the style. It's like falling down the stairs and landing on your feet. It's a little less refined, and kind of big and oaffy, but it's still good. I'd personally opt for something a little more balanced after dinner with a good book, but I could easily enjoy this on the back porch as the sun goes down. Kind of like Clark Griswold's cousin Eddie. Spank me baby, Oh, YEAH!!!
04-01-2007 20:09:11 | More by NeroFiddled
4.38/5 rDev +20.7%
Acquired via trade from JAYW, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and some hops along with the presence of alcohol in the background.
T: The taste is very malty and starts with flavors of brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a nice, complimentary burst of hops bitterness follows along with the expected sting of alcohol that you get from most ABW’s. The after-taste is bitter sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down a little to easily for a beer with 9.00% ABV, not very filling, nice strong kick to it as you would expect from a beer in this style, very good representation of the style, this is a very good beer that I would stick with for a while on those occasions when I’m in the mood for a barley wine.
05-26-2007 03:10:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
Rich, ruby colored appearance, a bit clear, very carbonated, with a slim ring of foam over and above...
Aroma is sweet and luscious, dominated by ripe, dark fruits, further alcoholic hints, cognac, and dark rum, a boozier maple syrup, maybe...port wine mingled with molasses, ...
Taste: sweet, ripe, fruity, wine-like, rich and very rewarding...leather and licorice licks in, also...delicious.
Booze sticks out in this, and it gets farther into the flavor than I like. Does it spank me, daddy? Perhaps...Is it better than the average barleywine...maybe not...creamy in the mouthfeel, until the sting of the delicious fruity flavor kicks in....yum.
Not quite like how I like a barleywine, but...not bad, either...
12-14-2006 07:58:05 | More by feloniousmonk
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Got a bottle of this in the Birthday BIF from AjsDad06; thanks man! Went to open this and noticed it is frm June 2007; very cool! Poured into my Brawley's snifter.
a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with a few off white bubbles and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, toffee, light dark fruits, and sugar. Nice but a bit oxidized. Lots of caramel.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins, bready malts, burnt malts, toasted malts, and raisins. Again, a bit oxidized, but nice.
m - Medium body and no to low carbonation. Very smooth and not a lot of alcohol; a little
carbonation would make this perfect.
o - Overall a pretty nice barleywine, but it was a bit oxidized. Some nice caramel and dark fruits to it, and a smooth body, just a bit past its prime. I'd suggest drinking it now and not waiting on it if you have it.
05-04-2012 00:12:16 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +10.2%
A stubby 12 oz bottle courtesy of CH3CH2OH.
A: The barleywine is dark, ruby red in color with a mysterious haziness. The light is hitting the glass just right, creating an orange brilliance at the bottom of the glass. The head was nice and thick, near two fingers in my tumbler, leaving a visually pleasing swatch of lace around the mouth of the glass.
S: The aroma wafting out of the glass is all malt, thick to the point that it takes on a tart green grape tone. Some green apple and some anise notes round it out.
T: The barleywine brings a huge malt bill to the table, daring you to enjoy its intense sweetness. The grains are sweet and strong, sparing no expense in making their presence known. A smoked malt flavor adds a chewy, smokehouse depth to the ale. As the smoke fades, the malts add a strong flavor that is more fruity than grainy. Some bigger hop bitterness flavors are just below the surface, adding a bite to the smoked malts.
M: The flavor is great, with the smoked element pushing the big malts well over the top. Great interpretation on the style.
D: The 9% abv is formidable but the depth of flavor makes it worthwhile. If this is the result, let the brewers go wild all the damn time.
08-13-2007 01:49:50 | More by akorsak
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a warm glowing reddish-brown body with a creamy light-tan head that shows a slight yellow hue. The head last a bit then fades to a thin film but shows some lacing after each sip. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide up the side of the glass as the rest of the body is too dense to see anything.
S- The light smell of caramel malt with neutral brown malt has a hint of horsy smell. As the beer warms the horsy notes get stronger and stronger and have a peat smoke hint to them.
T- The taste of caramel malt is slightly sweet with a hint of dark almost black roasted malt in the background. The taste of horsy flavors increase with each sip and the finish is an alcohol flavor that is a bit fusel. There is a soft green hop note in the finish and a bitterness in the aftertaste that could be from black malt and hops both. There is a light taste of peat smoke and a hint of band-aids in the last few sips of the beer.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel but the texture is a bit thick until the alcohol heat cleans out the finish. There is a slight minty fresh feeling in the hops and alcohol after the finish but it is light.
D- This beer has some interest with the horsy notes but there is just not much there to be interesting. I don't think it has the taste of wild ale yeast but more of a combination of cardboard and peat smoke that is very subtle. Interesting to try but I don't need another.
05-31-2007 15:48:55 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
This beer is from 2006, so it is packing some years on it.
Poured into Stone Old Guardian.
Pours hardly and head. Color is a hazed dark ruby brown.
Aroma: Very sweet and malty. Lots of toffee and caramel. Some fruit notes, maybe some cherries. I really am enjoying the aroma. The hops have faded, but the sweet malts are pleasant.
Taste: Very malty. Lots of caramel malt and toffee again. Some hops are present but not a lot. Some dark dried fruits, mainly a bit of cherries again. This beer is holding up well. No alcohol showing.
Mouthfeel: sweet and malty, a bit creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium to lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry with sweet malt aftertaste.
Overall, this beer is holding up well. No sign of oxidation and no alcohol showing is always good. Pretty drinkable. I think it represents the style well for the age on it.
03-11-2010 07:04:21 | More by mothman
4.38/5 rDev +20.7%
Thanks goes out to Faro and flyingbison for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a cloudy amberish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, some prunes, figs, raisins, and a nice dose of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, sligthly hoppy, some dark fruits thrown in, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this one, love the taste, wish this stuff was readily available to me here in utah, I would buy a case easily. Highly recommended.
06-17-2007 18:44:28 | More by Wasatch
4.6/5 rDev +26.7%
Nice looking deep mahogany tone with a luminescent orange presence as well. Good sized beige head that is tinted with yellow highlights. Retention is good and lace comes in rings and patches. Nose consists of alcohol, rum, cherry and caramel and toffee like malts. The flavor profile is quite nice. Rum and alcohol over a cherry, mango fruitiness. Underneath, providing a sturdy base, is the caramel malt. Some toffee characteristics accent nicely as well. The cherry flavor is particularily nice in this enviornment. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated...appropriately. And the body is about medium to medium-full. This is a nice, easy drinking flavorful barleywine. And at $6.50 for a growler fill, there's not a better deal around.
05-06-2004 02:42:50 | More by Bighuge
4/5 rDev +10.2%
TheManiacalOne hooked me up with this one via BC2. Thanks!
Slightly hazy with a bright red colour and a bit of beige foam that formed a fine ring. Spotty lacing. Good aroma - bready and caramel malts, berries, mellow alcohol and a hint of smoke. Moderate bitterness, quite sweet and fruity. Toasty, bready and caramel malt formed a solid backbone. Warming alcohol and slight smokiness rounded things out. Full bodied with lowish, fine carbonation. Good texture all around. Tasty stuff. The hops felt really restrained, giving this an almost English character.
01-27-2008 00:31:55 | More by DrJay
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
Big thanks goes out to who sent me this... I can't find it in my notes.... and the sticker has apparently fallen off.. thanks anyway.. truly appreciated. This is part of my ongoing, "I'm broke and want a beer" cellar diving project. Poured into my Delirium goblet.
Just a short lasting head on the pour... no lacing... doesn't look very carbonated... the brew is a bright glowing copper amber.
Nose is caramel... deep toast... and alcohol.... not as much booze as I was expecting.. but still plenty of alcohol.. but the complex malts really help a bunch.
Yeah... not flat... but only a truly faint very small bubble carbonation combined with a fairly thick mouthfeel... tons of caramel and some spicy and fruity yeasty notes make me think of plum and pepper... mainly though the caramel is just big and really the only player... it's not sweet, but very malty.
I wish I liked this one more... a bit one dimensional and probably on its way down hill fast.
Thanks again to who sent me this.. please message and I'll give you the props.
12-30-2009 07:44:27 | More by JohnGalt1
British Columbia (Canada)
2.68/5 rDev -26.2%
Purchased in July '07 from Riley's fridge in Madison.
A: Hazy copper, light tan head, no retention, initially a hint of lace.
S: Pine, sulphur/mineral, floral, dark toffee, orange zest, tropical fruit & hint of chlorophenol.
T: Pine, earthy-orange zest, tropical fruit, phenols and an unfortunate oxidized (flat/slightly-astringent) flavour. Alcohol is up front; bitterness is balanced.
M: Moderate body is smooth; well attenuated; slight hop acidity; alcohol leaves a drying finish. Modest carbonation.
D: A little rough.
07-28-2007 02:24:25 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
12oz single, split a couple of these with expatsteve and golden2wenty1, courtesy of golden
appearance: pours into a house glass at expatsteves, very dark amber body, rather clear, creamy beige head
smell: sweet and sugary, smoke, booze (almost fuel-esque), thick malt structure, bitter pine
taste: high bitterness, pine driven hops, lots of booze that is pretty harsh at this stage, toffee and brown sugar, heavy smoke....a little dissapointing given the precedent set with who's your daddy and hop whore, oh well
mouthfeel: high bitterness, boozy
drinkability: not very at this point
12-10-2006 22:41:01 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
Bottled 20th Nov 2006. Bill was kind enough to send me a couple a while back, thanks man!
A: Ruby red with great clarity and a persistent beige head, this is an attractive beer. Plenty of fine carbonation, some mild lace. Good stuff 4/5
S: Big and rich, this is what I'd expect a 2+year old BW to smell like. Toffee and nougat with a surprising amount of fruit, notably plums and a faint hint of cherry skins. There's a particular aroma present that I typically associate with Marris Otter-heavy beers, and it's quite appealing. Vinous and I have to say, boozy, with a brandy-like character4/5
T: Opens rich and malty with a lot of caramel, toffee and a rich plum and date character. There's a hint of tartness, cherry-skin like, that provides an interesting tangent to the beer, one that I'm tempted to say works. The mid-palate is mostly sweet and loaded with dark fruit, before it loses ground to a finish that would be better if it had a little more residual sweetness and more depth to it. All told, a good beer. I'd be failing if I did not mention the boozy, vinous, brandy-like character that lends a little complexity to a rather straight-forward beer 4/5
M: Full bodied with carbonation that's a little more than what I'd describe as soft, this beer is pretty nice on the palate. The finish, however, leaves me wishing for more 3.5
D: A great sipper, more than what I'd expected based on reviews here 4/5
**Edit 27 August 2012**
This is almost 6 years old at this point. It's gotten hazy and murky with oxidation. The nose is nice - big, rich and complex with leather, port a little sherry, toffee and burnt sugar, this one has held up incredibly well, and has actually improved. The palate has nicely oxidized, with the port, grape and vinous notes working well with the leather. Some tobacco, some dark fruit. Drying on the finish with some sherry, this is a very enjoyable barleywine, one I'd give a straight 4.0 to.
07-03-2009 12:57:31 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev +10.2%
1-3-06- They are now bottling this and it tastes much different to me. A heavy peaty flavor...seems almost like a wee heavy...good beer but not as good as the draft efforts of years past...Scores drop slightly
**This was purchased about a month ago in growler...then transferred to a 16 ounce hinged bottle....it is about a month old....
Pours flat...can't penalize due to the circumstances...brown color with a maroon shade...nose is sweet fruits...cherries, coconuts, grapes, peaches, plums...a veritable fruit COCK-tail....
Taste is surprisingly balanced...Off the first whiff I expected this to be oversweet but that is not the case...the sweet fruit flavors are there...also some dry baking cocoa...along with a raw hoppiness and then a hard hit of vodka like alcohol...really seems alcohol laden...full bodied...carbonation light but solid based on circumstances..
I highly anticipated this and it only comes up a little short of my expectations...just a little too much alcohol but perhaps the lack of carbonation due to the circumstances played into that...a little raw tasting...I
New growler...not as much alcohol bite...smoother drinking...still same flavor profile...Very tasty
01-04-2007 06:48:59 | More by ZAP
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
12oz bottle from maximum12 poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy amber with a short-lived cream-colored head that leaves a small collar and no lacing.
The aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits, especially figs and raisins. There is also plenty of brown sugar or molasses thrown in and the hops have pretty much faded.
The taste is fairly basic for a barleywine with the caramel malts and toffee forming a decent backbone but with not much else going on. There are hints of dark fruit, but not lots.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and viscous for the style with a little soft carbonation. The sweetness just coats the mouth completely.
This is a decent barleywine but I think it's caught somewhere between an English and American barleywine. I don't think it quite has the big complex sweetness of the English and the hops have faded a bit too much to really be a good example of the American. It's still a good beer but it may have been a bit better fresh.
04-08-2009 02:45:38 | More by gford217
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Brewer's Gone Wild Edition, 2006.
A brief timeline and notes:
I had the first release of this a few years ago on tap in Lake Mills and thought it to be a fantastic barleywine. I was ecstatic when they announced in '06 that it would be a BGW release.
It then came out at the end of that year in bottled form with a different recipe and I was horrified at its new incarnation. Ruined, I thought. Way too young and disjointed tasting. The peat malts ran afoul of all the delicious tropical fruits of the original. Really a trainwreck. I never rated it fresh (bottled-wise), but I hated it initially and would not have given more than a 2.5 overall (which is 2 full points less than I gave the original).
Sitting now with it the better part of a year later. The obnoxious peat traits have relocated into a woodier and gentler (but still quite bombastic) Scotch booziness at the close. It still doesn't mesh, but at least it disagrees more quietly. Tropical fruit has established itself as a feature, full of apricots, dates, figs, and mangoes. Loads of brown sugar and butterscotch malt. It still clingy thick, worty, and boozy. More time is still in order, though some improvement has occurred.
Compared to original 04, it's still is nowhere near as good, nor will it even likely be. Reading my old notes again makes me pine for that recipe.
But the BGW bottles are turning a corner, away from repulsive and toward fairly decent.
08-07-2007 08:31:47 | More by cokes
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" light khaki head that soon recedes to a thin ring and small congestion of bubbles. The beer is a deep amber-brown in color.
smell: Malt-heavy barleywine aroma with notes of various sweet fruits (date, apricot, strawberry(?)). Light esters. Low hop aroma.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low side of the medium range, and the body on the lighter side of the heavy spectrum.
taste: The flavor is thick with bland (caramel?) malts, so it's surprising that there isn't more grain flavor here. Just a touch of sweet smoke rides the background. Nondescript light and dark fruits. Moderate hop flavor and building bitterness that slightly dries the finish.
drinkability: Pretty easy drinkability, with the abv well hidden...though it's just about an average barleywine. Almost like an imperial amber or something.
single bottle smuggled back from Mad Town
01-18-2007 01:21:44 | More by blackie
2.08/5 rDev -42.7%
I got this in a trade with someone from Wisconsin and I was actually excited to give this one a try. I poured it into my snifter and let it sit for a moment. The color was a nice orange-brown with no head. The taste was awful! I tasted a very phenolic, medicinal taste reminiscent of band-aids. this one was a total drain pour for me. I wonder if it went bad somehow?
02-26-2007 16:13:50 | More by ArrogantB
4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
A sweeping, forehead-scraping bow in the direction of a fine BA, scoobydank, for a double handful of these fine brews.
I believe the story is that this bottle, & its friends, are two years old, give or take, were refrigerated the whole time, & only recently saw the light of day. Tasted this brew once at Tyranena's tap room & didn't think I'd ever get to try it out of a bottle. Happy day, I was wrong!
Beer is rubyesque in color & smells the same. The smell is one of the richest, in a positive way, I've smelted. It is cherry without being cloying (see: Cherry Coke) & fruity without being artificial (see: Cherry Pop-Tarts).
The taste is lighter on the fruits than I expected given the aromatherapy, but there remains a strong current of alcohol that just slapped my prefrontal cortex, yikes. Sweet, with a touch of heavy heavy, pretty flat, little carbonation. Smacks of a high-class barleywine.
Another masterpiece from Tyranena? Say it ain't so! Damn this is good. I need to go hide the rest from the wife. "No, honey, really, I just bought one bottle, but I'll split it with you."
12-07-2008 03:16:26 | More by maximum12
1.2/5 rDev -66.9%
Rich garnet body with a small, short-lived off-white head. Ring around the glassy. Nose is very perfumey. Some tropical fruit, but it is mostly medicinal alcohol and band aids. Not good. In fact, upon tasting, it is disgusting. Band-aid electrical fire comes to mind. So does "drain pour." I hope, for Tyranena's sake, that this was an "exception" bottle...
12-25-2006 04:42:20 | More by alexgash
Spank Me Baby Barleywine from Tyranena Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.