Spank Me Baby Barleywine | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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 alexgash
1.22/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Rich garnet body with a small, short-lived off-white head. Ring around the glassy. Nose is very perfumey. Some tropical fruit, but it is mostly medicinal alcohol and band aids. Not good. In fact, upon tasting, it is disgusting. Band-aid electrical fire comes to mind. So does "drain pour." I hope, for Tyranena's sake, that this was an "exception" bottle...

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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 ArrogantB
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this in a trade with someone from Wisconsin and I was actually excited to give this one a try. I poured it into my snifter and let it sit for a moment. The color was a nice orange-brown with no head. The taste was awful! I tasted a very phenolic, medicinal taste reminiscent of band-aids. this one was a total drain pour for me. I wonder if it went bad somehow?

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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 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 Westsidethreat
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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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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Photo of CH3CH2OH
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Some pineapple aroma as it pours in the glass. A very murky brown with almost no head. Some over-ripe fruit comes through as I swirl the glass. Alcohol is the first impression, followed by an assertive malt and ending with just a slight bitterness. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is light and smooth. Not very drinkable, even for 9 abv. This one is different from a previous bottle I opened and did not review - Tyranena may have some quality control issues. I have another bottle, and I'll re-review after I've tried it.

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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 sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy, cloudy brown with hints of red. Little head and no lacing.

S-Caramelly and boozy. A little light in aroma.

T-Caramel and toffee, some brown sugar. Lacks depth of flavor and finishes very early.

M-Medium bodied. Consistent with other aspects of this beer in being rather thin.

D-A rare Tyranena disappointment.


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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of ballenc
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Scoobydank for the spank! ;o)

This bottle should be around 2 years old now.

Pours a spanking brown and ruby color with no more than half an inch of foam.

Aroma of cherries, toast, berries, orange, grapefruit, caramel, and a bit of chocolate in the background. Quite a bit of brown sugar and a little hot alcohol on the nostrils. Decent aroma.

The taste is a little better, at least initially. Dark fruits like raisins and plums, toast, multi-grain bread, caramel, and subtle chocolate. The finish is a bit thin and weak, not to many flavors other than multi-grain bread and alcohol. Some nutty flavors in the aftertaste.

Good carbonation level but the mouthfeel is a little numbing from the alcohol at first.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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

Photo of Talisker
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 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 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 bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

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Photo of drseamus
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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