Spank Me Baby Barleywine | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 05-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Beertracker:
Photo of Beertracker
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tyranena's Spank Me Baby! Barleywine (2006) was one of the first Brewers Gone Wild! releases from the brewery in 2004. This barleywine pours up with a light carbonation that creates a very thin tannish-brown colored head that barely encompasses the murky chestnut brown colored body. The nose is sweet & rich with plenty of apparent kettle caramelization with hints of brown sugar, burnt caramel & toffee bits along with some definite earthiness from the hops. The delicate fruitiness (dried apricots, dark cherries, fig newtons) intermingles nicely with just a hint of boot leather, cut tobacco & alcohol. The flavor starts off rather cloying with lots of caramel with touches of honey which is quickly underscored by a dominate earthy bitterness which balances this big, barley monster out nicely with a bittersweet, earthy, smoky finish that laced with a surreptitious alcohol strength. This thick, full-bodied American-style barleywine is a bit rough around the edges, but it's bold & hearty and makes for a delightful warmer to enjoy on a cold night in the Northwoods. Spank Me Baby!

CHEERS! Beertracker
*Retro Review from 11/09*

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Had a nice chat with BA Kathleen and Brewer Rob while there.

Peaty…really peaty. Lots of smoke and a fiery booziness. I enjoy the peat but I don’t find it particularly becoming in a Barley Wine. Maybe they should rename this Scottish Barley Wine. Then the peat would fit better.

Medium to heavy body, lots of booze but with a moderate bitterness that balances a lot of the alcohol sugars.

Nice looking. Clear, dark amber with a thick and creamy beige head. Decently drinkable as long as you like peat. Not a bad beer but ultimately not in keeping with the style.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
1.63/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Tyranena's newly released Barley Wine? Hell yeah, let's give it a try!

Poured a very nice maroon color with a beige head with good retention and nice lacing. Sadly, from here it all fell apart. Smell was like a combination of pine and cat piss. I don't say cat piss to be childish, that's what it smelled like, and depending on whether or not they used Cluster hops in this, Cluster hops have been known to give such an aroma. Taste is the same, just couldn't take it. Ignoring the taste, the characteristics of the mouthfeel, medium-full bodied with medium carbonation, would be considered good to me, so I will not bring them down just because of the taste. I feel that taste does affect drinkability and will rate accordingly, this was an absolute drain pour, couldn't even have half of it.

I cannot assume this was an off bottle because it just got to the store and was transported immediately to my fridge. In the chance that this was an off bottle, I will try this again, and will change my review if deemed necessary.

Although I haven't posted official reviews for some of the Tyranena products I've had, I've been pleased on every occasion, except this one.

Edit: I have tried this beer a couple times now and been extremely disappointed on all accounts. I'm not wasting any more money to try to find a bottle that tastes good, I think this one just doesn't agree with me.

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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.

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Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber with a smallish head that melts quickly to some sticky lacing.

Aromas are sweet dark malt and lots of dark fruits.

Taste is much more complex. Dark candied malt, raisins, plums, prunes and lots of caramel. Only slightly hoppy ending..noticable only in how it dries as it finishes.

Aftertaste is both citrus and caramel.

Mouthfeel creamy and rich and a nice afterburn from alcohol as you swallow.

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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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Traded this bottle with HardTarget on his first visit to Brugge. Thank you!
I promised to start reviewing again, so here we go:

Bottled on 20 November 2006
Appearance: I served this Barley wine in a Stein. When the beer was poured in the glass I was waiting for the head to start developing. This only starts just before the glass is full.
The Head is very creamy and compact. No large bubbles visible. There is some yeast on top of the foam.
The colour is a warm Bordeaux-red. Carbonation is very active and is able to maintain a 3 mm thick head. Pieces of yeast are thrown around by the bubbles.
Nose: The Scent is dominated by a wet grains and strong malts. There is some fruit in there as well, but I can't exactly identify which type of fruit. Dried dades with passion fruit and pineapple and, some lime as well.
Taste: First taste is strong on bitter flavours, but still mild. It has a spicy feel to it. It makes me glow inside as if it's bursting with alcohol (which it is at 9%). The malts are dominantly present. As the bitterness subsides, the more softer passion fruit and popcorn taste starts to linger on the tongue. It has the ripeness and sophistication of a good French wine.
After taste: The malts linger on in my mouth, they are of a complex nature. I have to say this because just saying it's a malty taste isn't enough. After a while the malts get a more mould like character. I guess the yeast has finally caught up. And a more dark chocolate and syrup like sensation ends the evolution.
Drinkability: Close to zero. You are not going to empty five of these in one night. This a nice "rainy evening alone" beer. You have one, take in all of its subtle surprises and then you go to bed.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.39/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours out with just a little head and a little lacing and a brown amber color. The smell is sweet with some off flavor I can't Identify. The taste is sweet and nice, but the aftertaste has an inexplicable taste of bacteria. Like the bacteria found in Bleu cheese. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and enjoyable. Overall this is the second time this beer has let me down so I won't be having it ever again.

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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.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever sent me this bottle in trade.

Pours a murky, muddy, brown in color. Very slight reverse cascading head forms on the pour, but is gone quicker than it formed. Given the age of the beer, this is all acceptable.
Smell is huge toffee, and caramel malts. From the smell of things, I'm in for a good beer.
Taste is huge caramel malts, and toffee. Absolutely amazing. There's some roast, tobacco and a little cocoa on the finish. The mouthfeel is even better than the flavor. Incredibly smooth, still with a little bit of carbonation. But this has a full and chewy mouthfeel unlike any other barleywine that I've had. No sign of the abv at all. Very good beer, but sadly this is my only bottle.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.39/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nicely priced 4 pack imported across the St. Croix.

Appearance: Clear, dark maroon, steady flow of carbonation from the depths. Big head at first, fades and leaves a little lace, a little off-white head.

Smell: Malt and alcohol, raw-ish alcohol, dry and a little earthy.

Taste: Very dry maltiness, strong, sharp alcohol. Very in your face, not enough flavor, just strength. Too raw.

Drinkability: Not up there with the best barley wines, by any reckoning.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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.

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Spank Me Baby Barleywine from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 71 ratings