Spank Me Baby Barleywine | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Spank Me Baby BarleywineSpank Me Baby Barleywine
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Spank Me Baby BarleywineSpank Me Baby Barleywine

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cokes on 05-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of aforbes10
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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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.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of pentathlete
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via GIF6 from nchrist13...thank you.

Beauty cherrywood color with small beige head...I'm a sucker for these red/garnet colored beers. Smell was candyish and malty with some alcohol peeking through. Taste was, as expected, a bit sweet with the malts kicking in to fill things up. Finished with a solid alcohol presence, but no burn, just warmth. Medium mouthfeel. This would be a nice one to have bottled so that it could be aged. Drinkability is fine for such a big beer.

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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 DIM
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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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 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 wisrarebeer
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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!

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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 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 Winter
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish amber in color with a khaki head. Aroma consists of cherry and brandy with rich malt and caramel. Sticky, full-bodied mouthfeel. Cherry and an ale fruitiness on the foreground. Caramel and malt follow. There's a hint of hop bitterness toward the back, but it's very minor. The 9.0% alcohol provides a nice warmth in the finish. Very easy drinking for a barley-wine and I wonder how the alcohol would mellow out over time.

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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.

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

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 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

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of jdoherty
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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


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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage.

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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever sent this one my way. Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my standard snifter glass. The ale appears a hazed amber color with about a finger of dense off white foam. The foam leaves behind a thin lace on my glass. Nose and flavor are dominated by sweetness, raisins, dark brown sugar, sweet figs, a decent amount of caramelized malt, a tad fruity. Knocking on a full bodied door with ample carbonation. never mind the 9%ABV, this one drinks nicely.

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