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 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 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 kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruddy copper/gold with a white head that shrinks to nothing. Smell is slight malts, caramel, smoke.
Taste is a little unusual for a barleywine. Smoke and earth along with caramel malts, raisins, plums, not much hops at all. Sweet and mellow, with a good amount of carbonation for a barleywine. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

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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 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 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 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 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 trevorwideman
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to demcorhip for this one.

Pours a deep brownish colour with some plum highlights. Murky darkness with lots of sediment when held up to the light. The head appears momentarily and then recedes to a nice lace ring. Body appears to be quite hefty, and carbonation is very mild. The nose reveals lots of fruity sweetness, with some caramel and plum in evidence, along with some brandy-soaked cherry notes. Light alcohol. As the beer warms, an earthy, woody smokiness begins to come through that's very interesting.

A bit of sourness hits the tongue first, then bitter chocolate. The smoky character of this beer really stands out for me. Liqourice notes follow, a slight breadiness, coffee, and then alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and a little syrupy, with maybe a little too much carbonation than befits the style. This is an interesting beer, I don't feel it's exceptional, but it's very good. It's not as easy-drinking as some, as the alcohol is very clearly in evidence with every sip, and I think more than one would have bad consequences in the AM.

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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 BeerBelcher
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a single...not sure where. I thought it was a good and true to style, but very drinkable for a barley-wine.

It poured a hazy red-orange color with very little carbonation (so far so good).

Its aroma was very interesting. The most telling odor was of a wine-y smell that was distinctly sour.

Flavor changed as I drank it. First sip was peaty and sour at first with a finish that was malty and tasted of alcohol. Last few sips (when it had warmed significantly) were much more wine-tasting.

I thought this barley wine was very drinkable and pleasant.

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