Spank Me Baby Barleywine
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
3.72 | pDev: 16.4%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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CrellMoset from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle courtesy of DBhog - many thanks for helping me continue my quest to vanquish the Tyranena BGW! series! Reviewed one rainy weekday afternoon, and poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, thick- and syrupy-looking amber orange/red/brown body, typical for the style, I'd say. It's capped by a foamy, sticky tan head, approximately a finger high, with average staying power, though I must say that it never actually really "fully" fades. It's not the most attractive-looking beer, but then again, American barleywines rarely are. The lacing is nice, too, making up for the relative lack of stick in the head - it leaves swaths and eruptions of lace all along the sides of the cervoise. Pleasant.

Aroma: Faint, and probably this beer's worst aspect - not a lot comes through here. A few stray malt notes and light, fruity esters erupt from the surface of this one, but any semblance of hops has long faded (or wasn't there to begin with, no clue). Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and honey provide the bulk of the clues on this one, and though it's pleasant, it's definitely faint and definitely a little simplistic.

Taste: Intensely, intensely sweet - the hops on this one are almost completely gone. If this were fresh, I'd guess it was an English barleywine, and a relatively thick one at that. Huge waves of malts - brown sugar, slight molasses, doughy, bready notes, honey, slight cocoa-like notes - are accompanied by a handful of fruity overtones, mostly cherry, pear, and kiwi. What's left of the hops provides a faint backing bitterness, a few piney overtones, and probably some of the fruity overtones I'm getting. And it's not hot, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: A thick, viscous, creamy, smooth bastard of a beer, nearly syrupy, but still with enough carbonation to keep it somewhat crisp and lively on the tongue.

Drinkability: Wish I could have been around to try the barrel aged version of this - I think that the malt notes here would have worked fantastically well with an earthy, woody backing, the slight cocoa would have been enhanced by a slight kiss of vanilla, etc. As it stands though, this is a solid brew. Is it the best in the BGW! series? Not at all, but it's a drinkable, enjoyable barleywine I'm glad to have tried. The abv% isn't ridiculous for the style, either, nor is it hot in the slightest, despite the considerable hop fade.

Apr 01, 2009
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jdoherty from New York

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, there are really divergent descriptions here. Mine is an opaque river water brown color with a little carbonation ring, little to no head on the pour.

S: The aroma smells of fresh ripe exotic fruit, with a lot of rum notes. Still smells boozy, but the aforementioned ripe smell is fantastic.

T: A bitter fruit taste with a little bit of a hint of black licorice, very strong.

M: Not as bitter as some have said, very boozy with the taste leaving your mouth very quickly.

D: Strong and heavy, not for the faint of heart


Dec 21, 2006
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Jan 28, 2009
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drseamus from New York

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Dec 09, 2008
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Talisker from California

3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Oct 29, 2007
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Atron67 from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Jul 29, 2007
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younger35 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this many many moons ago from some generous BA that I cannot remember. I know I was still in Boise when I received it so it's probably around 3 years old. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a caramel colored ruby brown with a half finger light cream colored head. A few spots remain on top of the beer along with a small collar and no lacing.
Smell- Very rich and malty with a big brown sugar and toffee presence. Some faded hops are hiding in there with a dark fruity character. Mostly cherries and rhubarb for the fruit part but I wouldn't necessarily describe the nose as fruity. This thing is rich caramel through and through. A bit of alcohol surprisingly does show.
Taste- Starts basically the same way as the smell with a big rich kick of toffee and caramel. Fortunately the beer isn't at all sweet even though the maltiness is sticky and deep. Almost buttery at times as well before a light fruity bitterness cuts in. I'd say it's something along the lines of orange peel and grapefruit pith. Finish is lightly bitter with a quick sting of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Fairly big body with a thick/rich feel that is nice and creamy. The carbonation is light yet assertive.
Drinkability- Overall not too bad but I'm surprised to how much the alcohol shows with the age on this bad boy. Not to mention the fact that it's "only" 9%. It's definitely interesting and goes down fairly smooth but something is just slightly out of place. Glad I got to try though, thanks random generous BA!

Nov 21, 2009
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Buebie from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one sitting in the fridge waiting for me for since November of 08'
I dont the age on this, but I'm assuming it is probably older.

Poured from a 12oz brown stuby bottle into a pub glass. Poured somwhat lightly, thinking it would be a billower of a head. I wish I had poured it more rigerously, as the head only forms about a half inch white cola like head.
Quickly receeding and leaving no lace really. Retention is a slim looking colar.
The color is really nice, a hazy ruby copper.

The aroma is a hugly malty, sweet purfumy brown sugar, a bit of a cotton candy smell here too. The aroma really resembles lagunitas brown sugar. Toasted buttery maltyness. Really no hops in the aroma, I'm sure with the unkown age og this bottle they have droped out.

Mouthfeel is super slick and creamy with a rich full bodied feel, some mild carbonation, but overall this is a bitchen feel of a beer!

The taste up front is very sweet and creamy with buttery milky flavors. burnt caramel, with maple and a touch of vanilla. At the swallow it turns another direction with cereal grains coming in and things warming up. As I swallow, my throat warms with delight. Now the hops that I once presumed dead, come alive into the swallow. Bitter pine and lemon rind flavors come around. More roasty cereal grains and lots of carmelised brown sugar. A bit of pineaple flavors and some heat reside.
Lingering bitter and sweet.

This is an ubsurdly good beer!

Apr 08, 2009
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jul 03, 2009
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botham from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Jan 19, 2008
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gford217 from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Apr 08, 2009
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TheodorHerzl from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Nov 13, 2007
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mothman from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mar 11, 2010
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Dec 07, 2008
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ckeegan04 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper/amber in color with a thin light brown cap of foam. Beer is lightly hazed ands carbonation bubbles are slowly rising to the top.

S - Mild aroma of toffee and toasted bread. A hint of caramel comes through as the beer warms. Faint alcohol lingering underneath.

T - Light sweetness with a mix of alcohol and a bit of smoke. THe smoke is certainly a little surprising. As the beer warms I get more dark fruits and a touch of caramel. Flavors are all rather mild but they do play together rather nicely.

M - Medium it full bodied with a somewhat creamy feel almost. Carbonation is moderate. Alcohol is certainly there though it is not overwhelming in the taste. You certainly feel it once the beer is done.

O - Tastes have all moderated and play off each other nicely. Nice barleywine.

Nov 11, 2011
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CHSLBrew from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A-Off-white head reduces quickly, leaving nothing much for sparse bubbles. The beer is a deep ruby-copper, beautifully clear.

S-I was assaulted by a 1-2 combo of lightly roasted malts and resinous hops. Fruity characters mingle with the almost sweet maltiness. A slight, rather harsh alcohol.

T-Some chocolatey notes within a thick maltiness, which is countered by a persistent bitterness. A toasty, roasty malt foundation sits underneath this all. Hop character was relatively low for the style. The end of this taste is marred somewhat by a very recognizable, rather harsh alcoholic flavor/feel.

M-Low carbonation gives this full-bodied brew a satiny feel. Luscious. A harsh alcohol in the mouth fades into a warming feeling in my belly.

D-Moderate. The harsh alcohol is a bit of a downer for the flavor, but does not detract too much. I've got another bottle which I intend to age a bit more, so I'll see where that one's flavor ends up.

Jan 07, 2009
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BigMcLargeHuge from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours copper-ish orange with some haze and lasting tan foam ring. The aroma for some reason has wood notes that mix nicely with plums, dates and raisins. I also get grainy Munich type malts as the nose becomes moderately hot. The taste is similar to the aroma with malty sweet stickiness that bleeds into pine hop bitterness and the woody note noticed in the nose. The dark fruity esters pick up midway and grow to a level of just beyond noticeable. Yummy. Nice sweet rich maltiness and pine hop flavors are there at the finish and into the after taste.

Jan 11, 2009
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$6.99 for a 4/pk from Discount in Milwaukee. This one has been in my cellar for several years.

A: ruddy brown, very little head
S: mellow, slight oxidation, decent with nothing offensive
T: well-balanced, highly drinkable, incredibly smooth, nice roasted malt that has mellowed out
M: velvety

Apr 04, 2013
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Mistofminn from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Zipps with a bunch of other stuff the beer dude pulled from the basement. I figured at 3 years old this should be a steal (for a great price).

Pours a mukry brown color into a tulip glass. Nice creamy beige head with decent retention, even a little bit of lacing.

The nose is huge on caramel and toffee, very sweet. Pretty complex maltiness going on here, and you can tell that this has been aged and the malts have gained from it.

The taste is pretty much the same, caramel malts and toffee, sweet malts, with a light toated malt character in the background. It's good, but a little more muted than I would have hoped.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a light carbonation. Medium to full bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel. Sticky and smooth, like a good aged barleywine. Drinkability is great. This is a sipper, to sit and ponder. No sign of the 9% abv.

Overall, a good barleywine, just not a great one. I wish the taste wasn't as muted as it was, but maybe this hasn't held up as well as I'd hoped in the last 3 years. Still, this is better than a lot of barleywines I've had, just not in the upper echelon.

Nov 12, 2009
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THORN from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 16 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint. Served around 50-55 F.
A: Dark red brown, very hazy. Pours light red head, retains very little head.
S: Very sweet caramel filled with slight fruity hops. Alcohol is apparent.
T: Very very sweet caramel malts, followed by a dark oaky cherry, and finishes with a strong bitterness. Nice nutty oak linger.
M: Smooth across mouth, slightly syrupy. Great warming.
D: Its pretty good, I appreciate that its aged, and think its too bad I didn't have the opportunity to drink it before 3 years aging.

Dec 11, 2009
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pmccallum86 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big copper colored body with a hazy appearance. One finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of huge malts, big, big malts. Some caramel, toffee and raisin. Dried fruits come through big time.

Taste is of HUGE malts, lots of dried fruits and caramel. Very smooth, slight oxidation as it is a beer from 2006, but great flavor. Still some residual hop bitterness, which I find pleasant but surprising.

Mouthfeel is big, smooth and creamy. Very full bodied beer with low to medium carbonation.

Drinkablility is good, not great, but good.

Mar 27, 2010
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mdfb79 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

May 04, 2012
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richkrull from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Feb 13, 2013
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bbadger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Dec 25, 2012
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iRun2Beer from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sep 02, 2015
Spank Me Baby Barleywine from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 71 ratings