Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad AleSweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ugaterrapin on 02-20-2010)
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Photo of xHopHeadx
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AdamGarcia
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz btl courtesy of gford217. Thanks! Poured into Sierra 30th snifter.

A: Cool painted bottle. Pours a murky deep mahogany. Somewhat turbid. Looks near black in one light and closer to crimson in another. Head is not as impressive as it's Belgian counterparts. About 2 fingers worth that dissipates to a thin ring. Laces nicely.

S: Pleasant fruity, estery scents. Banana and clove aromas similar to those found in a hefeweizen. Lots of ripe dark fruit. Cherries, plum, maybe black currant. Overall the aroma is subdued. Sweet with just a hint of alcohol.

T: Much more impressive than smell. Booze soaked fruit. Maraschino cherries. A little bit of cranberry tartness and then a wave of big, bold flavors. Vanilla bean, carmel, and bitter chocolate vie for position. Oak and tobacco make an appearance. Nondescript nuttiness. Maybe a hint of leather. Finishes with a familiar yeasty flavor...reminds me very much of Chimay Grande Reserve, which is high praise. Evolves quite nicely as it warms. Overall I found this to be quite complex and as usual, my palate and vocabulary aren't really up to the task of defining everything that I'm tasting.

M: Carbonation is just about right. Warming from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium to full bodied.

D: For the style this is pretty drinkable. ABV is up there, but nothing else about this beer would prevent me from continuing to drink it.

I'm not really well versed in the Quad style, but I've been trying some here and there so that I have something to compare to when I decide to crack my first Westy 12. I really enjoyed this beer. The only other offering I've had from SweetWater was the Happy Ending and that was very good as well. I wouldn't go to great lengths to track this one down but it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of urwithdave
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmunroe for throwing this in as an extra (1 of many). Poured into my ccb snifter.

A- Pours dark brown in color. A off brown head, 2 inches worth. recedes and leaves crazy lacing.

S- Big malts, cotton candy, apples and dark fruits. Nutmeg and toffee.

T- Sweet malts. It almost tastes kind of like a candied apple. There is a strong presence of plums and spices.Alcohol is presnt, however, not overbearing.

M- Kind of thick in a thin way if that makes any sense. There is a nice sweet finish.

D- Pretty good!! The bomber was split between 2 of us and I easily could've drank the whole thing by myself.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well on this brew. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon.

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= recieved this beer from the generous Mikesgroove. The beer pours a nice brownish color. I expect most quads to be a little darker in color. The beer also is pretty translucent which I don't find a lot of quads to be. Was this filtered? The head is beautiful however a nice two fingers holding steady and leaving some nice lacing.

S= The smell is tantalizing. There is a lot of nice dark fruit smells to it. Prunes and plums dominate the nose and mix nicely with some dark sweet malts in it. Really a nice quad smell to it.

T= Oh wow the taste is great. A lot of nice dark fruit and a little cherry in it I think. There is a good sweetness from the malts that is really impressive. There is an awesome awesome bready malt taste and each sip reveils new complexities in it. A great taste.

M= A nice prickly carbonation to it. Maybe a little more body would do this beer some good.

D= I'm always skeptical of American quads just because the yeast those monks use does really amazing things to beer. This is a great American Quad. Wonderful taste and nose. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared a pint of this with some friends at Stillwater Pub, and it really hit the spot. The head was thin, and the portion was enormous. The rich dark belgian color was true to style, and the sweetness was not over powering. I think it's really cool that the Brick Store Pub can get in on that kind of thing. Community is a great attribute of the beer world. This beer went down a little too easily for it's strength in alcohol. Danger zone. Another achievement for Sweetwater.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F.

Pours a dark ruby-brown with moderate clarity. Gives rise to a smooth and creamy two-fingered head of off-white/very light tan foam, which recedes slowly and settles down to a thick crown that clings easily to the walls of the glass, showing thick, lacy rings as the glass empties.

Sweet malt, raisins, prunes, alcohol and spicy phenolic notes waft into the nose, but overall the aroma is quite restrained.

The palate is a bit less restrained. Sweet malty notes up front, with some caramel, molasses, and a hint of dark chocolate up front; dark fruits follow, with dark cherry, plum, raisin and prune, melding with some sweet bready notes recalling bread pudding. In the middle and heading toward the back, a middling hop bitterness and heavy spiciness combine to dry things immensely, letting a little banana show through as the spiciness fades and finishing very dry and semi-sweet, with a lingering fruity-chocolate fade. Body and mouthfeel are nice, with a soft carbonation and a middling weight.

Alcohol is rather well-hidden on the palate, but it certainly is apparent in the head. Well-balanced, the spicy dryness that accompanies lends itself to lust for more. The combination is a little dangerous. A very nice effort, and one that's even better on-tap at its namesake, the Brick Store Pub.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a reddish-brown hue, with a thin sepia-like head, average retention, and decent lacing. Complex mix of dry cocoa powder, earthy tones, peppery spice, and dark fruit in the nose. The taste was a little more chocolatey than expected at first, but then evolved to reveal more earthy, spicy, and dark fruit tones, and then finished on a semi-dry spicy note. Very nice flavor progression paired well with the smooth, non-carbonated body. A little thinner than expected, but still medium-bodied. A nice session Quad, if such a thing exists.

Photo of Rbald42
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark brown with thin head that quickly recedes. Leaves the tiniest ring of carbonation around the trusty Duck-Rabbit snifter

S- Raisins, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, some fruity alcoholic notes, bready,malty begian-esque notes.

T- Sweet fruity candy and a big malty alcoholic flavor. Hints of charred oak or woody flavor, raisin and dark fruit flavors abound. Bready ending with a somewhat spicy twinge on the
tongue.

M- Thick and creamy, goes down nicely and can feel the warmth from the akkahol. Maybe a tad bit too much carbonation

D- Pretty drinkable considering I finished the bottle by myself. I wouldn't recommend much in the way of physical activity afterwards though.

Photo of wescj
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Dark brown in color with a touch of red. Head is nice and tan, and lasts for a while.

Aroma is very syrupy.

And so is the taste. I wish this one were a bit dryer. Not bad overall, though. The sweetness is such that you almost don't even notice the hops.

Decent enough.

Photo of jbone78
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown with light lacing. The taste was sweet as any Quad would have, but with a wild cherry flavor. Very malty aftertaste that will stay in your mouth with a cherry finish. The eleven percent is hidden well, but I couldn't drink more than one glass.

-Bye

Photo of radioscooter
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in a BIF trade. Touted as one of the best domestic Quads.

Bottle marketing language is confusing as to whether it's a blonde or a dark ale. I mean - it says Quad but then it lingers on some wacky Blonde narrative... Turns out it's a standard Quad. Pours a nice dark amber honey color.

Aroma is typical Belgian with maybe some added honey tones. Slight Earthy, yeasty, candied fruit (you've read as many of these as I have) Substantial head from a hard pour.

Taste is all that you'd expect. Medium candied fruits, Belgian yeast, champagne, malt - nothing special. Lots of alcoholic vapor. A little bit hoppy for the style.

Not bad but nothing that Trois Pistoles or Ichor doesn't also deliver. If I could get this locally waaay cheaper than say - Rochefort 10 - I'd drink it. But my guess is that it's a $14 bomber which makes it - just okay by domestic quad standards.

Don't get me wrong - impressive for GA. And good if you like ticking quads or you live in GA and can get it cheap. Otherwise - don't bother putting it on your list.

UPDATE: Couple clarifications: I was joking about 'okay for GA' - we don't have any better quads in PA. And another BA'er informed me that this was $5.50 when it was available (which it no longer is apparently) So first off - that's a phenomenal price for a bomber of almost anything. 2ndly - too bad it's not available more regularly, which puts the others I mentioned right back on top.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served up an opaque, dark brown body with a thin, unassuming layering of ivory-hued foam.

Smell: An aroma that's sweet smelling, full of fruitiness, maltiness and given to some pops of ground spices and fusel alcohol set the stage for a big, punchy beer.

Taste: Presents a vivid dark maltiness that's notably sweet. Liberally toasted bread conspicuously coated with brown sugar, candi sugar, and a glob of dark caramel. Modest pinch of earthy spices and cocoa. Resonant fruitiness displaying tastes of dates, ripe plums, and even a little bit of banana. Small hint of bitterness felt midway. Then, in comes a rush of alcoholic heat as you reach the sweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A bold, soundly sweet Belgian-style brew with plenty of warmth from start to finish. A bit more sweetness than desired, but still fairly well done and a nice little tribute to the Brick Store Pub.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The BSP is a generally well-brewed Belgian Strong Dark Ale. But liken most Amercian brewer takes on the style, the beer is very sweet and strong.

An elegant and masculine look brings a dark mohogany-ruby-amber mildly hazy hue. Lively carbonation forms a very froathy, lightly tanned head that easily lingered the session and lacing very well. A really good looking beer.

Mild aromas of sweet confectionate malt, fruitiness, and spice gives an understated impression but the flavors do no such thing.

A well-melded flavor of syrupy malts give deep toffee, caramel, and confectioner's sugar. Springked with light toast, brown sugars and roasted marshmallows, the sweetness is very bold and varying. A fruity mix of dates, figs, berries, raisons, red grapes, and plumbs show a bit of a nutty taste to compliment the malts well. Spicy and lightly vinous but without pushing the phenolic character too hard. Mild hop bitterness shows a bit of a bite in the finish but hardly puts a dent in the malt profile.

Full and heavy all the way from nose to finish. Though the beer dries out a bit in the end, it's probably more due to the high abv. and not because of the well attenuated malt dryness. Ultimately this keeps the beer sticky sweet and a bit fusal.

I compare this beer to classic Belgian Strong Darks like Gulden Draak. You have got to like the sweeter side of Belgian Ales to enjoy this one best. Though I prefer more dryness and better balance and complexity, I feel that the unresolved sweetness hurts the drinkability just a bit.

Thanks again Ding!

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin white lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a big sweet malty flavor to it with some raisins, figs, wheat, and some alcohol coming through as well. The taste is just as sweet and malty as the nose suggests. It has a nice dark fruit sweetness to it, but also a alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it has some nice malt flavors to it. Would have been nice in a smaller serving size since 22oz was way too much for me to drink though.

Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a tulip - thank you santa!

A: Pours a muddy brown with a decent light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is immediately sweet and fruity with nice notes of cherries, prunes, toffee, and a touch of grape. It's pretty in your face and lets you know what's to come.

T: The taste starts with the fruity elements in the form of grapes, cherries, figs, and moves to the estery yeast flavors from the belgian yeast.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy. The booze is a bit evident here as well which knocks the score down a bit.

O: This has potential but everything is a bit over the top. I bet after a few years this thing would be damn good. Should have sat on it longer...

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Bhalter8 and KiawahIsland for providing me with a bottle of this beer.

Well, up front I need to admit that I wasn't expecting much from this beer. Not sure why, but I didn't have high expectations. Joke was on me, this beer clearly surpassed all of these expectations and was a very nice quad.

Light tan head sits upon this almost purple/amber colored beer. Not much lacing.

Not much in the way of aroma. This concerned me and I was not hopeful.

Flavor was really nice. Raisins, Figs, cocoa powder and a touch of spice. Very fruity and smooth.

Very smooth and almost creamy. Fairly thick body and velvet like.

Really enjoyed this and found it to be quite intriguing.

Well done Sweetwater.

Photo of Thur123
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a murky brown with a tinge of orange and very little head from ma somewhat heavy pour. Carbonation looks very present but moderate in speed. The smell is sugary malt with a slight spice edge and with a bit of orange scent and dark fruits. The aroma is restrained, not too scented.

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The taste is very sweet, brown sugar with coriander, pitted fruit with cake, many sweet flavors in this with less heat than expected. Complex malt underlies and supports the sugary top flavors. I detect wheat malt among many others. Over all this is a great Quad compared to many I've had in its drinkability. The flavor is overall less Belgian than many while retaining many of the positive qualities.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gford217 for this bomber.

A: The quad is dark ruddy hue, equal parts crimson and dark chocolate. The reddish colors become more evident when the glass is held up to light. Despite an audible pssst on opening, here is little indication of any head here.

S: Following first pour there isn't much to remark on. Too cold and the quad has nothin' going on. As it warms, rich grains and coffee ground aromas waft out. I don't pick up much in the way of spices...

T: ...Luckily the first sip rectifies the lack of spiciness. Dark fruits, raisins and figs, run rampant. Candi sugars and syrupy spices follow. The flavor never gets cloying, just rich, VERY RICH. The dark malts, while not at a stout-level, are grainy enough to standout amongst the all the sweetness and keep things in check. Dark sweetness sees each sip away, a candi sugar wonderland.

M: The quad doesn't feel like an 11% whopper. The spices gradually emerge, and when they do they really stand out. The dark grains, surprisingly, are the lingering aspect of each sip.

D: I split the bottle with ksak. While the booze is hidden it does hit hard. Despite that, I like the spice profile, sweeter than it ought to be.

Photo of harpus
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The quad is dark ruddy hue, equal parts crimson and dark chocolate. The reddish colors become more evident when the glass is held up to light. Despite an audible pssst on opening, here is little indication of any head here.

S: Following first pour there isn't much to remark on. Too cold and the quad has nothin' going on. As it warms, rich grains and coffee ground aromas waft out. I don't pick up much in the way of spices...

T: ...Luckily the first sip rectifies the lack of spiciness. Dark fruits, raisins and figs, run rampant. Candi sugars and syrupy spices follow. The flavor never gets cloying, just rich, VERY RICH. The dark malts, while not at a stout-level, are grainy enough to standout amongst the all the sweetness and keep things in check. Dark sweetness sees each sip away, a candi sugar wonderland.

M: The quad doesn't feel like an 11% whopper. The spices gradually emerge, and when they do they really stand out. The dark grains, surprisingly, are the lingering aspect of each sip.

D: I split the bottle with ksak. While the booze is hidden it does hit hard. Despite that, I like the spice profile, sweeter than it ought to be.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.