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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 24
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdubjacket on 07-03-2009)
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown with some dark ruby edges when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy off white head with excellent retention that only slowly fades to a lasting ring that leaves soapy rings of chunky lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with a big citrus presence as well as some sweet alcohol and leathery earthy malt. This smells surprisingly very hoppy for the style but still has the musty malt aroma of an American barleywine.

Very hop forward with a lot of bitter earthy and floral notes up front. Earthy, leathery malt body with some caramel and nut notes. Strong alcohol warmth in the finish Nice citrus peel presence from the hops, mostly orange peel and grapefruit. There is also a nice dry piny note from the insane amount of hops used. This is probably the hoppiest barleywine I've had yet and the excellent sweet and dry bitter hops balance out the strong ABV and musty, leathery malt notes. As mentioned above there is some nice alcohol warmth in the finish but the ABV is pretty well masked. Very complex with a lot of great hoppy flavor. Pretty drinkable but should definitely be approached as a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 06:40:02 | More by corby112
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younger35

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from MMAJYK as one of many many extras in a recent trade. Anything that has anything to do with a Donkey Punch has GOT to be good, right? Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Bills vs Patriots.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a big white head that is creamy and thick. Not much of a cap remains but a big thick collar sits atop the brew leaving almost zero lacing.
Smell- Great big burst of rich creamy caramel that jumps out of bottle upon opening. I'm not sure I've smelled anything so rich and inviting. Reminds me of a Milky Way bar. Somewhat buttery and smooth before the hops enter the equation. Light pine and some fairly aggressive citrus peak through with something hiding in the background that reminds me of green apple. Maybe even a flash of pineapple.
Taste- Starts with a big hoppy bite that is sweet at times and bitter at others. Probably more toward bitter at first as the hops are very citric and crisp. Pine sap and spearmint jump in right from the get go leaving a very herbally like taste in the mouth. Grapefruit, pineapple and even a bit apricot all sneak in within that citrus-ness. Plenty of malt to back everything up though as the caramel maltiness is plenty assertive. At some point that malt gets semi sweet as an almost buttered popcorn aspect jumps in. Finishes lightly spicy from the alcohol with a sort of herbally sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light for how big this brew is but it is over 10%. The carbonation is very low as the beer finishes with a considerable warmness.
Drinkability- This is a big beer that is full of big ol' flavors. They weren't kidding when they say they threw the kitchen sink in this bad boy. The hops are damn near violent and the malt is over the top. If you have a friend this is a good brew to share. I had a hard time putting down this bomber. Thanks very much for the opportunity Marc!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 20:43:46 | More by younger35
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Tampa BA guys for letting me in on the tasiting. Mad props.

Nice orangy color with little head. I don't think I've seen an orange beer before.

In the nose I get some honey, citrus and alcohol.

In the mouth the honey and hops decide to play. Great combination of sweet and bitter. I taste some of the alcohol, too.

The beer is nice and creamy in the mouth with little carbonation. Thick beer.

Nice beer with scary drinkability for such a nice ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 18:17:26 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a schizophrenic but I really like it when I can't tell between an American Barleywine and an Imperial IPA.

The beer pours with a bright, glowing copper golden orange hue. A moderate haze difuses light and brings about a mystical haze. Great head formation with near-white color, great lacing, and great retention.

Strong aromas of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh cut grasses) swirl with a huge barley malt base, bringing on the caramel, confection, cotton candy, shortbread maltiness that makes for ultra complexity, varying, and very bold flavor and aroma. Fruity esters are all over the sugary barley malts; taking apricots, apples, figs, pears, peaches, mangos deep into the alcohols. Powerful ethanol taste works well with the sugars and steers away from fusal or cough syrups and toward a sweet rum-like thinning and seductiveness.

Very full and rounded in the texture with the upper fringes boardering on chewy, cloying, thick notions but once the dust settles, the beer falls into a creamy, malty, hop balanced beer that is fairly moderate in heaviness.

I really enjoyed the beer but the ligher malts have a lot of unresolved sweetness, making it seem like a very sweet Double IPA at times. Still, this is a very solid brew that will rival the bests.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 05:05:29 | More by BEERchitect
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srandycarter

California

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick caramel color, like a vat of melted caramel. Not much head, leaves to ring fast. Thick, slimy lace. Interesting stuff.

S - Massive caramel malt only offset by massive citrus hops.

T - Add booze burn to smell, you have taste. Very nice collection of flavors.

M - Thick viscous and coating. Sweet all through, yet the bittering pulls off the balance. Well done.

D - In spite of the ABV, I would be slow to tire. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 04:18:22 | More by srandycarter
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treyrab

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JoshCool for splitting his bottle of this tonight. I poured it and I was generous and gave him an extra ounce.

A: Pours a very, very hazy caramel copper color with a solid, creamy khaki head. The head says bye-bye very quickly and recedes to a small skim of almost nothing.

S: A huge Donkey Punch of citrus hops really punches you in the face and tackles your senses. Some nice pine in there as well. The attribute that turns this into a barleywine is the nice caramel and toffee profile.

T: Double IPA or Barleywine? Hard to tell at this point but it is nonetheless awesome! Huge grapefruit, pineapple and orange flavors blend magnificently with the burnt toffee and sweet caramel.

M/D: Very, very sticky and resiny with a thick malt feel. A tad less than syrupy. Perfect for the style.

Really like to see how this one ages in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 00:31:20 | More by treyrab
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Gford270 for this one. Grant, you are one heck of a trader. This beer was poured from a bomber into a set of pint glasses. Pours a rusty orange nail. A ring of off white head retains around the top, with very little head off of the initial pour. Almost no lacing which comes as a surprise after having tasted this beer.

The smell is really well done. Huge fresh citrus hops ooze out of the glass like it ain't no thang. There is a beautiful malt backing that stands out as well. Both sweet caramel and roasted malts produce an outstanding toffee scent. A grainy bite is apparent as well.

Very drinkable barleywine. I could have sat down and drank the entire bomber had I not split this with a chum. Very heavy mouthfeel. Huge sweet caramel blends perfectly with the citrus hops. Nice and refreshing. The roasted malts play well with everything else that is going on here. Lovely toffee flavor. This beer just makes too much sense, and is very reminiscent of the 2005 Donkeypunch. I plan on laying my other bottle down for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 00:28:00 | More by CoolJosh
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nabbed this one from Jason over at Bruisin Ales right after it showed up...

Poured into a Duvel tulip, this brew absolutely glows a bright orangey-copper with a thick creamy off white head that foams and stays around for quite a while...a beautiful brew..

Majorly sweet aromas mixed with a pineappley citrusy hoppiness... This smells really really sweet and has me wondering whether its the hops or malts I'm smelling...

Hmmm... Seems like a combination of both... Pungent pineapple hops mixed with a sweet candy like maltiness. This one is actually pretty balanced... Lots of everything present here and it shows...

A little boozy but that's expected..

Overall, I liked this one a lot... It got rough towards the end as the booziness seemed to catch up with me but I'm super glad I got to give this one a try... Nice job, Sweetwater!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:57:13 | More by Tilley4
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured quite beautifully into a tulip. A clean golden, with some copper notes... nice, offwhite, and yellowish-orange semi-creamy head, just over a finger tall.

S:Citrus hop scents, with a candied sweetness. Flavour is very similar, with a surprisingly mellow malt. Similar flavour with a citrus sweetness, minus the tart fruitiness... just a sweet, tangerine like sweet fruit.

M + D: Fairly big body, which makes it a little odd in comparison to the hoppiness. I would say that I would, stereotypically, perhaps, expect it to be more of a malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:09:41 | More by Proteus93
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber as an extra courtesy of WesPatrick - thanks! Split w/ a few friends at a tasting, w/ my portion poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, crystalline amber orange, capped by one-finger of relatively (and perhaps too-) fast fading slightly off white head. It never fades beyond a solid, uniform dusting and a good foamy collar. The body itself is full of incredibly lazy, average sized carbonation, and the lacing is characterized by dot-like, fine, patterned distributions of foam.

Aroma: Holy crap it smells like a DIPA. Likely partially because this bottle is brand new fresh, this one smells citrusy, leafy, like tobacco, pine, with notes of grapefruit and tons of orange. There're tons of minty notes, as well, slightly spicy and slightly estery. Faint backing caramel malts provide a basis for this fantastically pungent and moderately complex hop aroma. There's a slightly spicy hop aroma in the tail end close, but other than that, it's just a pleasant, enjoyable, fresh-smelling hop bomb. It almost smells wet-hopped, with tons of candied citrus notes, given how fresh this one is. Great.

Taste: A huge amount of piney, spicy hops, tobacco-y and leather-y, along with a slew of citrus - pithy, bitter grapefruit, orange - and pineapple. A few fruity overtones - slightly funky in places, but otherwise fairly good - over a caramelly, sweet, bready foundation. A fair amount of bitterness melds well with whatever spicy alcohol notes manage to creep through, and at 10.2%, there are inevitably gonna be a few. Peach and apricot emerge as it warms a little.

Mouthfeel: A thick, syrupy mess, but in more of an "ohhh, this is a mess of awesome" rather than "oh, my god, what a mess." The carbonation in this one is very well-integrated, mild, fine, making for a creamy, smooth, even, but heavy-as-hell beer - just what you want for a barleywine.

Drinkability: I'm very, very interested in if Sweetwater changed its recipe between this brew and Donkey Punch. The latter had such fantastic reviews, whereas this one seems to get more middling appreciation. My review may have a certain smack of hometown appreciation to it (as a former Atlanta-resident and Stone Mountain, GA native), but I actually quite enjoyed this brew. It was a little hot, but at 10.2%, there are very few beers that aren't going to be a little hot. This one's reasonably complex, well-made, and enjoyable. Someone let me know if this is the same recipe as that original which everyone is after.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 00:33:41 | More by CrellMoset
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Scottybo

Georgia

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Say what you will about the tenants of eastern socialism, Dude. At least it's an ethos ...

Say what you will about the mouthfeel, appearance or high-alcohol content of this finely-crafted brew (they're all great in my opinion) ... if you don't think this is the EPITOME of BEER, then you, my friends, are key-rayzy. This beer is what the ancient Eutruscans were thinking of when they thought of fermenting grains into a mind-altering concoction.

This beer is perfect and appealing on all levels. It's the Tom Hanks of brew. If you're a hop-head like me, the 140 i.b.u.'s will pucker your puss. If you like a darker beer, the malt balance has you clamoring for more. If you just want to get fit-shaced, that'll do pig, that'll do.

Donkey Punch (as it was formerly known) is an eminantly drinkable creation from the somewhat questionable people at Sweetwater. When it comes to our local microbrews, I much prefer the personality behind the Terrapin offerings, but you cannot argue with the perfection Sweetwater has created here. If you haven't tried their IPA, it's also America's best. Get in touch with me if you want to try it.

P.S. This beer was previously only available at bars under the name Donkey Punch. I don't know if they changed the name to DP Barleywine because they thought Donkey Punch was too blatant of a sexual reference, but DP is so much funnier. Double Penetration will set you free, ladies.

Peace and love, PEACE and LOVE.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 20:27:01 | More by Scottybo
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle got in a trade with jyounger30...Jay you rock for getting me a couple bottles of this.

A- Pours a nice clearer deep copper orange color. Big 2 finger tannish head sticks around for a while leaving nice lacing then entire time with this beer. Very nice looker to say the least.

S- This is very sweet forward. Aroma of candied fruits (cherry, orange, and pineapple in there as well). Bigger sweet caramel malt present in this as well. Nice citrusy (grapefruit and orange) hops in there added for good measure. Piney hops are present throughout the aroma in this beer. Everything seemed to be paired up with it. This makes me want to just drive right in and drink up!

T- Well it's a lot like the aroma was. This beer has a nice bitter piney hop bite to it right off the bat. Right after the initial hop blast a wave of sweetness (candied fruits and malts) comes through with a light brown sugar taste as well. This comes by and finishes with a sweet citrus hop (pineapple) ending with what seems to be a little sugar added as well. Good stuff. I like how everything is balanced with something else in this beer but the hops are making the scale lean toward them a little more.

M- This has a meduim mouthfeel to it. The carbonation levels are dead on for this beer and help make it a rollercoaster ride for the palate. Sweetness and bitterness clash on the tounge leaving you question which you like most. Oily hop resin leaves a nice coating on the tounge and teeth. Clean taste left in the mouth (no off flavors in other words).

D- I was wanting to try this and now that I have I must say I am very impressed with this beer. I would like to see what this is like with a couple of years on it. I am glad I got 4 bottles of this altogether. Very soild drinker. I would recommend to people who are not the biggest barleywine fans...just make sure they like hops beforehand.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:10:42 | More by alleykatking
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GoodBeerTire

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber orange with a light tan head. the head is nice and full and settles comfortably and laces nicely.

S - Sweet and caramely, with some citrus.

T - Candy sweetness with grapefruit. The hops hits quick and holds on. Nicely hidden alchohol. It is complex, but almost like someone got a little carried away with making it so and missed a bit. This is a Jack of all trades, but a master of none.

M - The head is nice and creamy, and hold up well through the entire bottle. At first it seems that this beer will hang onto the tongue longer than it actually does.

D - This one sneaks up on you. It first feels like a smooth drinker, but then the caramel sweetness stops you from quaffing. The booze keeps it from being sessionable as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 18:10:23 | More by GoodBeerTire
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are of candied sweetness, grapefruit, and strong pineapples. Nice aromas, very hop forward.

Taste is clean, but a little lean feeling, with some strong hard candy malty sweetness. Finish is bitter, and hoppy, with a definite pineapple note.

Mouthfeel is too thin, but not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good. But this just comes off as being too sweet to me. Not a bad barleywine, but just a little above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 04:34:03 | More by flexabull
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seaoflament

California

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

Thanks to GAManiac for sending this one as an extra in our recent trade. The bottle was shared at La Bella with Joey and Danny this past Tuesday night.

Poured a caramel color with some good clarity and about a half inch of foam. Decent foam retention which lasted a good while.

Citrus candy aromas at first with a combination of caramel malts, cherry and alcohol/yeast esters. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit aromas, and sweet malt and citrus.

Same as aroma with lots of sweet citrus candy, orange gummy candy flavors, grapefruit, a bit of brown sugar, caramel, and sweet toast. A bit more citrus bitterness with the following sips which helped to balance out the initial sweetness. More caramel and toast as it warms up. The finish had a nice dryness and combined with the citrus bitterness created a nice balance to the malt sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Moderate carbonation and smooth on the palate. Pretty solid overall, wouldn't mind drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:50:49 | More by seaoflament
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A rich crimson color with a very, very thick and creamy head that sticks around for quite a long time. Retention is excellent, and there's creamy lacing all over the glass. Good looker.

S: Lots of pine, lots of caramel malt, and some fruity esters, as well. Big and bad in the aroma.

T&M: Loads of sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses balance well with a boatload of resiny pine flavor. Finish is sweet with a honey-like note and a whiff of alcohol. It's a little bit unorganized and out-of-sorts, though. Body is big and sticky, almost syrupy.

D: Higher ABV and big bodied, this one is definitely a sipper, even amongst barleywine/DIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 18:52:45 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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Murchmac

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Everetends for hooking me up with this bottle on my journey to the dirty dirty. Gilly is one class act and this is the second time he has blindsided me with his generosity.

Beautiful cloudy DIPA dark orange with an english barleywine feel to it. Like Simon Cowell with a fake and bake.

Smells fricking awesome too. Hops first and foremost, alcohol, caramel, sticky icky sweetness. Like honey with your tea and biscuits love.

Slaps the back of your head and makes hops come out your nose. Toffee caramel notes in there as well.

Chewy ooeey goodness. Interesting combo between a DIPA and barleywine. Some barleywine malts with a DIPA profile. Mos Def a barleywine sipper with burning alcohol down the throat. This beer is the crossover sport hybrid feel good story of the summer. Keep it coming tends!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 05:01:38 | More by Murchmac
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap at Brick Store.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger frothy light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strong pine hops with mild caramel malt aromas. As it warms the malt aromas come out a bit more, but the hops are front and center throughout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt and pine hop flavors hit the palate almost simultaneously. The malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell led me to believe, but the hops are still large, it's not a far cry from a DIPA. There's a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this doesn't fall perfectly into the American Barleywine catagory, rather it's more of an American Barleywine DIPA hybrid. Regardless, it's tasty and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 23:07:42 | More by glid02
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle an appetizing clear copper, with a thinnish head that doesn't stick around. Aroma is strong, fruity and yeasty. Flavor is more like a brandy than a beer, fruity with just an undertone of malt and hints of yeast and caramel. Texture is quite smooth with a strong alcohol nip.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:10:51 | More by Cyberkedi
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a fridge hazed coppery peach color. It poured with a sticky, clumpy white head.

s: Big warm, sugary toffee aromas dominate. Still plenty of room for candied fruit and lots of piny, fuesel hop aromas.

t: DIPA? B-wine? Its just semantics, who cares? How does it taste? Pretty damn good. More sweet than bitter with flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Lots of piny hop bitterness, but I wouldn't have guessed 142 ibu's. This was a bit warm, but certainly not hot.

m: Between the sweetness and the bitterness, this did make my gums pucker. It had a big, sticky body and long lasting foamy carbonation.

d: Cashew70 sent me this for absolutely no reason at all. Thanks Carl! This was big, obnoxious, and lacked subtlety. I loved it!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 10:46:14 | More by DIM
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mad props to Rbald for this one, thanks Ryan! Love the graphics on the bottle!

Pours a chilled hazed caramel with one thumb of cream colored head. Nice oily sheen, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, pine & leafy hops as this warms a bit. Aroma tamps down once warm

T: Breadyness, brown sugar, dryness & pine up front. Brown sugar, pineyness & blood orange are there as this warms, plus grapefruit pushing to the front the warmer this gets along with pine needles. Finishes with much pine sappyness, along with grapefruit, dryness, cakeyness. toffee, & boozey warmth, almostpulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy, warming & near zero carbonation, balances out pretty well despite the proclaimed 142 IBUs

Drinks a bit slow once warm, not too mind blowing considering the ABV, I liked this, could easily pass as a DIPA IMO

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 04:20:28 | More by russpowell
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first bomber from Sweetwater I've ever sampled. The old Donkey Punch name is missing, but I am sure this is just another version of it. Looked nice when poured into a tulip, as the body was clear, copper colored, and the head atop modest but stable. The smell felt muted to me, as the hops were soft and earthy, and not a lot of malt was evident via the nose. The taste was straddling the Barleywine/DIPA line, just like the previous incarnation and felt a bit hot as well. Not many deep, rich malts were found here, just a light caramel body with tons of grapefruit hops. I like the taste, but not sure about the style adherence. Mouthfeel was light, and the finish boozy. Very easy to drink considering how potent it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 03:50:42 | More by rajendra82
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Yesac

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, small bright white head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S- What.. I thought this was a barleywine? Smells like a big IIPA. Hops and fruity citrus.

T- Sugary sweet citrus and bitter hops on the nose. Followed by the barely malt and a strong 10.2% ABV. meh, this just isn't indicative to the style. I'd expect this to be a west coast attempt giving the hop content.

M- Way thick on the body. This this packs over 140IBU's and it shows. Stickly thick on the palate, not much taste.

D- Seems this beer is figuring out who it really is. There doesn't seem to be a great balance here. Maybe storing one for a while will mature this concoction.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:36:11 | More by Yesac
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gford217

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, latest Dank Tank release, and since BA still lists it as different than the original Donkey Punch, I'll post my review here.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small soapy beige head that recedes to a ring and swirl quickly and leaves only faint traces of lacing behind.

The aroma certainly leans more toward balanced DIPA territory with a big hoppy blast up front, with some sweet citrus hops but mostly deep sappy pine in the nose. There is some caramel malt sweetness in the nose, but much less than I would expect from the style. It's definitely all about the hops in the aroma.

The taste is much, much sweeter than the aroma. It does have the initial floral hop kick up front, especially pine, but after that the sweetness of the caramel malts take over. Not much in the way of toffee or dark fruit or other complexities you might find in some barleywine. Nonetheless, it's a tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied, but the alcohol presence does come through more than I was expecting and leaves the palate burning after each sip.

I can't wait to bring an original Donkey Punch out of the cellar to compare to this one. This one reminds me of the fresh Donkey Punch and I imagine time has improved it. Right now, there's just a lot of big malts and hops and it doesn't quite come together for me. Still, it's an extremely good beer that I think will cellar very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 22:32:57 | More by gford217
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Deus1138

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting bottle.

Poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Color is hazy, dark orange with brown hues.

Smell is of pine hops, some sweetness.

Taste is pretty good. Very hoppy, but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Pine hops dominate with some citrus hops providing backup. Malts are pretty sweet, caramel and some honey. Decent amount of carbonation that compliments the zest of the hops well. Full bodied, tingly mouthfeel. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

Drinkability is good. I don't buy a lot of Sweetwater products, but I'd buy this again. I think this is one of their better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:28:03 | More by Deus1138
Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.