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
outstanding

63 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 86
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 36
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ugaterrapin on 02-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 86
Photo of Thorpe429
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to AleWatcher for sending this as an extra in the Barleywine BIF. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear tawny-copper color with a short off-white head and no real lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of caramel and some really light dark fruits. Mild brown sugar and a bit of raisin. The flavor features dark fruits, but not nearly enough of them. It's more toward the malt. Medium body and light carbonation with a light sweetness. Not a terribly interesting quad. (490 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the extra! 22oz into Newport Storm tulip w/ a few friends. From notes:

A- Dark purplish pour- I swear it's got purple/sea blue color in it. Kind of sandy off-white head that settles into an outter ring of bubbles quickly.

S- Loads of booze- brandy, plums, and miscellaneous spice. A bit of vanilla.

T- Solvently alcohol, a bit of earthy/grassy hops, some unsweetened chocolate and plums. Interesting, if not 100% on point. Heavy malts, a bit of rasins.

M- Hot, low carbonation, a sipper. No way around it- this is a boozy beer.

D- Good, but big and boozy, glad I had some amigos to split this with. a 22oz bottle dolo might be a tall order. An interesting american take on the style. (701 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad
Poured on Jan 2, 2010 into my Reinaert tulip.

A - Pours a deep rich brown, almost black with an inch of off-white foam that seems to be going nowhere.
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S - i'm getting faint whiffs of fig, chocolate, caramel and a bit of vanilla. Its very light and not too noticable at all.
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T - I'm picking up raisins, chocolate, plums and fig. The chocolate seems to come through most in the finish and lingers on the palate along with some dark fruit. Its very nice to drink, maybe just not one of my favorites.
3.5
M - low carbonation, medium to heavy bodied, i don't really taste the alcohol, but you can tell its there.
3.5
D - Goes down easy but the alcohol will catch up to you. A bit heavier than I am looking for but still enjoyable.
3.5 (766 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber received in a recent trade with GatorBeerNerd. Thanks again man!

Pours a deep, dark chestnut/mahogany/plum color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with estery fruit and yeasty notes along with some dark fruit and peppery spice. Hints of pepper, clove, raisin, fig, plum, chocolate and dark berries.

Spicy medium body that is slightly syrupy with noticeable alcohol heat/warmth. Slightly medicinal with peppery clove spiciness, sweet alcohol and dark fruit notes from the yeast. Hints of raisin, fig, plum and dark berries. Slightly roasty with chocolate notes but a bit too much of an astringent alcohol presence. Solvent and medicinal notes are also a bit too strong. (850 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a low ball glass)
A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body wit a glow of warm brown at the base. There is a very thick light tan head that fades after a bit and it is a bit to dense to see any carbonation. S- This beer has an aroma of cream that gives way to a dark fruit aroma with hints of yeasty esters. There is a faint banana hint in there also. The soft dark toffee finish has an almost burnt aroma to it.
T- The taste of raisins and dark roasted malt has a bitter finis with some yeast qualities coming through as the beer warms. The finish has some full bitter hops and char notes lingering. M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a big bitter and char flavor with some softer yeast notes that get covered up. It taste like a nice beer underneath the hops and char but that just covers to much. (872 characters)

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nearly opaque deep dark brown color. About about half finger of light tan head didn't hang around too long. It dissipated to leave a slight amount of lacing. It has a very complex rich smell. There are notes of dark fruit mixed in with some sugary smells. The aroma makes me very intrigued about what is next. The taste steadily increases. It starts out fairly light then grows into taste of dark fruit and malts combined with a warming effect. I am assuming the warmth is from the alcohol, but it masks the alcohol well in terms of flavor. The biggest surprise is how thin the mouthfeel is on this beer. I was expecting a little more body. Overall a decent beer. Not one I am going to run back to, but I love the whole concept of the Dank Tank Series and definitely respect this beer. I am not the biggest Belgian fan so my personal preferences may bring down the score on this one. (895 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rather dark mahogany with an inch or so of foam; leaves quite a few strands of lace but doesn't have the classic Belgian look

Smell: Dates and figs, with a strong undertone of toffee

Taste: Dates and figs, up front, with almonds and toffee building by mid-palate; brown sugar and cinnamon spices enter, after the swallow, but the flavors fade into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: As a Quad, the beer falls short and will not have the longevity one would expect from the style; it lacks the yeasty Belgian complexity and, in many ways, is more like a Barleywine than a Quad; still, it is an enjoyable brew, just not up there with the best examples of the style (720 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz.

Opened and poured kind of slowly and still got a 4+ finger head, which died down after about 2 minutes. Pours a very dark ruby color that can only be seen when held up to light. The head retention is pretty good, with decent lacing. Smells like malt, alcohol and some dark fruits including plum, but mostly malts. Taste is malty upfront, with some slight banana in the middle and some raisins and tobacco in the end. Mouthfeel is good, a bit chewy and a lot of carbonation, but not too much much carb for this style. Drinkability, hmmm... If I split a bomber with 2 other people this would be high, but 1 bomber for 1 person, I would say low, I couldn't do more than 1 by myself. Overall, a really great brew that I would love to have/trade for again! (772 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2010 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin film of light tan head and a thick ring of small bubbles. Sweet nose of plum, grape, bubblegum, candi sugar and light yeast. Medium thick body with light carbonation and a clean fruity finish. Plum, dark fruit skin, green apple and sweet chocolate dominate flavor. Not quite as complex as the best of the style, and getting a little muddled with age, but still enjoyable. (432 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  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. (1,189 characters)

Photo of harpus
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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... (746 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of jbone78
3.88/5  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 (268 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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! (1,559 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
3.88/5  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. (1,439 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of wescj
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,790 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.96/5  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. (1,395 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Rbald42
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (698 characters)

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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.