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Spank Me Baby Barleywine - Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 05-06-2004)
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Photo of drseamus
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pasty red, syrupy, cloudy, and with chunks. This is not bottle conditioned as far as I know. Not a great start.

S: Sweet but with some bitterness behind it. Slight hop aroma and maybe a touch of caramel.

T: Much more balanced in the flavor than the aroma. Sweet up front but with a bitterness that enters about a half second later. Still a touch sweet for me. Very round flavor.

M: Very smooth. Starts small, opens up, then closes with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Very smooth throughout.

D: Honestly, I'm not that impressed overall. I've come to expect a lot from Tyranena and this is a touch of a let down.

drseamus, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

Superb brew.

maximum12, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ballenc
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a topaz reddish-brown with absolutely no head. After a couple of vigorous swirls, a short (1/2 finger) of foam appears. No lacing at all.

Smell: Primarily malty yeast on the nose with some notes of dried fruit (apricots, plums, dates). No hops to speak of.

Taste: Again, mainly toasted malt and yeast on the front end. Some fruit notes such as the aforementioned apricots and other dried fruit such as dates.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin on the tongue. Not as heavy and chewy as most other barleywines I've tried. I did not notice a strong alcohol effect given the 9% ABV. No aftertaste to note.

Drinkability: Overall, not a bad barleywine but not something to rave about either. I'd recommend this one to someone who hasn't tried barleywines before and leans more to more "approachable" beers of this style. For someone who is a barleywine fan, I'd probably suggest something else.

ballenc, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear ruby color with golden edges. It poured with a thin, soapy head that quicky faded to a ring around the glass.

s: Lots of fruity aromas here. Malty, yeasty notes of cherries and raspberries. Hoppy notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Some mildly warm vanilla blankets everything.

t: Things start off mildly sweet with big fruit flavors, like cherries and apples. Some toffee and vanilla blend in as well. Some citric hops and moderate warmth close things out.

m: Gentle carbonation and a big velvety body.

d: Thanks to TheBlackMallard for the delicious and thoughful extra. I need to try more from these guys.

DIM, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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".

--Emo Philips

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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. I've gotten myself into trouble drinking the bourbon aged counterpart to this beer before! Pours into my glass a very hazy reddish brown with a half inch of light tan head on top. Seems to be quite a bit of yeast in suspension here. Aromas start with big chewy caramel malts alongside a plethora of fruit. Citrus and cherry move in with a spicy, herbal undercurrent and a touch of toffee. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a sweet caramel/toffee malt upfront with a bready quality to it as well. Fruit flavors mix in off the bat with notes of dark fruit and cherry. It flows down with somewhat of a spiciness and a herbal, resinous hop quality. Finishes with a good amount of bitterness coupled with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy with a smooth carbonation that slides down nicely. A pretty big barleywine that still remains fairly easy to drink. Minimal alcohol burn on this one. Overall, I found this to be a tasty barleywine, and I know this takes well to bourbon aging as well. Another good Tyranena.

orbitalr0x, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle received in week 2 powerball BiF, what a treat!

A - pours a hazy garnet with a light tan head, head goes from a finger to a patchy surface on the brew. color is awesome!

S - chocolate, toffee, deep dark fruits, slight ethanol, caramel, sugary, very nice.

T - hop is very well spoken for, citrus, bitter, toasty warm malts, bitter dark chocolate, nice.

M - dry, smooth, creamy, very good.

D - with a 9% tag, not sure how many I could kill, but I could until drink it until it knocked me out.

rsyberg01, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of botham
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a chocolate-orange-red color without much of a head. no lacings.

aroma is fruity, with some malts thrown in. fruit notes include raisen and grape. malt notes include caramel and a bit of chocolate. a distinct grainy base finishes off the aroma. strong and rich in profile.

taste is very malty up front, with caramel malts mostly. a very fruity character contains raisen, grape, and . finishes with a bit of warming alcohol and some lingering hops and a chalky texture.

mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a slight sharpness from the alcohol. very rich in profile, though somewhat refined.

drinkability is decent. one bottle should be enough for most drinkers, due to the rich profile and high alcohol content. the brew itself is well rounded, with a complexity that works well. cheers!

botham, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep ruddy color almost a rusted amber hue. Left some slick lacing on the walls of my glass. There was a slight off-white head that dissipated very quickly. A deep malted scent hits the nose before you can really get a good smell of it. Toffee and dark fruits dominate the rest of the nose on this beer. Slight mellow rum scent as well. The taste is fairly complex. The first taste is rather sweet with a heavy malted backbone that is present at every sip of the beer. As the beer warms it real character begins to come out. Toffee and caramel come to the front of the palate with heavy flavors of dark fruits, mostly plums and raisins, with a bit of warming alcohol to finish off. The mouthfeel is rather quite nice with a velvety coating with a creamy consistency. Drinkability is good, but I think two would be my limit.

It's a good offering, but for the style it's average.

TheodorHerzl, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Rootbeerish cider color with some haze to it. Head died quick leaving a paste of medium sized paper colored bubbles around the rim.

S: Smells like a Scottish ale to me. Some peat, bubble gum, caramel and those big rubber red balls you’d play with as a kid.

T: Tastes like rotten plums and band aids. The aftertaste is atrocious. Done.

M: Medium body, straight forward.

D: I almost feel like there was something wrong with this beer…maybe not. Bad beer from a great brewery.

Westsidethreat, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Talisker
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received in a trade early 2007, poured October 2007. Must be at least a year old.

I prefer English-style barley wines to their American brethren, but I can categorize this one only as a Scottish style, if such exists. Peat smoke, bark, and the smooth texture of a wee heavy. Certainly in the barley wine category, but unlike any other I've had.

Pours a deep cloudy reddish brown, minimal head. Deep bready malt smell, with hints of that peat. Taste is well integrated, rich malt, some hops, and certainly that earthy, almost smoky, character. Not viscous like many American versions, and no burning alcohol. But a certain out-of-place tanginess sticks around quite a while after each sip.

Very interesting beer. Kudos to Tyranena for trying something different, and succeeding.

Talisker, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown like hot toffee. Very little head. Some carbonation, moderate lacing. Odors of chocolate, ethanol, prunes, dates, malt, cherries. smells pretty wonderful, actually. The beer was too cold when i started out a was overly bitter without any other really developed flavor. Once it warmed, however, a lot of good stuff came through. Mostly it was a slightly chocolatey, rummy oak-like malt. Sweet, without being cloying. Delicious. Full bodied, some syrupiness. well balanced. A fine barleywine.

aforbes10, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Light tan head with medium retention. Leaves a tight ring around the edge of the glass. Color is a murky ruddy brown. towards the end it settles to the color of a brandy.
Smell is very malty sweet aroma. Lots of dried fruits, figs, as well as a dry earthy notes. The taste enhances the earthy flavors.
Mouthfeel is a litttle light for a barleywine, but it does have a nice smooth feel. Slightest bit of warmth in it.
Pretty nice sample

bort11, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 don’t always appreciate.

Phyl21ca, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

akorsak, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cokes, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- a slightly reddish slightly foggy color wiht a tan/brownish head, of which the majority faded quickly, but the last part stayed forever, and it left a strong lacing
S- a solid malt scents, a little fruity, reminiscent of dark figs, and molasses, however not much of it, nice, solid, not a hop backed barleywine scent
T- Smooth, malty, very enjoyable, a strong malty flavor. a little one dimensional, but very enjoyable.
M- light/fine carbonation that flows over the tongue and alows the malt flavor to showcase, however the malt should be a little more complex for the mouthfeel to be truely complimentary
D- high, nice smooth flavor, very drinkable, just nothing spectacular

Atron67, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Derek, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of ejquin
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is of cola with an orange tinge. no head or lacing. Aroma is very faintly of yeast, brown sugar, fig, alcohol. Taste is intersting. Earthiness. Heavy on a bourbon and caramel character with alcohol on the finish. Some faint cherry notes. Good deal of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation. Overall this seems like a beer that need to sit for a while. Tasted a bit hot without a great deal of balance. I'll try one again in a few months.

ejquin, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy caramel color that diffuses bright sunlight in an interesting manner. The color and cloudy character remind me of a robust NYS apple cider. Little head and little lacing observed.

I'm enjoying the smell of figs, brown sugar and caramel. The alcohol is present in the nose as well.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and has a detectable hop character that keeps things interesting also. Not really creamy or particularly syrupy

The flavor is similar to the nose, but the fig and apple fruit dominate. Not overly sweet.

The 9% ABV isn't really a big player in the drinkability equation of this one. I like it and would purchase if it was available locally.

jjayjaye, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi-cloudy, dark reddish, caramel brew. Small light tan head initiallyk that reduced to an even thinner layer. Leaves nice rings on the glass though.

Strong smells of raisins, ripe dark fruits, dark brown sugar, caramel, and brandy alcohol. Smells pretty good though, not light but not overly strong. The alcohol scares me though, we'll see.

Flavor seems a little muttled together. Its a barleywine with its dark fruits, raisins again. Caramel and raw sugar hints. Its all just mixed together. Some alcohol, not as strong as I was expecting.

Mediumish mouthfeel. Flavor coats okay. A bit of crispness from the carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but it has its alcohol hints. Not a super noteworthy beer, but a decent one.

blitz134, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wasatch, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 31, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 26, 2007
Spank Me Baby Barleywine from Tyranena Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.